Calvin Johnson: It's easy to dislike the Bears

Calvin Johnson: It's easy to dislike the Bears
September 27, 2013, 3:15 pm
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By Paul Roumeliotis

It's no secret that Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson isn't a fan of the Bears.

"It's easy to have dislike for them," he told the Detroit News. "It's not hard at all."

Since Johnson's arrival in 2007, the Bears have earned a 9-3 record against the Lions and have held Johnson to an average of 72.8 receiving yards against them.

"Can't stand it," he said when asked how the Lions' record against Chicago fuels their rivalry. "For one thing they fill (our) stadium a lot. There's always a lot of Bears fans, and that's one reason we can't stand it.

"But we will have a good showing this week. We've had two good practices so far. Guys are focused in. We don't like those guys. It's going to be a good little showdown."

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However, Johnson's comments don't bother Marc Trestman.

"I can't answer the question, because I can't speak for Calvin Johnson," Trestman said. "He's a great player and I know that when the whistle blows, he's ready to play. I mean, everybody has the right to say what they want to say, but I'm indifferent about what is being said."

As for his own players, Trestman doesn't tell his players what to say or how to say it.

"The only thing I ask them to do is to be mindful of the fact that their locker room is just like ours," Trestman explained, "their players are just like ours and they're working just as hard, just like their coaches are. And we're trying to do everything we can not only to respect them, but to respect the game. So when we say things we want to make sure it's respectful of the game."