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Mike Singletary to serve as Rams defensive assistant

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Mike Singletary is returning to the NFL.

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The Hall of Fame linebacker and former head coach of the 49ers on Tuesday told WSCR-AM in Chicago that he will work with the Los Angeles Rams defense this season in an advisory role.

Singletary has been out of the coaching game since serving as a linebackers assistant for the Minnesota Vikings from 2011 to 2013. Prior to that, he compiled an 18-22 record as San Francisco's coach from 2008 to 2010 before he was fired with one game to go in the 2010 campaign.

Singletary shared the news just hours after learning that Buddy Ryan, his former defensive coordinator in Chicago, passed away Tuesday at the age of 82.

As a star with the Bears from 1981 to 1992, Singletary served as the heart of Chicago's defense, helping the team to a victory in Super Bowl XX and furnishing Ryan with one of the most disruptive and dominant linebackers in NFL history.

Singletary's coaching career has been an up-and-down affair, but he'll work with a talented group of defensive players in Los Angeles.

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