Repeating as the NFL’s top-ranked special teams unit apparently wasn’t enough to get Bears coach Dave Toub honored for a second straight season.
San Diego Chargers special teams coach Steve Crosby will be honored as the special teams coach of the year Tuesday at a banquet in Nevada by Professional Kicking Services, Inc. Toub took home he hardware from the event last year.
Perhaps the voters—the special teams coaches themselves—figured Toub had plenty of advantage with Devin Hester, who is on pace to shatter scoring records for special teams after only two seasons. How else do you explain the coach of the top unit not winning?
The Chargers scored five special teams touchdowns, including the record-setting 109-yard return of a missed field goal by Antonio Cromartie. Of course, Hester had six special teams touchdowns by himself in 2007. The Bears led the league in scoring and blocked kicks and were in the top 10 in 14 of 22 categories. San Diego was in the top 10 in 12 categories.
In the rankings published by Dallas Morning News football guru Rick Gosselin, the Bears edged Crosby’s Chargers by 5 1/2 points to finish atop the league.
Gosselin picked up a complex scoring system from Frank Gansz when he was the special teams coach for the Kansas City Chiefs more than 25 years ago. At least it was close. For what it’s worth, the top five was rounded out by San Francisco, and a tie for fourth between Buffalo and Houston.