Friday, October 23, 2009
Chicago Bears special teams need to improve against the Cincinnati Bengals
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- It was not a good week to be in a meeting room with Chicago Bears special teams coach Dave Toub.
For most of the Atlanta game, special teams performed admirably. Notice I said, "for most of the Atlanta game."
"We didn't finish the way we like," Toub said. "That late 62-yard return by Eric Weems crushed us. We just can't have those breakdowns in critical times of the game. The players clearly understand that."
Up next for the Bears: a decent duo of Cincinnati return men in Andre Caldwell and Quan Cosby. Caldwell, the Bengals' second-leading receiver, averages only 19.6 yards per return, but Toub says those numbers can be deceiving.
"He's a lot like Weems," Toub said. "He's a north and south guy who likes to get up the field fast. We have to get in front of him and do a good job."
Cosby, a rookie out of Texas, is the burner of the group. He's averaging 13.1 yards per punt return, with a long of 60 yards.
"Very dangerous," Toub said. "He's been close like every week it seems like to breaking one. We have our hands full this week."
Bears fans don't need need reminding that one isolated special teams breakdown can change the course of a game.