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Deion claims Bears spoiled buddy Hester

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Some know-nothing scribe, who was probably at home sniffing tub-and-tile cleaner, wrote that the Bears should consider letting someone other than Devin Hester return punts.

What?

Oh.

That was me.

My point was this: The guy has looked lost back there for the past two seasons and looked lost against against the Cowboys. I think it has become a mental block and maybe he should be given a break just like a slumping hitter gets a day off in baseball. Here's the link:

Deion Sanders doesn't agree. The NFL Network analyst considers Hester like a little brother and had this to say on the "Waddle and Silvy Show" (AM-1000) when asked whether the Bears ruined Hester as a returner.

"No. I think they spoiled him," Sanders said. "You did a great job, the player personnel guy did a great job his first couple years with those guys. The team had so much depth that those guys that wasn't starters were great special teams players with the ability to be a starter. Now you don't have that type of depth."

Sanders went on to say that he believes offensive coordinator Mike Martz is using Hester correctly.

"There's not too many cornerbacks in the league that can run with Devin," he said. Secondly, if you decide not to bump him and you back off and you give him space, you saw that in the game in Dallas last week where he caught a simple little speed out and had space and he went to work on it. Then if you bump him if you miss him on the jam the next sound you're going to hear is the band.

"I think Martz will warm up to him, understand how to get him the ball, and the key component for the Bears right now is not Devin Hester but your quarterback. I mean, Jay Cutler, we were ready to stone him last year. He was a little shaky in the first game but he has warmed up. He is balling now. He's is flat-out balling and I'm proud of him and I [attribute] that to offense of Mike Martz."

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Everyone sees the problem. Hester is trying to make every return a touchdown and instead of cutting upfield and getting a solid 10 yards or so he runs horizontally looking to make the defenders nearest to him miss but in doing so gets tacked for minimal or negative yardage.

Get upfield first Devin and then make your moves.

It's a mental thing and until he figures it out he should be replaced because it's hurting the offense.

"The team had so much depth that those guys that wasn't starters ... ."

Thanks, Neon, spoken like a grad-u-8 of "the U."

Who dresses you Deion?

I say let Hester return kick-offs and not punts. With kick-offs you are catching the ball going forward and Hester can get a full head of steam going, then look out. He runs backwards on the punts and looks lost. Just a thought.

""No. I think they spoiled him," Sanders said. "You did a great job, the player personnel guy did a great job his first couple years with those guys. The team had so much depth that those guys that wasn't starters were great special teams players with the ability to be a starter. Now you don't have that type of depth."

Can someone translate this? I have no idea what he's trying to say.

In 2008 I recall an article where Hester said the special teams unit lost its swagger after Brendon Ayanbadejo left. There is something to be said for losing a leader like that who can instill confidence. Hester is still capable of taking it to the house - he did last year against Seattle but Rashied Davis was flagged for a penalty. The problem is that he has no lane to get up the field because the blocking is not good enough and teams are scheming against him better. It would not surprise me if Hester is over-thinking because he does not trust his blockers. The fact is personnel changes impacted the unit over the past couple years, and a defense that could not get off the field on third down robbed him of many opportunities.

As for Hester playing offense, what other way can a team take advantage of his skills AND control the way he gets the ball? Da Hess was on pace for 1,000 yards last year until he got hurt and missed three games. Martz will find a way to get him the ball more this year.

Neil are slamming Sanders? Cause it seems to me you are slamming Sanders. Good for you.

I think I see why Hester and Sanders get along so well. They speak the same language. If they really want Hester to excell at recieving they need to pull him off special teams. Not to mention your just adding more hits to a small recievers season. He doesn't need to be beat up anymore than he already is and he is not dong the job on punt returns. So what's the point of having him there? They have plenty of other guys to fill the bill, it's not like you want to give Hester to much to think about anyway.

HAYES HERE: No, I'm not slamming Sanders. Just having a little fun.

"Can someone translate this? I have no idea what he's trying to say."

His point or his grammar? He's saying, well trying to say at least, that the special teams players aren't as good as they used to be. I agree with him there. It sure is easier to return kicks when you get some good blocks... But Hester is at fault also, being tentative and not attacking like he used to do. I think he will get it together though - sometime. Hopefully sooner than later.

What he is trying to say is that they had a great special teams. They had so many great players that they had no depth in the player positions. Guys were let go if they didn't play special teams. If you weren't a starter you had to play special teams. After starters got hurt they were dead in the water because the special teamer was bad as a starter. He is saying that what Hester had around him was a luxury. Now special teamers are supposed to be good back ups. When Shaw was released after leading special teams in tackles you should've known that the Bears were looking elsewhere in fielding a team. No more one dimensional players. Look at our rbs: we have two potential starters and one back up. Before, and for a very long time, we had one starter and two potential back ups. A.P. is gone as well and he did well on special teams. Yeah, we spoiled him but he's in a slump and he really should be replaced. Now, we will see what Toub is made of because that TD last week and those long returns are making him look bad. Since Martz is showing that he knows how to coach the same players Turner couldn't. The ball is in Toub's court, now.

Wow William, you admitting Turner couldn't cut it? I guess I have Grossman and you have Turner. You are point on as usual,I do not see Hester staying on ST if he keeps doing what he does on offense.

Saying we had a starter at RB is a stretch some of those years though. These players are not manning their gaps as everyone sees now, but i also think some players are overrunning the play as well, because if you see your man not next to you in your gap, you realize at that moment that you are on an island...use some common sense. Coaches may frown upon it, but I wanna save a TD, not make the coaches suggestions look good all the time.

I'm just messin with ya on Turner, I just felt near the end of his Illini career, he just lost whatever control he had, and he was not aggressive enough.

He brought that mentality here.

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