Chris Tabor should be special teams coach in demand next month
The Chicago Bears have been movin’ on up like George Jefferson when it comes to the comprehensive special teams rankings that have been popularized by Dallas Morning News writer Rick Gosselin.
The formula, which charts all teams in 22 categories in special teams, gives a complete look at that side of the game, and with two weeks to play in the regular season the Bears are now second, trailing only the Cleveland Browns. They moved up four sports after their 40-14 victory Monday night at Minnesota, getting help with a 64-yard punt return touchdown by Devin Hester and four Robbie Gould field goals, among other things.
The Bears finished first in 2006 and 2007 and this time special teams coordinator Dave Toub hopes one thing comes out of it: a coordinator job elsewhere for his capable assistant Chris Tabor.
"He is so ready," Toub said. "I've been in that role, same as him three years as an assistant when I was in Philly. This is his third year and I know how he feels. He's needs to get his own spot. He has the system, he can motivate, he's a great teacher. The guys respect him. It's time."
There is typically decent turnover in special teams and Tabor should be on some lists for interviews because he will bring with him a proven system that Toub learned in Philadelphia from Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh. Look for Tabor’s name to pop up again next month.
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