Urlacher: ‘No Issues’ With Bears

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  1. BSBEARS

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    Urlacher: ‘No Issues’ With Bears

    July 22, 2014 11:06 AM
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    (CBS) While admitting his messy exit from the franchise following the 2012 season was “frustrating,” former Bears star linebacker Brian Urlacher said he has “no issues” with the organization now and that any comments in his role as an NFL analyst for Fox Sports[​IMG] 1 about the Bears don’t stem from bitter feelings.
    “I have a lot of respect for the Bears organization,” Urlacher said during an interview with Matt Spiegel and Jim Miller on 670 The Score on Tuesday morning. “I’ve said that, and I’ll continue to say that because it’s true. The McCaskeys (the owners) were great to me. I have a good relationship with George (McCaskey). I talk to him every once in a while.
    “But I have no issues with the Bears. Do I like the way it ended? No. I was mad at the time, I was frustrated, but I’m over it now. I’m glad it worked out the way it did. I’m enjoying retirement[​IMG].”
    Urlacher added he does keep in contact with some former teammates — mostly defensive players[​IMG] like Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman. However, he doesn’t have a relationship with quarterback Jay Cutler, whom Urlacher was never particularly close with during their time together in Chicago.
    “The guys I want to talk to, I talk to,” Urlacher said.
    Still, Urlacher shot down any notion that the Bears front office wanted to side with Cutler and and give him a leadership role instead of Urlacher.
    “I don’t think any one player has that much pull … at least not in the Bears organization,” Urlacher said.
    Urlacher has irked some Bears fans — and perhaps the organization too — for comments he’s made since departing after the 2012 season, when he didn’t receive what he viewed as a fair contract offer from Chicago. After the Bears let kick return[​IMG] specialist Devin Hester walk to the Falcons in free agency, Urlacher caused a stir when he said of the franchise, “It’s just the loyalty factor. It’s just not there. He should be a guy that retires as a Bear.”
    While Urlacher expressed a similar belief Tuesday that Hester should’ve finished his career[​IMG] in Chicago, it came off more as support for Hester than a shot at the Bears, who he said he has no hard feelings for. If Urlacher’s assessments with FS1 are critical of the Bears, it’s because that’s his football belief, not an agenda, he said.
    “I have not been bitter,” Urlacher said.
    Listen to the full interview below. Urlacher also addresses his respect for former coach Love Smith, his thoughts on the revamped Bears defense and much more.
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    Nice read, sounds like Urlacher is finally at peace with himself and the way things ended. I am sure George McCaskey reaching out to him helped immensely. I am sure Emery would like to have the way it went down changed as well, not the end result but better communication. I know some of you will love this article as you stood behind him more than most, hopefully we can all stand behind him moving forward.
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    I don't buy it...

    It's too soon from his last bashing. Even if he's over it, he's still not being loyal. He's giving speculation that some players haven't bought into Trestman.

    I just don't like him anymore.
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    meh, no longer care. BU just talk about the current Bears as a ex nfl player would analyze them, give the fans that insight and everyone will be fine with it.
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    Brian's issues were essentially with Phil Emery and the way the contract process was handled that's it. His use of the word frustrated is a good one and probably the more correct way to describe it all. It was handled pretty clumsily from both sides and some of that I put on Brian's ego. Trestman talks about players not being "anointed" and during his years with the Bears Brian Urlacher was an "anointed" player.

    Regardless of that the game that went on should never have been played. I can just as easily hold Urlacher as responsible for not being more proactive early on than he was as I can Emery for not putting his cards on the table early on too. I've said before the Phil is a great poker player but this one hand he should have played differently. Maybe Brian was expecting some special consideration as an "iconic player" and if so it's tough to say he hadn't earned it. So the team learned an valuable lesson they just learned it a little late.

    I think we can all agree that it was approached a little differently with Peanut this year but of course we were also in a better situation cap wise so Emery could afford to be a bit more generous. I think if he could have come up with a way for Brian to collect $3.5 mil or so last year that probably would have gotten he deal done. Neither side was being totally realistic with the other from the get go and it went downhill from there. But it's ancient history so there's no sense whipping it into a frenzy again. Both sides have improved as a result of it.

