With Lovie Smith’s job security a popular topic in the media, special teams coordinator Dave Toub gave the Bears coach a ringing endorsement on Thursday.
“The one thing about Lovie, he’s always going to be the same, and that’s a great character trait as a head coach,” Toub said. “He doesn’t waver. If [something] is bothering him, he doesn’t let the players see it, he’s not letting the coaches see it.
“He’s been steady and we are very lucky, the Chicago Bears are very lucky to have Lovie Smith and we better realize that. Everybody better realize that.”
Hired as part of Smith’s original Bears staff in 2004, Toub enjoys their working relationship.
“He lets coaches coach,” Toub said. “He lets me do my job. He has total trust in everything that I do and as a coach you can’t ask for a better situation. Obviously I don’t call everything without going through him, but he lets us design our schemes and doesn’t second guess what we do. You can’t get a better situation as a coach.
“Lovie’s a great coach and he needs to stay here.”
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Finding a gunner on punt coverage to replace departed free agent Pro Bowler Corey Graham is at the top of special teams coordinator Dave Toub’s to-do list this summer.
“It’s key this year,” Toub said in advance of Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Broncos at Soldier Field. “We’ve got to replace Corey, so we’re trying to find that guy.”
Nickel back D.J. Moore will get the first opportunity.
“We think he can do it,” Toub said. “He’s got the quickest first step out of anybody on the team, so we think he’ll be able to get to the edge. It’s just a matter of him having the effort to go down every down and finish. It takes a lot of effort to play gunner because you’re going to get knocked down.
“It’s going to be brutal and you have to keep coming back. It takes a lot of tenacity to play that position. He thinks he can do it. I think he can. So we’re going to go with him at the start.”
Rashied Davis, a special teams standout with the Bears from 2005-10, also will get a chance to help fill the void. Davis was signed on Monday after Devin Thomas left training camp intending to retire.
“Rashied’s definitely a possibility,” Toub said. “He’s going to take all the spots that Devin Thomas did. He’s going to step right in and do all the positions that he played when he was here.”
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Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub was shocked and saddened Sunday to learn about the death of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid’s 29-year-old son Garrett.
Garrett Reid was found dead in his dorm room Sunday morning at Lehigh University, where he was staying while assisting Eagles strength coaches during Philadelphia’s training camp. Garrett had seemed to be rebounding from a troubled past that included drug arrests.
A decade after Andy Reid gave Toub his first NFL job, the Bears special teams coordinator remains close friends with the Eagles coach.
“I can’t even imagine something like that happening to your kid,” said Toub, who has two children. “It’s the worst thing in the world that could happen. Andy’s a great friend and I really feel for him. I sent him a text message, but what can you say?”
Toub and Reid had worked together at UTEP in 1987-88 and again at Missouri in 1989-91. When Toub and the rest of the Missouri staff were fired after the 2000 season, Reid hired Toub as an assistant special teams coach with the Eagles. He held that position for three years before joining the Bears as part of Lovie Smith’s first staff in 2004.
“Andy’s the one who got me in the league,” Toub said. “I owe him a lot. He’s been a great friend over the years and continues to be.”
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