Room for improvement

<!--Default NodeId For Brian Urlacher is 722169,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:722169]>Brian Urlacher</A> has progressed every year since joining the Bears in 2000. He's now a three-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker, but both he and <!--Default NodeId For Dick Jauron is 449099,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:449099]>Dick Jauron</A> think there's room for improvement.

"He doesn't believe he's at his best, which is a good thing, and hopefully he'll never feel that he is," Jauron said of Urlacher. "We don't think he's reached the level that he can play at."

The Bears are looking to replace Rosevelt Colvin's 21 sacks over the past two seasons. The team hopes Urlacher can add a new dimension to his game. He's rushed the passer with some success totaling 18.5 sacks in three seasons. However, that number could go up more opportunities to go after the quarterback.

"It may be more than we did a year ago, but we did a lot of things a year ago and Brian was on edges a number of times in pass rush situations and that's the kind of stuff you'll see more than likely.

"Brian can play about anywhere, the closer to the quarterback the better. He's tremendous in pass coverage too, and he can rush the passer, and he's progressed every year. "

Injuries limited what the team could do with their most versatile defender. The defense lacked cohesion because players were going in and out of the lineup on a weekly basis moving Urlacher around became more difficult.

"If you stay with a unit that plays together through the course of a year, you can experiment a little more," Jauron said.

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