Since firing head coach Mike McCoy after Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the San Diego Chargers have begun requesting permission to interview potential candidates. The first names we saw were defensive coordinators Matt Patricia of the New England Patriots and Vance Joseph of the Miami Dolphins. Today, we get a special teams coach from the Chiefs, Dave Toub.
The Chargers have requested permission to interview Chiefs special teams Dave Toub for their HC position— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 3, 2017
Toub, an offensive lineman in college, was selected in the ninth round of the 1985 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles and played with the Los Angeles Rams the following year. After his brief playing career, Toub went back to his alma mater as a graduate assistant and began working his way up the ranks. He spent the years from 1987 through 1998 as a Strength & Conditioning Coach with UTEP and the University of Missouri. He spent the next three seasons as the defensive line coach for Mizzou before taking on a Special Teams/Quality control coach role with the Philadelphia Eagles from ‘01 to ‘03 before coordinating the Chicago Bears’ special teams from 2004 to 2012. In 2013, he was hired by the Chiefs in the same role and is still there now.
Dave Toub is very highly thought of by many around the league, and special teams coaches, in general, are among the best suited for head coaching roles. They are one of the only coaches that have to deal with everyone on the roster, and they are used to handling different phases of the game. Toub may not be the most exciting name we’ve seen, but he’s arguably one of the best possible candidates for the Chargers head coaching vacancy.