- Jeff Dickerson, ESPN Staff Writer
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CHICAGO -- The Kansas City Chiefs hired Dave Toub as special teams coach, the team announced Tuesday.
Toub spent the past nine seasons coaching the Chicago Bears' special teams, and he had one year left on his contract.
The Bears granted Toub permission to speak with several teams over the past week. Toub has strong ties to new Chiefs coach Andy Reid and coached for Reid in Philadelphia from 2001-03 before landing in Chicago in 2004 as part of Lovie Smith's original coaching staff.
"Dave is one of the league's best special teams minds," Reid told the Chiefs' official website.
The Bears consistently graded out as one of the NFL's top special teams under Toub with five players being selected to the Pro Bowl over the past nine years: Devin Hester, Robbie Gould, Johnny Knox, Brendon Ayanbadejo and Corey Graham. Toub was voted NFL Special Teams Coach of the Year in 2006 as the Bears finished with the league's No. 1 overall ranking. They were also No. 1 in 2007.
Toub interviewed for the Bears' vacant head coaching position Jan. 7 but was not named as a finalist for the job.
When it became apparent Toub would not return in 2013, the Bears attempted to interview Cleveland Browns special teams coordinator Chris Tabor, but were denied permission.
Bears assistant special teams coach Kevin O'Dea followed Toub to Kansas City.
The Bears replaced Toub with Joe DeCamillis, formerly of the Dallas Cowboys.
ESPNChicago.com's Michael C. Wright contributed to this report.
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