“This year I felt I had a lot of pressure on myself, contract-wise, and then the past two years the high expectations I had on my back.”
“But I was trying to please man instead of the man up above. I found myself trying to please everybody and sidetracking myself [instead of] giving all the glory to God. This year I’m not out to try to please man. I’m going to go ahead and please the man up above.”
Devin Hester also said that he believes he’s capable of being the Bears’ No. 1 receiver in 2009 and that he felt much more comfortable on offense late in the 2008 season than he had previously.
Devin Hester caught 25 passes for 347 yards in the last six games after registering 26 receptions for 318 yards in his first nine contests. In the finale in Houston, he equaled a career high with six catches for 85 yards, his second-highest yardage total of the year.
“Toward the end of the season I really started understanding the game on the offensive side of the ball as far as reading coverages and knowing when the ball is coming to me.”
“It was just [a matter of] getting the feel of the game. You can’t really try to overplay every play, but just be relaxed and play the game that you know and everything will speak for itself. Don’t go out and try to do too much; just relax and play football. That’s what you get paid for.
“Just go out and have fun. When you understand the game and start having fun, that’s when all the big plays come.”
“Right now we’re in the process of gradually getting better, we made a couple changes with the coaching staff. I know we’re going to go out and get a couple players who are going to help out and try to get back to where we were when we were in the Super Bowl.”