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New punter has handle on Bears' schemes

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The wind does not figure to be a factor during today's game with the Kansas City Chiefs, and new punter Dirk Johnson doesn't think the Bears' special teams playbook will be an issue for him either. Johnson's first full season as the Eagles' punter was in 2003 when Dave Toub was the assistant special teams coach in Philly.


"I was with Toub for one year," Johnson said. "I know the system and I know what he's trying to do. That helps instead of coming into a situation cold. But there's not much of a learning curve to punting."

Johnson practiced holding for kicker Robbie Gould before the game. He did it all season last year in Philadelphia before Eagles coach Andy Reid made the decision to replace him as the holder with quarterback Ty Detmer for the playoffs. It was a hot issue at the time, because the Cowboys had lost the night before Philly's wild-card playoff game against the Giants. Dallas fell in Seattle when Tony Romo botched the hold on a gimmee field goal that would have won the game.

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