Down on Urlacher, finally a story exposing the obvious

Discussion in 'Chicago Bears' started by BSBEARS, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. BSBEARS

    BSBEARS Pro-Bowler

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2014
    Messages:
    2,060
    Likes Received:
    712
    Ratings:
    +956 / 4 / -0
    ßearz ßuckz:
    1,182ß
    • Like Like x 1
  2. MPbears68

    MPbears68 Pro-Bowler

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2011
    Messages:
    4,586
    Likes Received:
    1,288
    Ratings:
    +1,596 / 2 / -0
    ßearz ßuckz:
    645ß
    This will probably stir up another shitstorm here but I largely agree with the author. The decision to move on from Urlacher last year (which I freely admit I hated initially) was proven to be the correct one. The PR was ugly and BU wasn't innocent in stirring the pot. Likewise, the choice to do the same this year with Hester is the correct one for the obvious reasons cited, even if it is temporarily unpopular. We all have "favorite players" and Bears cult heros and parting company is sweet sorrow....but necessary and wise for business reasons. When the time comes, it comes.

    The Peppers situation currently is similar though a bit less dramatic since he wasn't a Bears original draft pick. If Emery can sign a FA DE, he pretty much has to walk from Peppers unless the latter is willing to take a very steep pay reduction (doubt it cuz I think he simply wants out). I am still hoping we can retain Peanut though since I believe he's got 2 productive years left in him and there's only so many holes you can fill in FA and the draft. Don't want to create another one.
    • Like Like x 1
  3. riczaj01

    riczaj01 DaBears Ditka DBS Writer

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2006
    Messages:
    22,764
    Likes Received:
    3,136
    Ratings:
    +3,793 / 10 / -8
    ßearz ßuckz:
    1,987ß
    booom goes the dynamite.
    drop the mic walk away.
    • Like Like x 1
  4. MPbears68

    MPbears68 Pro-Bowler

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2011
    Messages:
    4,586
    Likes Received:
    1,288
    Ratings:
    +1,596 / 2 / -0
    ßearz ßuckz:
    645ß
    LOL, Ric....but WTF else is there to talk about until FA gets going?

    :10_5_135[1]:
    • Like Like x 1
  5. The Benjamin

    The Benjamin George Halas Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2006
    Messages:
    47,299
    Likes Received:
    1,985
    Ratings:
    +2,297 / 7 / -9
    ßearz ßuckz:
    1,798ß
    this wont end well
    • Like Like x 1
  6. BSBEARS

    BSBEARS Pro-Bowler

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2014
    Messages:
    2,060
    Likes Received:
    712
    Ratings:
    +956 / 4 / -0
    ßearz ßuckz:
    1,182ß
    :jenius::1stprize::23_13_7v[1]::23_28_100[1]::36_1_11[1]::36_1_32v[1]::36_1_55[1]::4_17_11[1]::4_17_208[1]::4_17_6[1]::5_3_1[1]::7_4_14[1]::clap:
  7. BSBEARS

    BSBEARS Pro-Bowler

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2014
    Messages:
    2,060
    Likes Received:
    712
    Ratings:
    +956 / 4 / -0
    ßearz ßuckz:
    1,182ß
    Stirring the pot seeing what falls out
  8. The Benjamin

    The Benjamin George Halas Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2006
    Messages:
    47,299
    Likes Received:
    1,985
    Ratings:
    +2,297 / 7 / -9
    ßearz ßuckz:
    1,798ß
    Give it a day.....
  9. JustAnotherBearsFan99

    JustAnotherBearsFan99 Assistant Head Coach SuperFan DBS Writer

    Joined:
    May 21, 2012
    Messages:
    10,507
    Likes Received:
    2,891
    Ratings:
    +3,360 / 4 / -0
    ßearz ßuckz:
    2,343ß
    Wait til Soul wakes up. He must be sleeping in today.
    • Like Like x 1
  10. a_miljan

    a_miljan Veteran

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2013
    Messages:
    725
    Likes Received:
    280
    Ratings:
    +334 / 0 / -0
    ßearz ßuckz:
    177ß
    haha
    hes gonna blast it
  11. KenMasters

    KenMasters Rookie

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2014
    Messages:
    71
    Likes Received:
    26
    Ratings:
    +37 / 0 / -0
    ßearz ßuckz:
    67ß
    Are you serious? None of the decisions made on defense were right. NONE. Our Defense went from top 5 to bottom 3, in almost every statistically relevant category
    32nd YPP
    30th YPG
    32nd Yards per rush - A distant 32nd
    31st Points allowed.

    They were a total joke. Urlacher may be slower, but the defense is much better against the run, with him, than without him.
  12. MPbears68

    MPbears68 Pro-Bowler

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2011
    Messages:
    4,586
    Likes Received:
    1,288
    Ratings:
    +1,596 / 2 / -0
    ßearz ßuckz:
    645ß
    Subtract 1 from each of those rankings and that's where we would have finished with Urlacher last year. And that's IF he stayed healthy all year on an already bum knee at age 35. Huge fan of mid-2000s Urlacher but it was simply time.

