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Special teams turnover at the top?

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Special teams turnover at the top?

With Corey Graham as the latest Bears special-teams standout heading to a Pro Bowl, its entirely possible that the Bears could be going into the 2012 season with not one, but two new coordinators.

Special teams coordinator Dave Toub, the architect of arguably the most consistently strong units in franchise history, is without a contract after this season. He, like offensive coordinator Mike Martz, turned down an extension before this season and a new deal has not been concluded to this point.

Not yet, Toub told CSNChicago.com on Wednesday. Im not concerned.

Working in Toubs favor are coaching vacancies, current and to come, at the head-coach and assistant level, since he will be free to discuss any openings. Those represent leverage, and the current success of a former special-teams coach -- Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, formerly with Toub on the Philadelphia Eagles staff -- also is a major positive in a league where teams look around to see whats worked elsewhere.

The Bears could not match the money that would come with a head-coaching offer but options in other places translate into better offers even in place.

Toub has expressed hope in the past that he would get an opportunity to be a head coach. But as far as things working out in Chicago, I hope so, he said.

Ranking the top 5 Bears players on current roster

Ranking the top 5 Bears players on current roster

Expectations for the Bears this season have been understandably low, but that's not to say there's no talent on John Fox's roster. 

The Chicago Tribune's Dan Wiederer dropped by the CSN studio to rank the top five players suiting up this year: 

5. Prince Amukamara, CB

Wiederer's take: Terrific offseason, high hopes on what he can bring to secondary.

4. Josh Sitton, OL

Wiederer's take: Proven and understands exactly what it takes to win in this league. 

3. Akiem Hicks, DE

Wiederer's take: Defensive MVP a season ago, durable.

2. Leonard Floyd, OLB

Wiederer's take: Had a very strong camp, could be a breakout year if he can stay healthy. 

1. Jordan Howard, RB

Wiederer's take: Had a huge rookie campaign, gotta be at the top of the list.

Watch the video above to see the Bears beat reporter's full analysis. 

Bears Talk Podcast: Glennon, Trubisky moving in opposite directions

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Bears Talk Podcast: Glennon, Trubisky moving in opposite directions

On this episode of Bears Talk Podcast, Vinnie Duber and JJ Stankevitz discuss the performances of quarterbacks Mike Glennon and Mitch Turbisky in the Bears’ first preseason game and what each guy faces moving forward. Plus, JJ talks with Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic about the best of Bears training camp. And Vinnie and JJ takes a look ahead to the Bears’ second preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.