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.

19 responses to “Bears open door for Toub to interview for assistant jobs

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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    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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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?

  10. 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.

  11. 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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