Toub: Trick return play can be repeated

September, 28, 2011
9/28/11
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub has no regrets over calling the now infamous trick punt return down 10 points late in the fourth quarter of a 27-17 loss to the Packers on Sunday at Soldier Field.

The play would have resulted in a Johnny Knox 89-yard touchdown had the officials not flagged Corey Graham for a controversial holding penalty. The sequence was set up when Devin Hester and rest of the return team acted as if Hester was going to field a punt that instead actually landed on the opposite side of the field in the hands of Knox, who had nothing but daylight on his way to the end zone.

"If we score right there, we're kicking an onside kick, and we get the ball 10, 15 more yards, we're kicking a field goal to tie the game," Toub said. "We needed that play at that time.

"We're playing the Green Bay Packers. That's the time we wanted to use it. We wanted to win that game right there."

However, Toub will have to think twice about using the play again now that it's been seen by the rest of the NFL. He actually received phone calls after the game from other coaches around the league who told Toub they plan to use the play as a teaching tool for their punt coverage units.

"You certainly couldn't put Johnny on the field on punt return and think you are going to run the same play," Toub said. "You might be able to do some sort of variation to make them think you are going to run that play or do something different. You can do it with somebody else in there. All you have to do is fool a gunner to the side of the kick. If you get him fooled, then you have a chance.

"I think there are other teams that will try and run this play."

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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