Cracks in the foundation

Players are starting to point fingers for the Bears 0-2 start. The criticism can't even escape the team's most recognizable player.

The defense has given up 364 yards rushing the first two games, which ranks 31st. Blame for these failures has been distributed everywhere, even to three-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker Brian Urlacher.

"Everybody's been asking me that, about a lot of (blockers) getting to him," defensive end Phillip Daniels said of Urlacher. "But I didn't see that. I saw Brian make a lot of tackles. He's been moving around pretty good back there.

"A lot of times it's not the guys up front, it's Brian slow at reading some things, and people don't realize that."

Daniels quickly pointed out "Brian's a quick guy, he's a fast guy, he can get to the ball. We (defensive linemen) just have to cover our gaps, and he'll make a lot more plays and then that question won't come up as much."

Urlacher didn't see these comments as specifically targeting his faults.

"As a player, I don't believe everything I read," Urlacher said. "I have talked to Phillip. I don't believe everything in the paper is true.

"So there are times I don't see everything (on the offense) perfect and there are times not all of us do. We've just got to be in our gaps."

If Urlacher is not entirely guilty, defensive coordinator Greg Blache also failed to completely exonerate him.

"You know what, we're all struggling as a football team," he said. "Let's not kid ourselves. We're not going to try to paint a rosy picture about things. We don't like it.

"But to say Brian is struggling more than anybody else, no. I don't think that's the case."

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