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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.

Bears, Mitch Trubisky trolled after Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs agree to deal

Bears, Mitch Trubisky trolled after Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs agree to deal

Sometimes the best way to get yourself through a tough time is to laugh it off. They say laughter is the best medicine after all.

So when Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs reportedly agreed to a record-breaking contract extension, it's no surprise that many people took to Twitter to clown the Bears.

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After all of that, this may be how all Bears fans feel on Twitter:

Ok, now that we’re through with the put downs, how about a little highlight to help the healing:

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Patrick Mahomes' unprecedented rise to NFL stardom can be explained quite simply

Patrick Mahomes' unprecedented rise to NFL stardom can be explained quite simply

Pat Mahomes officially woke up on Tuesday as the highest paid athlete in pro sports history. 

It's especially impressive to think about considering that Mahomes didn't even start a full season until 2018. In just two years since he's been able to win a Super Bowl, league MVP, and secure close to $500 million. How did this all happen so quickly? Mahomes' agent Leigh Steinberg – who presumably set his own field's commission record on Monday, too – sat down with the Under Center Podcast back during Super Bowl media week to talk about it: 

I think so much of it was growing up with a baseball player as a father, and watching the nature of ephemeral fame and how it comes and goes. It's all about being grounded, and in this moment, and not thinking about anything except focusing on this. But also having some fun with it. We're here on Radio Row, and happens is that you have so much coverage of the Super Bowl, that if a player performs dramaticlly, they cross over out of the narrow genre of hardcore sports fans. They become an American icon.

Steinberg also (briefly) discusses Mahomes' contract negotiations and how much the Chiefs' QB benefited from sitting behind Alex Smith for a year in 2017. You can listen to the entire conversation with Laurence Holmes right here, or in the embedded player below: