Lovie Smith chews out D.J. Moore over Cutler comments
BY RICK MORRISSEY Twitter: @morrisseycst September 19, 2012 1:41PM
D.J. Moore told the Sun-Times that coach Lovie Smith didn't care for his critical remarks about teammate Jay Cutler. | AP
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Updated: September 19, 2012 5:23PM
The price for speaking your mind at Halas Hall is a call from the Bears head coach.
That’s what D.J. Moore learned after he criticized Jay Cutler for his rough treatment of left tackle J’Marcus Webb during a loss in Green Bay last week.
Lovie Smith had some advice for the Bears’ defensive back.
“He wasn’t happy at all,’’ Moore told the Sun-Times on Wednesday. “He said, ‘Don’t say it in this setting’ or ‘don’t say it here’’ or “don’t say it there.’ He was just telling me the right way to do stuff.’’
Moore had taken issue with Cutler’s shoulder bump of Webb and the way the quarterback had so publicly laid the blame at his lineman’s feet. Cutler threw four interceptions and was sacked seven times in the game.
“I don’t think you can act like that,’’ Moore had said of Cutler on Monday. “To make it seem like it’s just (Webb’s) fault, I think it’s just wrong. I would feel some kind of way if he was to do me like that, to make it seem like, ‘Well, the reason I’m having a bad game is because of what you’re doing and not about me taking accountability for myself because I’m throwing these type of passes and doing these type of reads.’ It’s a tough situation.’’
“I was just being myself, really, but I probably shouldn’t have because it’s really been blown out of proportion,’’ Moore said Wednesday. “It was just one incident of somebody doing something, and I pretty much stated my opinion. I’ve got to realize that if I say something, (the media are) going to make it seem like everybody feels that way and they’re going to make it seem like the locker room’s split. That’s not the truth.’’
Moore said he has yet to talk with Cutler about the issue.
“I feel like if I did something and somebody didn’t like it, I would understand where they’re coming from,’’ he said. “It’s not like I don’t like you.’’
If you have an opinion at Halas Hall, there can be consequences.
“You’re going to have to talk to the big dog,’’ Moore said.