Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Source: Bears interview Toub
By Jeff Dickerson
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears took their head coaching search in-house when they interviewed special teams coordinator Dave Toub for the position on Monday, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Toub interviewed for the Miami Dolphins' head coaching vacancy last season.
He remains under contract with the Bears through the 2013 season.
Messages to Toub's agent looking for a comment went unreturned.
An original member of Lovie Smith's staff who joined the Bears organization in 2004, Toub has molded the club's special teams unit into one of the top outfits in the league over the last nine years. The Bears had the No. 1 rated special teams in 2006 and 2007 and are annually ranked in the top third of the league.
Under Toub, the Bears have produced four Pro Bowl players: Devin Hester, Johnny Knox, Brendon Ayanbadejo and Robbie Gould.
Toub is the fourth known special teams coach to be considered for the Bears' head coaching position, joining Atlanta's Keith Armstrong, Dallas' Joe DeCamillis and Minnesota's Mike Priefer.
The Tribune reported the Toub interview earlier Tuesday.
The Bears have also interviewed or requested permission to speak with: Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr., Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Montreal Alouttes head coach Marc Trestman, Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements, Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Minnesota Vikings special assistant to the head coach Mike Singletary.