Singletary will also coach linebackers

Updated: January 21, 2005, 5:47 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

One of the NFL's worst-kept secrets of the past week became reality on Friday, as San Francisco 49ers rookie head coach Mike Nolan began filling his staff with the hiring of Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary as assistant head coach.

Singletary, 46, will handle the 49ers linebackers, inarguably the strongest unit on the defensive side of the ball for San Francisco, in addition to his responsibilities as the assistant head coach. The move to the Bay Area represents a quantum leap for ...

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