As you have probably heard this week, Brian Urlacher took issue with the media calling for Lovie Smith’s head and the Chicago fans for booing the Bears during their loss to the Green Bay Packers. He said that the Bears were the only team in the division to get booed at home, and a litany of other complaints. As the week went on he was backed up by Jay Cutler, Lance Briggs, and Lovie Smith.
Seriously, shut the fuck up.
Now I know what you’re thinking: “Ben hates the Bears”. That is correct, I really really really hate the Bears. But is this Brian’s first time ever dealing with boos or criticism? The Bears have an incredibly passionate fan base that is facing the prospect of a team that started out 7-1 missing the playoffs. And as far as being the only fans in the division to boo their home team…have all the hits to the head made him forget his trips to Detroit? Lions fans have had bags on their heads for most of the last 15 years. The “they paid their money they can boo as much as they want” argument is a tired one, but that doesn’t make it any less right. Lance Briggs chimed in and went on a tangent about how these fans don’t know how to run an NFL team. Well, if Lance Briggs was served a bad piece of fish I’m pretty sure the fact that he’s not a five star chef wouldn’t stop him from sending it back.
Urlacher’s lashing out against the media I find equally as preposterous. The reason players like Brian Urlacher are as wealthy as they are is because of how big of a deal NFL football is in this country; it demands the headlines even in the offseason when other sports are deciding their champions. When you have a sport that is this popular, there is going to be scrutiny about every single decision. I have no problem with Brian standing up for his coach, but for him to act like the talking heads on ESPN or any other network should keep their opinions to themselves is childish and silly.
It’s a bummer because last week Brian and I agreed on a lot. Mainly, Jermichael Finley is an idiot.