Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was interviewed this morning on ESPN 1000. He recently took criticism from Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones, who doesn't feel Urlacher is one of the top 10 linebackers in the league.
When asked to explain, Jones said: "When was the last time Urlacher got off a block."
Urlacher - a seven-time Pro Bowler, six-time first-team All Pro, former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and NFL Rookie of the Year - addressed Jones' comments.
"I think we were drafted in the same class, right? Is he a 2000 guy?," he said, as first reported by ESPN's Kevin Seifert. "I haven't heard anything about him since then. I saw him on a TV show with a bow-tie on though. So I know him better for how the way he dresses than what he does on a football field. Guys are going to talk. I've definitely had a lot worse things said publicly from guys, so I can live with it."
LB Brian Urlacher
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There has been a lot of talk the past few years about the condition of the sod turf at Soldier Field, and whether it should be replaced with FieldTurf. Late-season games have been played in muddy, borderline-dangerous conditions. Team president Ted Phillips has said it gives the Bears a home-field advantage, but Urlacher doesn't agree.
"No [advantage]," he said. "You're both playing on it. The weather I think is the biggest advantage we have against teams that don't play in our weather. But we're a fast defense. You put us on that FieldTurf eight home games a year? We're going to be really fast. You put [Julius] Peppers on that turf? [Devin] Hester, with all those cuts on turf? [Johnny] Knox? All those guys. We're going to be a little better, I think. Faster."
Urlacher also believes free agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress would be a welcome addition to the team's offense.
"I'm a big fan of his and always have been a big fan of his football-wise. He's a tough matchup for any corner. He's a good guy, a good red zone guy."
The Bears are scheduled to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Oct. 23 in London. Urlacher isn't excited about making the trip.
"No, I'm not excited to go to London," he said. "I don't understand why they do that."
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