Dave Toub is now the highest-paid special teams coach in football with the Kansas City Chiefs. This contract does not come without merit. In the same job with the Chicago Bears, Toub’s unit was always considered one of the best in football. While he had an opportunity to interview for the Head Coaching vacancy, the Bears decided to go another direction with Marc Trestman.
As a Bears fan, I think Toub was a good coach. I am so relieved that he did not get the head coaching gig with the Bears. While Toub’s units have always been a strength of the Bears, it was time for a change and some outside thinking in Halas Hall. Toub just wasn’t that guy. This doesn’t mean he isn’t a good coach, it just means that the direction of the organization had to come from a new voice.
For Chiefs fans, Toub will be a welcome addition to the club. According to NFL Outsiders, the Chiefs special teams unit ranked 22nd in the NFL (for a comparison, the Bears ranked sixth). For new Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, obviously this is a priority. Toub brings the experience to make this unit better. Toub and Reid worked together with the Philadelphia Eagles and their being reunited isn’t much of a surprise. Whenever Toub’s contract was up with the Bears, Reid would seek his services.
Toub makes no secrets of the fact he’d like to be a head coach in the league. While the opportunity didn’t present itself this season, you can be sure his name will be thrown around for years to come. This is a good move for the Chiefs and brings in another experienced coach.