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  • Hester no longer returning kicks

    http://www.chicitysports.com/2009/08...entrate-on-wr/

    Devin Hester isn't going to be returning kicks any longer (kicks) so he can concentrate on WR. How do you think that's going to turn out? He had 51 catches, 650 yards+, 3 TD's in his first season at WR with Orton. I expect him to do better with Cutler.

  • #2
    Originally posted by DuckHunt View Post
    http://www.chicitysports.com/2009/08...entrate-on-wr/

    Devin Hester isn't going to be returning kicks any longer (kicks) so he can concentrate on WR. How do you think that's going to turn out? He had 51 catches, 650 yards+, 3 TD's in his first season at WR with Orton. I expect him to do better with Cutler.
    I understand it given Hester's speed and Cutler's arm, but I'm not a fan. Hester made his name returning kicks.

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    • #3
      He made his name returning punts. Hester isn't as good at returning kicks (albeit, still well above average at it) but the Bears have Daniel Manning who is better at kick returning.

      Hester dances around to much on kick returns, rather than hitting holes and taking field position. I like the move because Manning is better at returning kicks and it let's Hester focus more on receiving and PR.

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      • #4

        wonderful choice by the bears.

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        • #5
          It was actually his second year at wideout, though perhaps his first full-time. This is a poor idea for the Bears as Hester is the best special teams player in the NFL and helps the Bears to consistently win the field position battle.

          He is an unbelievable PR, but also a very good Kick Returner. Two Td's each of his first two years as a KR before 0 a year ago. he may dance a bit much, but his presence has to be respected regardless. If I'm trying to protect a lead, I'm not kicking to Devin Hester. That pressure, on kickoffs, now will be gone unless Manning, Garrett Wolfe, or Johnny Knox can establish themselves as a big time threat.
          Last edited by ThePudge; 08-07-2009, 09:52 PM.

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          • #6
            he is still returning punts. Danieal Manning is a great Kickoff returner. Shouldnt be that much of an issue.

            I wonder if the people who read this seen Danieal manning returning the ball in the games vs Saints/Packers

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            • #7
              He could've gone down as the greatest returner in NFL history. I doubt he ever even becomes a top 15 WR in the NFL at any given time.

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              • #8
                He Is Still Returning Punts.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by *** Ork Wang View Post
                  He Is Still Returning Punts.
                  Please people, read this multiple times.

                  He is still returning punts.

                  He is still returning punts.

                  If that doesn't work, let me know.

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                  • #10
                    punts, kicks, like people here have the time to read!

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                    • #11
                      Eh, I didn't see iowatreat and renji's posts until after I made mine. lol.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by iowatreat54 View Post
                        Please people, read this multiple times.

                        He is still returning punts.

                        He is still returning punts.

                        If that doesn't work, let me know.
                        That works fine. He is a more natural returning punts where his change of direction, change of speed, and terrific vision are more deadly. His inability to consistently hit holes hard and instead look for the big play hampered him as a Kick Returner. Still, regardless, coaches and players respected Hester's talent as a returner and he changed gameplans as a KR. People aren't going to kick away from Manning though. He is a very good KR, but you won't necessarily change your gameplan for him. Hester made teams think twice about kicking to him and if the game was on the line, very few special teams coaches will advise kicking the ball to Hester.

                        In the end, I really don't think this move will cost the Bears any games. If they are a 9-7 team, they'll remain a 9-7 team. But what I'm saying is special teams coaches around the league may sigh in relief a bit when they hear the news.
                        Last edited by ThePudge; 08-07-2009, 09:51 PM.

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                        • #13
                          I don't think he is gonna cut it as WR. He probably won't be able to hang on to Cutlers throws half the time.

                          Yes, he is still gonna return punts, but come on tell him having his presence there on KR, doesn't help. Who scored the first TD in that superbowl game against the Colts?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by bhaarat316 View Post
                            I don't think he is gonna cut it as WR. He probably won't be able to hang on to Cutlers throws half the time.

                            Yes, he is still gonna return punts, but come on tell him having his presence there on KR, doesn't help. Who scored the first TD in that superbowl game against the Colts?
                            to be fair, the Colts ST was horrible that year.

                            Manning lead the league in average, which is a ******** stat, but without him, id think we lose the Saints and the Packers game.

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                            • #15
                              Yes, well even with Manning returning kicks the Bears are prolly better than at least 27-28 teams' return units.

                              I think it is understood what the Bears are giving up in doing this, but I don't quite think anyone realizes that Manning is prolly a better KR than 75% of the kick returners out there.

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