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Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub interviewed for the head coaching opening, but didn't make the cut for the final interviews.
Toub will leave the Bears to work on special teams for the Chiefs under new coach Andy Reid, according to the Chicago Tribune. Behind him, Toub leaves behind a legacy of one of the best special teams units of the past nine years.
Under Toub, the Bears had top 10 special teams units in eight of his nine seasons. Devin Hester broke records for touchdown returns, while players like Corey Graham emerged as standouts for stopping opponents' return. Special teams became a reliable phase of the game for the Bears to score points. Former Bear and current radio analyst Jay Hilgenberg tweeted about what Toub brought to the Bears:
It's not surprising to see Toub want a fresh start. Though he was successful enough to warrant an interview in Chicago, he was still a part of the old regime that Emery wants to change. Getting a new coach but keeping much of the same staff in place would be out of the norm in the NFL.
It's even less surprising to see another team want to snatch him up. The Bears' special teams unit was a factor that opponents had a hard time solving, and every other NFL team would want Toub's creative brand of special teams.