The second I found out that Brian Urlacher was not coming back the Bears, I had a horrible vision. I’m not sure what this terrifying illusion came from, but I am sure that it was the scariest thing I have ever seen.
I saw Brian Urlacher, wearing #54, holding the Vince Lombardi trophy.
The problem is, it was a Packers jersey.
Brian Urlacher is probably not actually going to go to the Packers. He might not go anywhere. In any case, wherever he goes, I see him being a valuable asset. I know that he has taken a step back since his injury in the meaningless game, but he is still a very solid, smart player. Wherever he goes, I think he will perform well. That is, if he does end up going somewhere.
The problem is, now the Bears will have to seriously shop for a middle linebacker. This new addition will have to fill the shoes of one of the best defensive players of all time. Today, he is not as great as he used to be, but he is still slightly better than the average linebacker.
So taking away the emotional aspect of losing a local legend, the Bears let go of a pretty good linebacker and now have no one to replace him. But we all knew the day would come where we Bears fans would have to say good-bye to the iconic linebacker. For the longest time, it was luxurious having #54 in the middle intercepting passes, stuffing ball carriers, causing fumbles, and generally leading the defense. But I’m not going to miss watching him stand on the sidelines, helpless and hurt. It was time to move on. The Bears offered him all they could, and he thought of it as a joke. That’s life.
Here is a link to an amazing video showcasing Brian Urlacher in his prime.
But Urlacher or no Urlacher, the Chicago Bears still have to keep the tradition of defensive excellence alive.
Urlacher or no Urlacher, the Bears still have to dominate. Urlacher or no Urlacher, the Chicago Bears still have to BEAR DOWN!!!!!!!!!