    As for Brian's comments now he's being paid as an analyst to comment on the players and prospects of the team and he needs to limit it to that. Other than his acknowledgement of and thanks and appreciation to the McCaskey's the rest is old news and it needs to stay that way. As for the deal with Hester even Brian knows the Bears couldn't offer Devin a $3 mil plus deal so while he says Devin should have retired as a Bear he also knows that wasn't practical under those terms. The man wasn't gonna turn down that kind of money just to hang up his cleats as a Bear and there's no way he should have. I sure as hell wouldn't have turned down Atlanta's offer.

    By in large it should be far easier for fans to just let it all pass and leave their boo bags at home when it comes time to honor Brian at Soldier Field. The guy was a warrior who only spilled his blood for the one team he gave his career to. This is not a Brett Favre like deal and it would be asinine of fans to make it one. JMHO
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    The first step is admitting you have a problem. He did that, so the healing begins. Not that there aren't still scabs....
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    And there probably will be for awhile longer. Look how long it took for Ditka and the Bears to reunite and THAT was all about a grudge against one guy too. I see George McCaskey as a guy whose really good at healing this and patching up those hard feelings so I'm sure that sooner, rather than later, Brian and Phil will actually be able to be on the field together the day they honor Brian.

    It just takes a little give and take on both sides and George McCaskey is very good at brokering the peace. Eventually Brian will do it for no other reason than his respect for George and the McCaskey family. This wouldn't be happening if Mikey was still CEO. It' a whole new day as far as ownership goes and far less people are hoping they sell the team which is good because it ain't happening.
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    Brian was a Lovie man and he rightly admits it, 'anointed' is great way of putting it. Look at how Brian believes Hester should still be with the Bears not what is best for Bears as a team. Lovie hated competition and that drove me crazy. Easy example was the frick'n O-line, Lovie said there was going to be competition for positions his last year as HC and that competition I think last 1 whole day if that in training camp. There was pecking order in his system and if you fell out of favor you never got back in line no matter what and once you were anointed you became a Lovie man. Right Brian? So there was almost no way Brian would have fallen in line for Trestman at any point not with those 2 antagonistic philosophy's.

    I luv competition and I agree with Emery this preseason going to be fun to watch. Because Trestman is a fair man and in his system the best man gets the spot without players having to play kiss ass. Enjoy Tampa in 2 years the anointed ones will appear but tell the guys that get cut the Bears will give them a fair tryout. That's all players want at any level. Ask yourself when you played team sports how many coaches gave you or other teammates fair tryout without all the political BS involved? I'm guessing that number will fall very close inline with most of us.
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    Good points DaTB although I don't believe Brian thinks the Bears should have given Hester $3.5 mil this year just so he could retire as a Bear. I think he's just saying philosophically that his retiring as a Bears should have happened. Hell Atlanta gave him a 3 year deal and there was no way we would have done that either. Not for any price and that has nothing to do with loyalty and everything to do with common sense. Brian's being a little "old school" here and that's understandable. He's a "throwback" type of player.

    But I do agree with you that there would have been some friction between Brian and Trestman as the changeover took place and especially with Tucker if he wasn't allowed significant input into the defensive play calling. It was Lovie's defense they were still running and there's no doubt in my mind Urlacher would have felt he could run it better from the field than Tucker could from the booth or the sidelines. I'm not sure he wouldn't have been right either. But again, it's all past tense now.

    I also agree with your last paragraph about the politics that this team became steeped in the farther along into the Lovie/JA era we got and why that helped create the mediocrity that wasn't there earlier in Lovie's era as HC. It seems like once JA gave himself and Lovie the huge contracts he did following the SB appearance that was it as far as needing to worry about their joint tenure. From that point on they were joined at the hip one somewhat protecting the other out of sheer need. Once JA was gone that pretty much said Lovie had to go too. I think we all kinda new that was a foregone conclusion.
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    That's what I'm saying Soul, you just articulate it better then me. Well that's what happens when you come from da'South side chi-town.
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    Nah, I get paid by the word so I'm a blabbing SOB when I got rent due. :36 11 16[1]:

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    First i am bias, Huge 54 fan. So with that in mind of course he isn't bitter anymore. He ended up being right. While his physical ability has been in decline we needed Urlacher last season to call adjustments and control everyone. Without him we were lost. For years anytime he went down our defense tanked last season was no different. It is feel and smarts that the team didn't have. Bostic might have been flying around at full speed but he never knew where to go or what to do. Briggs who attempted to take over the job was always a more physical player but he needed Urlacher to call the plays.
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