Chicago Bears: Chris Tabor

Browns deny Bears chance to talk to Tabor

January, 14, 2013
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With Dave Toub drawing plenty of interest around the league, the Bears attempted to interview Cleveland Browns special teams coordinator Chris Tabor, but were denied permission along with five other teams, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

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Raj Mehta/USA TODAY SportsThe Browns' Chris Tabor led one of the best special teams units in the NFL this season.
Tabor just completed his second season in Cleveland where he helped transform the Browns into one of the best special teams units in the league, finishing the 2012 campaign ranked No. 2 in kickoff coverage, No. 1 in field-goal percentage, No. 3 in punt return average and No. 8 in kickoff return average.

Before being hired by the Browns, Tabor worked three seasons under Toub as the Bears' assistant special teams coach from 2008-10. They first worked together at the University of Missouri from 1997-2000 where Tabor began his coaching career as the Tigers' offensive graduate assistant coach before eventually moving up to coach running backs and special teams. Toub spent 12 seasons in Columbia where he served as the school's head strength coach and later coached the defensive line before making the jump to the NFL in 2001.

But with Tabor seemingly off-limits despite Cleveland firing head coach Pat Shurmur and hiring Rob Chudzinski, the Bears must explore other avenues to protect themselves in the event Toub departs.

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