Dave Toub signs 2-year extension with Bears
BY SEAN JENSEN firstname.lastname@example.org January 17, 2012 1:27PM
Dave Toub, Special Teams Coordinator, Chicago Bears -- Longtime Bears assistant has distinguished himself as one of the best in his area of expertise. Earned an interview for Dolphins head coaching vacancy last offseason. Would be a long shot.
Updated: January 17, 2012 3:54PM
The Bears made a significant move, keeping special teams coordinator Dave Toub by signing him to a two-year contract extension.
Arguably the league’s best special teams coach, Toub was a candidate for the Miami Dolphins head coaching vacancy but is no longer in contention.
“We’re going to win. We have enough guys. We just need to keep as much continuity as we can. This is just one part of it. It’s a small part of it,” Toub told the Sun-Times. “I believe in Lovie Smith, and what he’s trying to get done here. We’ve been knocking on the door.
“This year is no different. At 7-3, we were the hottest team in the league. You don’t want to make excuses, but we got into that losing streak, and that killed us. This team is close. Lovie talks about it all the time, and I’m a believer.”
Toub is now under contract through 2013, same as Smith.
And while he aspires to become a head coach, Toub said he wouldn’t want to be a special teams coordinator for anyone else, on any other club.
“Why would I want to go someplace and try to establish something that’s already established, and working for a guy like Lovie, and a first-class organization like the Bears and the McCaskey family?” Toub said. “They’ve treated me great. To be at one place 10 years is rare in the NFL.
“How could I ask for anything better?”
Toub’s unit had a standout 2011 season, and they finished third in a ranking system by the Dallas Morning News. Toub’s unit has now ranked in the top third of the league for the last eight seasons, including at No. 1 in 2006 and 2007.
Special teams ace Corey Graham will make his first Pro Bowl appearance later this month. Under Toub, Devin Hester, Johnny Knox, Robbie Gould and Brendon Ayanbadejo also have made Pro Bowl appearances.
During his tenure, the Bears have 22 kick return touchdowns, the most in the league during that span. This past season, free-agent punter Adam Podlesh had his finest season, setting a franchise record with a net punting average of 40.4.
As for his interview with the Dolphins, Toub was grateful for the opportunity.
“You dream about it. But it kind of sunk in this time,” Toub said. “When the season was over, I got in front of my computer, and I put things together. ‘Hey, this is my shot.’
“I know net time I go, I’ll be that much more prepared. You don’t believe it until something like that happens.
“I’m very fortunate, and appreciative to [Dolphins general manager] Jeff Ireland and [owner[ Stephen Ross, that they recognized my abilities enough to bring me in.”