UA-59049186-1 Farewell: Jay Rodgers, Defensive Line Coach - Good if it Goes

Farewell: Jay Rodgers, Defensive Line Coach


You read the title. Obviously, not ideal. Rodgers was arguably the Bears’ best assistant coach. Under him, Akiem Hicks turned into a star, Eddie Goldman and Bilal Nichols embarked on a path to stardom, the latter especially impressive given that he was a 5th-round pick, and a host of late-round picks, undrafted free agents, and journeymen turned into solid players. Last year, we saw Nick Williams go from a 7th-round pick bouncing around the league to a guy Detroit wanted to give $5 million a year to. And while Detroit’s judgment in such matters is not always prudent, this one was well-deserved. This year, both Mario Edwards and Brent Urban turned in fine seasons and helped the team compensate for the lack of Eddie Goldman. While Ryan Pace surely deserves some of the credit for these finds, the coaching can’t be discounted and I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say this is an awfully big loss.

Rodgers heads to Los Angeles to join Brandon Staley’s staff with the Chargers, presumably as defensive coordinator there. Jeff Hughes of Da Bears Blog said he wasn’t even interviewed for the Bears’ opening, which is a real head scratcher, since they seem to be interviewing everybody else. Mike Singletary was the latest interviewee, because reasons. He hasn’t been in the NFL since 2016 and has exactly one year of DC experience. This one. In The Spring League. His tenure as head coach in San Francisco saw the 49ers go from 24th in defensive DVOA (24th pass, 16th rush) in the 2008 season where he took over in the middle of the season, to 5th (7th, 5th) in his first full season at the helm in 2009. The 49ers regressed the following year to 17th (24th, 7th). Singletary was fired before the final game of the season and replaced on an interim basis with Carl from Aqua Teen Hungerforce Jim Tomsula. It’s hard to tell which of the two years was the fluke, since Jim Harbaugh was hired as the 49ers coach prior to the 2011 season and with him came Vic Fangio. Under Fangio in 2011, the 49ers finished 3rd in the league in defensive DVOA (8th, 1st), and stayed in the top 5 for the rest of Fangio’s time in the Bay Area, save for a blip in 2013 when they finished 13th. So all we can say for sure is that Mike Singletary isn’t as good as Vic Fangio. This doesn’t tell us much, since most people are not as good as Vic Fangio, hence our current predicament.

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