Chicago Bears special teams coach Dave Toub is the most recent candidate to have completed an interview with owner Stephen Ross and General Manager Jeff Ireland. He gave it his shot today, after former Tennessee Titans Head Coach Jeff Fisher and interim Dolphins Head Coach Todd Bowles were interviewed for the position that became vacant after Tony Sparano was fired on December 12th.
Toub just completed his eighth season with the Bears on Lovie Smith’s staff and his special teams unit has been ranked No. 1 in the league twice in 2006 and 2007. Those Bears were only the second team since 1990 to finish No. 1 in back-to-back seasons and he was voted as the Special teams Coach of the Year after the 2006 season. Last year Chicago finished fourth and was No. 3 heading into the final week of this season.
Four members of his special teams have been named to the Pro Bowl – kick returners Devin Hester and Johnny Knox, kicker Robbie Gould and special teamer Brendon Ayanbadejo, who went in successive seasons in 2006 and 2007 with Hester.
Prior to coming to the Bears, Toub was an assistant special teams and defensive line coach with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2001-03. He was a ninth-round draftchoice of the Eagles back in 1985 out of the University of Texas-El Paso and played for the Los Angeles Rams in 1986.
Toub honed his coaching skills at the collegiate level for 15 years before making the jump to the NFL, 12 of them at Missouri from 1989-2000. He began his coaching career in 1986 at UTEP as a graduate assistant and then was the head strength and conditioning coach from 1987-88.
The native of Ossining, N.Y., is married and he and his wife, Cheryl, have a son, Shane, and a daughter, Nicolette.