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Bears open door for Toub to interview for assistant jobs

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Bears special teams coach Dave Toub is part of the cast of thousands interviewing for the Bears head coaching job.

But it doesn’t take much reading of the tea leaves to think he’s not the leading candidating, since the Bears are letting him look at lateral moves.

Toub interviewed for the Dolphins head coaching job last year, and he’s one of four special teams coaches on the Bears list.

But according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears have given permission to the Panthers and Chiefs to talk to Toub about assistant coaching jobs, despite Toub’s contract running through 2013.

The Charlotte Observer reported Toub interviewed with Panthers head coach Ron Rivera Wednesday.

One of the top special teams coaches in the business, Toub would be an upgrade for either the Panthers or Chiefs. He has long-standing relationships with both Rivera and Chiefs coach Andy Reid, working with Reid at both the college and pro level.

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19 Responses to “Bears open door for Toub to interview for assistant jobs”
  1. pilot2011 says: Jan 10, 2013 5:52 PM

    oh the he love of God please come to Charlotte. The panthers special teams have certainly been “special” for several years now.

  2. dabearsk says: Jan 10, 2013 5:54 PM

    That’s too bad for the Bears Toub is a very good ST coach…I’m sure the Chiefs will snap him up…Given Rivera’s short leash in Carolina if I were him I wouldn’t go there.

  3. thevza says: Jan 10, 2013 6:01 PM

    For the record, these other teams would have to add the extra title of “Assistant Head Coach” for Toub to interview with them. Not just a straight lateral move. Bears aren’t that dumb.

  4. purpleguy says: Jan 10, 2013 6:09 PM

    Geez, that’s the one coach they should keep.

  5. Christian says: Jan 10, 2013 6:11 PM

    Not really understanding this move. The Bears would be wise to keep him, especially since he’s under contract.

  6. mcmeen0576 says: Jan 10, 2013 6:14 PM

    Hate to see him leave, but the times….they are a’ changin

  7. cadillacjosh says: Jan 10, 2013 7:00 PM

    Man I really want to keep him. Any other team would be lucky to have him. The Bears special teams are always fantastic. Even in Hester’s down year, he still was in the top half for both punt and kick returns. I think kick returns was like 9th, or something like that, but dont quote.

  8. kattykathy says: Jan 10, 2013 7:01 PM

    thevza says: Jan 10, 2013 6:01 PM

    For the record, these other teams would have to add the extra title of “Assistant Head Coach” for Toub to interview with them. Not just a straight lateral move. Bears aren’t that dumb.

    No, another team does not have to add “Assistant Head Coach” to his title. They could make him ST Coach/Kicking Game Coordinator.

    And yes, they ARE that dumb.

  9. larryboodry says: Jan 10, 2013 7:12 PM

    Please don’t go, Dave!

  10. vltrophy14 says: Jan 10, 2013 8:31 PM

    Maybe the Bears owners don’t know your supposed to move forwards not backward. Maybe da Bears want a top 10 draft pick for 2014. Singletary won’t advance da Bears as he’s a mediocre HC should they hire him. Packers will continue our dominance over the NFC north. The last 2 years we’re 11-1 in our div. Packers rule

  11. vltrophy14 says: Jan 10, 2013 8:34 PM

    Currently the NFC north teams have a total of 5 Super Bowls. Packers have 4 of them. GO PACK GO!!!

  12. monstersofthemidway545051 says: Jan 10, 2013 9:00 PM

    Toub is great. I wish him the best.

  13. daCoach says: Jan 10, 2013 9:20 PM

    Emery is letting him interview in case the new coach wants to bring in a different guy, which would be a mistake. Hopefully the new coach whoever it is wants to keep him. Showing alot of respect to a guy who deserves it.

  14. cfos00 says: Jan 10, 2013 9:30 PM

    I can’t imagine who they could hire that would be an upgrade to Toub. This would be a big loss for a group that’s consistently a big strength. I really hope he sticks around.

  15. voiceofsweetness says: Jan 10, 2013 10:23 PM

    Not sure how the Bears could let him go. Any coach they bring in would be crazy not to want him on their staff. Proven track record as one of the best ST coaches in the league. Not like they will find an upgrade there. If a HC came in and didn’t want him then he’s probably not smart enough to be a HC

  16. voiceofsweetness says: Jan 10, 2013 10:25 PM

    Depending on the real circumstances here it may be the first move by Emery that I hate. Even to let another team talk to him

  17. comeonnowguys says: Jan 11, 2013 6:58 AM

    Maybe they aren’t going to hire him as head coach, but still want to do right by him?

    Arguably the best special teams coach for years with Chicago, and if he’s not a serious contender for the vacancy, it could be tougher to just sit back under a new regime.

    Also, there’s what, 13 candidates? Why is the mere fact that one of them is Mike Singletary mean the team is going backward? After hearing what the team has been saying, and looking at most of the candidates’ background (offense), what makes you think they’re seriously going to hire Singletary?

  18. gobears84 says: Jan 11, 2013 7:22 AM

    The title Assistant Head Coach does not have to be added since the Bears granted him permission to explore lateral moves. That only comes into play when when someone is interviewing for what would be a promotion. In this case, the Bears gave him permission, so title is not an issue unless the Bears want to block a lateral move.

  19. mute617 says: Jan 11, 2013 8:08 AM

    Wow, I don’t like letting him go. Bears special teams is the only thing that’s been scary for years. They’ll probably try to play it off like no big deal but that’s what they said when Rivera left & the Bears D backslid for a couple seasons before maranelli came in.

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