It's usually not cause for celebration. But, the Bears certainly were excited to announce the return of special teams coordinator Dave Toub, who signed a two-year extension.
He's one of the best in the league, strong enough that he earned an interview for the Miami Dolphins head coaching vacancy.
But his return certainly is important, as coach Lovie Smith prepares for an important 2012 season. Smith is under contract through 2013, but he's only really been promised 2012. Bears president Ted Phillips made clear that any general manager hired to replace Jerry Angelo would do so with the understanding Smith would be the coach next season.
According to NFL Network, Toub will be paid $1 million a year, ranking him among the league's highest-paid special teams coordinators.
Toub's unit had a standout 2011 season, and they finished third in a ranking system by the Dallas Morning News. Toub's unit has now ranked in the top third of the league for the last eight seasons, including at No. 1 in 2006 and 2007.
Special teams ace Corey Graham will make his first Pro Bowl appearance later this month. Under Toub, Devin Hester, Johnny Knox, Robbie Gould and Brendon Ayanbadejo also have made Pro Bowl appearances.