Posts tagged with: Urlacher

Favre changes his mind: Is anyone surprised?

So Brett Favre actually isn’t retired. Anyone surprised?

Here’s a promise from me: When I say I’m retiring from this blog, I’ll mean it. You won’t see me sneaking back in here three months later to post about the problem of grown men wearing Urlacher jerseys.

Anyway, Favre is back. And this time he’s playing with the Minnesota Vikings.

Bears fans may shrug this off. They may point to all the interceptions Favre has been throwing lately. They may point to the fact that Favre failed to lead the New York Jets to the postseason last year.

But let’s be honest: Favre, even in his reduced state of effectiveness, makes the Vikings a much better football team. As a Bears fan, would you rather see the Bears defense facing off against Favre or the Vikings’ other inept quarterbacks? If you said “Favre,” you’re an idiot.

Favre’s return certainly makes the race for the NFC North division crown even more intriguing. Right now, it’s hard to say who’ll take the top spot, the Vikings, Bears or Packers. Though if I was forced to pick one, I’d go with the Vikings. I hate to say it, but that defense combined with Favre’s arm, should make the purple squad the favorite … barely.

Is the Urlacher-Cutler tiff over? And why are the media such simpletons?

I’m a writer for a living, a newspaper and magazine writer. So I know how sucky most of the members of the media are. And we saw a great example of this during the whole Brian Urlacher-Jay Cutler tiff.

The moment it came to a head to me was when Urlacher was addressing a throng of reporters. He made some lame joke about his and Cutler’s relationship while denying that he ever called the new Bears quarterback a … sissy.

The thing that bummed me out was that the reporters surrounding Urlacher laughed their asses off at the linebacker’s comments. Problem was, they really weren’t funny.

Urlacher isn’t exactly a gifted comedien. The guy can barely string together two sentences in a row. So why were the press members laughing like Urlacher was Seinfeld in his prime?

The same thing used to happen with Mike Ditka all the time. Ditka would spit out some lame joke and the reporters surrounding him would practically wet themselves they thought it was so funny. It’s kind of nauseating.

Look, Ditka might have been a good coach. He might have been a total jerk. But he certainly wasn’t what you’d call witty.

So how about it, media members? Why not grow some backbone? Next time some lunkhead who really hates you — as Urlacher does — tosses a lame joke your way, how about you not treat him like the next Don Rickles?

Urlacher again proves himself to be a pud

I’ll admit it: I’ve long thought Brian Urlacher is an ass, even before his play on the field began slipping. I cringe every time I hear him grunt through an interview, making a poor reporter’s job nearly impossible. I hate reading about his nasty relationship with the mother of his child. And I absolutely despise the way he implies that fans have no idea what professional football is all about.

Now there’s a red-hot story saying that Urlacher told former teammate Bobby Wade, now a receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, that he thinks new quarterback Jay Cutler is a … well, let’s just say Urlacher said “sissy.”

Urlacher denies saying this. I guess we’re supposed to believe that Bobby Wade just made all this up out of the blue.

Maybe Cutler is a, ummm…, sissy. But he’s also the Bears’ best chance to reach the SuperBowl. Urlacher was once a dominant player. That has changed. Today he’s a good player. He’s no longer a Pro-Bowl quality player, though.

So, who’s more important to the Bears now, Cutler or Urlacher? A strong-armed quarterback can take a team to the Superbowl. A top linebacker can help a team get there. There’s a big difference.

It’s time, then, for Urlacher to shut his mouth. Cutler may be a sissy, but there’s no way Urlacher’s getting back to the SuperBowl as a Bear without the quarterback’s powerful arm.

Which Bear has the most to prove this year? Urlacher

There are a lot of Bears that have something to prove this year.

Devin Hester has to prove he’s a number-one receiver. Jay Cutler has to prove he’s ready to be a leader. Rashied Davis has to prove he can actually catch the ball.

And then there’s Brian Urlacher. Remember when he was one of the most feared defensive players in the league? Well, those days are gone. Injuries have made sure that Urlacher will never again be that dynamo that caused opposing offensive coordinators so many headaches. But that doesn’t mean that Urlacher can’t still be a force on the field.

He’ll just have to do it in a different way.

Urlacher has always had trouble shedding blockers. Hopefully, Lovie Smith will use Urlacher’s speed. He sitll has that. And he can still use that to disrupt passing plays and chase down running backs, if Smith figures out a way to get him away from big, meaty blockers.

If Urlacher has an outstanding season, so will the Bears’ defense. If he struggles again, expect the defense to give up its share of long drives and points this season.

Bears need a top-form Urlacher, too

Brian Urlacher is a jerk. Listen to him talk to the media and you can tell: This guy is an a-hole. He doesn’t seem like he’s going to win any father-of-the-year awards, either.

Despite this, he’s been the face of the Bears for years. Maybe this is why the team hasn’t won the Super Bowl since 1985: It’s hard to win it all when you’re most dynamic player plays on the defensive side of the ball.

Last year, Urlacher regressed significantly. In fact, he’s been regressing ever since the Bears last appearance in the Super Bowl.

For the Bears to get back to the Super Bowl, they need Urlacher to return to the player who was an annual Pro Bowl selection. They need the Urlacher who gave opponents nightmares, who nabbed sacks, interceptions and fumbles, along with all those tackles.

Even with the addition of Jay Cutler, the Bears won’t be a championship force unless their defense improves upon its largely miserable peformance of last year. And this won’t happen if Urlacher doesn’t pressure the quarterback or grab some turnovers.

And, yes, even if Urlacher does have a good year, he’ll still be a surly, ungrateful jerk. But at least he’ll be a Pro Bowl-caliber surly, ungrateful jerk.