Four Downs: Hester a Bear beyond ’13?
Phil (Emery) and I had a long conversation about it as well. Just talking to Devin, let him get back to doing what he does best first and then when thats all in place then well see if we need to or if were in a position to be able to incorporate him into doing more things. The plan is for Hester to spend the majority of his time with special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis. He didnt have a return for a touchdown last season and the Bears want him to get back to being a dynamic threat. Hell spend all of his time with Joe, Trestman said. So, when were in an offensive meeting, hell be with Joe. Hell be with Pat (Mannelly). Hell be with Robbie (Gould) and the kickers and hell be spending time totally focused in on being the best returner in the National Football League. Hester seemed at ease with the new situation and said hes reenergized. Just a new year for me, Hester said.
NFL Week 2 Awards: Aaron Rodgers Wins Offensive Player, Richard Sherman Defensive and Devin Hester Special Teams Weekly Star
I was so [ticked] before the kickoff, I was praying, Please, I dont care how deep the guy kicks it Im bringing it out. Thats the mentality I took. I told my guys out there were not going to get punched in the mouth like that and just fall over and back down. If he kicks it 9 yards deep [in the end zone], especially after they take one to the house, we coming out. So, dont expect me to take a knee. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Devin Hester returned five kickoffs for 249 yards — including a 76-yarder and an 80-yarder. Pattersons early heroics lit a fire under Hester, who entered Week 2 with four return scores in 13 career games against the Vikings. Hester responded with a 76-yard return of his own on the ensuing kickoff to set up the Bears first scoring drive of the afternoon.
Ticked-off Hester has career day on kickoffs
Punter Ray Guy someday may get there, while Hester, who came into the league as a cornerback and moved to wide receiver, knows to make it as a return man, he has to erase any question. “I have one foot in right now,” he said. “If I take three or four back this year, it should be considered 80 percent chance of making it. But I am not really worried about it right now. I am really focused on this season. After this season, when all the stats add up, hopefully it won’t be a question.” Special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis seemed surprised when asked if there was a scenario in which Hester isn’t on the final roster.
Hester returns havoc again
According to Pro Football Talk, Rodgers won the award after putting up video game numbers against the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Rodgers had a career day with 480 passing yards and four touchdowns and he helped spot Green Bay a 24-0 lead heading into halftime. Robert Griffin couldn’t match the play by Rodgers and he was as efficient as ever, missing on just eight of his 42 passes and he ended up with over 330 in the first half alone. Like Us on Facebook more news aboutAaron Rodgers Rodgers has won the award numerous times and he easily deserved it this week. No one else put up numbers like he did apart from Philip Rivers and he now has the most offensive player awards since 2010 according to the report from Pro Football Talk. The Packers won the game 38-20 on the arm of Rodgers and he now is tied with Matt Flynn for the most passing yards in a game in team history and now he has the NFC weekly award to go with it. To no one’s surprise, Devin Hester won the special teams player of the week for the 13th time in his career and it came after a great day on Sunday for the Bears in their victory over the Vikings. Hester ended up with two long returns against the Vikings with one over 70 and one 80 yards and he also added 249 yards total in the game.
That was one of my goals for this season . I wont make the Pro Bowl. They cant do that, Hester said, via Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. If you are taking the returner out of the Pro Bowl, youre taking two positions out. That will suck for me. They are trying to change up the whole game of football and theyre messing with peoples jobs and lives. This isnt the first step the NFL has taken to de-emphasize the kickoff and those who see it as a harbinger of its eventual exclusion from the game are probably on the right track, so this might not be the last time Hesters upset by a decision the league makes. Our biggest problem is that by making a change billed at making the Pro Bowl the ultimate fan-friendly celebration of the game, the league makes it possible to ignore players who thrill fans the most during the season. Kickoff returns have dropped in importance thanks to previous rules changes, but punt returns remain a crucial part of games. Doing it well is something that should be applauded rather than treated like a cute but unimportant skill. Whether it is Hester scoring six times in 2007 or Patritck Peterson returning four punts for touchdowns in 2011, there are years when returners are among the most exciting players of the year and the most deserving of a place in a game designed for the best players in a given season.
Hester wants Hall-of-Fame season
Fact or Fiction: A road game against a desperate 0-2 Steelers team on national television will be too tough to overcome. [+] Enlarge AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar Not much has gone right for Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers through the first two weeks of the season. Jeff Dickerson: Fiction. The Steelers aren’t going to roll over for the Bears. There is way too much pride on that roster and way too much skill on their defensive coaching staff for Pittsburgh not to put up a fight on Sunday night. But in the end, I just don’t see the Steelers having enough on offense to win. They can’t run the ball. That’s a problem.
Devin Hester upset returners out of Pro Bowl
He said his legs are fresher during the week. He has more time to focus on special teams and watch extra film with the coaches. At practice, he has more time to work on returns. Even so, he doesn’t regret the time on offense. “I did have some great moments, and I did have some not-so-good moments,” Hester said. “It’s a learning experience for me.
Devin returns to being simply divine
PREDICTIONS: USA TODAY Sports’ Week 2 picks “Just a little incident here and there. Wasn’t going the way the way I expected it to go,” Hester told USA TODAY Sports. “But this season, I’m back to where I feel comfortable doing something that I feel I’m great at. It’s stress-free. I’m just playing ball.” One of the most accomplished return men in NFL history has a lot to play for this season, though Hester swears he isn’t thinking about his expiring contract. After six seasons splitting time on offense, Hester’s sole focus is on the role that made him an instant star with the Bears in 2006, when he scored six of his record 18 career special teams touchdowns as a rookie. “I want to make sure I enjoy this season,” Hester said.
Bears’ Devin Hester comfortable focusing on just returns
The balls didnt fly out of the end zone. Thats the first way that it helped us, special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis said. And then secondly, I think that you have to catch the ball moving forward, and he really did that in the game. I thought he did a great job of moving forward and into the ball where he was gaining speed as he caught it, which was good to see. He broke off a 76-yarder before being pushed out of bounds, right after Cordarrelle Patterson returned the opening kickoff 105 yards to tie a Vikings record. That led to a 1-yard touchdown catch for Martellus Bennett. He returned another one 80 yards midway through the second quarter.
Devin Hester returns to wreaking havoc for Bears
“I don’t want to ever say somebody’s the best,” DeCamillis said, “but he’s right up there, that’s for sure.” What Hester does can’t be taught, and it’s often hard to describe, but DeCamillis offers one factor that makes him special. “I would say (it’s) his explosion out of the cut,” the coach said. “Like on that first kickoff, when you watch him stick his foot in the ground (and cut); not a lot of guys can do that.” Hester says channeling his efforts to return duties has helped his return game. “Just throughout the week, mentally preparing,” he said. “I (get to) spend more time with the special teams unit and more time with the coaches on game-planning our opponent.” Hester gave credit for his latest award to coaches for game-planning and teammates for blocking. He also appreciated the Vikings kicking to him, which some teams avoid by kicking short or out of bounds. Only once in his career, the fourth game of his rookie season in 2007, has Hester gotten to return more than 5 kickoffs. “It was just opportunities,” he said. “They gave us good returnable balls. That was a key thing.