Tommie Harris responded to Warren Sapp's critical comments by agreeing with the former Buccaneers and Raiders defensive tackle in a somewhat cryptic conversation with two Sun-Times reporters.
"I don't have any awareness," Harris said in the Bears locker room.
It was obvious Harris didn't want to get dragged into any type of controversy, especially with someone he knows and he said he talks with on occasion.
His take? Sapp was doing his job as an NFL Network analyst when he told WSCR's "Mully and Hanley Show" on Wednesday morning that Harris was like a "blind dog in a meat house."
When asked if he was surprised that Sapp was critical, Harris said, "No. He's doing his job."
Sapp remains close with ex-Buccaneers defensive line coach and current Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. Is it possible that Sapp was just trying to motivate Harris on Marinelli's behalf?
"He can't motivate me," Harris said. "He doesn't cut my check. He could've called me and fired me up."
As for Sapp's contention that Harris needs to "set the stage" for Peppers, Harris again agreed and said that has been the Bears primary goal all along. He also said the opposite is true. Everyone one the defensive line has to help each other.
"Tell him not to lose my number," Harris said, which was perhaps a reference to his preference that Sapp call him personally rather than call him out on the radio.