The Bears did not have a takeaway against the Vikings, and they have just eight through six games. Last year, the Bears had 14 after the first six games. But one guy who has had no trouble finding his way to the ball has been nickel back D.J. Moore. Moore has two of the team’s four interceptions, and has had a shot at least two others, including one that bounded off his hands last weekend against the Vikings.
LAKE FOREST — The Bears did not have a takeaway against the Vikings, and they have just eight through six games. Last year, the Bears had 14 after the first six games.
But one guy who has had no trouble finding his way to the ball has been nickel back D.J. Moore. Moore has two of the team’s four interceptions, and has had a shot at least two others, including one that bounded off his hands last weekend against the Vikings. Moore took one of his picks back for a touchdown, and also has 30 tackles (sixth on the team) and has pressured the quarterback numerous times on corner blitzes.
He has accumulated six interceptions since the start of last season, tied for eighth in the NFL in that time span. He’s also tied for first with two of them returned for touchdowns. His coaches believe it’s because he has that something special inside that draws him to the ball.
“He’s very talented, and just has great instincts, and he’s smart. I mean, he’s just on top of the details, and he’s got great ball skills,” Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said. “Certain guys have great instincts. He takes to coaching very well, which, guys with instincts, this system helps those guys a little.”
Still, he takes little credit for being in the right places at the right time.
He either deflects the credit to his coaches: “It’s good coaching. I’m just where I’m supposed to be. I can’t take too much credit, you know. When they tell me to be there, the ball pretty much just so happens to hit my hands sometimes.”
Or he puts it all on luck: “I’m just lucky I think. Sometimes when I’m beat, they don’t throw it my way, but when I’m there, they throw it. It’s a luck thing, or just that I’m a good person, I think. Good things happen to good people. Yea, (football karma) is what I think it is.”
Not many people around Halas Hall buy into the fact that it’s all just good coaching and karma. Even the coaches.
“When a player’s having success, hopefully as coaches we’re getting guys in position to make plays. But from there, it’s about the player. It’s a player’s game as far as what he does out there,” Bears head coach Lovie Smith said. “D.J. has been a play maker with the limited amount of reps. He does have those instincts, and he does have that football sense. He gets it.”
He also gets a lot of turnovers. But in the end, there’s only one thing Moore really cares about.
“Winning, winning, and keep winning,” he added. “Pretty much, that’s it.”
Bears reporter Jay Taft can be reached at 815-987-1384 or email@example.com.
Most INTs since 2010
Ed Reed (10); Jason Allen (8); Asante Samuel (8); DeAngelo Hall (7); Devin McCourty (7); Troy Palamalu (7); Aquib Talib (7); D.J. Moore, and 11 others, including Antonio Cromartie and Tramon Williams, are at 6.