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Bears in a quandary with Hester?

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07:40 AM ET 09.22 | Devin Hester may be pressing. It has been said that moving [Hester] to receiver was one of Lovie Smith's biggest blunders. Not only will Hester never be a No. 1 receiver, many have long claimed, but the NFL's greatest returner has been robbed of the dizzying ability he displayed while scoring 11 touchdowns his first two seasons. After watching Hester make that one-handed grab in the corner of the end zone against the Cowboys, after seeing his 38-yard gain set up the Bears' final touchdown and after witnessing another head-scratching return, Smith should consider relieving him of his punt-return duties so he can focus on receiving.

Chicago Sun-Times

Lovie Smith (left), AP Lovie Smith (left), AP
September 22, 2010  07:47 AM ET

Decisions decisions

September 22, 2010  07:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Decisions decisions

Not in the mood to think today. Kind of like most other days.

September 22, 2010  07:57 AM ET

The author is spot-on with this article. I was never wild about the notion of the Bears trying to make Hester a #1 receiver. It seemed more like Jerry Angelo was trying to find a way to save the time and $$$ of acquiring a legit WR, instead of retreads who weren't the #1 or #2 guy on the teams they'd come from... The Bears went as far as adding WR incentives in Hester's contract extension, and that pretty much took away Hester's special teams mojo. There's not much else they'll be able to do with him at this point.

Still, that was a great catch...

September 22, 2010  07:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Not in the mood to think today. Kind of like most other days.

No...just don't care about the Bears predicament.

September 22, 2010  07:59 AM ET

Is that Mike McCaskey in the pic with Lovie? Don't let the door hit you in the arse on your way out at the end of the season. You won't be missed...

September 22, 2010  08:01 AM ET

Trying to get the ball into Hester's hands more often wasn't a terrible idea, they've just been way to slow to catch on that it ain't working.

September 22, 2010  08:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Trying to get the ball into Hester's hands more often wasn't a terrible idea, they've just been way to slow to catch on that it ain't working.

Lovie Smith has been stubborn about a few things during his time in Chicago, and usually those things have come back to haunt him.

September 22, 2010  08:10 AM ET

What ever is working, is working for them right now.

September 22, 2010  08:12 AM ET

Didn't look like he had too many issues last Sunday...

Damn it!

September 22, 2010  08:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Didn't look like he had too many issues last Sunday... Damn it!

Whats up Otis....Besides us?

September 22, 2010  08:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

What ever is working, is working for them right now.

If he's more valuable as a WR, great. Go with that. But if he can't do both effectively they have to make a decision. I'm not sure, but I think indecision is usually a problem.

September 22, 2010  08:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Whats up Otis....Besides us?

Final swim through before work beckons, bro... I guess the rest of us are on their way in.

September 22, 2010  08:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Didn't look like he had too many issues last Sunday... Damn it!

WORD!

September 22, 2010  08:36 AM ET

he hasn't learned the nuances of the position as yet....when he does, he'll be that number one receiver....attributes speed? check/ vision? check /ability to seperate? check ++.
blocking? Needs to improve ...what's that song.... three outta four aiiiin't baaaaad
(altered lyrics to suit point)

September 22, 2010  08:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

What ever is working, is working for them right now.

The trouble is, they can't count on facing teams that aren't playing up to their potential every week. And I don't think they can count on Jay Cutler every week, either.

I'm afraid the long slide begins the weekend. Bye, Lovie. Been nice knowing you.

September 22, 2010  08:55 AM ET

Well I think turning him into a WR was the only way to extend his career. Not many kick returners last too long... Dante Hall, Eddie Drummond and that Lewis guy with the Ravens can't remember his first name, all were the toast of the town for a season or two and then blah. Starting to look like Hester now and next up Josh Cribbs.

September 22, 2010  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Not many kick returners last too long...

And we can't forget Pacman Jones.

We wish we could forget him, though.

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September 22, 2010  10:01 AM ET

Every player goes through slumps whether mental or physical. If returning kicks and playing receiver benefits the team the most then so be it.

 
September 22, 2010  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The author is spot-on with this article. I was never wild about the notion of the Bears trying to make Hester a #1 receiver. It seemed more like Jerry Angelo was trying to find a way to save the time and $$$ of acquiring a legit WR, instead of retreads who weren't the #1 or #2 guy on the teams they'd come from... The Bears went as far as adding WR incentives in Hester's contract extension, and that pretty much took away Hester's special teams mojo. There's not much else they'll be able to do with him at this point. Still, that was a great catch...

My understanding was that Hester forced the receiver switch. #1 Receivers make a boat load more than return guys, and at the time, the Bears did not have a legit #1 receiver. (or a #2 in my opinion.) Angelo gave in because flash like Hester sells tickets.

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