Bears’ Toub considered for top job
BY SEAN JENSEN firstname.lastname@example.org January 8, 2013 10:02PM
IRVING, TX - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Joe DeCamillis of the Dallas Cowboys poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
Updated: February 10, 2013 6:13PM
Last year, Bears special-teams coordinator Dave Toub interviewed for the Miami Dolphins’ head-coaching vacancy.
On Monday, he officially interviewed for the Bears’ opening, according to a league source.
Bears general manager Phil Emery also reportedly met with CFL coach Marc Trestman in the Chicago area Monday.
Like many other assistant coaches on the Bears’ staff, Toub remains under contract until Lovie Smith’s replacement is hired.
Toub is the third special-teams coordinator Emery has interviewed, following Keith Armstrong of the Atlanta Falcons and Joe DeCamillis of the Dallas Cowboys. Later this week, Emery also is expected to speak to Minnesota Vikings special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer.
The Bears’ special-teams units consistently rank among the NFL’s top 10, and Toub has helped Devin Hester break numerous return records.
Two days after the regular season ended, Emery was asked if Toub would be interviewed for the head-coaching vacancy.
“No one has been excluded,” Emery said.
Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak said the Bears — or any other team — should not exclude offensive coordinator Rick Dennison from consideration.
“I think he’s been ready for a while,” Kubiak said. “I’ve been called on him for about three years in a row now, but I think Rick knows what he wants to do with his life, and if he’s going to take an opportunity to be a head coach, he’s going to be selective in what he does.
“He’s got a great background in the National Football League. He’s a 10-year defensive player in the National Football League. He’s been a special-teams coach in the National Football League. He’s been an offensive line coach. He’s been an offensive coordinator. There’s nothing this guy hasn’t done.”
Kubiak took it a step further.
“[Dennison’s] my teacher,” he said. “He’s a guy that comes down here every day and puts it together with the players, teaches the plan, teaches his scheme, teaches what we do and coordinates everything with the offensive coaches and how we go about our business getting ready to play every week, and then he’s right there with me on game day calling plays and helping me out.
“He’s the leader of what we do offensively.”
Meanwhile, Smith is preparing for his second interview for an NFL head-coaching vacancy. He previously interviewed with the Buffalo Bills, and he’s scheduled to speak to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, the team announced.
The Eagles reportedly were very interested in landing Oregon coach Chip Kelly. But Kelly opted — for the second consecutive offseason — to remain at Oregon after a flirtation with the NFL. Last year, he was close to becoming the coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs, though, ended up hiring Greg Schiano from Rutgers.