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Ask Wale: Negative comments, the Soldier Field turf and how to use Devin Hester

Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

E-mail me here. I will be answering your questions about the Bears and life in the NFL every week on my blog.

I think you and Alex Brown don't get a lot of credit. You two play with so much passion on both sides of the ball. Do you use all that negative comments for motivation for your games and does it pump you up? I also appreciate you always opening up and talk to us after games and practice when we see you. It means a lot, keep it up 93. Alot of you guys are great people on and off the field. Thanks in advance for your response. - Terrence Thompson, Romeoville

WALE SAYS: Flattery will get you everywhere. Thank you. I just feel honored to have fans like yourself. To answer your question, I try to stay away from negative people and negative comments. I've had to work hard for everything that I have received and that's the way it should be. I am a fan of hard work. I am a self-starter, meaning I do not need any outside stimulus to give 100 percent. I get that from my parents. Again thanks for your kinds words...First sack dedicated to Terrence.

Hey 'Wale, first off I just have to say thank you for representing for IU out there in the NFL!

Secondly, I think it's great how more and more players are blogging about life in the NFL. Usually everything you see or read about players is filtered through the media and it's nice to see things from the players point of view.

Lastly, Dez Clark has a blog and has commented on how he feels about playing at Soldier Field in Chicago: http://2009bears.blogspot.com/2009/09/our-field-is-terrible.html

I wanted to ask you about Soldier Field, you know, the actual playing surface. HDTV has made some pretty big strides in television and it looks as if the grass at Soldier Field is patchy, loose and a bit treacherous.

I just wanted to hear your thoughts on what is basically your work environment at home. Is this some sort of strategy by the defense or are you upset about this as well? Thanks 'Wale and Super Bears Super Bowl! - Shady

WALE SAYS: Shady? Not sure about that name but because of your IU connection you must be good people. Speaking of Indiana football...we are tied for the lead in the Big Ten, 1-0 (Hey, its a start).

My mother told me, if you don't have anything good to say, keep your mouth shut. So in regards to the grass surface at Solider Field, I am keeping my mouth shut.

Hey Wale, I know Devin has been paid the big receiver money, but it seems to me like he was put here on earth to return that ball. With Dez, Greg, Matt, Earl and Brandon to name a few, we're not short of (tall) receiving targets. Why not let Devin do what he does best whilst occasionally bringing him on to go deep at WR? He can act as a decoy - as a dual threat - send him long, and if he beats his man a safety has to come over to help, leaving the rest of the field clear for Dez/Greg/Matt/whoever.

If he's not double-teamed, then hit him deep. This makes him more useful and more of a threat when he's actually on the field, plus he makes our return game what it was two years ago. Right now he's just another small receiver who is not making an impact. Why try to turn him into Jerry Rice when he's an amazing return man ? Good luck in the Super Bowl this year, maybe you can pull off a Richard Dent type MVP! - Dara Quinn, Ireland

WALE SAYS: Devin is an amazing athlete. With that said, I will leave the offense and their personal decision to the guys who get paid to make those decisions. I get paid to sack QB's and I better get on my job.



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