Before I get all into this subject, I have to preface it by saying I’m a huge Brian Urlacher fan. I think he’s one of the best players to ever lace em up for the Chicago Bears, and he should find his way to Canton someday.
He’s a great fit for the Lovie Smith Tampa 2 scheme, but he also thrived before Smith brought that defense to Chicago. The former college safety would have flourished in any system, and he very well could have been just as good at another position. OK. Now that I got that out of the way… I thought his comments after the Bears loss in Denver were about as classless as I’ve ever heard from a Bears player.
Just to catch you all up to speed, after the game Urlacher was asked his opinion on Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, and he responded with this little nugget; (From the Chicago Tribune, and the bold is mine)
“He’s a good running back. He does a good job for them. They have a good offense with him back there. They do some different plays. I thought we did a good job overall.”
I understand the Bears just dropped a game in an excruciating fashion, and as a competitive athlete he didn’t have time to come down after the loss, but calling the QB a good running back is kind of a dick thing to say. Especially after Tebow bounced back from his poor 1st half where he was 3 of 13 passing for 45 yards and 1 interception, with after the half numbers that were 18 of 27 for 191 yards and a touchdown. He’s obviously not an accomplished passer at this stage in his career, and he may never be, but he certainly got the job done through the air when he had to.
Urlacher didn’t have to go where he went with his comments, and looking back he may have second thoughts someday. I’m sure a simple “no comment” would have expressed his frustration just as well as what he went with. And how did Tebow respond after being made aware of Urlacher’s statement, he of course took the high road. (From the Chicago Tribune)
“Coming from a really good player, that means a lot.”
I’m sure it did Tim, I’m sure it did… I guess the old saying holds true, ‘If you don’t have anything nice to say about someone, don’t say anything at all.’