Urlacher, Lewis broke the mold for prototype inside linebackers

Sporting News archives: A look back at all-access with Brian Urlacher

“But with something like that, those guys certainly wouldn’t be able to compete on the NFL level now, not being at full speed. Players are so much faster and quicker. We even saw a little bit of that same issue with Urlacher and Ray Lewis in recent years. It’s a young man’s position now. It’s tougher to match up with these tight ends and backs when you get older. The legs start to go. In your head and heart you think you can still get there, but the body says ‘Screw it.’ ” Indeed, there were times in recent seasons when Lewis and Urlacher were painfully exposed in pass coverage, with too much open space on the field to account for, and not enough speed to chase down the young and athletic skill-position weapons that enter the league every year. Legs are the indispensable part of an inside linebacker’s game in today’s NFL, and can’t really be compensated for, at least not for long. It’s one good reason we may not see the likes of Lewis and Urlacher — and 15-year veteran Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher — again. Athleticism has become so essential to playing the position that longevity may become an endangered trait.

Urlacher focuses on golf, not football

I havent been doing football stuff. “Im sure Ill miss it when its time to put the pads on and stuff. But I wont miss how my body feels when Im done. Urlachersaid he thought about a career in coaching but quickly changed his mind. “I dont think I would be a good coach, he said. “First of all, I don’t want to spend the time coaching. I feel bad for them. During the season, they work 90 hours a week. I dont want to do that. Becoming a television analyst could be an option forUrlacher in the future. Fox Sports national told the Tribune it would be willing to listen ifUrlacher is interested in talking.

Brian Urlacher: ‘I don’t have a desire to play’ football

The first play is a run to the right side by James Allen. Urlacher bursts across the field and gets to Allen before he can turn the corner. If it had been a real game, Urlacher would have tackled him for a loss. The biggest hit of the day comes during this session. But it is not delivered by Urlacher. As he drops into pass coverage, the ball sails over his head. He turns around just in time to see safety Larry Whigham collide with defenseless wide receiver D’Wayne Bates, who is stretching out for a pass from quarterback Cade McNown. Whigham slams into the receiver high, bending Bates backward, his legs buckling underneath him.

Recapping Brian Urlacher’s Hall of Fame Career


but increasingly popular among athletes with degenerative joint conditions. In an interview with FOX-32 ( relayed via BradBiggs of the Chicago Tribune), Urlacher admitted that his knee was “never going to be the same.” Urlacher returned to the field in 2012, but it was apparent that he wasn’t going to be the same, either. After again captaining a Top Five defense (the Bears were the third-best scoring defense in 2012), again racking up double-digit wins, again failing to achieve postseason success (the Bears didn’t make the playoffs) and again missing time due to injury, Urlacher has finally called it quits. The Legacy Despite playing for a Chicago Bears franchise whose storied history is filled with legendary Hall of Fame defenders, Urlacher might be the greatest of them all. Some of the units he led were every bit as nasty and stingy as the storied Monsters of Midways past. Is Brian Urlacher a first-ballot Hall of Famer? Yes Submit Vote vote to see results Is Brian Urlacher a first-ballot Hall of Famer? Yes 11.1% Total votes: 1,601 Were it not for Ray Lewis , Urlacher would be the greatest middle linebacker of his generation.

Brian Urlacher isn’t interested in coaching or broadcasting

Brian Urlacher

In many ways, what Urlacher represents is the last of a breed, as well as the last of an era. Oh, sure, football Authentic Brian Urlacher Jersey is still a blatantly violent sport, and there are still true nasties like Patrick Willis. But football has changed even in the short time from 2000-10 when Urlacher was truly dominant. Rules changes have softened the position. Not just from the days when Butkus would grab runners by the neck and throw them into the bench, but from just a few years ago. Players today like Willis can be tough, but Urlacher could be cruel — and I mean that in a good way. Cruelty is gone from football.

I expect unlike many players that he has wisely invested a good chunk of his money and will have no need to work another day in his life. djstat says: Jun 23, 2013 11:59 AM I think you will be disappointed when he is not a first ballot HOF CKL says: Jun 23, 2013 12:14 PM Its funny, so many people say that players are the game not coaches, but even though great players work very hard to become and stay great so many of those players dont want anything to do with coaching because coaches work so hard (and get less pay). Great coach > any one great player. whatjusthapped says: Jun 23, 2013 12:26 PM I never thought of Urlacher as being smart till he turned down the possibility of playing for the Vikings. He recognized Favres fatal error of ruining his legacy by playing for a second rate franchise and decided to retire. Like I said, smart man. cjread21 says: Jun 23, 2013 12:35 PM I think it is 50/50 when it comes to coaches and players. Look at the Saints the were not great with out their coach. Then look at teams that have GREAT coaches and they are okay but not great like the cardinals.

Brian Urlacher: One of last great linebacking headbangers

Brian Urlacher was part -- maybe the end -- of a great tradition of nasty middle linebackers.  (USATSI)

Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher retires Star linebacker Brian Urlacher says he’s retiring after spending 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears. (May 22) Lindsay H. Jones, USA TODAY Sports 8:17 p.m. EDT May 22, 2013 Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher announced his retirement Wednesday. (Photo: Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports) Brian Urlacher will not play for another team. The longtime Chicago Bears middle linebacker announced Wednesday morning he will retire. Urlacher’s contract with the Bears expired in March, and he and the team could not come to agreement on a new deal. “Although I could continue playing, I’m not sure I would bring a level of performance of passion that’ sup to my standards,” said in a statement posted to his Twitter account.

Brian Urlacher a legend, but retirement comes at right time

Fox Sports told the Tribune it would entertain the idea of hiring Urlacher as an analyst, but the interest isn’t mutual. “I don’t think I would be very good on TV broadcasting games,” Urlacher said. “‘He’s running left, he’s running right, 28 has the ball.’ I don’t know. We’ll see. I’ve got a lot of time to think about it.” Urlacher also doesn’t believe he would be a good coach because the long hours hold no appeal for him. “I feel bad for them,” Urlacher explained. “During the season, they work 90 hours a week.

Former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher retires

urlacher retires 5.21.13

Both Butkus and Singletary are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Urlacher no doubt will follow them to Canton in the near future. Urlacher, in fact, surpassed Singletary in games played last season Urlacher played 182 games (and started 180) for Chicago, compared to 179 for Singletary and 119 for Butkus. Urlachers retirement also comes just months after Ray Lewis stepped away from the game following Baltimores Super Bowl win, meaning the league has lost two of its all-time great defenders this offseason. Urlacher, though, played a different game than Butkus, Singletary or even Lewis. Whereas the former Bears MLBs destroyed offenses with intimidation, Urlacher captained Chicagos cover-2 defense, using his instincts and athleticism to eliminate the middle of the field. Thats not to say that he tackled gently, but Urlacher helped carry his position into the modern era. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers told the Chicago Tribune that he revolutionized the middle linebacker spot.


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