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What do the Bears do?

Posted on: September 14, 2009 4:41 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2009 7:34 pm
 

What does the loss of linebacker Brian Urlacher mean to the Chicago Bears?

It means they have lost the heart to the defense, but it doesn't mean they lose their best linebacker. That's Lance Briggs. Young players Jamar Williams or Nick Roach or the newly signed Tim Shaw, who was cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars, were in the mix to take over for Urlacher but the Bears are turning veteran Hunter Hillenmeyer, who has started on the outside.

Urlacher hasn't played that well the past two years. But he did have a good off-season and the Bears were excited about the way he played this summer and thought it would carry over to the regular season.

Now he's gone after dislocating his wrist in the Bears loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday night.

One has to wonder if this is the end of the Urlacher we came to know four years ago, that run-and-chase explosive linebacker.

It's funny how the NFL works. When he first came into the league, Urlacher was overrated. Then he was really good, and people didn't notice as much as they should. Now his talent level is decreasing for age, so he has to make up for it with hard work and more film study.

Sometimes players seemed jinxed by injuries. Urlacher might be one of those guys.

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Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2009 11:52 am
 

What do the Bears do?

No doubt Urlacher was the heart of the defense. His ability to cover alot of ground fast has helped his contributions to the defense for years. The injuries he sustained the last couple of years did affect his ablility to bring his best. Injuries and substitutions to the men up front put more focus on the linebacker crew. Other teams learned how to adapt and work around Urlacher. This year against Green Bay he looked like the old Urlacher. He had spring in his step, big hit ability, and blowing up blocks as opposed to running off of them.

Hunter Hillenmeyer in the middle is the right move. We need Lance Briggs on the outside. Substitutions in personnel on the D side will change things up and keep speed in the secondary. Kevin Payne needs to step things up. He has alot of ability to cover ground fast and knows how to bring the hit for the finish.




Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: September 16, 2009 6:48 am
 

What do the Bears do?

Naw...injuries aren't do to the coach. Urlacher has been hurt the last 3 or 4 seasons. He never was a big hitter like the Bear fans wanted him to be. He was a safety coming out of college, his main talent was covering the whole field. Put in the LB position, he became a sort of big Zack Thomas.

The bears should really worry about the selfish Jay Cutler who doesn't protect the ball but seems to think the game was made for his ego gratification. "he wants to throw it in double coverage"...why? cause he thinks he is great and wants to prove it to himself.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2009 5:23 pm
 

What do the Bears do?

What the Bears should do is not what the Bears will do. They should move Briggs to the middle. How many armchair quarterbacks slam Urlacher for not being able to shed a blocker? I don't necessarily agree that he cannot get off a block, but I do agree that the mike linebacker in Lovie Smith's scheme needs to be able to, especially one that supports the run as much as Urlacher. For those that have not seen him play, Lance Briggs is a full-grown man. He can get off any block. Hunter can then play the weak side and Roach can play strong side. This also allows Hunter to stay in the lineup when Pisa gets back. But the Bears will not do that. Hunter will start in the middle and Roach will go strong.



Since: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2009 1:19 pm
 

What do the Bears do?

All those words and no content, might, sometimes, thought are all words that convey thought.  But you really have nothing to add hear.  It will be a big loss.  Is Urlacher done?  I am not sure why that is brought up either, dumb question.



Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2009 12:31 pm
 

What do the Bears do?

So I guess that his neck injury was not considered major?



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2009 11:47 am
 

What do the Bears do?

This may be the first "major injury" but he's been plagued by neck and back issues for the past 2 seasons.  I would say that now for the 3rd straight season, he has been jinxed by injuries.  Sorry that the facts interfere with your no-nothingness.



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2009 11:02 am
 

What do the Bears do?

I agree, Chicago's defense was every bit as impressive with Urlacher, than it was without him.  Chicago's D may be has good has anyone's in the NFL this season.



Since: May 6, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2009 10:12 am
 

What do the Bears do?

Prisco always seem to just write to hear himself write.   Urlacher has had a pretty healthy career, I believe only missing 4 games 2 years ago.   He was back to himself this year.  Having had surgery last offseason he never got back to himself.  The first quarter of the game Urlacher was DOMINANT showing what kind of player he was going to be this year.  Running around like a beast knocking anyone down in his path.  It is ashame that he got hurt and is out for the year.   My question is: He is a tough middle linebacker.  Is it out of the question to put a thick cast on his wrist and still play?  What does a linebacker need to do best?  It's run and tackle and fill the holes.  He doesn't need to catch and his legs and head is still fine.  Why isn't that an option?   I bet a casted up Urlacher is still much better than his replacement.   If that isn't an option which it doesn't sound/look like it is, then I believe the best option is to bring in Derrick Brooks.  A player that is familiar with Lovie Smith's system that could come in and contribute right away.  He doesn't have any learning to do, just come in and perform.  Put Derrick Brooks in the Middle, leave Lance Briggs at his natural weak-side linebacker spot and fill the strong side with one of the 3 possible replacements until Pisa Tinoisamoa comes back.  I think that will put some of the wind back into the Defense that was lost when Urlacher went out.  The Defense can play with confidence having one of the all time great linebackers filling the void.  Let's just stop talking about it, and sign him now.  The earlier the better.  My opinion is that the Bears are going to sign him anyways and its just a matter of time, the sooner the better, that way he can come in, get acclimated, and contribute right away...



Since: Sep 15, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2009 6:40 am
 

What do the Bears do?

I AGREE WITH THIS COMMENT 95%...................OVERRATED YES BUT AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF THE PUZZLE HE WAS.THE LITTLE PUBLIC TIFF OR WHATEVER WITH CUTLER IN THE PRESS EARLIER IS JUST ANOTHER OF THE UNDERLYING PROBLEMS THE BEARS HAVE THIS YEAR. CUTLER IS A WHINER AND LOVIE NEEDS TO HAVE PLENTY OF CHEESE TO SATISFY THE WHINE...........JOSH MADE THE RIGHT MOVE DISPENSING THE BRONCO BUSTER FOR SURE AND NOW THE BEARS WILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH HIM. WITH THE STEELERS IN TOWN AND A LONG TRIP OUT WEST FOLLOWING THAT............WHO KNOWS A 0-3 START COULD SHOW THE REAL CUTLER SHORTLY. IMAGINE SINGLETARY DEALING WITH THIS KID ?? WOW .............MORE COACHES SHOULD ADAPT HIS HANDLING OF THE ROSTER GIVEN TO THEM. GET OUTTA HERE AND GET DRESSED YOU DON'T BELONG HERE LIKE HE DID WITH DAVIS LAST YEAR IN WHAT I THINK WAS HIS 1ST GAME AS COACH............WATCH OUT FOR THE 9'ERS THEY SEEM TO HAVE RESPECT FOR HIM AND IT'S STARTING TO SHOW IN THE FINAL SCORE. THE GROSSMAN COMPARISON IS OFF KEY HERE AS REX SEEMED TO PLAY WITH ZERO CONFIDENCE WHILE CUTLER THINKS HE IS THE SECOND COMING OF WHOEVER YOU GUYS RATE YOUR BEST EVER QB AND THIS IS CLEARLY NOT THE CASE.



Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2009 4:41 am
 

Urlachrer accomplished nothing

Cmon Prisco,the bottom line in the NFL is to win the Lombardi Trophy.And even though Urlacher is considered a great linebacker,the Bears are nothing.Ray Lewis,this is the guy that we should talk about.



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