Bears’ plan for Calvin Johnson: “hit him”

AP

The Bears’ defense is promising to get physical with Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson on Monday night.

Bears nickel back D.J. Moore told CSNChicago.com that the key to stopping Johnson is to attack him with a physical style of play.

Make sure you hit him,” Moore said. “Hit him.”

The 5-foot-9 Moore knows he’s not going to out-leap the 6-foot-5 Johnson, but that doesn’t mean he thinks Johnson can’t be covered.

“When you’re big and fast like that, you’re going to catch balls,” Moore said. “Jump balls, he’s probably going to win those. But timing routes, you can still break on the ball like you would any other ball.”

Moore says he doesn’t believe the hype that Megatron is some unstoppable force.

“I don’t think people should be thinking somebody is too good, have somebody come in and you give them too much credit, over-think about what you’re doing,” Moore said. “I think we’ll be fine.”

55 responses to “Bears’ plan for Calvin Johnson: “hit him”

  1. He is a beast but there are always ways to take someone out of the game..they still have to make him work hard for everything nothing easy…and not just lay down

  2. According to a NICKEL back.
    At 5’9″ he’ll need a step stool to stop CJ.
    How bout some big names on the Bears D steppin up and sayin this?

    Maybe after they heard Rob Ryan say that CJ would be the 3rd WR on the Cowboys…coaches and players are learning to keep their mouths shut.

    5-0
    Nuff said

  3. Lots of luck with that plan.
    The man was triple covered in the end zone against the pathetic cowgirls and still got the ball.

  4. As a Packers fan, I’d kind of like to see the Lions lose a few. But not this one. Oh no, not this one. I hope they embarrass Duh Bears to the tune of a 40-point beating.

  5. He’s named after the most Powerful, most evil robot ever. No one can stop MEGATRON! This guy will break the NFL record for most TD’S in a a season this year. May even shatter it!

  6. As a Packers fan, I’d kind of like to see the Lions lose a few. But not this one. Oh no, not this one. I hope they embarrass Duh Bears to the tune of a 40-point beating.
    ——–
    Haters gonna hate.

  7. LMAO. A 5’9″ corner and your strategy is “hit him”? Let me fill you in on a little physics……. Force = Mass * Acceleration. Sure, go ahead and “hit him” with all 180p lbs and watch from the ground as he catches the ball.

  8. Talk is cheap he have to say something he couldn’t say the bears lose.
    THE GREAT DETROIT LIONS 38
    bears …………………………………..13
    CJ ……………………………………..2TD’s

  9. What Moore says is true, or at least you hear it consistently from almost all defenses preparing to face any big, fast receiver with good hands. You can’t win if you let them get off the line clean, so you might as well try to hit them in that first five yards and at least disrupt the route.

    But it does sound hilarious coming from probably the smallest DB on the team.

  10. Hit him? Now remember DJ what happen last year when you tried to hit him. You were on the receiving end of one of the sickest stiff arms I have ever seen.

  11. Calvin Johnson quits once defenders get physical with him. It seems like every week he limps over to the sideline multiple times during a game whenever he falls down or gets hit.

    Just a finesse guy, needs room, doesn’t want to be physical. Reminds me of Chris Johnson actually, another CJ. Are they related?

  12. asublimeday says:
    Oct 9, 2011 8:28 AM

    Haters gonna hate.
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    And 24-year-olds that live in their mom’s basement are gonna try and talk like cool hip-hop rap moguls.

    ~A hater~

  13. Im not sure he’s talking about himself hitting him. I believe he might be talking about the safeties. I know Merriman will be looking to get fined today, and Chris Hitman Harris would probably be happy to give up 15 yards and an automatic first down in order to hit a defenseless receiver today.

    If I were coaching I would make every player swear on their career not to tell the media the truth, but I coach them to take PI and Personal Fouls on the first few passes. Heck Id even take 15 yards to hit Stafford a step or two late in hopes that he’ll get happy feet.

    Bring back the Monsters of the Midway and make a statement!

  14. you bums that dnt kno football he isnt goin deep every play 6’5 means nothing on short passes or deep for that matter all u have to do is cover him right n he will get hit HARD n he will drop some balls

  15. As a Packer fan, I gotta say that this is awesome. I LOVE that the Lions are now a welcoming contender in the North. So much more refreshing hearing from Lions fans than the over-obnoxious Bears and Viking fans. Now raise up Detroit, and mushroom stamp these Bears into early hibernation!!! All that being said, the Packers are going to KILL the Falcons tonight.

  16. So am I right in thinking the Bears will not bother to cover him and instead go for a hit, which they may or may not actually get?

    Sounds good to me. Or, complete double coverage sounds good to me to open up the rest of the team.

    He’s right – Calvin is not unstoppable. But committing the resources needed to do it will kill your team elsewhere. I’ll take single coverage on Burleson and Young, and a single LB on Pettigres and Scheffler ALL day. Or night.

