The statement would have a lot more credibility if it came from Bernard Berrian. You know, the guy that no one thought would be more than a speedy stretch-the-field slot receiver and instead became a very highly paid WR1 for the Minnesota Vikings in the off-season. Did he "go to die" in Chicago?
On the flip-side, you have Moose. He made more noise on the sidelines and in the locker room bitching than he did on the field producing. He lost his ability to gain separation and drops were routine. I suppose those two items fall squarely on the shoulders of Rex Grossman, Brian Griese, and Kyle Orton as well?
In response, the Bears weren't taking the bait ... though it seems like they wanted to:
Asked how Muhammad was as a teammate, Orton snapped, ''No comment.''
Receivers coach Darryl Drake?
''Everybody is entitled to their opinions. I love Moose and hope that he continues to have an illustrious career. We're going to do what we do here. That's our feeling.A hug around the neck? Isn't that a choke? Hopefully Drake goes Undertaker on Moose and choke-slams him. That would gain immediate entrance into the youtube hall-of-fame.
''I'll give him a great big hug, right around the neck [when they meet in Week 2] because I love him.''
You can feel the love, can't you? There's more ... former Arena League player, Rashied Davis:
''I don't think receivers go to die here,'' Davis said. ''I've been making myself here.''And offensive coordinator Ron Turner:
''I could say a lot,'' he said, ''but I won't.''Grossman also simply avoided the topic.
On one hand, it's good to see the team all on the same page and going into "no comment" mode. On the other, what do they have to lose? Everyone already thinks they suck, why not just fire back about how much of a bust Moose was and say something about how he made Grossman look worse than he actually is? What's the harm in that?
After having to watch a guy alternate between whine and drop for three years, that's the least they could do for us fans.
UPDATE: Moose tries to claim he was "misquoted" by Peter King. I'll stand by my stance above.