CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 27: Brian Urlacher #54 of the Chicago Bears gestures at the line of scrimmage against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on September 27 2010 in Chicago Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
This morning the Chicago Bears Pro Bowl Middle Linebacker Brian Urlacher was on ESPN Radio in Chicago talking about a few things. Kevin Seifert, the NFC North blogger for ESPN.com was nice enough to highlight some of Urlacher's interesting comments.
We finally get to hear Urlacher's take about the recent goofy top 10 linebacker list from Dhani Jones. If you remember, Jones left 'Lach of his list, and included himself. When asked why he left one of the best MLB's of this generation off his list he answered by asking the question, when's the last time Urlacher "got off a block?", Urlacher's respones;
"I think we were drafted in the same class, right? Is he a 2000 guy? I haven't heard anything about him since then. I saw him on a TV show with a bow-tie on though. So I know him better for how the way he dresses than what he does on a football field. Guys are going to talk. I've definitely had a lot worse things said publicly from guys, so I can live with it."
I can see wearing a bow tie on occasion, but to try and make it your thing, and you creep into the Pee Wee Herman realm of fashion.
We've talked about the shoddy conditions of the Soldier Field sod here on WCG on numerous occasions. The old school wants their mud and grass stains, and for football to be played like God intended it, while the new school wants a cleaner faster playing surface, but what does #54 want?
He called the current surface "a disaster," and when asked if it gives the Bears an advantage, he said: "No. You're both playing on it. The weather I think is the biggest advantage we have against teams that don't play in our weather. But we're a fast defense. You put us on that Field Turf eight home games a year? We're going to be really fast. You put [Julius] Peppers on that turf? [Devin] Hester, with all those cuts on turf? [Johnny] Knox? All those guys. We're going to be a little better, I think. Faster."
No argument here. He also mentioned he wasn't looking forward to playing a game in London. I'm not surprised with this either, football players and coaches crave their routines, and that flight will screw with that.
Lastly, the subject of a big receiver came up, in particular, Plaxico Burress, would Urlacher and the players welcome him?
"Heck yeah." He added: "I'm a big fan of his and always have been a big fan of his football-wise. ... He's a tough matchup for any corner. He's a good guy, a good red zone guy."