Is a Special Teams Coordinator our next hire?


According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago TribuneChris Tabor, the assistant to the Special Teams Coordinator Dave Toub of the Chicago Bears could be joining the Panthers’ as our new Special Teams Coordinator.  Rivera does not have ties to Tabor but does have ties with Toub when they both worked together in Philly.  The Panthers cannot talk to Tabor until the Bears are done with the playoffs, but once they are they won’t have to worry about asking the Bears for an interview because Tabor’s contract expires at the end of their season.

Here is Tabor’s bio from the Chicago Bear’s website:

Chris Tabor is in his third season as Chicago’s assistant special teams coach after being hired on February 22, 2008. Tabor came to the Bears after spending two seasons at Western Michigan University as the Broncos running backs and special teams coach.

In two seasons as an assistant to special teams coordinator Dave Toub, Tabor has helped his unit finish eighth and sixth in the NFL (according to the Dallas Morning News ranking system) in 2008 and 2009, respectively. During that time, the Bears rank second in the NFL in kickoff return average (25.0 ypr). In 2008, Danieal Manning led the NFL in kickoff return average (29.7) and in 2009, Johnny Knox finished second in the league earning a 2010 Pro Bowl nod as a returner.

Chicago is also second in the league, during that span, landing 66 punts inside-the-20 while tying for the NFL lead in fewest touchbacks with just seven. During Tabor’s time as assistant special teams coach, Chicago ranks third in the league in punt coverage (6.8 ypr) and blocked kicks (six).

Since 2008, Chicago is one of only three teams in the NFL to not allow a special teams return touchdown, joining Buffalo and Tampa Bay. The Bears three kick return touchdowns during that span are tied for sixth in the league.

The Bears are sixth in the NFL in field goal percentage since 2008 connecting on 50 of 57 attempts (87.7 percent).

Prior to his time in Kalamazoo, he spent four seasons at Utah State where he was the running backs and special teams coach (2005) after being the Aggies’ assistant head coach in charge of wide receivers from 2002-04.

Tabor spent four seasons with the current Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub at the University of Missouri, beginning as an offensive graduate assistant (1997-99) and moving into the role of the running backs and special teams coach in 2000. In between his time at Missouri and Utah State, Tabor was the head coach at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo. in 2001.

From 1993 to 1996, Tabor built experience at the community college and high school levels, coaching at Central Methodist College (1995-96) in Fayette, Mo., Hutchinson Community College (1994) in Hutchinson, Kansas, and Benton High School (1993) in St. Joseph, Mo.

Tabor graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, where he spent four seasons as a quarterback for the Ravens football team. He earned his master’s in education from Columbia College in Columbia, Mo.

Tabor and wife, Nikki, have two daughters, Paityn and Lainey.

from: http://www.chicagobears.com/team/coach.asp?coach_id=26

I’m not crazy that he has never been a Coordinator at the NFL level before but I think there is a lot of potential with his background.  What is everyone’s opinion on this potential hire?

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  • lazyjay

    It doesn’t really matter who’s the Special Teams Coordinator is. We need to look at the bigger picture and that is who going to be the offence coordinator? We need an offence, im sick of running the ball on 3 and 8. im sick of doing running plays 80% of the time. We need to pass the ball. Steve smith only had one hundred yard game this season. We need OFFENCE!!!. And FYI Lil Jimmy is not the answer. The kid looks soft and weak. I say we drop him sign matt Moore to a 3 year deal. And with the first round pick we get a DT or A.J green. I believe that’s the best we could do. And sign McDaniel for OC.

  • Matt

    Actually it really does matter who the Special Teams coach is. The chargers showed that this year with having a very good offense and #1 defense, but remember how many returns for touchdowns they had against them. How about blocked kicks. Rivera knows first hand how important special teams is to the overall game. I’m not saying we dont need help on offense, just that Special teams are pretty darn important too.