Shortly after the NFL loockout came to an end head coach Lovie Smith informed longtime punter Brad Manyard that he would not be back with the team for the upcoming season. Maynard was a free agent and the 37 year old was not surprised by the news she he had been fueding with special teams coach Dave Toub for the last two seasons.
To replace Brad the Bears signed former Jacksonville Jaguar punter Adam Podlesh to a five year deal. He was a pro-bowl alternate last season for the AFC.
The most interesting thing about Maynard release is the info that has come out about the fued between him and Toub. He told ESPNChicago all about it:
"[Toub] always used to let me call the direction of every kick," Maynard said. "I'd come up to him on the sidelines and say, 'Hey, let's go left here.' And he would just relay the message to all the guys standing around. Late in the '09 season I ran up there and said, 'Let's go left,' and it was 'No, I'm calling it from now on, we're going right.' It just kind of took me aback a little bit.
"I talked to Patrick and [kicker] Robbie [Gould] about this from that point on over the next couple years and there were times when I literally would say left and he would say right and I would say I can't go right. The wind is blowing right to left, we need to go left. If I hit it right down the middle it's going to carry down the left sideline, and he wouldn't let me do it.
"I've had some teammates say you call the direction and we'll cover it. Just let us know. But I can't do that. I'm not that type of player. I'm not selfish. I'm going to do what my coach asks me to do."
Toub is not allowed to speak to the media till training camp offically starts and I bet you will never see a crowd around a special teams coach like you will that day.
The Bears union rep and close friend of Brad's kicker Robbie Gould made it seem like there might be some more bad blood between Toub and his other special team members:
"He's helped Dave Toub's career tremendously by the fact of having a punter that can do what he did," Gould said. "He'll continue to do it. I think he's got a lot of years ahead of him. He's a veteran, knows how to punt, done a great job. Would I love to have him back? Absolutely. But unfortunately, right now that's not the decision I have to make because I'm a player. I have to put the ball through the uprights, that's what I get paid to do. That's why [coach] Lovie [Smith], [general manager] Jerry [Angelo] and the rest of the organization gets paid to make those decisions."
I personally think the worst thing at all is that due to Jerry Angelo's lack of activity this is the best and most interesting thing for the media tp focus on. With the departure of Brad and expected on of Dez Clark there are 2 fewer Bears who remain from the team that lost to the Colts in that Super Bowl. It will be interesting to see if they can make it back before this defensive core breaks down