Sniping at Hester? Save It, Says Drake

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), August 2, 2010 | Go to article overview

Sniping at Hester? Save It, Says Drake


Byline: Bob LeGere rlegere@dailyherald.com

BOURBONNAIS -- Do not get Bears wide receivers coach Darryl Drake started.

He doesn't want to hear any of the negative chatter about wide receiver Devin Hester being a poor route runner.

"When people say he's not really a good route runner, boy, that is ignorance at its highest level," Drake said. "Who says that he's not really a good route runner?

"I guess it's people who haven't been out there watching him run a route or watching his body control. If somebody says that, that tells me how really nonvisual football (intelligent) that they are."

Hester ran his routes well enough last year to lead all

Bears receivers with 757 yards and all wideouts with 57 catches.

If he continues to improve at the same level he has for the past three years, Hester has a legitimate shot at becoming a 1,000-yard receiver. He was on pace for that milestone last season before a calf injury hobbled him for the final quarter of the season.

So, that business about Hester not being an "elite" receiver, that's another place you don't want to go with Drake.

"It bothers me that you even ask me that," he scolded a reporter, half in jest, fully aware that the question was meant to push his buttons. "It's the same thing I've been hearing for years. You ask me that all the time just to (mess with) my nerves. But I don't even think about that. …

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