Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson won’t correct anyone who wants to compare him to all-time great Randy Moss, writes Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com. “Big fan, of course,” Johnson said. “Everybody used the term, ‘You got mossed.’ So, of course, the great catches he made on the field to all of his great plays over the years of his career.” More from the NFC North..
- Lions star Ndamukong Suh is likely to top J.J. Watt‘s contract in 2015, opines Chris Wesseling of NFL.com. Suh hit the open market at just 27 years old with three first-team All-Pro selections, so it’s not hard to see him clearing the six-year, $100MM extension that Watt inked with the Texans earlier this year. The Jets, Giants, Cowboys, and Bears have already been linked to Suh, one of the league’s most fearsome defensive linemen.
- Jason Fitzgerald of The Sporting News looks at the Bears‘ bad contracts and how they’re weighing the team down. General Manager Phil Emery‘s decision to sign Jay Cutler to a long-term deal with a guaranteed $54MM over three seasons probably stands as his worst call to date. The deal mimicked Tony Romo‘s contract with the Cowboys, but Cutler’s production did not resemble Romo’s from 2011-2013. Beyond Cutler, the signings of defensive linemen Lamarr Houston and Jared Allen also seem rather foolish in hindsight.
- Some are calling for the Bears to fire defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, but he says he’s not focusing on his job security, writes Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune. “I just feel pressure to coach the best that I can. That’s the pressure I put on myself,” said Tucker. “I’ve never been anywhere where there wasn’t pressure to win and there wasn’t pressure to play well. I’ve never been in a situation where it wasn’t like that on a day-to-day basis. … I don’t feel any pressure other than what I put on myself. And that’s a lot of pressure.”