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Chicago Bears special teams coordinator Chris Tabor leaves for Carolina Panthers – The Denver Post

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The most likely coordinator candidate to potentially stay as a survivor of new Chicago Bears coach Matt Ebeflus’ staff is leaving.

Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor has agreed to a three-year contract with the Carolina Panthers, which means the Bears will have to adapt to continue the success they have enjoyed over the past four seasons.

Tabor’s unit ranked seventh in Football Outsiders’ 2021 rankings and ninth in the long-running system devised by Rick Gosselin. For the fourth straight year, Tabor’s unit produced a Pro Bowl player as returner Jakeem Grant was selected to the NFC team. He is the third returning player to be named to the Pro Bowl after Cordarrelle Patterson and Tarik Cohen.

The Bears have improved on special teams this season even though they lost Patterson in free agency to the Atlanta Falcons. He was the best kickoff returner in the league and one of the best gunners in the NFL.

The Bears also found consistency in the kicking department after signing Cairo Santos. He made 56 of 62 (90.3%) field goal attempts over the past two seasons and set a franchise record in 2020 when he made 93.8% (30 for 32) of his field goal attempts.

Tabor served as the Cleveland Browns’ special teams coordinator for seven seasons after working as an assistant special teams coach under Dave Toub from 2008 to 2010. Although Tabor’s tenure with the Browns spanned several head coaches, he never was not the first choice for Eberflus.

League sources say Eberflus hopes to hire Rich Bisaccia, who finished this season as the Las Vegas Raiders’ interim coach. Bisaccia served as special teams coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys, where he was on the same staff as Eberflus.

Chicago Bears special teams coordinator Chris Tabor leaves for Carolina Panthers – The Denver Post

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