In the wake of ‘Black Monday,’ numerous NFL teams have decided to clean house. In a surprise move, the Chicago Bears canned longtime head coach, Lovie Smith. In the nine years with the windy city, Smith went a respectable 81-63 during the regular season and led the team to Super Bowl XLI where they lost to the Indianapolis Colts.
Now that Smith will no longer be on the Chicago sideline, WR Devin Hester is flirting with the idea of retirement.
“I don’t even know if I want to play again. That’s been something on my mind for two years,” Hester told ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson.
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, personally, never understood how one of the best punt returners in the history of the NFL – if not the best , certainly the most electrifying – can not be utilized more in the Bears offense. With a player like Hester, you find a way to get the ball into his hands.
Hester, 30, has amassed 11 touchdown returns in his career, surpassing the record previously held by Eric Metcalf.
With the addition of WR Brandon Marshall, Hester saw his role on offense diminish and only has 23 catches on the season. According to ESPN, Hester’s receptions have steadily declined with each season (Hester had 57 catches in 2009) up to now.
Perhaps Hester is merely venting out of frustration. Does he really want to retire? I don’t think he is ready to give up the game quite yet and perhaps a different venue may change his outlook on the future. Whatever you decide Devin, know that us fans miss seeing you take it to the house.