Two weeks after saying he wanted more touches on offense, Devin Hester has made impact plays in consecutive games. The latest came on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars when a diving Hester hauled in a 39-yard pass off a throw quarterback Jay Cutler said only Hester could get.
"His legs are as fresh as anybody's," Cutler said Monday on "The Jay Cutler Show" on ESPN 1000. "He's not going anywhere. He hasn't lost any juice. That go route I threw him yesterday, there's only one dude in the NFL who can track that down and that's Devin Hester."
Hester told ESPNChicago.com on Sept. 28 that "It's hard being one of the top electrifying players in the league and you're not able to get your hands on the ball as much as you want." He followed that with a 34-yard touchdown catch against the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 1.
"I think he's comfortable with (his role)," Cutler said. "I'm comfortable with it, the offensive coaches are comfortable with it. He's a playmaker. He makes plays. We've got to find him roles where he gets into the game and can continue to make plays. That's what we're doing right now. I think we're putting him in during times in the game, giving him routes and giving him chances to make plays for us.
"The beautiful thing about Devin is when he gets that chance he makes them pay. He's fun to play with, he's a hardworker. I think at times he was frustrated with his role earlier in the year and I think as we get into it and grow more, he's become more comfortable."
Here are a few other highlights from Monday's "Jay Cutler Show":
Bears receiver Brandon Marshall called into the show posing as a fan to ask Cutler a question.
Marshall: Hey Jay, what happened on that interception yesterday?
Cutler: Well, the No. 1 receiver that we have probably ran the wrong route ... what do you think?
Marshall: You know what? Watching film, I think the receiver could have done a better job.
Cutler: That's what I told him on the plane, too as we watched it. I was like 'Hey, you cost me an interception. And he said 'Yes, you're right.' "
Something Chicago doesn't knows about Cutler, according to Marshall: "He grows tomatoes. It was weird, I met him at his condo one day and he had a whole little garden in his house. I didn't know that about him."
Marshall on Cutler as a father: "I'm at a loss for words from what I'm seeing. He's just an amazing father, an amazing guy. We have a chance to spend a lot of time with him and Kristin off the field, and just seeing him makes me want to be just like that when I have the opportunity to be a father. I'm taking notes right now."
Critics of his footwork, including ESPN analyst Steve Young: "Steve Young played in a different time than I did. It's just a fact. He played in a West Coast offense, it was timed, it was rhythm, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, hitch ball gone. Our offense isn't built like that. We watch our footwork very carefully. There's times when you just have to kind of wait for things to develop and let it go if it's off or back foot, front foot wherever it is. But we work on it extensively in the offseason. It's not like we just overlook it and say just go out and throw the ball. It's something we work on everyday, even during the season. It is what it is. I'm going to throw how I'm going to throw and sometimes it's off my back foot."
On Bears' record-setters Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman, the first teammates to return interceptions for TDs in two straight games: "The funny part is I don't think anyone on the team is surprised. We see these guys play everyday, and it doesn't really surprise us. They're so good and they generate so many turnovers, it's amazing to watch. It's fun to watch."
On Eric Winston's comments criticizing Chiefs fans for cheering Matt Cassel's injury: "Fans have changed. It's a different breed of (fans) I think. As many media outlets as there are, fantasy football, a lot of things have changed fans in the past 10, 12 years. Fans are going to do what fans are going to do. They're going to boo you, they're going to cheer for you. Sometimes they're going to get really personal with you."