LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Devin Hester is expected to assume a larger role in the Chicago Bears‘ offensive game plan against the Detroit Lions on Monday night, according to offensive coordinator Mike Tice. Devin Hester has caught five passes for 87 yards and a touchdown over the past two games. Tice said the Bears have barely scratched the surface of the much talked about “Devin Hester package” of plays designed for the electric return man. Hester has made the most of his limited playing time by catching a combined five passes for 87 yards and one touchdown in the Bears’ last two wins over Dallas and Jacksonville. He averaged 19.2 snaps per game over the first five weeks, but was on the field for just 11 plays (16 percent) against the St. Louis Rams and eight plays (15 percent) against the Dallas Cowboys before lining up at receiver for 25 snaps (33 percent) in Jacksonville.
But with rookie Alshon Jeffery already ruled out for Monday night due to a fractured hand, the burden falls on Hester and Earl Bennett to pick up the slack. “We haven’t really used him (Hester) in some of the areas we wanted to use him,” Tice said. “But again, we’re only a couple of games into this thing. We’ve got a long way to go. We’re going to try and continue to grow his package. His package is going to grow just by the sheer fact we lost Alshon this week. “Alshon was coming on. It’s unfortunate. That’s part of the NFL … you lose a good, young player. But getting Earl back is going to be a good boost for us and hopefully we can get No. 23 going a little bit … we can get Hester going a little bit. Of course, it’s a little different. Alshon is a big body guy who can body up on people and body up on smaller corners. But that’s just the NFL, we have to move forward.”
First of all. Way to really use your words there Mike. “We’re going to try and continue to grow his package”. “His Package is going to grow”. Just working on Devin Hester’s package all day everyday. That’s Mike Tice’s new job. The package grower. Wearing his hipster glasses, pencil behind the ear (which for the record is such a cocksucker move), staying up until all hours focusing on Hester’s package. Make that shit as big and long as humanly possible. Do you Mike.
Second, and more importantly. I’m sick and tired of talking about Devin Hester’s package. I don’t want to see Devin Hester become a wide receiver. That ship has sailed. I want to see Devin Hester do what Devin Hester does, and that’s be the greatest return man in the history of the NFL. I’m fine with a shot or two down field to keep the defense honest. Maybe a screen pass to get him in space. But if we’re targeting Devin Hester 8-10 times a game there is something wrong. He’s not a reliable receiver. Plain and Simple. Give him a few of Alshon’s plays while he’s out and be done with it. But don’t go back to 2009, we’ve been there done that, and it didn’t work.
PS - I’d put all of Pres’s internet fortune on Hester returning one Monday night. I’m like a dog before an earthquake, I just feel it.