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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.

Rob Gronkowski 'highly unlikely' to play Sunday against the Bears

Rob Gronkowski 'highly unlikely' to play Sunday against the Bears

Sunday's game against Tom Brady and the Patriots will be a tough test for the Bears, but it looks like they're going to receive a big break.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski didn't travel with the Patriots to Chicago and is "highly unlikely" to play Sunday.

Avoiding Gronkowski, who is one of Brady's favorite targets, would be a huge break for the Bears' defense. In six games this season, the tight end has 26 receptions for 405 yards and a touchdown; in 14 games last season, Gronkowski had 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns.

Gronkowski has not officially been ruled out yet, though time is running out for the Patriots to make a decision.

Meanwhile, Khalil Mack appears set to play Sunday despite dealing with an ankle injury. Between having Mack on the field and Gronkowski off of it, good news keeps coming for the Bears' defense.

Final thoughts: Cody Parkey quickly moves on from missed game-winning kick

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Final thoughts: Cody Parkey quickly moves on from missed game-winning kick

There’s, probably, only one position in sports that can match the you-had-one-job scrutiny of a placekicker attempting a critical field goal late in a football game. As in: If you make the kick, it was expected; if you miss it, well, you didn’t do the one thing you were brought on to do. 

The comparison here is a closer in baseball. The expectation is whoever is called upon with a one-to-three-run lead in the ninth inning will convert the save and win his team the game. 

But when a closer blows a save and is in the spotlight during baseball’s regular season, there’s always a game the next day or, at worst, in two days. The immediacy and pace of a Major League Baseball team’s schedule lends itself to closers having to “flush” a bad outing and move on to the next one, since it might be tomorrow. 

For Bears kicker Cody Parkey, though, he’s had to wait a week until he gets his next “meaningful” chance at making a field goal after missing a game-winning 53-yard attempt last weekend against the Miami Dolphins. But moving on from a critical missed kick has never, and is not, a problem for the fifth-year veteran. 

“(It takes) five minutes,” Parkey said. “You kick the ball, and if it doesn’t go in you’re not going to sit there and cry on the field, you’re going to continue to move on with your life. I don’t think there’s really much to it other than knowing you’re going to have to kick another one sometime throughout the season, next game, in the next week, you never know. You stay ready so you’ll be ready for the next week.”

Not allowing those missed kicks to fester is an important trait for a placekicker to possess. What helps Parkey quickly work through his misses is focusing on having a good week of kicking in practice, and also an even-keel mindset that’s been instilled in him since a young age. 

“I think I’ve always been pretty mellow,” Parkey said. “At a young age, my coaches told me never let the highs get to high, never let the lows get too low. And I’ve kind of taken that to heart. If I miss a game winner, make a game winner, I’m going to have the same demeanor. I’m just going to be super chill and knowing it’s a game, it’s supposed to be fun, we’re supposed to go out there and try our best. I put in a lot of work and I try my best on the field.”

That’s something, too, that special teams coach Chris Tabor sees in Parkey. 

“He's always been like that,” Tabor said. “He hit a good ball, his line was just off. In his career going in he was 7-of-8 over 50 yards. I'll be honest with you, I thought he was going to make it. And next time we have that situation, I know he will make it.” 

Age is just a number

Sunday will mark the 6th time in Tom Brady’s career that the 41-year-old has faced a head coach younger than him, but the first time it’ll be a coach other than Miami’s Adam Gase (who’s 40). Brady is 3-2 against Gase’s Dophins. 

Matt Nagy, meanwhile, is also 40. Brady just missed playing Kyle Shanahan (38) and Sean McVay (32), facing the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams in 2016, a year before both those youthful coaches were hired. 

Meanwhile, the youngest player on the Bears — 21-year-old Roquan Smith — was three years old when Brady made his unassuming NFL debut on Nov. 23, 2000. 

They said it

A couple of amusing one-liners out of Halas Hall this week…

Nagy, when it was brought to his attention that Mitch Trubisky (105.6) has a better passer rating than Brady (98.2), chuckled: “You want to say that one more time?” 

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, when asked if he’d ever heard of “Baby Gronk” Adam Shaheen: “(long pause)… Sometimes.”