With Bears wacky defensive tackle Tommie Harris, it's often difficult to tell where he's coming from or where he's going.
Thursday afternoon's open locker room session was a perfect example.
It all began innocently enough with a discussion of the differences in the Packers' offense with Aaron Rodgers replacing the legendary Brett Favre who, by the way, tossed 13 interceptions and just 2 TD passes in his last six games against the Bears.
But that's not important now. What's important is that Harris had an ax to grind with a column written earlier in the week (not in the Herald, of course.)
“I think a lot of people don’t know what they’re talking about,” Harris began. “A lot of guys will put words in my mouth, saying that I was pointing fingers at my teammates. I would never do anything like that. I just told them I wasn’t Superman. I don’t read the stuff, I just hear the words.”
Evidently, someone took Harris' admission that he was “not Superman,” after last Sunday's loss to mean that he was pointing fingers at his teammates. That wasn't the impression I got, but whatever. Harris was just getting warmed up.
“You think that a lot of the fans are saying a lot of negative stuff, but it’s really just the media that always keeps us going,” Harris said, apparently oblivious to the occasional boos at Soldier Field. “That’s what you guys have to do; that’s your job. Not everybody in the media, but certain guys, and they know who they are. I just pray for you guys and hope that you can sleep at night. We’re just coming out here just doing our jobs. We didn’t ask to be here; we were drafted here. We just come here and do our jobs.”
In his own way, Harris took a roundabout path to declare that he wasn't upset about criticism of himself or the team, he was just teed off that someone extrapolated his words, presenting a false impression that he was tossing teammates under the bus ala Muhsin Muhammad.
“It’s when you put words in my mouth and say that I said something,” Harris said. “You guys are stating the obvious, but don’t put words on my mouth. And it was on camera. I didn’t point any fingers at my teammates. I’ve got to come here and hear that. Don’t put words in my mouth. I would never put words in your guys’ mouths.”
And believe me, that's a good thing for us in the media.