The Chicago Bears gave Dave Toub a token interview for the club's vacant head coach position last week. With reports that three finalists have emerged for the job, none of them being Toub, it appears the club's special teams (ST) coordinator will be moving on.
It is being reported today that Toub will leave the Bears to join the Kansas City Chiefs, who recently named Andy Reid their head coach. Toub worked under Reid as ST coordinator in Philadelphia from 2001-2003.
Under Toub's direction, Chicago's special teams units have annually ranked at or near the top of the league. According to Football Outsiders, Bears special teams ranked sixth overall in 2012, 1st in 2011 and 2010, fourth in 2009, fifth in 2008, and first in both 2007 and 2006. As a returner under Toub, Devin Hester has made the Pro Bowl three times, while being named All Pro four times.
Toub is widely considered the best special teams coordinator in the league, so his departure will seriously hurt Chicago's third phase.
The new head coach will decided Toub's replacement. Kevin O'Dea, the Bears' assistant ST coach, could be a candidate, as he's well respected by his players. Under O'Dea in 2006, kicker Robbie Gould was named to the Pro Bowl and an All Pro. Gould is the fourth most accurate kicker in NFL history.
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