After nine seasons in charge of special teams in Chicago, Dave Toub's time with the Bears is at an end. On Thursday, he agreed to join the Kansas City Chiefs, where he will serve in the same capacity under new head coach Andy Reid.
Toub was fixture as special teams coordinator during the entirety of Lovie Smith's tenure as head coach, and was responsible for a unit that was both well-regarded and highly decorated.
Eight Pro Bowl trips were earned by Bears special teams players under Toub's stewardship, including three for KR Devin Hester (2006-07, and 2010), two for ST Brendon Ayanbadejo (2006-07), and one each for KR Johnny Knox (2009), ST Corey Graham (2011), and K Robbie Gould (2006). Toub is the only coordinator that Hester, the all-time NFL leader in kick return touchdowns (17), has ever had.
The Miami Dolphins interviewed Toub for their head coaching job after the 2011 season. After being passed over in favor of Joe Philbin, Toub signed a two-year contract extension with the Bears, but will depart in the wake of Lovie Smith's termination.
Joe Maddon's themed road trips are the stuff of legend.
Cubs fans will remember the "onesie" road trip from last season, a trip that featured Jake Arrieta's no-hitter at Dodger Stadium and the team pajama party that followed — as well as Arreita's post-no-no press conference, during which he wore a mustache-themed onesie.
Well, the first themed road trip of the 2016 campaign is here, and the Cubs were all dressed up following Sunday's loss to the Braves at Wrigley Field.
The theme this week is "minimalist zany," something Maddon concocted while online shopping during spring training. He said he wanted the team to dress up in suits — but not conventional suits, an obvious Maddon touch.
Check out the Cubs in their "minimalist zany" duds.
A pair of former Northwestern defenders are on their way to the NFL despite not getting drafted this weekend.
Safety Traveon Henry and defensive end Deonte Gibson signed with NFL teams on Saturday following the conclusion of the NFL Draft, Henry going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Gibson to the Detroit Lions.
Henry was the Wildcats' third-leading tackler last season, recording 74 total tackles in addition to his three tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.
Gibson led the team and tied for sixth in the Big Ten with nine sacks, also recording 39 total tackles and 12.5 tackles for loss.
Two other former Cats were drafted on Saturday. Defensive end Dean Lowry went to the Green Bay Packers at No. 137, and full back Dan Vitale went to the Buccaneers at No. 197.
At one point, some expected Cardale Jones to be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft.
But the quarterback who led Ohio State to a national championship a year and a half ago struggled last season, eventually getting replaced as the Buckeyes' starter by J.T. Barrett.
That obviously had a negative effect on Jones' draft stock, but the former Buckeye still got picked this weekend. And when his name was announced, well, let's just say his excitement was apparent.
Someone who was with Jones when the Bills made him the No. 139 pick in the draft grabbed a video of Jones ripping his tank top off, Hulk Hogan-style, in pure elation.
Take a look:
Not a bad way to kick off your NFL career.