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

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

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

By John Mullin
CSNChicago.com

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 CSNChicago.com'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.

Sunday is Matt Nagy's chance to prove the Bears' changes are for real

Sunday is Matt Nagy's chance to prove the Bears' changes are for real

Matt Nagy thinks about the Packers a lot. 

He thinks about his first career game as an NFL head coach, at Lambeau Field, and how he’ll “never forget that day, that game, for so many different reasons.” 

He thinks about his first NFC North title, which was clinched when Eddie Jackson intercepted Aaron Rodgers in the end zone, avenging the season’s earlier loss.

And he thinks about Week 1 of this season, when millions of eyes tuned in on Opening Night to watch a supposed Super Bowl contender score three points, at home, in a loss to the Packers. 

“I try not to remember too much of that,” he said. “That was a rough one.”  

It just so happens that, this week, everyone else is thinking about the Packers too. On the surface level, it’s the 200th meeting in one the league’s most storied rivalries, and a pivotal game in this year’s race for the second Wild Card spot. There’s Aaron Rodgers, who Nagy called, “competitive as hell.” There’s a talented-and-maybe-underperforming defense, with Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith on the edges creating matchup nightmares for an offensive line that’s undergone more change than anyone. 

“We knew what kind of players they were,” he added. “They’re not unknown anymore.” 

If you wanted to get esoteric, there’s a great redemption narrative to Sunday’s game too. The Packers came into Chicago and exposed the Bears’ starters – who, you’ll remember, sat out the preseason. Things would get worse – so much worse – but the book was out on Nagy’s Bears, and it took them three months to recover. 

“I just feel like we’re kind of in a rhythm now,” Mitch Trubisky said. “We’re a different team. There were some things that we had to go through in the first game and the beginning of the season that just didn’t go our way, and there’s things we definitely learned from as an offense. I just feel like we have a new-found identity of what we want to do and everybody is really locked into what they have to do within their job description on the offense.” 

Things have been different than Week 1, even if you couldn’t say that until Week 12. Nagy has admittedly found a better rhythm as a play-caller, and many of the issues that plagued the Bears in Week 1 haven’t been an issue lately. The tight end room is producing, they’re shifting through personnel groupings less, and the run game has stabilized – all vital components of the offense that best suits the 2019 Bears. It’s not what Nagy envisioned, but 202 ended up being formative in ways he never expected. 

“I feel like a better coach going through this for the players, for my coaches and just the way we communicate,” he said. “The honesty, the belief in one another; going through this is important and it'll help me in the long run, to be able to handle these type of situations when they arise again.”

Aaron Rodgers recalls when Brian Urlacher and the Bears had 'super inappropriate' checks to use against the Packers

Aaron Rodgers recalls when Brian Urlacher and the Bears had 'super inappropriate' checks to use against the Packers

There’s plenty of history between the Bears and the Green Bay Packers. Aaron Rodgers shared some inappropriate history in the storied rivalry ahead of the team’s meeting on Sunday.

On Wednesday, Rodgers was asked if he had any favorite Bears players, either from the past or one to play against. His answer was Brian Urlacher.

“I have a ton of respect for him,” Rodgers said of Urlacher. “I’ve gotten to know him off the field. Now I like him a lot more now that he’s not sacking me or picking me off. He got me a couple times over the years. I did tackle him one time though. It wasn’t much of a tackle, but he fell, thankfully, on that play. I have a ton of respect for his game and what he accomplished in the league.”

From when Rodgers took over the starting job for the Packers in 2008 until Urlacher retired after the 2012 season, they played nine games, including playoffs, against each other. Rodgers’ Packers won seven of those, but Urlacher did manage three interceptions and had 1.5 sacks of Rodgers.

Rodgers continued his story with something from the 2009 season opener in Green Bay. Urlacher was apparently trying to mess with Rodgers when it came to checking plays.

“Every time I checked, he checked to something,” Rodgers said. “The checks he was saying were super inappropriate. I think it was pre-micing up of the guards where every single word was heard because I promise you, if that had happened today, some of that stuff would have had to get bleeped out, but we had a lot of fun with it.”

The two have golfed together since Urlacher’s retirement and Rodgers brought that game up to Urlacher. That gave him an opportunity to figure out what the deal was.

“We joked about some of those checks,” Rodgers said. “I can still remember some of the crazy stuff he was saying out there and I always wondered was any of that stuff real or were you just effing around? We had some good laughs about that, but he was a lot of fun to play against and a great player.”

Urlacher didn’t have a big individual impact on that game. He had three tackles and one quarterback hit. The Packers won 21-15.

As for if the inappropriate checks were legit, Urlacher claimed he on to the Packers’ checks.

“He said a lot of them were real,” Rodgers said. “They would come up with it specifically for Packers week. I told him we were dummy checking on him sometimes, but he said that he had a beat on when we were checking and they would come up with specific dirty checks to combat anything we were trying to do.”