Bears Defense Looks Strong Without Urlacher, Smith

Bears force 4 turnovers in first game without Brian Urlacher, first game under Marc Trestman

JOSH NORMAN WANTS A JOB: Norman started last season as a rookie for the Panthers at cornerback, but found himself on the bench midway through the season after some blown coverages. Norman started this year strong with two interceptions against the Bears, including one he took back 60 yards for a touchdown. Rivera said he wants Norman to be more physical at the line of scrimmage, which has been a weakness for him. Right now Norman is starting in Carolina’s nickel defense. “He’s a ball hog and he’s got the ability to make plays,” Rivera said. “We saw that last year and I really do believe he’s having a solid (training) camp.” Norman said the game has slowed down for him this year. 4.

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I would have loved to have seen Brian, a player of his stature, have that one last good bye. Then again, kind of in Brian fashion, he probably would not have wanted a lot of fanfare. In five more seasons when he gets elected into the Hall of Fame there will be a lot of fanfare and deservedly so. Ron Rivera on The Mully and Hanley Show Ron Rivera I really wish he could have gone out as a Bear and knowing that this was it for him. Its just too bad, but you know, Brian will be fine, and hell go forward, and hopefully my paths will cross with him again. Though he said the decision was difficult to swallow, Rivera understands why the Bears did what they did. Im being sentimental. I know the team had to do what was best for them and at the go here now same time Ive always been a huge Brian Urlacher fan. A lot of people dont get to know who he is as a person, but if youre in behind the scenes, and you watched the way he handled his teammates, the way he was so generous with the coaches, and just the people around him that he got to know, I think a lot of people that dont understand would understand him better. Jay Cutler had success while enjoying freedom in the offense. 254 The rookie linebacker showed both promise and inexperience.

Bears LB Urlacher has knee surgery

I don’t know how that stuff works. This is the first time I have ever done anything to my knee so I am kind of new to this. I don’t know. Honestly, I don’t know how that works.” Urlacher acknowledged that the knee could be an issue all season, adding, “I don’t see it getting any better during the season. We have to manage it, my reps in practice, and then get through Sunday.” The Bears had all offseason to address the injury in a different way, but Smith said there was no indication he needed surgery until recently when Urlacher began have problems. “We followed protocol in what we thought we should do at the time,” he said. “And now that we’re here going back to last season doesn’t help an awful lot. “Right now Brian got the knee scoped. He’s feeling really good about that.

Rivera: ‘Disappointed’ In The Bears Not Bringing Urlacher Back

Carolina had the lead and momentum at the time, and Newton needs to realize that one poor decision can turn the game around. Hell be kicking himself about that one all week until he gets on the field again. 2. BEARS MIGHT HAVE FOUND SOMETHING: The Chicago Bears have liked what theyve seen from the rookie Marquess Wilson so far in training camp and he didnt disappoint on Friday night. The 6-foot-4, 184-pound rookie from Washington State had five catches for 82 yards in his NFL debut, including a 58-yard reception to set up Chicagos only offensive touchdown of read the game. 3. JOSH NORMAN WANTS A JOB: Norman started last season as a rookie for the Panthers at cornerback, but found himself on the bench midway through the season after some blown coverages.

Ex-Bears LB Brian Urlacher retires

Image: Brian Urlacher (© Joe Howell/AP)

11, 2011): The season-opening performance by the defense, which suffocated a high-powered Falcons offense and sacked Matt Ryan five times, led many to believe the Bears were bound for a big season. Urlacher was a big part of that effort with 10 tackles and one of his 22 career interceptions. It might not have been the most memorable game in terms of the outcome, but it might have the most lasting impact on Urlacher. “That was the last game my mom watched me play,” he said somberly. Lavoyda Lenard watched the Falcons game from her Texas home that afternoon and sent her son a text after the game. The next day, she died suddenly at 51. Urlacher traveled to New Mexico to bury his mother that week and rejoined his teammates to face the Saints. He paid to keep his mother’s cell phone on so he could hear her voice, until the phone company eventually disconnected the line.

D.J. Williams To Get First Opportunity To Replace Brian Urlacher For The Chicago Bears

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 12:  D.J. Williams #55 of the Denver Broncos attempts to tackle Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the NFL season opener game at EverBank Field on September 12, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.

They fired coach Lovie Smith after a second straight late collapse left them out of the playoffs for the fifth time in six years, even though they did finish with 10 wins. They replaced him with the offensive-minded Marc Trestman, hoping he could get the most out of quarterback Jay Cutler , and revamped their offensive line. On defense, the only starting linebacker returning is Lance Briggs . Veteran free agent acquisition D.J. Williams and second-round draft pick Jon Bostic are expected to compete for the middle linebacker job with Urlacher gone. A safety with lightning speed when he was drafted out of New Mexico, the 6-foot-4 Urlacher initially lined up at strong side linebacker for the Bears, but lost the job to Roosevelt Colvin. He made the switch to middle linebacker during his first season when Barry Minter was injured, and went on to become the 2000 Defensive Rookie of the Year, the start of a long run that saw him anchor a defense that consistently ranked among the league’s best. THE ROAD TO SB XLVIII From the opening kickoff to the Super Bowl, the best NFL action is on FOX. See the full NFL on FOX schedule .

Finding their way

Good thing Bostic can move with the best of them. He had the fastest 40 time for an inside linebacker at the NFL combine, not to mention the fastest three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle. Waddle & Silvy Bears GM Phil Emery joined “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000 to discuss the state of his team and the future of several players. | Urlacher’s career But in another way, that kind of rebellious attitude speaks to the continuation of the defense’s tougher-than-thou attitude. Offensively minded head coach or not, it would be natural for them to feel this is still their team. “I haven’t been here, but it doesn’t look like it’s changed,” Bostic said of the Bears defense. “We’re getting turnovers in practice, we’re going after the ball, and we’re getting the ball out as much as we can. From what I saw watching film and seeing at practice, it looks like the same to me.” Bostic’s Gators team had 20 interceptions in 2012, seventh-most in college football.

Brian Urlacher doesn’t want to see Bears win Super Bowl without him

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By Campbell Abbott / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, July 18, 2013, 6:29 PM Brian Urlacher says hed be pissed if the Bears won the Super Bowl without him. Related Stories Jenny McCarthy, Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher are dating, TV host confirms Brian Urlacher wants to see the Bears do well, just not any better than he did as a linebacker in Chicago. “I’m going for them,” the recently-retired Urlacher said on the Dave Dameshek Football Program . “A lot of my friends are still on the team. A lot of my good friends guys I played with for 10, 11 years so I’m still rooting for them. I hope they do well. They better not win the championship without me, ’cause then I’ll be really pissed.” Urlacher spent his entire 13-year career with Chicago and was never able to raise the Lombardi Trophy.

Urlacher ranks his top five games

Brian Urlacher holds up the George Halas Trophy after the Bears beat the Saints 39-14 in the NFC Championship game at Soldier Field on January 21,2007.

to the Bears and are excited to start working with him, Emery said in a statement in late March. This is a great opportunity for D.J. to restart his career after coming off suspension for part of the 2012 season. We see a player that has very good athletic upside who can contribute immediately at linebacker. He is also a versatile player who has played both outside linebacker positions. Williams spent the first nine years of his career with the Denver Broncos, where he amassed 824 tackles, including 141 in 2007. Last season, he played in just seven games and totaled 14 tackles. He missed nine games due to two suspensions.

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