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Andy Reid says Dave Toub is cut out to be a head coach

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Andy Reid believes Dave Toub would make a terrific head coach one day in the NFL, and the Philadelphia Eagles coach said he doesn't need to diversify his resume in order to prepare for the big jump.

"I have always said that on your staff the coach that is probably best prepared to be the head coach is your special teams coach because they have to deal with everyone on the roster plus you guys,'' Reid said. "And that's a tough thing to do. Very seldom does a special teams coach come out of a game and say, `Everything went well today.' It just doesn't happen. Normally, one phase somewhere, because you're dealing with so many different phases, wasn't as good as you wanted it to be.

"I think Dave Toub would be a great head coach down the road. I don't think he needs to switch anything. I think there are a lot of special teams coaches in this league that would be good head coaches."

Reid is the first coach to give Toub a job in the NFL, hiring him as an assistant special teams coach in 2001. He also helped out on the defensive line before coming to the Bears in 2004. Reid had another former assistant become a head coach in John Harbaugh. He served as the Eagles' longtime special teams coach before becoming the secondary coach in 2007, his last post before the Baltimore Ravens hired him. Toub was an assistant under Harbaugh.

"I guess it did,'' Reid said when he was asked if the defensive post helped Harbaugh. "I know how [Ravens general manager] Ozzie [Newsome] feels about special teams coaches, though. Ozzie knows. He knows this about them. I don't think it would have mattered if John was our secondary coach or a special teams coach, I think Ozzie would have been interested in him in either case.''

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Ried has spent his entire career around winning coaches. Toub has all the tools but even he would need to be put in a good system. Look at Harbaugh, his GM is Ozzie Newsome, one of the top GM's in football. Harbaugh had Rex Ryan as his DC his first year, that really helps out a coach. Toub would be great in a place like Indy or Pit but in Chicago nobody is going to succeed until a better GM, scouting team and system on offense and defense are established.

Lovie, Turner, Angelo, the Team as a whole are all symptoms of a problem that is the philosophy of the organization. Look no further than Ted Phillips, he is an accountant who knows little about football, but he is the boss. Why is he the Boss because he is a money guy not a football guy, winning does not matter, making money matters to him and to this family. Granted that is what you want to do, you want to make money, but the primary goal should be to win, the more you win the more money you make, the more people that watch your team because they are good, the bigger revenue stream you get. But the Bears want it to be simple, run the team the way it has always been run. Pay lip service to the fans about blue collar nonsense, being a running team, wanting to win a championship. Their is no urgency to win a title at least not from the top. Virginia isn't walking around asking when this team is going to the Super Bowl. She isn't eating lunch with the team like Rooney does, she sits above the team watching the money roll in. Why try hard to win anything if you don't love the game, and you are making a fortune anyway? Its not like Angelo is affraid he will go broke, Lovie is secure as well you fire him and he gets 11 million dollars. Its a lot easier to quit when you have nothing to loose. Angelo knows his scouting system and drafting has sucked, yet he has done little to change the scouting group. Why? Lovie knows this team is not a running team but for some odd reason he keeps saying they are. Why? Fear of change. Lip service to the fans, lip service to an organization stuck in the past.

I'm glad someone pointed this out. All the talk about replacing Lovie with a Shannahan or a Cowheror or a Gruden (not anymore, though) is good and all, but the best, most realistic option is Dave Toub. Over the years, he has been the one constant presence on the team. When Special Teams has a bad game, they don't have two bad games in a row. He's a taskmaster, a perfectionist, and a guy who has turned the Bears' Special Teams unit into a feared entity. I'd like to see him become a head coach (if not our head coach), or at the very least become the assistant head coach for the Bears pretty soon here. He might shine around here like Ditka did.

Luckily we have our spotless and perfect coach Lovie that we would not have to worry about another potential head coach. BTW:

One day after firing Dick Jauron, the Buffalo Bills have wasted no time identifying a potential replacement. Buffalo has contacted and is in the process of arranging a meeting with former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, according to two NFL sources. Shanahan, a two-time Super Bowl winner with the Broncos, is said to be willing to listen to the Bills. He has said in the past that he is determined to return to the NFL next season.

ESPN.com's Tim Graham.

This is awesome, because we the fans would never want another coach. I hope Shanahan and Cower get removed because we do not want a disciplined and successful coach! Man Law!!!!!

Sounds like it is time for him.

Fire lovie smith that can't coach and never will be able to...and put Toub in his place that is the only coach on the bears that knows how to coach. Not rocket science here.

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