You did not think it was possible, did you, that the Bears could come up with a way to upstage their quarterback derby.
Boy, did they. With linebacker Brian Urlacher present, and rookie first-round pick Chris Williams delivered on time, the franchise still found a way to have the QB shootout take a back seat.
Devin Hester did not show for training camp and when the team's best (only?) offensive weapon over the last two seasons doesn't show, well, Rex vs. Kyle (Kyle vs. Rex) can wait for another day.
Hester's decision somehow came as a shock to the Bears even though agent Eugene Parker told GM Jerry Angelo on Monday it was a possibility. Agents come in all types but I haven't known Parker to use hyperbole much or often. He's pretty much a straight shooter.
So this one figures to hang over camp for some time. The club is offering incentives to Hester to pay him as a top receiver if he performs like one. Here's one problem with that, when is the last time the Bears had any receiver perform like a top one? Well, Marty Booker the first time around in 2001-2002. I don't know if anyone wants to stake their financial future to the Bears' quarterback situation.
*** Williams' arrival was good to see and certainly made the vocal fans in attendance happy. If there was a rookie of the day it was probably wide receiver Earl Bennett, the third-round pick from Vanderbilt, who made a handful of nice receptions.
*** Yes, Urlacher looked fine running around on the field.
Quote of the day
"It is very difficult given the situation,'' GM Jerry Angelo on the team's showdown now with holdout Devin Hester. "It's probably one that I won't ever experience again. But again we're working at doing it. We want to do it. He's earned it. He is a very, very good player for us. We're all in agreement on Devin's value."