Devin Hester Dumb? Mike Martz Totally Disagrees
Frankly, people said Hester was dumb.
But Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz is known for having one of the league's most complex playbooks, and as he works on teaching that playbook to Hester, he says he can't imagine where that idea comes from.
Martz told Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times that he's sick and tired of hearing people question Hester's mind.
''None of that is true," Martz said. "'He's a natural at it. Everything comes natural to him -- the recognition and the change of direction. He's got a great way about him. He's a natural.
''Of all the receivers, he's made the fewest mistakes. So what does that say?
''For some reason, someone has put a tag on him like that, and it couldn't be the furthest thing from the truth, and that bothers me because he's the sweetest, kindest kid in the world and to have that on him, someone saying he can't learn?
''It's just not true.''
Whatever the reasons are that the talk started cropping up about Hester's intelligence -- and Hester acknowledges that he's heard it, and it bothers him -- it's long past time for the talk to quiet down. There's been nothing in Hester's body of work as an NFL player that would suggest he's not up to the task.