BBAO: On Brian Urlacher's comments
July, 19, 2013
By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com
We're Black and Blue All Over:
Recent comments by Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher seem neither vindictive nor controversial to me. Rather, they appear more like the honest musings of a player whose retirement was abrupt and still a bit raw to the senses.
As you might be aware, Urlacher told NFL.com that he is rooting for the Bears this season. But he added: "They better not win a championship without me, because I'll be really [ticked]."
Everyone can read into that what they want. All I see is a player acknowledging it would be personally painful to see the team reach the one accomplishment he couldn't during his career. The pain wouldn't derive from jealousy or a feeling that he wasn't needed in a Super Bowl run. Instead, I'm guessing Urlacher knows how disappointed he would be to have missed out on the experience.
Let's end our week on a positive interpretation, shall we?
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Urlacher is caught in a world with no closure, write Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune speaks with Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who arrived at a fundraiser in a particularly colorful outfit.
- Justin Rogers of Mlive.com examines the Detroit Lions' competition at right tackle between Corey Hilliard and Jason Fox.
- The Detroit News has a list of the Lions' training camp practices that are open to the public.
- Defensive lineman B.J. Raji is the Green Bay Packers' eighth-most important player, according to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
- Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wonders if the Packers are ready to defend against mobile quarterbacks.
- Everyone wins in the latest expansion of Lambeau Field, writes Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
- Mike Wobschall of Vikings.com discusses the Minnesota Vikings' tight end position with tight ends coach Jimmie Johnson.