The Chicago Bears signed special teams coordinator Dave Toub to a contract extension on Thursday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Chicago's special teams unit has ranked among the top third in the NFL throughout Toub's three-year tenure with the team, culminating in the unit's No. 1 overall ranking following the recently completed 2006 campaign - according to the Dallas Morning News ranking system. The Bears led the NFL with 179 points scored on special teams (six touchdowns, 32 field goals, 47 extra points), while the coverage teams tied for the league lead with four fumble recoveries. Chicago's six special teams fumble recoveries over the last two years is tied for the fourth-most in the NFL during that time. Overall, the Bears ranked in the top-10 in 15 of the 22 categories used in the ranking system. Toub coordinated Chicago to special teams rankings of 10th in 2004 and 11th in 2005.
Toub became the first special teams coach in team history to preside over three Pro Bowl performers in special teams specialist Brendon Ayanbadejo, kicker Robbie Gould, and kick returner Devin Hester – all making their first career all-star appearance. Matching a franchise record, Ayanbadejo tied for the team lead with 28 special teams tackles in 2006 to give him 53 over his two seasons with the team. Gould became the first Pro Bowl kicker in team history by leading all NFL kickers and ranking second overall with 143 points in 2006, one shy of the franchise record. The second-year kicker did set a team record with 32 field goals and is 53-of-63 (84.1%) to rank as the most accurate kicker in Bears history. Hester set an NFL record with six return touchdowns as a rookie - plus a seventh in the Super Bowl - while setting a team record with 600 punt return yards.
Chicago leads the NFL with five punt return touchdowns since 2004, recording at least one in each of Toub's seasons with the team, including a team record three in 2006. The Bears are the only team in the NFL to score on a punt return each of the last three years. Overall, the Bears have returned a league-high 10 kicked balls for touchdowns since 2004, including the postseason.