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It’s official: Dave Toub joins Kansas City Chiefs
Dave Toub is the first to go.
Toub, as expected, was officially named the special teams coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday afternoon. He leaves the Bears after nine successful seasons in charge of their special teams.
The Bears interviewed Toub last week for their head coaching vacancy, but he always was viewed as a longshot to replace Lovie Smith.
General manager Phil Emery granted the Chiefs permission to speak to Toub, who was signed by the Bears through 2013, about the lateral move. Toub previously worked with new Chiefs coach Andy Reid in Philadelphia before becoming one of Smith’s first hires.
Toub is the first assistant coach to leave the Bears after Smith was fired on Dec. 31.
“Dave is one of the league’s best special teams minds,” Reid told the Chiefs’ website. “He will bring an innovative approach and consistency to this group. Dave will get the most out of our players and I’m very happy he is joining our staff.”
Under Toub, Devin Hester blossomed into a star, others such as Corey Graham and Brendon Ayanbadejo became Pro Bowlers and the Bears’ special teams always were ranked among the league’s best.
The Bears finished 2006 and 2007 with the No. 1 overall ranking in special teams. Toub also was voted the Special Teams Coach of the Year after the 2006 season.
Toub was interviewed for the Miami Dolphins’ head coaching job last season.
It is unknown if assistant special teams coach Kevin O’Dea will take over for Toub or follow him to Kansas City. Like other assistants, O’Dea remains under contract with the Bears.
The Bears were linked to Cleveland Browns special teams coordinator Chris Tabor. But the Browns have not allowed teams to speak to him about assistant coach openings.
Toub was a vocal supporter of Smith.
”We are very lucky — the Chicago Bears are very lucky — to have Lovie Smith, and we better realize that,” Toub said two days before the Bears’ final regular-season game against the Detroit Lions on Dec. 30. ”Everybody better realize that.
”He lets coaches coach. He lets me do my job. He has total trust in everything that I do. Obviously, I don’t call everything without going through him, but he lets me design our schemes and doesn’t second-guess what we do. You can’t get a better situation as a coach.”