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Despite a 7-1 start the Chicago Bears missed the playoffs. Head coach Lovie Smith was fired as a result. Players expressed dissapointment after learning of the news none more so then wide receiver Devin Hester.
Hester blamed reporters and fans for Smith’s dismissal and said that he was considering retirement.
One man who believes Hester will be back is general manager Phil Emery.
“Devin came in as a draft pick with Lovie. I certainly understand the emotion. There will be a time when his emotions clear” said Emery.
“Obviously, Devin is under contract, so if he sent his retirement papers in, I would know. But I don’t anticipate that. I think he’s a great competitor. I think that was an emotional situation that evoked an emotional response, and I certainly understand that.”"
Hester’s contract called for a $10 million roster bonus had be become the teams No. 1 wide receiver. No word what type of bonus is owed based on Hester’s current status.
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According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, with the news of Bears head coach Lovie Smith getting fired today. wide receiver/kick returner Devin Hester says he’s considering retirement.
Emotional Devin Hester says he is considering retiring from NFL.
— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) December 31, 2012
I’m not sure how serious Hester is. He could be just speaking out of emotion...
Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery said in a news conference Tuesday that he does not expect Devin Hester to retire. Hester said Monday that he would walk away after the team fired coach Lovie Smith. "Devin didn't come by," Emery said. "I saw the comments. I felt for Devin. Again, I take all that in context of these guys had played a long time. ... Devin...
Several other coaches have already fallen on "Black Monday," but none more surprising than Lovie Smith.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the now-former Bears coach has been fired after nine seasons.
The news is surprising given that Smith is coming off a 10-6 season and has accumulated an 81-63 career record, including a Super Bowl appearance. However, his downfall...
Bears wideout Devin Hester is pondering retirement, according to the Chicago Tribune.Fantasy Spin:When asked if football is still as fun for him as it used to be, Hester said, "It's not." If this is it for the 30-year-old, he'll go down as one of the finest return men in league history. Hester's 13 punt return touchdowns are a league record.
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The game of coaching musical chairs has begun.
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