Bears receivers coach clarifies Devin Hester's comments -- sort of

December, 17, 2009
12/17/09
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears receivers coach Darryl Drake said Thursday Devin Hester was not referring to any future coaching moves when the wide receiver predicted "a lot of changes" this offseason.

"He [Hester] sat there and said players," Drake said. "He said after the Super Bowl we had players change. He said through draft, through trades, that's exactly what he said. He didn't say a word about no coaches, everybody else said that. That's what I heard...am I wrong?

"People thought coaches because that's what they want to think. But that ain’t what the kid said. That ain’t exactly what he said. I heard what he said. If he would have said it, I will sit here and tell you, you're exactly right. But he didn't say that. He didn't. But he was made out to say that. Alright, and that ain’t right."

Hester told reporters Wednesday he discussed the issue of potential turnover with Drake, who attempted to clarity their conversation.

"He said, ‘Do you think everybody will be back?’ and I said, ‘When has our room ever been the same?’ And that's pretty much what he said in that interview. That's what I said to him, and that's what he said. I said our room has never been the same, there's always change in that room. Every year you go in there it's different."

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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