Bears' Moore on Brady: 'He's human, pretty much'


Bears' Moore on Brady: 'He's human, pretty much'

Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010
Posted: 1:34 p.m.

By John Mullin

New England quarterback Tom Brady does many things well, winning three Super Bowls, being the MVP in two of them, earning selection to five Pro Bowls and currently leading the NFL in passing.

But one thing that particularly impresses Bears cornerback D.J. Moore? "His choice in women," Moore said.

Brady dated and had a child with actress Bridget Moynahan and is now married to supermodel Gisele Bundchen, the highest-paid model in the world at one time. Moore, himself single, was informed that Bundchen has sisters (five, in fact). He declines the matchmaking assistance.

"I'll be all right," he assured.

The Bears have faced a litany of elite passers this season: Tony Romo in Dallas, Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, New York's Eli Manning, Philadelphia's Michael Vick, as well as Brett Favre and Donovan McNabb.

So as far as any mystique surrounding someone like Brady, "he's human," Moore said, then qualified that: "Pretty much.

"It's not past years. They didn't come off a Super Bowl win last year so it's just another team on the schedule."

He's not an angel

New England wide receiver Wes Welker once celebrated a touchdown during a snowy game in 2008 by dropping onto his back in the end zone and executing a snow angel with his arms and legs. The NFL was so impressed with his sense of body art that it dinged him with a 10,000 fine and the Patriots with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty.

Snow is in the forecast for Sunday but as far as revisiting his childhood and hoping the NFL has at least developed a sense of humor, "I don't think so," Welker said, laughing. "That made me a little light in the pocket plus gets us a little penalty so that won't be in the forecast for me.

"I kind of do enjoy the snow. It's the rain and stuff that's a little tougher but snow doesn't seem to be as bad as people make it out to be."

Think again

The NFL clearly saw Ndamukong Suh's hit on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler far differently than those who rushed to the defense of the Detroit defensive tackle in the wake of his forearm to the back of Cutler's head.

The blow drew an unnecessary roughness penalty at the time and a 15,000 fine Wednesday for Suh.

"John "Moon" Mullin is's Bears Insider, and appears regularly on Bears Postgame Live and Chicago Tribune Live. Follow Moon on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bears information.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Will Bears actually trade Alshon Jeffery?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Will Bears actually trade Alshon Jeffery?

Brian Hedger (, Teddy Greenstein (Chicago Tribune) and Rich Campbell (Chicago Tribune) join Chuck Garfien on the panel.

The Bears reluctantly go back to Jay Cutler as the starter. Meanwhile, can the Bears actually trade Alshon Jeffery?

The guys give their predictions for the Bulls season, Hedger dissects the Blackhawks penalty kill problems and Teddy explains why Michigan will win the Big Ten.

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Bears running back committee still a work in progress as ground game languishes

Bears running back committee still a work in progress as ground game languishes

The Bears have a fantasy football conundrum. Which of their running backs do they go with?

Jeremy Langford is listed as the starter. Then Ka’Deem Carey. Then Jordan Howard. Joique Bell was waived Monday, a clear statement that Langford is sufficiently back from the sprained ankle he suffered against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Bears have had three different leading rushers through seven games, which might be considered promising, except that none has established any sort of consistent identity with the opportunities.

The problem: in a production-based business, the depth chart is in inverse order of results. Howard is averaging 4.8 yards on his 73 carries and has a receiving and rushing touchdown. Carey is netting 4.7 on his 23, of which 10 came against the Green Bay Packers. Langford is rushing at the 3.7-yard average of his rookie season, but with two rushing touchdowns. Howard’s 14 pass receptions are nearly double the combined by Langford (5) and Carey (3).

And Howard has played 265 snaps, vs. 100 for Langford and 65 for Carey.

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But Howard was muzzled by the Packers and Langford is coming off a month’s worth of inactivity. And after averaging 116 rushing yards per game last season, the offense that was being committed to the run is down to 88 ground yards per game.

So who’s the Bears’ choice, because “committee” hasn’t exactly been the way, either. With the exception against the Jacksonville Jaguars when fullback Paul Lasike got a fourth-down rush for a first down, only once (Philadelphia Eagles) have the Bears had carries by all three running backs.

“When you look around the league, I don’t think many people are running it very effectively in general,” Bears head coach John Fox said. “I think in our division I think it’s maybe a little bit more important than it is league-wide. Again, to me the essence of football is still being able to stop the run and being able to run the ball. So we emphasize it quite a bit.”

If it’s being emphasized, that’s perhaps even more concerning. Better if the failed run game was due to neglect rather than an area of emphasis. And the reality is that it needs to succeed if the Bears are going to.

“We’ve got to keep running the ball well,” quarterback Jay Cutler said. “I don’t think we’re running the ball well the last couple of weeks as we wanted to. That three-game span we were doing OK [4.4 ypc. combined vs. Detroit-Indianapolis-Jacksonville].”