Biggs: Martz says Hester can be "stupid good"

You have to imagine that Lovie Smith might need to sign off on Mike Martz’s plan to make Devin Hester into a slot receiver.

After all, the Bears head coach has said from Day 1 that Hester could be a No. 1 wide receiver, a forecast that hasn’t panned out. In fact, it hasn’t even come close. But that’s not Hester’s fault. He didn’t make the bold proclamation. He didn’t put himself into a role where he didn’t fit.

It sounds like Martz has the right thing in mind for Hester, though, putting him in a place where he can maximize his talents. Martz compared him favorably to Az-Zahir Hakim, the slot receiver he had in St. Louis with the Greatest Show on Turf. The stat you want to keep in mind right now? Hakim made 10 starts in four seasons with the Rams.

“Devin Hester in that role could just be stupid good, if that makes sense to you,” Martz said this morning on the Mully & Hanley Show on WSCR-670 AM. “What we can do with him inside, the matchups we can get with him on third corners, safeties and linebackers would be absolutely remarkable.”

Martz realizes that Hester remains a central part of what the Bears do on special teams even though he has not scored on a return touchdown since the season finale in 2007. Obviously, playing Hester in the slot would mean less work than he was getting on the outside as a starter.

“I think it would be very difficult for him take every snap as a wide receiver and play at a high level on special teams so we have to look at that,” Martz said. “I think the rule I have in mind for him would allow him to do both and do it at a high level.”

Sounds like Martz and Smith need to have a talk. Sounds like a plan that is best for the Bears, and Martz said he believes the group of wide receivers, including Johnny Knox, Devin Aromashodu and Earl Bennett can be a “diamond.”

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