Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Did D.J. Moore speak for all Bears players?
By Kevin Seifert
As far as locker room spokesmen go, I wouldn't put cornerback D.J. Moore on the top of the Chicago Bears' list. Moore is a refreshingly open, if somewhat flaky, character who says whatever is on his mind. So while it's important that we note Moore's concerns about quarterback Jay Cutler's behavior Thursday night at Lambeau Field, we should stop short of assuming Moore spoke for the entire team Monday when addressing reporters.
As you know by now, television cameras caught Cutler screaming at and shoving left tackle J'Marcus Webb during the Bears' 23-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Cutler said afterwards it was evidence that he cares about winning and losing, but Moore said: "I don't think you can act like that, though, to make it seem like it's just my fault or what not."
Moore added, via Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com: "I just think it's wrong, honestly. I would feel some kind of way if he were to do me like that and make it seem like 'Well, the reason that I'm having a bad game is because what you're doing and not me taking accountability for myself because I'm throwing these types of passes or doing this type of read.' So it's a tough situation. When you act like that with your own teammates on the sideline, it's just something different that you normally wouldn't do. So you might say it in the locker room or something, but to do it like he did it, it's just weird."
Again, I think we should be careful about drawing conclusions about the majority of Bears players' feelings toward Cutler. Moore acknowledged there has been little to no discussion about the issue in the locker room. If linebackers Brian Urlacher or Lance Briggs said what Moore said, then the Bears would have a big problem on their hands.
Cutler is scheduled to host his ESPN 1000 radio show at noon Chicago time on Tuesday. He'll also address the media at Halas Hall on Wednesday afternoon. Stay tuned.
Related: The difference between Cutler's outburst toward Webb and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' admonishment of receiver James Jones.