2016 is Dave Toub's fourth season as Kansas City's special teams
coordinator, having joined the Chiefs staff after spending nine years in the same capacity with the Chicago Bears (2004-12).
While Dave is clearly an innovator in his return, protection, coverage, and block schemes, the secret to his success over the
seasons is his leadership ability. Spend 2 minutes with Dave and you know he's a leader of men.
Since Toub’s arrival in 2013, the Chiefs have eight special teams kick returns for touchdowns (four punt, four kickoff), which
is the most in the NFL over that span. The Chiefs also took over the top mark for kick return average in NFL history in 2013
averaging 29.9 yards per return.
In 2016, through 15 weeks, the Chiefs special teams unit ranks #3 overall in the NFL (www.ProFootballOutsiders.com), #1 in the
NFL in punt returns, and tied for the most punt returns over 20 yards, a mark of his unit's big play ability. In addition, rookie returner Tyreek Hill was named to the Pro Bowl, the 7th special teams player to earn such honors
under Toub, and the second returner in Kansas City under his guidance.
In 2015, the Chiefs special teams unit was once again one of the top units in the NFL. With Toub’s guidance, the Chiefs led the NFL
in kick return average (27.2) and a combined six return touchdowns over the last three seasons, tied for a league best. K Cairo Santos
logged 129 points on the season after passing Jan Stenerud's 1967 franchise record of most points by a rookie kicker (108) with 113
points in 2014. P Dustin Colquitt put 37 punts inside the 20 in 2015, adding to his franchise record of 353 total. Under Toub,
Kansas City’s special teams has been a strong point in the club’s success. The Chiefs also ranked second in the AFC and third in the
NFL in average opponent beginning field position, while their punt coverage unit allowed an average of just 6.5 yards per punt,
which ranked third in the AFC.
In 2014, the Chiefs finished with the #2 ranked special teams unit in the NFL (www.ProFootballOutsiders.com), despite leading two of the best returners in the NFL in Pro Bowl returner Dexter McCluster (Punt Returner) and Quintin Demps (Kick Returner), and working with an undrafted rookie kicker (Cairo Santos).
In 2013, Kansas City finished with the #1 ranked special teams unit in the NFL (www.ProFootballOutsiders.com) after hiring Daveaway from the Bears. Under Toub, the Chiefs vaulted 23 spots in the rankings in 2013. The Chiefs ranked first overall in average kickoff return (29.9 yards, an NFL record), punts inside the 20 (35) and points scored (30).
Toub is entering his 15th season in the NFL coaching ranks in 2015 after serving 14 years as a collegiate coach with two different schools.
Toub's special team units have finished in the top third of the league for eight straight seasons (2004-11) according to the Dallas Morning News ranking system, including a No. 1 overall finish in 2006 and 2007. For his efforts during the 2006 season, Toub garnered Special Teams Coach of the Year honors as voted on by his NFL coaching peers.
During his time in Chicago, Toub guided five different Bears players to eight Pro Bowl berths. Most notably, KR Devin Hester made three Pro Bowls under Toub's tutelage (2006, 2007 and 2010). WR Johnny Knox (2009), ST Brendon Ayanbadejo (2006-07), K Robbie Gould (2006) and ST Corey Graham (2011) also made the NFC Pro Bowl roster. In the 2007 season, Toub became the first special teams coach in Bears history to send multiple players to the Pro Bowl in consecutive seasons. The season prior marked the first time in team history a special teams coach tutored three Pro Bowl performers in one season.
Ones of the league's most creative special teams minds, Toub's Bears teams made the most of all opportunities to score. During Toub's tenure, Chicago had an NFL-high 22 kick return touchdowns compiled by six different players. The Bears also added touchdown returns on two missed field goals and a 92-yard kickoff return touchdown in Super Bowl XLI from Hester. Toub helped Hester develop into the NFL's all-time leader in kick return touchdowns (17) while compiling the fifth-best punt return average in NFL history (12.1 avg.). Hester set an NFL single-season record with five kick return touchdowns in his rookie campaign in 2006 and surpassed that mark one year later with six kick return touchdowns.
During Toub's time in Chicago, the Bears led the NFL in punt return yards (4,143), punt return touchdowns (15) and were third in punt return average (11.2). In addition, Toub's Bears registered 17,031 combined kick return yards (punt and kickoff) from 2004-12 to rank first in the league.
During Toub's stay in Chicago, the Bears punt coverage unit ranked first in the league allowing just 6.8 yards per return during those nine years. In 2012, Chicago's punt coverage unit ranked first in the league allowing just 3.4 yards per return, the only team to allow fewer than 100 punt return yards during the season. They ranked fourth in 2012, allowing 20.7 yards per kickoff return and Chicago was one of two teams to allow fewer than 1,000 total return yards (punt and kickoff).
Chicago blocked one field goal and one punt in 2012, giving them an NFL-best 24 blocked kicks under Toub's leadership.
During his stint with Philadelphia (2001-03), Toub helped Eagles special teams coordinator John Harbaugh earn 2001 NFL Special Teams Coach of the Year honors and the Eagles won the special teams titles in Toub's first and last season there (based on the Dallas Morning News ranking system).
Toub spent 15 seasons coaching at the collegiate level before making the jump to the NFL, highlighted by 12 years at Missouri (1989-00). He coached the defensive line for the final three years of his Missouri tenure (1998-00), spending the previous nine years (1989-97) as the school's head strength coach. He was named the Big 12 Conference's strength coach of the year. Toub began his coaching career in 1986 at his alma mater, Texas-El Paso, as a graduate assistant. One year later he began a two-year run as the school's head strength and conditioning coach (1987-88).