CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 13: Special teams coach Dave Toub of the Chicago Bears gives instructions to the players against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on November 13, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 37-13. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Dave Toub
Devin Hester may have to forget an old aquaintance in 2012. His mentor might be leaving.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports unsurprising, but still not great news. Special teams coordinator Dave Toub has been given permission to interview for the Miami Dolphins head coaching job.
At Monday's press conference, Lovie Smith said that he hopes to hold onto Toub, but knows that will be tough.
"I think it's pretty safe to say that I kind of like what he does and he likes it around here. But in the same sense I know that Dave has goals too that he would like to get accomplished. And every coach on our staff, especially coaches who have been on the staff for eight years, you would like to see them take another step. I know one of the things Dave would like to do is someday be a head football coach and hopefully he has that opportunity some day.”
It's no surprise that other teams are interested. Toub has consistently put together the best special teams units in the league. He comes up with genius plays that are flawlessly executed by his players. Devin Hester and Corey Graham both made the Pro Bowl as special teamers under Toub's watch.
Losing him would be a devastating blow to the Bears, but it's surprising that the Bears have held onto him for this long.