Urlacher feels 2012 Bears loaded with talent
Urlacher: Talent on Bears 'phenomenal'
Star middle linebacker Brian Urlacher is convinced that the team he watched during OTA workouts this week at Halas Hall is the best the Bears have fielded since he arrived in 2000 as a first-round draft pick.
“Not even close,” Urlacher said Friday on ESPN 1000’s “Waddle and Silvy Show.” “The talent we have on this team is phenomenal.”
Urlacher pointed to a healthy Jay Cutler, the addition of three-time Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall and a strong draft class led by top picks Shea McClellin, Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Hardin.
Urlacher has been particularly excited to see the 6-4, 230-pound Marshall on the practice field.
“His size, that’s impressive just right there,” Urlacher said. “He hovers above everybody. He’s physically impressive, but he works his butt off [too]. He’s out there catching balls every day from Jay, from all the quarterbacks. He’s using the JUGS machine, catching extra passes.
"And he’s a good guy. He’s been great since he’s been here. I think he fits in very well.”
Urlacher feels the same way about the Bears’ draft picks.
“The nice thing about this rookie class is they don’t say anything. They just go out there,” he said with a laugh.
“Alshon Jeffery had six unbelievable catches [Thursday] in practice and just jogged back to the huddle. We’re all going crazy because it was an awesome catch and he just jogs back to the huddle like it was meant to happen.”