    It begins.....
    • Like Like x 2
  13. KenMasters

    KenMasters Rookie

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2014
    Messages:
    71
    Likes Received:
    26
    Ratings:
    +37 / 0 / -0
    ßearz ßuckz:
    67ß
    If we had finished 31st in Yards per rush, I think we make the playoffs.

    Here is the void between 31st in yards per rush and The Bears.
    32nd- The Bears allowed 2583 yards, 5.3 yards per rush
    31st- Atlanta Falcons allowed 2173 yards, 4.8 yards per rush

    25 MORE yards per game than the 31st ranked Defense(in Rush yards per game).
  14. MPbears68

    MPbears68 Pro-Bowler

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2011
    Messages:
    4,586
    Likes Received:
    1,288
    Ratings:
    +1,596 / 2 / -0
    ßearz ßuckz:
    645ß
    No one, and I mean NO ONE, is arguing that the defense last season was anything but atrocious. But suggesting that BU would have made a substantial difference in that, even if "healthy", is where we part company. We are talking about 35 yo bum knee Urlacher, not 2006 Urlacher. Notice how none of the other 31 NFL teams even made an offer for him. Were all 32 GMs wrong?
    • Like Like x 2
  15. DaTreeBears

    DaTreeBears Pro-Bowler

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2013
    Messages:
    1,108
    Likes Received:
    608
    Ratings:
    +719 / 0 / -0
    ßearz ßuckz:
    440ß
    URLACHER!!? Urlacher is exactly who we thought he was....:boohoo::cry:
    • Like Like x 1
  16. KenMasters

    KenMasters Rookie

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2014
    Messages:
    71
    Likes Received:
    26
    Ratings:
    +37 / 0 / -0
    ßearz ßuckz:
    67ß
    A top 5 defense turned into this:
    32nd YPP
    30th YPG
    32nd Yards per rush - A distant 32nd
    31st Points allowed.

    And you are arguing that they were right?
    • Like Like x 1
  17. EternalChampion

    EternalChampion Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2014
    Messages:
    377
    Likes Received:
    162
    Ratings:
    +218 / 0 / -1
    ßearz ßuckz:
    322ß
    Unless he's wearing one of those godawful Tampa uniforms this year and proves us all wrong he should STFU and move on.
    • Like Like x 2
  18. MPbears68

    MPbears68 Pro-Bowler

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2011
    Messages:
    4,586
    Likes Received:
    1,288
    Ratings:
    +1,596 / 2 / -0
    ßearz ßuckz:
    645ß
    The classic error of confusing correlation with causation. Might there have been some other factors in the above besides the absence of Urlacher? Gee, ya think?
    • Like Like x 2
  19. riczaj01

    riczaj01 DaBears Ditka DBS Writer

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2006
    Messages:
    22,764
    Likes Received:
    3,136
    Ratings:
    +3,793 / 10 / -8
    ßearz ßuckz:
    1,987ß

    b/c their plan was for Melton/Collins/DJ/Tillman all to be hurt? For Peppers to literally fall off the cliff and for Paea to play hurt all year and Wootton to be playing DT. Obviously that was the plan, to let BU/Izzy/Roach all walk get younger equal to or better talent and then have everyone get hurt, it's so obvious now. What a better way to prove how great BU was then to have the team's D sink the year he left, he should be thanking them, w/out their over the top efforts to tear this D down, when he left most people wouldn't have noticed at all.

    Reality is what you saw from Peppers last year(ie nothing) is what you would have seen from Brian, which is what he had shown the last few years. And EVERYONE seems to forget that even if his play was good, this is assuming HE stays healthy, which I don't think is a given by any means. Chances are the minute Melton/Collins go down and the OL gets a hold of Brian he's going down also, so it's all moot anyways. Peppers is the exact position the team was trying to avoid w/Urlacher, which is it's better to get rid of the player a year early then a year late and that was the correct move.
    • Like Like x 1
  20. JustAnotherBearsFan99

    JustAnotherBearsFan99 Assistant Head Coach SuperFan DBS Writer

    Joined:
    May 21, 2012
    Messages:
    10,507
    Likes Received:
    2,891
    Ratings:
    +3,360 / 4 / -0
    ßearz ßuckz:
    2,343ß
    I really don't care about what happened in the past. Time to see what the Bears can do THIS year. That's all I really care about now. I wish all former Bears players the best. But I'm all about the guys we have on THIS year's team.

    I'm willing to give Emery/Trestman/Tucker a mulligan on last year's defense. I'm over it. But the D better be decent THIS year or I'm figuring the team just swapped a clueless offense crew in Angelo/Lovie/Tice - for clueless defense crew in Emery/Trestman/Tucker. Let's see what they can do this year. Hopefully they can do better.
    • Like Like x 2

Share This Page