I am calling my shot - Hester's days as the most dominant returner in NFL history are over.
He still may be effective, but the man who scored 18 touchdowns on returns from 2006 to 2011 is no longer.
He has returned six punts for 70 yards this season and seven kicks for an average of 27.3 yards per return. Hester is in his seventh NFL season, and he is 29.
Bears coach Love Smith does not agree.
"As a returner it's hard to be speical and have a touchdown on returns every game. You go through spells where it doesn't happen," Smith said on Wednesday during a conference call with reporters.
I asked him the rather loaded question if he sees any signs of declining skills on Hester's part because dominant returners, historically, have a tendency to just fall off.
"Not scoring right now. I can see why you would question where Devin is right now. He is a young player, still. I still believe his best returns are ahead of him."
What is Lovie going to say? "Yeah - you're right - this guy is toast and we're in denial."
Hester should still be considered for the Hall of Fame based on his ability as a returner, but he is nearing that point when he no longer is the fastest guy with the best moves.
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