Anyone else noticing how old & slow Urlacher looks? Missing tackles too.
It is painful to watch Urlacher this year. He looks old, slow and is missing tackles that he would NEVER have missed before. As his skills decline further, I'm hoping he retires and goes out with his dignity intact. Rather than hang around embarrassing himself. He's not there yet. But clearly he is not the guy he used to be.
Here's our dilemma. When Urlacher is out, our defense definitely is weaker. Roach is worse at MLB than an old/slow Urlacher.
I "get it" that we need Urlacher's great football intelligence on the field to set the defense. But we're getting to the point, that soon, his mental skills won't be able to off-set his physical decline.
We need 3 to 4 new OL guys next year. Where in the mix do you put drafting a guy to groom for Urlacher's replacement? At best Brian has 1 more season. And maybe not even that. I could see him deciding to retire after this season. To go out on top. Not go out a guy you feel sorry for on Sunday.