Up Close: Chicago Bears’ Special Teams

June 23, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Chicago Bears have had great special teams ever since head coach Lovie Smith arrived, but when it comes to just how good they are, you have to give almost all the credit to special teams coordinator Dave Toub. 
It was (and is) Toub who has constructed the schemes that the special teams unit uses, and he helps to ensure that players are drafted to help fit the needs on special teams.  Despite the fact that this unit has some turnover, they are able to plug in players as needed to keep moving ahead and be one of the best special teams units in the NFL.
While the 2006 and 2007 special teams units were some of the best in league history, the more recent ones, including the 2008 and 2009 units, haven’t been that bad, but they haven’t been too good at times either. 
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