Devin Hester appeared on the "Waddle and Silvy Show" on WMVP (AM 1000) today and covered a variety of topics.
Waddle: Any chance we see you returning kicks and punts in 2010?
Hester: "I wouldn't doubt it. To be honest, I really don't know, I would love to get back in that situation with the return game, but at the same time like I told coaches I'm a team player, so wherever ya'll want me to go, I'm willing to do it."
Silvy: If you had your choice between #1 receiver, or full-time returner, what would you choose?
Hester: "I know what I'm best at, and the return game is my bread and butter, so if I had to cut back on my receiving and go back to the return game, that's something I would love to do."
Waddle: That's awesome to hear; as fans we feel cheated you aren't returning kicks and punts.
Hester: "Right, but at the same time it's a team effort thing, and 100% of the time the players don't make the call, so you've just got to go with the flow."
Silvy: 13 touchdowns in 2 years. How did your pace slow down?
Hester:" ... Becoming the 4th wide receiver, you know, it's real tough coming out there being the 4th wide receiver and then trying to do the return game with your tired legs. As a returner, you've got to have fresh legs every time out there, and when you're kind of wanting to lull it in the middle of the game, it's pretty tough to try to make five or six guys miss."
Waddle: Are you excited about Mike Martz coming in?
Hester: "Man, I am so excited about this situation. Bringing him in, and with Jay coming back, and the receiving corps that we showed were capable of making plays, you know, four or five guys on the receiving corps capable of making plays, and it's it fits into Martz's offensive schemes with the four and five wide. So, I think it's gonna be a great situation for us next year and we can give the fans what they want to see."
Silvy: What do you say to critics who don't think you can learn the playbook?
Hester: "Every new offense that comes in with a new offensive coordinator, it's not going to be real tight coming into the season, but towards the end of the season things will pick up. So it's not going to happen overnight. Anyone who plays football will notice that, you don't pick up a playbook in two days and say you're ready to play. It's going to take some developing and at the end of the season I feel we should be hitting the road right."
Waddle: Have you talked to Martz yet?
Hester: "I haven't talked to him yet, but I expect to. I know he's in a situation with still filling out the paperwork in Chicago and getting situated and finding a home and things like that. But whenever he gets situated and settled I'm gonna be looking forward to talking to him."
Silvy: How would you describe relationship with Cutler?
Hester: "It got real strong towards the end of the season. Jay's more of a calm, quiet type guy. You really got to pick his brain, pick at him to get him to open up to you, but towards the end of the season we bond[ed], and we started to get on the same page, and I'm hoping that continues throughout the rest of my career and his."
Waddle: Is he a good leader?
Hester: "Oh yeah, he is. He don't show it outside the huddle, but once you get him in the huddle, he's joking around and laughing around, and getting everyone all riled up and ready to play."
Silvy: Do you believe this team is capable of the playoffs?
Hester: "I really do think so. I think with the weapons we have on offense, we have a lot of quiet type weapons on offense that are gonna shock a lot of people. And when you spread the type of guys we have, spread them out across the field, it's gonna be real hard to stop us."