Bears ink Toub to two-year deal

Bears ink Toub to two-year deal
January 17, 2012, 7:42 pm
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Dave Toub, one of the originals on coach Lovie Smiths staff, will be on that staff for at least another year as the widely respected special teams coach has signed a two-year deal with the Bears.

Toub interviewed with the Miami Dolphins for their head coaching vacancy and is considered a likely head coach at some point.

Toub has fashioned arguably the top special teams units in the NFL over his time at Halas Hall. Eight times a Bear has gone to the Pro Bowl under Toub, most recently top cover man Corey Graham this season.

Toub has overseen the emergence, sometimes erratic, of Devin Hester as the NFLs greatest returner, and Robbie Gould, one of three special teams Pro Bowl selections in 2006, has become the fifth most accurate kicker in NFL history.

Bears special teams finished third in the NFL in 2011 based on a ranking system designed by Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News. Chicagos special teams has now ranked in the top third of the league for eight straight seasons under Toub, including finishing No. 1 overall in 2006 and 2007 and in the top six in five of the last six seasons (fourth in 2010 and sixth in 2009).

During Toubs tenure, the Bears have an NFL-high 22 kick return touchdowns compiled by six different players, which does not include two missed field goals returned for touchdowns or Hesters 92-yard kickoff return touchdown in Super Bowl XLI.