Young Safeties Get The Message.....................
Urlacher says young safeties get the message
By Vaughn McClure, Tribune reporter 9:10 a.m. CDT, October 28, 2011
Brian Urlacher sees no reason to give Major Wright and Chris Conte a pep talk with veteran Chris Harris now out of the mix. The Chicago Bears defensive co-captain believes the young safeties already get the message.
``I don’t have to tell them anything because they know they have to produce,’’ Urlacher said. ``Look what happened to Chris (Harris). Your job is not guaranteed anywhere.’’
Letting Harris go, Lovie Smith and the coaching staff put a lot of faith in a pair of unproven players. Wright, a third-round draft pick in 2010, has started four career games and endured his share of injuries. Conte, a rookie third-rounder, will make his third start when the Bears return to action at Philadelphia on Nov. 7.
``I don’t think my role has changed,’’ Conte said. ``I think when they made me the starter, they expected me to prove myself and hold on to that starting job. So I expect to have the same role (and) just keep on playing the best that I can.’’
Cornerback Tim Jennings, now in his seventh season, offered a helping hand to his inexperienced teammates. ``The way I approach it is I just comfort them, let them know some of the things that I know so they can feel comfortable out there,’’ Jennings said. ``They drafted you here from what you did in college, so do what you did in college when you were out there just playing loose and having fun.
``Don’t make it seem like a lot of pressure because you’re young and in the league. You’ve got Pro Bowl guys all around you. You just do what your normally do.’’
Although he's ready to move forward with Wright and Conte, Jennings remains somewhat perplexed about what happened to Harris. ``Chris got drafted here, got traded, brought him back, and they’re still drafting safeties. It just all looked funny to me,’’ Jennings said. ``But I guess you can’t second-guess someone’s decision. You just have to deal with it.’’ (And Jerry Angelo replied, "it's the way we do things around here Tim and don't you forget it". "Just be glad I don't get a hard on for Corner Backs like I do with Safeties!)
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