Dave Toub’s special teams will stay aggressive
BY SEAN JENSEN firstname.lastname@example.org September 20, 2012 9:30PM
Eric Weems (above) says he respects special-teams coach Dave Toub because Toub is “a guy who likes to take chances.” | AP
Updated: October 22, 2012 6:31AM
When weighing his options, special-teams ace Eric Weems picked the Bears, in part, because of Dave Toub.
“He’s a guy who likes to take chances,” Weems said of the Bears’ respected special-teams coach. “And in this game, you got to be able to take chances, when it’s time to take a chance, and he’s not afraid to do that.”
A head-coaching candidate with the Miami Dolphins during the offseason, Toub usually boasts the better special-teams unit in any given game. But against the Green Bay Packers, Shawn Slocum’s unit perfectly executed a fake field goal for a key touchdown.
“Yeah, it was a great, good play. It was a good call — the timing of it,” Toub said. “They executed it well. What else can I say?”
The usually reserved Toub even got a little testy when asked a third question about that play, which gave the Packers a 10-0 lead instead of a 6-0 lead.
Facing fourth-and-26 from the Bears’ 27, holder Tim Masthay took the snap and flipped the ball to backup tight end Tom Crabtree, who ran 27 yards untouched into the end zone.
But Toub said that play will not affect the aggressiveness of his unit.
“We don’t want to go out there and just become safe over time,” Toub said. “We still want to go after blocks but at the same time be able to defend if they run fakes.
“We got tunnel-vision on that play, didn’t defend it correctly, kind of froze a little bit, and we paid the price.”
Running back Matt Forte missed his second consecutive practice, casting doubt about his status for Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams.
Rams perennial Pro Bowl running back Steven Jackson (groin) also didn’t practice.
For the Bears, defensive end Julius Peppers returned to practice Thursday at Halas Hall after missing Wednesday’s session with a sore foot.
Coach Lovie Smith held out Brian Urlacher and suggested that “may be the routine” for his veteran linebacker, who underwent a knee scope last month.
For the Rams, defensive tackles Michael Brockers and Matt Conrath, safety Matt Daniels, fullback Brit Miller and tackle Rodger Saffold didn’t practice.
Offensive tackle Wayne Hunter was limited on Thursday.
Sam Bradford is No. 3 in quarterback rating in the league through two games. So how will the Bears slow down Bradford?
“Just hit him. I did in college,” defensive tackle Henry Melton said. “I plan on doing it again.”
Melton played at Texas while Bradford played at Oklahoma.
“I got a personal foul on him actually,” Melton said. “I’m not going to do that this time.”