In each passing season of recent years, there has been an increase in speculation that the conclusion of each season will bring with it the departure of Dave Toub as the Chicago Bears’ special teams coordinator. The departure would be the result of Toub landing a head coaching position with a National Football League team. In the past two seasons, Toub has been linked to head coaching vacancies including interviewing with the Miami Dolphins last year. Toub has also been linked to the Chicago Bears’ head coaching position. Though, that connections has always been speculative as many viewed Toub as an apparent successor to Lovie Smith as the head coach of the Bears. With Smith finally fired as the head coach of the Bears, Toub has yet to be connected to the Bears’ head coaching vacancy. That is until today.
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune was first to report on Tuesday morning that the Bears have already interviewed Toub for the position. Reports suggest that the interview took place on Monday. With Toub’s addition, the Bears now have 13 candidates that Emery has either spoken with or is scheduled to speak with. Toub, likely would make for the easiest transition. In eight of his nine total seasons as the Bears special teams’ coordinator, the Bears special teams unit has finished in the top-ten of the National Football League. The only thing against Toub would be that he was a part of the Lovie Smith coaching staff. Usually when a head coach is fired, the organization looks to hire from outside of the organization in an attempt to separate themselves from them previous coaching regime and set a new direction. Nonetheless, Toub has been characterized as a high-energy coach and that is visible by the type of intensity that is on display when the Bears’ special teams unit is on the field.
The fate of the assistants and coordinators on the Bears’ coaching staff remains in limbo, and there best bet to be retained with the Bears may be if Toub is named as the new head coach.