Reuter: Top underclassmen
Now that the draft declaration deadline has passed, Chad Reuter scouts the underclassmen, including 'Bama's Dre Kirkpatrick. **More ...**
The Bears' special teams have consistently ranked among the NFL's best since Toub arrived in 2004 as part of coach Lovie Smith's first staff. Toub has helped Devin Hester develop into one of the greatest kick returners of all time and seen Robbie Gould establish himself as one of the league's most accurate kickers.
Five players have combined for eight Pro Bowl selections under Toub, with Hester making it in 2006, 2007 and 2010.
Leading that parade of touchdowns is Hester, of course. He is the NFL's all-time leader with 17 kick-return touchdowns, but the Bears' special teams have been successful in just about every area.
Although they've locked in Toub, the Bears still have some openings to fill. They're looking for a general manager to replace the fired Jerry Angelo -- San Diego Chargers director of player personnel Jimmy Raye was the latest to interview -- along with a passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach and offensive line coach to work under new offensive coordinator Mike Tice.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.