Hester: Media, 'false' fans 'got what you all wanted'

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Hester: Media, 'false' fans 'got what you all wanted'

For some the reaction was anger.I mean the media, the false fans, you all got what you all wanted, said wide receiver Devin Hester. The majority of you all wanted him out. Players as players, we wanted him in. I guess the fans -- the false fans -- out-ruled us...I thought he was a great coach, probably one of the best coaches Ive ever been around. He brought me in...Im going to go home and get away from football right now. I dont even know if I want to play again, man. Its been on my mind now for two years now.Defensive tackle Henry Melton slowly cleaned out his locker stall, placing items in the standard-issue garbage bag. But he also gave perhaps the clearest indication of how Bears players were feeling about the firing of Lovie Smith, for many the only head coach they have had in the NFL.I dont want to talk about it, Melton said quietly, the emotion very apparent as his voice wavered ever so slightly.Said quarterback Jay Cutler: Everyones surprised and shocked. 10-6 didnt get it done this year so its unfortunate.Smith was fired earlier Monday morning and met with his former players as a group at 11 a.m. to give them the news. It was a difficult moment and not one that many of his players neither agreed with nor understood.Even being in the situation of going from 7-1 to out of the playoffs didnt completely prepare some for what was coming.It hasnt all set yet, said tight end Kellen Davis. Coach Smith...crazy. Didnt see that coming, not one bit. It stinks being out of the playoffs but...You win 10 games, thats not an easy thing to do. A lot of changes coming this offseason.Indeed, because of the 10 wins, the 18 games over .500 for his tenure, the performance of what perennially has been one of the NFLs best defense, the dismissal was not a case of a just end of an era.Unfair. Unfair, said defensive tackle Amobi Okoye. I get it. I do get it. Ive been released and I get it.

Accountability feltSmith was done in primarily by failures on the part of his offense. To their credit, members of that unit felt a share of responsibility for the Smith firing.Absolutely. Absolutely, said Cutler. I take a lot of pride in the way that I play, and offensively, we didnt show up in the last four years for him. A lot of that blame is going to be on me. As soon as I heard he was fired, there was instant regret on what we could have done, what we should have done, offensively.Seeing Smith take the fall for breakdowns and failures on the field hurt.Its a tough situation to be in, to see a great man, a great coach, have to sit in front of a room and do that, said center and co-captain Roberto Garza. But this is the NFL. It happens. Unfortunately we put ourselves in this situation.And, in the world of NFL accountability, their head coach and staff as well.

Complete Bears-49ers coverage on CSN

Complete Bears-49ers coverage on CSN

The Bears try to get a third win in 2016 when they host the 49ers, and CSN has you covered.

Check out a schedule of Sunday's events:

— Meijer Bears Pregame Live with Lance Briggs, Alex Brown, Jim Miller and Chris Boden airs at 11 a.m. on CSN.

— Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Bears Halftime Live streaming live on CSNChicago.com and ChicagoBears.com.

— State Farm Bears Postgame Live airing immediately after the game on CSN.

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The 3 Bears necessities for win No. 3

The 3 Bears necessities for win No. 3

Insert title of this "Bowl" game here...

Two teams. Three wins combined. December. So much for holiday cheer. The snow may provide a certain Christmas element on the lakefront Sunday. But something different has to happen for the Bears defensively. In their spirit of giving, the 49ers have allowed a league-high 76 points off their turnovers. Problem is, the Bears have just eight of them in eleven games. If that San Francisco generosity doesn't change – either by Vic Fangio's defense finally making plays despite the core of their defense missing, or by the visitors finding a way to protect the ball in those conditions after practicing in Orlando all week – it's a golden chance for the Bears to gain a smidge of momentum before becoming a factor in the division race (because they face all three other NFC North contenders in their final four games).

1. Read zone read

Colin Kaepernick has grown much more comfortable with time in Chip Kelly's offense. He had the Dolphins hanging on for dear life until the clock struck zero last week. He became just the sixth quarterback in league history to pass for three touchdowns in a game while rushing for over 100 (no, Bobby Douglass isn't one). The challenge becomes greater minus the talented inside linebacker tandem of Danny Trevathan (injury) and Jerrell Freeman (suspension). It becomes even greater if Leonard Floyd's quickness and speed is taken away as a shadowing option as he recovers from being carried off the field on a flat board two weeks ago. He's listed as questionable. So that makes it imperative for inside replacements John Timu and Nick Kwiatkowski to find a way to be instinctive while remaining disciplined enough to contain the league's best rushing quarterback by yards per attempt (8.1).

2. Don't stray from the run

Give this Niners defense without NoVorro Bowman and Eric Reid enough opportunities to be gashed, and they'll let you. Too many times the pregame formula has been for Jordan Howard to get the ball, only to find reasons not to – whether it's looking at the clock while trailing by double digits, too much traffic at the line of scrimmage or panic after injuries up front (to name a few). The 172 rushing yards per game allowed by San Francisco is the worst in eight years (Detroit).  Howard's 5.14 average gain per attempt is fifth in the NFL. Enough said.

3. Catch the ball!!!

Okay, Marquess, Josh and Deonte. Okay, Cam, Jordan and Jeremy. Okay Daniel (and/or Eddie?). We know conditions might be a little slick if it's snowing/sleeting/raining. You're supposed to be among the best in the world at what you do, even if you're down the original depth chart. Can you get your mitts on the football and hang on to it this week? Help your guy Matt out a little bit? After all, if you cut last week's nightmare in half, and maybe you're shooting for (oooh!) a fourth win Sunday, not a third.

Get set for Sunday's noon kickoff at 11 a.m. on CSN as ex-Bears Jim Miller, Lance Briggs and Alex Brown join Chris on "Bears Preagme Live." Then as soon as the second quarter ends, come back here to CSNChicago.com, where Jim and Chris break down the first 30 minutes and go over second half adjustments. And finally, when the game goes final on Fox, switch immediately back to CSN as Chris and the three former Bears give you 90 minutes of reaction, analysis, live press conferences and locker room interviews on "Bears Postgame Live."