Bears' Hester not sold on Tebow

610514.png

Bears' Hester not sold on Tebow

Devin Hester got to witness "Tebow Mania" up close and personal on Sunday and the Bears wide receiverkick returner doesn't seem to be impressed.

During Monday's edition of "The Dan Patrick Show", Hester was asked if Tim Tebow is a good quarterback.

After a long pause Hester said,"He's coming along."

The Bears were able to keep Tebow in check for the first three quarters of Sunday's loss before the Broncos QB went 18 for 24 for 191 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter and overtime.

Hester, who fair-caught five punts during the loss, told the show that he went up to Broncos punter Britton Colquitt before the game and told him to punt to him.

"You know you're leading the Pro Bowl vote," Hester told Colquitt. "If you do all these rugby short kicks, it's going to drop your average."

Does Hester think he is a Hall of Famer right now?

"I think so," said Hester. "Whenever you break records at your position and then you become the greatest of all time and with that said me having the most kickoff and punt returns."

Watch the complete interview above.

What do you think about what Devin Hester had to say? Is Tebow a good quarterback? Is Hester a Hall of Famer right now? Leave a comment below.

Bears-49ers: And the winner is?

Bears-49ers: And the winner is?

Both teams are on track to be drafting in the top five, and the inevitable “the loser is the winner” talk has made its rounds, meaning that a defeat moves the loser higher in the draft order. The reality is that neither team will tank the game for draft position.

But the chances of two woeful teams playing well are slim. The 49ers won in Week 1 and then have lost 10 straight. The Bears are trying to avoid losing four straight for the first time under John Fox.

[SHOP BEARS: Get your Bears gear right here]

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick burst upon the NFL scene in 2012 with a blowout of the Bears in his first start. He has regained his starting job in San Francisco and is still one of the prototypical mobile quarterbacks.

But the 49ers are the NFL’s worst defense in both points and yardage allowed, and they are the worst rushing defense in the league. Expect the Bears to try exploiting that and give quarterback Matt Barkley a balanced run-pass game plan.

Prediction: Bears 24, 49ers 20

Bears hoping to get Kyle Fuller back in DB mix sooner rather than later

Bears hoping to get Kyle Fuller back in DB mix sooner rather than later

Kyle Fuller was one of the seeming fixtures in the Bears’ defense as it transitioned from the 4-3 of old to the 3-4 of Vic Fangio. And he may be again, the Bears hope very soon, as he has begun practicing after months on injured reserve following knee surgery in August.

The Bears could place Fuller on the active roster as late as Saturday after he practiced all three days this week. “He made it three days in practice, no setbacks,” said coach John Fox. “He seems to be adapting pretty well. He has another practice [Saturday] and we don’t have to make a decision until 3 p.m. because of where he is on the roster. We’ll evaluate that after tomorrow.”

Were Fuller to return — restoring one projected 2016 starter to a defense that has been forced to field five different starting secondaries in the span of 11 games — he may be phased back in with a managed number of snaps, as other certain other players returning from injury have been.

But getting Fuller back projects to be an instant upgrade for a defensive backfield among the NFL’s worst at producing takeaways.

“We all play different positions so we’re kind of used to it, people moving in and out over the year,” said Bryce Callahan, who was initially ticketed for nickel duty as the No. 3 cornerback this season but has been pressed into service starting at cornerback in four games.

“It’s always good to get someone like Kyle back.”

[SHOP BEARS: Get your Bears gear right here]

The Bears would need to weigh what workload Fuller could handle vs. roster needs based on only having 46 players active on game day.

“You’re always a little bit cautious because it does affect your roster,” Fox said. “But if you feel like he makes you better, that’s a move you make. Now we’re just working through him medically, durability-wise, and how much he can play.”

Jay Cutler (shoulder) was officially declared out and is headed for surgery on Saturday, ultimately to injured reserve.

Other availability questions include receiver Eddie Royal (toe), guard Josh Sitton (ankle) and safety Adrian Amos (ankle), all questionable. Linebacker Willie Young (knee) did not practice but linebacker Leonard Floyd was able to practice on a limited basis although his status in the concussion protocol will not be known until closer to game time.