Friday, February 22, 2013
Hester's role for Trestman's Bears
By Tim Kavanagh
When the Chicago Bears elected to fire HC Lovie Smith the day after the season ended, WR/returner Devin Hester was upset, hinting that he wasn't certain he wanted to continue his NFL career thereafter, and especially with the Bears. However, Hester has seemingly cooled off those bold remarks in the time since (and is still under contract). With the hire of offensive guru Marc Trestman as Smith's successor, there has been speculation that there could be a role on offense for Hester in addition to his work on special teams.
That doesn't exactly appear to be the plan, at least as of right now. "He'll compete to be our returner," Bears GM Phil Emery indicated Thursday during his presser at the scouting combine, via the Chicago Sun-Times. "What he does beyond that depends on how he performs in that first role as a returner."
Well then. That wouldn't seem to portend good things for Hester being involved on offense, but who knows. It's a long offseason and perhaps he'll impress the Bears' new coaching staff with his work during the spring and summer, so much so that they'll develop a role for him on offense.