"That probably had a little to do with it," coach Lovie Smith of Urlacher's exclusion from the Pro Bowl. "I was definitely surprised that he wasn't on that team. (But) when we're 5-9, I don't think you can say an awful lot about those types of teams. We feel like we have to win more, and then we'll get more guys on those teams, but we have more players capable of being on those teams."
C Olin Kreutz, the Bears' only Pro Bowl player, is not gloating about receiving the honor for the fourth straight year.
"I don't think I played very well this year. I appreciate the respect that I guess guys around the league have for me. (But) we're 5-9; the offense isn't playing well. I'm not going to say that I'm having a great season."
It's ironic that the defense is the strongpoint of the team, yet it's Kreutz going to the Pro Bowl. The offensive line has allowed a team record 55 sacks and the offense ranks last in several categories.
In just three games QB Chad Hutchinson has seen what Kreutz brings to the team.
"Seeing not only what kind of player he is but what kind of leader he is. His football smarts is unbelievable, you know his ability to pick up blitzes and put us in the right situation is awesome," Hutchinson said.