  17. The amount of lions haters here is humorous, I guess its against the law for lions fans to love their team openly for the first time in a decade without being embarrassed

  18. That is what every team should have been doing. Honestly, yes the Lion’s are 4-0 ONLY because of Calvin Johnson and Matt Stafford. Has anyone else really done anything? I live in Michigan and have seen tons of Lion’s games to know that CJ is an unbealivable WR but is very fragile. Making him pay for every catch should be top priority for every team. I’m not about injurying players but making him pay for catches is the only thing that is going to throw him off his game.

  19. Johnson’s only human, lay a shoulder in his gut a few times and he’ll be thinking more about the next hit than the ball. It’s very hard to go up for a ball when you know the db’s got a bullseye on your exposed ribs. Hope the Bears can stop him, the Lions need to start losing like normal.

  20. The game is roughly 36 hours away and Bears fans are *already* crying about flags????

    You people are more fun to watch than a rodeo with midgets riding giant mutant chickens.

  21. Im not sure he’s talking about himself hitting him. I believe he might be talking about the safeties. I know Merriman will be looking to get fined today, and Chris Hitman Harris would probably be happy to give up 15 yards and an automatic first down in order to hit a defenseless receiver today.

    Bring back the Monsters of the Midway and make a statement!

    ——————————————————
    It’s Brandon Meriweather…not Shawne Merriman.

  22. lionsfanatic84 says:Oct 9, 2011 10:58 AM

    Cowboynation919:
    You forgot your boy romo on that list

    List of what?

    Fragile? He hasn’t been to bad but it’s hard not to be with someone completly missing a block and allowing you to get leveled. Not to mention this year our line is basically kids expect for 2 people.

    I’m not one of the homers who will reply with my team is better and blah blah. I’m realistic. It would have been a miracle if he didn’t get hurt this year. Sucks but it’s the truth.

    Not sure if that was what you meant.

  23. Damn right hit him!! Remember tillman is covering him he is the best cb out there to stand a person up and punch the ball out while the safety comes over and lays the wr’s a$$ out doesn’t matter who it is. For those who don’t know who d.j. is? he will be the guy getting all the int’s after the tipped & hurried throws from the heat of peppers and melton on stafford. Which is understandable bet he still has nightmares of #90 giving him a “bear hug”

  24. Where are people getting 5’9″ vs. 6’5″ morre isn’t covering johnson, tillman is 6’3″ vs. 6’5″ typical lions fans dreaming about some miss match. The real miss match will be forte lighting the lions defense up like he does every year! Big bad suh can’t kill cutler when he just gives it to forte because they can’t stop the run.

  25. Cowboynation919:
    You said Stafford and Johnson are the only two players that are the reason Detroit is 4-0, you forgot romo

  26. lionsfanatic84 says:Oct 9, 2011 2:12 PM

    Cowboynation919:
    You said Stafford and Johnson are the only two players that are the reason Detroit is 4-0, you forgot romo

    I’ll give ya that. Also blame Jason Garret. Yes Tony made the throws but there was no reason to be throwing at that time, so that’s on Garret.

  27. Lol another rob ryan comment. Thats what they all say, and easier said than done. BTW, CJ isn’t the only weapon the lions have. We also have pettigrew, burleson, best, titus young, and the list goes on.

  28. “Just remember, there’s a thin line between being a hero, and being a memory!” ~ Optimus Prime to Iron Hide about taking on Megatron alone. G1 1980’s Cartoon

  29. Wow, what a concept The defensive players should hit the offensive players as hard as they can. Nice. He should have kept that secret to himself. Now the whole league knows.

  30. “Moore says he doesn’t believe the hype that Megatron is some unstoppable force.”

    Yeah how’d that work out for the Cowboys? The biggest mistake a player can make is to underestimate their opponent…Why you would ever underestimate Calvin Johnson is beyond me, but what ever sinks your boat.

  31. Bears nickel back D.J. Moore at practice yesterday teaching his teammates his new philosophy:

    Moore: “Make sure you hit him”

    Wooton: “Hit him right…got it.”

    Moore: “over-think about what you’re doing”

    Wooton: “Alright man, I’ll do it!”

    Moore: “Hit him”

    Wooton: “Holy crap that hurt! I think I broke something!”

    Moore: “I think we’ll be fine.”

    Wooton: “FINE?! My hand is broken!”

    Moore: “Should have hit him harder!”

    Wooton: “Good grief.”

  32. orangeflh says: Oct 9, 2011 10:23 AM

    The game is roughly 36 hours away and Bears fans are *already* crying about flags????

    You people are more fun to watch than a rodeo with midgets riding giant mutant chickens.
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    One comment/joke about flags and its Bears fans (plural) complaining? Give me a break.

    I’m surprised this Greenbay redneck is spending so much time trolling on a post about the Bears and Lions. You’d think he’d be in hillbilly heaven with his team 5-0. Looking forward to a “witty” response, as that would certainly prove he isn’t trolling *sarcasm*.

  33. elwaysbrain
    Calvin Johnson quits once defenders get physical with him. It seems like every week he limps over to the sideline multiple times during a game whenever he falls down or gets hit.

    Just a finesse guy, needs room, doesn’t want to be physical. Reminds me of Chris Johnson actually, another CJ. Are they related?

    elwaysbrain
    You seem to have lost yours!
    CJ will eat up Da Bears and no terrible calls will save them this year from a beatdown.

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