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Bears coach Lovie Smith hated to see Chris Tabor join Browns

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 25, 2011

New Browns special-teams coordinator Chris Tabor is already missed by Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith. Tabor, who spent the past three seasons serving as an assistant special-teams coach for the Bears, joined the Browns in January.

"Chris Tabor did a super job," Smith said Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. "Our special teams as a whole each year, we've been one of the best around.

"He has the system down. He can coach the specialists -- I'm talking about the punters and, of course, the kicker. (He has) a great personality. He'll be able to fit in with their staff. Yes, I hated to see him go, but (I'm) excited about this opportunity for him."

The 39-year-old Tabor, pictured far left, worked with noted special-teams coordinator Dave Toub during his time with the Bears. In the past three seasons combined, the Bears led the NFL in total return yards (6,570) and kickoff-return yards (5,415) and produced standout return men in Devin Hester, Johnny Knox and Danieal Manning.


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