In the most shocking development of the day, Devin Hester of the Chicago Bears has backed off the retirement talk and has gone full-circle in his commitment to football. He even admitted that playing offense probably isn’t in the cards, but wants a potential trade. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Hester said,
“At the same time, I think I do need a fresh start…To be honest with you, if I’m still here, I don’t want to play offense. I don’t think my role [on offense] will fit. I can’t truly say that with the new offense, but from past experience, I don’t think it will fit.”
I’ve met Hester, and he seems like a really nice and sincere guy. While he may not be most articulate speaker, but speaks from the heart. That being said, I really just am not quite getting where Hester is coming from these days.
Despite his decline in production, Hester is still one of the league’s most feared returners. If he doesn’t have to concentrate on offense, he’s free to becoming the Hester of old. I don’t think his issues have been talent, but having too many things put into his head. Playing receiver in the NFL isn’t exactly a walk in the park. Just like his quarterback Jay Cutler, Hester’s been exposed to three different offensive coordinators in four years, and now will have a fifth offense to learn.
Look, there’s nothing wrong with being one of the game’s greatest return men. The offensive thing didn’t work. But for Hester to want a change-of-scenery before he even begins working with the new coaching staff is confusing. I’d think he’d see that his production issues may have been from the previous coaching staff, and now he has the chance to end things well in Chicago.
In the last week or so, Brian Urlacher made it clear his intentions to stay with the Bears. Lance Briggs did the same thing. Hester needs to realize that there’s still a nice core of players on the Bears and they could win next season. It would be nice to have him back.