Chris Ballard is my top guy for the Tennessee Titans available GM search, and his coach might be showing off right now.
Ballard has done a great job for years building a talented team in Kansas City and helping assemble and maintain a very good coaching staff. So it should be no surprise to anyone that if Ballard is hired that you hear the name Dave Toub.
Who is Dave Toub? Well, is one of the best special teams coaches in the league, and he is the coach who just schemed up that 100+ yard kick return for a touchdown. He is also one of the most well respected coaches in the league and he is one of the few coaches that people believe can make the jump from special teams coordinator to head coach.
Toub has some pretty impressive notches in his belt that indicate he knows how to develop talent and how to make it shine:
-Made Dexter McCluster the league leader in punt return average.
-Developed current Titans kicker Ryan Succop.
-Has developed De'Anthony Thomas into a return man who shows flashes, one TD in two years.
I'm not the only one that thinks so, National Football Post wrote a great post about a year ago on why Toub should be a head coach. Here is the quote from the story on why Toub made some sense as the Chicago Bears coach last year.
"Toub, who orchestrated the Bears’ record-breaking special teams and turned one of the worst special teams units into one of the best with the Chiefs, should be a desirable head coaching candidate.
"He would be phenomenal," said Chiefs head coach Andy Reid."
And on why I think Toub could be the guy if Ballard is hired, it is pretty obvious from another quote:
"Rumors floated that the Bears were going to hire Chiefs director of player personnel Chris Ballard, a scout with connections to both Chicago and Kansas City, as general manager and that Ballard would choose Toub as head coach. The Bears ended up hiring Ryan Pace as GM, who subsequently picked John Fox."
I don't know if he is the right choice, but he has done some exceptional things on his side of the ball. As a former offensive lineman, I would imagine that fast receivers and good offensive linemen would be top priorities for him this offseason which makes sense.
He isn't my top target, but he and Ballard are a pretty talented combo and I would be curious to see what they look like together in the positions of power.