Hester's special package

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Hester's special package

Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall has been in the news lately after his recent column for the Chicago Sun Times discussing the passing of Junior Seau and the stigmas of mental health.

Marshall recently joined the Waddle and Silvy show of ESPN Chicago 1000 to talk about his column and teammate Devin Hesters ability to be a Pro Bowl wide receiver.

Does Hester have what it takes to be a Pro Bowler in 2012?

No one would argue Hesters special abilities; when some tacklers flail at air while defenders in pursuit see real estate widen, Hester pulls away with sheer speed. But what is Hesters special package GM Phil Emery discussed post draft? Can this package propel Hester to a Pro Bowl wide receiver?

Numbers to Contemplate

Here are regular season numbers from 2011 NFC Pro Bowlers:

Roddy White (Falcons) - 100 receptions, 1,290 yards, 8 touchdowns.

Calvin Johnson (Lions) - 96 receptions, 1,681 yards, 16 touchdowns.

Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals) - 80 receptions, 1,411 yards, 8 touchdowns.

Miles Austin (Cowboys) - 43 receptions, 579 yards, 8 touchdowns. It is highly debatable for Austin to even be in the Pro Bowl, but other NFC receivers like Carolinas Steve Smith (79 receptions, 1,394 yards, 7 touchdowns) bowed out.

Additional Top NFC wide receiver numbers

Hakeem Nicks (Giants) - 76 receptions, 1,192 yards, 8 touchdowns.

Jordy Nelson (Packers) - 68 receptions, 1,263 yards, 15 touchdowns.

Victor Cruz (Giants) - 82 receptions, 1,536 yards, 8 touchdowns.

Marshall believes Hester will have a bigger year on offense this season, stating, Honestly, I think he is going to have a bigger year than me this year. I just dont think hes been in an environment, a situation offensively that catered to him as a player.

This is a pretty big statement by Marshall, who logged had 81 catches, 1,214 yards, and 6 touchdowns last season. One would assume the Bears would like this type of production to continue from Marshall if not improve when combined with solid quarterback play from Jay Cutler.

Marshall believes the addition of new quarterback coach Jeremy Bates, as well as Jay Cutlers growth at quarterback, will make all the difference for Hesters production at wideout. Marshall said, I think they will be able to put him in a better position this year to where he can probably do some damage.

Judging by the numbers from other every down wide receivers in the NFC rather than package players, it is difficult to project Devin Hester to a Pro Bowl. Hester is coming off his worst season with 26 receptions, 369 yards, and only 1 touchdown. Injury held Hester back in 2011, but his 5 year average only consists of 39 receptions a season since his conversion in 2006. Hesters biggest year was 2009 where he caught a career high 57 balls for only 757 yards and 6 touchdowns, which is hardly Pro Bowl worthy.

A lot depends on the special package for Hester, but it is hard to make an impact as a player when you are on and then off the field.

Fire fans swarm O'Hare to greet Bastian Schweinsteiger

Fire fans swarm O'Hare to greet Bastian Schweinsteiger

In the age of social media you can track something like Bastian Schweinsteiger's flight to Chicago in almost real-time.

The Chicago Fire publicized Schweinsteiger's Tuesday arrival in Chicago, giving fans details of when his plane was expected to arrive and at what terminal.

First, Schweinsteiger and his former tennis player wife, Ana Ivanovic, both tweeted photos to their millions of followers about their trip.

Once they arrived, the mob scene at O'Hare was on. Schweinsteiger was greeted by hundreds of fans.

Check out the video above for some footage of Schweinsteiger's arrival.

He will be introduced formally with a press conference on Wednesday at 3 p.m. from the Fire Pitch in Chicago. The press conference will air on CSN+ and be streamed live on CSNChicago.com.

Hawks Talk Podcast: What's the cause of recent struggles?

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Hawks Talk Podcast: What's the cause of recent struggles?

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd discuss the latest slump and how much does Artem Anisimov's injury play a role in their struggles?

Konroyd tells us he was surprised by Ryan Hartman's benching in Tampa.

The guys play the game, playoff minutes or press box minutes?  They run through the players who are on the bubble when it comes to postseason play.

They also discuss the Hawks chances of overtaking Washington for the President's trophy.

Plus, Konroyd breaks down possible first round opponents: St Louis, Calgary and Nashville.