Ever-passionate Bears wide receivers coach Darryl Drake was irked by a Chicago Tribune story Thursday that cited sources indicating Johnny Knox will ask to be traded if he doesn't beat out newcomer Roy Williams for the starting ''X'' receiver job in the Bears' offense.
''I don't even know where this crap comes from,'' Drake said outside the mess hall at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. ''Johnny Knox never said one word [in the entire story]. "Nothing ever came out of his mouth.
''If you guys keep making this stuff up and bringing this stuff up, you're going to deal with me and it ain't going to be real nice.''
Knox was the Bears' leading receiver last season, with 51 receptions for 960 yards and five touchdowns. Williams, a former Pro Bowl receiver signed as a free agent after he was released by the Dallas Cowboys, supplanted Knox as the No. 1 ''X'' receiver early in training camp.
''Guys like Johnny need to learn to be consistent,'' Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz said. "He certainly has the ability. He just is still learning to play, adjust and do the things we ask him to do."