Toub: Amid Chaos, Business As Usual For Bears
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(WSCR) With the ink still wet on his new, two-year contract with the Bears signed Tuesday, special teams coordinator Dave Toub joined The McNeil and Spiegel Show to discuss the state of the Bears.
The Bears are without a general manager, and now, could be without an offensive coordinator if Mike Tice is hired by the Raiders. Toub said regardless of the unknown circumstances, it’s business as usual around Halas Hall right now.
“It’s just like usual,” Toub said. “We’re going to work. We have strong leadership. Lovie is a great leader. We’re not going to miss a beat. I guarantee it — we won’t miss a beat until we get a new general manager. We’ll be fine.
LISTEN: Dave Toub on The McNeil and Spiegel Show
“Right now, we’re just really looking at our guys. This time of the year, that’s really what we’d be doing anyway. It’s about our guys on our team now. Do we want them back? Do we not want them back?”
Toub also addressed the noticeable regression by Devin Hester over the latter part of the 2011 season.
“Devin got hurt,” he said. “He had the ankle injury and he couldn’t even practice during the week. … Really, it showed up later in the year. If you don’t practice during the week and you just try to show up for the game, your timing is off, your ability to catch punts in a crowd. You have to stay on top of those skills at all times. He got a little bit skittish. We saw it on tape. He just wasn’t himself.”
One issue the Bears need to address this offseason is the fate of special teams standout Corey Graham.
“Corey had a Pro Bowl season last year. There’s no question. That’s the way it goes in the NFL,” Toub said. “You have that great year, and everyone recognizes you. Then, if you follow it up with a good, solid year, you end up getting in. That’s really what happened to Corey. … He’s really the glue that held everything together for us.”