That's pretty much the soap opera we've been reading about the last week while that Super Bowl thing was taking place.
Some terrific reporting and interviewing by Trib colleague Vaughn McClure began with former receivers coach Darryl Drake painting Hester as emotionally homeless if he isn't part of the game plan or having smoke blown up his backside. Drake said Cutler and Hester weren't BFFs because Cutler is tough-minded and Hester -- well, duh -- is not.
Then Hester, who broke down and said he might quit when he found out
And now, Hester is saying he would have to sit down and talk with Cutler if he remains a part of the Bears' offense.
Bonus programming: No lying, doping sports scumball who claims he'll answer every question but then doesn't, just like you'd expect from a lying, doping scumball.
Hester sounds like a baby in this deal. He admits he wasn't into the job last season, so he sounds like the worst kind of teammate -- the kind you can't trust. And then there's the way Hester regularly looks overwhelmed by a few pages in a playbook.
Cutler has no tolerance for such stupidity or unpreparedness, take your pick. Any quarterback would blow up over that.
The biggest joke is the idea they could develop chemistry. Cutler tried to do it in his first exhibition game, but found out immediately that he should forget it. Cutler commented afterward that Hester wasn't a "go-up-and-get-it guy"' and noted that Hester wasn't a "back-shoulder guy.'"
That was code for: Hester can go deep, period.
Cutler and every offensive coordinator have tried to get Hester into open space with the bubble screen, and how did that work out for you?
Four seasons later, Hester still can't run a professional route, when he knows which route to run, that is.
Quick, someone close to Hester explain that he’s the least important part of this equation right now. In fact, he might be one of the least important parts of the Bears' roster today, give or take
Hester doesn’t produce anymore. He’s not one-third of the Bears’ scoring the way he seemed to be on special teams. Hester failed to return a kickoff or a punt for a score this season. He trailed defensive lineman
Hester is not the pretty, shiny thing that always got a hug and another chance no matter how badly he was going and no matter how far his value had dropped. No wonder Hester cried when Smith was fired. Hester seems to think he's well-regarded around a league that ought to know how wrong that is.
But here’s the deal: If the Bears can find a sucker to overpay for Hester -- and a fourth-round pick might be considered a steal -- then trade him. Make Hester’s wish come true. Let another team enjoy the thrill of a punt returner who needs a
If Hester remains a Bear, he can take a number when it comes to sit-downs with the quarterback, starting with new coach
Then there's new quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh. After that,
Sorry, Devin. All booked up. Can you call back in, I don't know, June?
So, can this marriage be saved?