Moore not happy with ejection

In this afternoon's 37-13 blowout, Bears CB D.J. Moore was ejected from the game for a late hit on Detroit QB Matthew Stafford. Moore had some strong words to say about it after the contest.

This afternoon's Week 10 matchup between the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions had just about everything: from howling winds and unseasonably warm temperatures, to bench clearing brawls and another Devin Hester return TD.

There was also an unexpected player ejection, as D.J. Moore was invited to leave the game in the third quarter after an altercation with Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

"I'm not so sure that what I did was cause for that action," Moore said after the game. "I'm not saying that what I did was wrong, but if it was then both of us were wrong. I felt they decided to keep him in the game because as the quarterback, he was a little more important than I was. I'm sure the NFL officials will be reviewing the film and taking action in some way against others who were involved as well."


DE Julius Peppers & DT Ndamukong Suh
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The incident elicited a spirited bench-clearing brawl. Although Moore admitted grabbing Stafford's helmet, he also stated that Stafford grabbed Moore's helmet at the same time.

"Look at the film. He grabbed my neck, tried to end my career. Check it out. You'll see that I'm right. And you can be darn sure that I'll be doing that, looking in great detail later this week. And what about Cutler? Somebody ripped his helmet right off but there was no penalty called and he remained in the game? What's that about?"

Moore's comments regarding his early exit were the only down notes in an otherwise-cheerful press conference he offered in the post-game locker room.

"I loved today," he said. "It was fast. It was physical. It was intense. Six turnovers, stripping the ball, that's what we try to do every play. That is the game as it should be played, leaving everything you have out there. The fun was in the physicality the corners brought today. We had a lot of fun doing our jobs."

Moore leads all Bears cornerbacks in interception with three and has been a force this year as a blitzer. Against Detroit he was able to contribute in shutting down the Lion's receiving corps.

"It was just a matter of disrupting things," Moore said. "We knew going in that the way to come out on top would be to take away their passing game. We also wanted to make them nervous when they rushed. And although they were able to get good yardage, much of that was negated by penalties, fumbles and interceptions."

Moore was one of the only members of the secondary without an interception today. Charles Tillman, Major Wright, Tim Jennings and Corey Graham all picked off Stafford, with Tillman and Wright returning theirs for touchdowns.

Nate Burleson led all Detroit receivers with eight catches for 83 yards, while Calvin Johnson was held to 7 catches on 19 targets for 81 yards. Neither scored a touchdown. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew could muster just five catches for 38 yards. The Lions converted just 25 percent of their 3rd downs.

"Strips, interceptions, never giving up the big plays," said Moore, "that's how we win."


Beth Gorr has been covering the Bears for the last 12 years and is the author of Bear Memories: The Chicago-Green Bay Rivalry. She is currently working on a second book about early Bears history.


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