With Corey Graham as the latest Bears special-teams standout heading to a Pro Bowl, its entirely possible that the Bears could be going into the 2012 season with not one, but two new coordinators.
Special teams coordinator Dave Toub, the architect of arguably the most consistently strong units in franchise history, is without a contract after this season. He, like offensive coordinator Mike Martz, turned down an extension before this season and a new deal has not been concluded to this point.
Not yet, Toub told CSNChicago.com on Wednesday. Im not concerned.
Working in Toubs favor are coaching vacancies, current and to come, at the head-coach and assistant level, since he will be free to discuss any openings. Those represent leverage, and the current success of a former special-teams coach -- Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, formerly with Toub on the Philadelphia Eagles staff -- also is a major positive in a league where teams look around to see whats worked elsewhere.
The Bears could not match the money that would come with a head-coaching offer but options in other places translate into better offers even in place.
Toub has expressed hope in the past that he would get an opportunity to be a head coach. But as far as things working out in Chicago, I hope so, he said.