Chicago Bears receiver Devin Hester was so distraught Monday after hearing Lovie Smith was fired that he actually talked about retiring. Devin Hester said Monday he is pondering retirement while mentioning his dwindling impact as a playmaker among the reasons why. His production as a receiver (and returner) has dropped off sharply during the last two seasons. Here’s a lookThe 30-year-old Hester has one year left on his contract. “I don’t even know if I want to play again,” Hester said. “That’s been something on my mind for two years.
“It’s not (much fun for me anymore). I’ve got my workers comp papers in my pocket. We’ll see how I feel. I’m going to go home and talk to my wife and talk to my family and see where we go from there. I got two beautiful kids, man, two boys. A lot of stress has been on my mind lately.” Brian Urlacher has been one of Smith’s strongest supporters and said he was shocked at the news. But Urlacher cautioned that some players would say things they didn’t necessarily mean. “We’re all mad right now,” Urlacher said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “We lost our head coach, they fired him, and we’re all mad. We’re going to say some things that we don’t mean.”
I didn’t have a chance to post about this on Monday after Lovie got fired but holy shit did some Bears players take this poorly. I mean I understand losing your coach has to suck. New coach means new players so some of the veterans will for sure be cut, but who does Devin Hester think he is threatening retirement? “Its not much fun for me anymore”. Feeling is mutual Devin. You had a tremendous career, gave Bears fans probably the best moment of the past decade + (Super Bowl 41 kickoff return) but guess what, watching you sprint backwards on every kick return, run the wrong route on offense and drop every ball that has ever touched your hands is not fun for us anymore either.
And make no mistake, the reason Devin Hester is saying this is because there is ZERO chance whoever the new coach is will use him consistently at receiver. Devin is upset because Lovie Smith was the only coach in the NFL who lacked the knowledge on offense to pull the cord on the Devin Hester Receiver experiment a long time ago. Its the perfect example of why a change was needed. Devin Hester was for large chunks of the season our Wide Receiever 2. You will never win a Super Bowl with that happening. So do I want Hester to retire? Probably not, I’m fine seeing if he has anything left in the tank as a kick returner, but I never ever want to see him play Wide Receiver again, that’s for damn sure.
Brad Briggs killing it with the pen behind the ear hardo look. What are you a carpenter bro?