The one Chicago Bears head coaching candidate no one seems to mention

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Chicago Bears, Dave Toub
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Dave Toub would have plenty to offer the Chicago Bears

Let’s get the first point out of the way. John Harbaugh is a perfect example of how a special teams coordinator can handle running a football team. What is interesting here is that Dave Toub was a special teams coach under John Harbaugh (special teams coordinator) while in Philadelphia. This also means that Harbaugh is technically a part of the Andy Reid tree as well.

John Harbaugh was the Eagles special teams coordinator from 1998 to 2007. In 2007, Harbaugh was also the team’s defensive backs coach. The Ravens hired Harbaugh as their head coach the following season and the rest is history.

Harbaugh is in his 14th season with one Super Bowl victory and nine playoff appearances. It will be 10 playoff appearances though once the 2021 regular season comes to an end. Harbaugh is the most successful case, but Joe Judge is now coaching the New York Giants (time will tell with him) and although he didn’t go from a special teams coordinator to the Patriots’ head coach, Bill Belichick was a special teams coordinator before taking on the roll of linebackers coach and then defensive coordinator for six years before getting his first head coaching gig with the Browns.

One thing that sets special teams coordinators apart from offensive and defensive coordinators is the fact they work with the entire team, all the coaches and even the staff. It’s like an inside-track to running an entire team — also known as becoming a head coach.

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According to Prime Time Sports Talk, heading into the 2020 season, there have been 500 head coaches to date to coach at least one game. Only 20 percent (100) have coached 100 games and only three percent (3) of those 100 were special teams coordinators before becoming head coaches in the NFL. John Harbaugh is one, but do you know one of the other three? His name is Mike Ditka.

Could bringing in Dave Toub as the Chicago Bears’ next head coach be the change this team needs?