A battle of great return men on MNF

November, 4, 2011
LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Chicago Bears special teams coach Dave Toub didn't have to go back too far in the archives to find compelling footage of Philadelphia Eagles punt return man DeSean Jackson.

"He's very dangerous," Toub said after Friday's practice. "We showed the Giants return again, the one [where] he dropped it, picked it up and ran it for a touchdown to win the game. He's so dangerous; he's so explosive. He's the most explosive returner we'll face this year. Our guys are very aware of that."

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AP Photo/Bill KostrounThe Eagles' DeSean Jackson returned a punt for a touchdown to beat the Giants last season.
Jackson's 65-yard punt return score versus New York in 2010 was his fourth special teams touchdown since being drafted by the Eagles in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Even though his numbers are modest this year through seven games (8 returns for 42 yards), Toub isn't going to take anything for granted on Monday night.

We're going to try and kick away from him, we're going to try and move the ball," Toub explained. "We're not going to serve it up to him by any means. We need to do everything right. We need to punt well, cover. We need to get off our blocks, protect, fan the field, make sure we stay in our lanes, gang tackle. It's not just going to be one guy. It has to be a team effort."

Philadelphia's coverage units probably feel the same way about Devin Hester, who has five career return touchdowns on Monday Night Football.

"He can do it at anytime, really, you just never know when it's going to happen," Toub said. "We got to get the right kick to us, guys got to block their guys, and he can do it at anytime. Monday he just has a little more juice it seems like. He knows everybody is watching. That plays a part in it. Everybody plays a little harder on Monday night."

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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