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.
About an hour and 40 minutes before the Bears kicked off against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Bears chairman George H. McCaskey released a statement following President Trump's comments about the NFL and National Anthem protests over the weekend:
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told CBS his team will remain in the locker room and will not participate in the National Anthem before Sunday's game.
A number of players knelt during the Star-Spangled Banner prior to Sunday morning's Baltimore Ravens-Jacksonville Jaguars game at Wembley Stadium in London, and Jaguars owner Shad Khan locked arms with his players during the anthem.
Other NFL owners released statements on the Trump comments over the weekend, too:
The Pittsburgh Steelers will not participate in the National Anthem on Sunday at Soldier Field, according to Jamie Erdahl.
The decision follows Donald Trump's recent comments on NFL protests at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama.
"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired," Trump said.
No word on what the Bears will do yet, but the Steelers will be in the locker room.