CHICAGO - OCTOBER 04: Head coach Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears call defensive plays as his team takes on the Detroit Lions on October 4, 2009 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 48-24. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Lovie Smith was one of a number of NFL coaches that were fired on Monday morning, as the Chicago Bears have decided to go in a different direction after missing the playoffs for a second straight season. After the announcement was made, Bears receiver Devin Hester became one of the first players to overact to his coach being shown the door.
“I don’t even know if I want to play again,” Hester said, via ESPNChicago.com. “That’s been something on my mind for two years.
“It’s not (much fun for me anymore). I’ve got my workers comp papers in my pocket. We’ll see how I feel. I’m going to go home and talk to my wife and talk to my family and see where we go from there. I got two beautiful kids, man, two boys. A lot of stress has been on my mind lately.”
Hester has mentioned in the past how he is unhappy with his role — or lack thereof — in the Bears passing attack. He has been one of the best kick returners in the game over the past several seasons, but the 30-year-old pondered on Monday if a change of scenery would better suit him. That’s when the delusional thoughts kicked in
“Who knows?” Hester said when asked if he wants to play somewhere else. “If it’s the right place … if not, I feel like I’ve done enough in the league to where I established myself (as) one of the elite players to ever play the game. God blessed me with seven years. The average years of an NFL player is about three. I made some accomplishments on my own, some goals I reached, some other goals I felt I could have achieved.”
Alright, Devin — this is clearly an emotional time for you so its probably best to just withhold any further comments until you get a good night’s rest. One of the elite players to ever play the game? Smith’s firing is an unpopular one for many people, but he led the Bears to the playoffs only three times in nine seasons. That doesn’t cut it in a place like Chicago. Let’s not get carried away.