- Michael C. Wright, ESPN Staff Writer
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Two days after interviewing in a Chicagoland hotel for the club's head coaching job, Chicago Bears special teams coach Dave Toub met Wednesday with Carolina coach Ron Rivera for a position as special teams coach on the Panthers staff, sources confirmed.
The Charlotte Observer first reported the news.
Currently under contract with Chicago, which previously told assistants from Lovie Smith's staff they couldn't pursue other opportunities around the NFL, Toub was allowed to interview with Carolina because the Panthers asked and received permission from the Bears, according to multiple sources.
Toub has a history with Rivera, as the two worked together on Smith's staff from 2004-06.
A member of the Bears coaching staff since 2004, Toub has directed the Bears to finishes in the top third of the league in special-teams rankings done by the Dallas Morning News for a ninth consecutive year.
Under Toub, Bears special teamers have received eight Pro Bowl nods, and in 2007 he became the first special teams coach in team history to send multiple players to the Pro Bowl in consecutive seasons. In 2006, Toub's unit resulted in three Pro Bowl nods, which marked the first time in team history that occurred.