Brian Urlacher Doesn’t “Give A Crap” If Chicago Bears Fans Don’t Like Him Congratulating A Former TeammateNovember 13, 2012 – 7:00 am by Eric Schmoldt
In the Sunday night battle of one-loss teams, the Chicago Bears came up on the wrong end of things at home against the Houston Texans. Of course, that loss — and the loss of Jay Cutler to a concussion — sent some Bears fans into panic mode come Monday morning.
But the loss wasn’t the only thing on those fans’ minds. Longtime Bears standout linebacker Brian Urlacher took some heat as well after he reached out to shake the hand of former Bears teammate Danieal Manning following a nice play for the Texans.
Brian Urlacher joined ESPN Radio Chicago with Waddle & Silvy to discuss on some Bears fans panicking after Sunday’s loss, how he feels about the Bears team right now, losing Jay Cutler to a concussion, shaking former teammate Danieal Manning’s hand after a big play and not caring what fans think about that.
On the public being in panic mode after the Bears lost:
“I know now we’re the worst team in the NFL. I know how that goes, I’ve been playing a long time now and we didn’t play well enough to win. You know, we lost our quarterback there in the second quarter. I thought Jason (Campbell) did a good job coming for Jay, just it was a tough situation to be in. We’re down, and he had to throw the ball a lot, we didn’t run the ball very well and the weather stunk. Not that that’s an excuse because they had to play in it too, but it just wasn’t good for a quarterback throwing the football.”
Were you pleased with what your defense was able to accomplish against a strong Houston offense?:
“It was frustrating. It was good that we did that, overall, because that one drive that they scored, they ran it probably eight or nine times. They gashed us a couple times in the running game. Passing yards weren’t all that great because of the weather; they didn’t try to throw it that much, but there was a drive there that they had the touchdown on that it just wasn’t us. … They go to our second level two or three times with the running back. Also, Arian Foster, that’s a good running back right there. You know, we watch him on film, you’ve seen him on TV and stuff, but you never know what they’re like in person. He’s the real deal; I was really impressed by him.”
How do you feel about this Chicago team right now?:
“The same as I did before. Hopefully Jay’s OK and gets healthy again, but we didn’t change over night because we lost a game. We’re still the same football team, still have the same players capable of winning games and we will win some more games. I don’t understand what the big panic is, if there is one. We should be just fine; we’ll come back this week and be ready to go to San Fran.”
When did you guys find out that Jay wouldn’t be back in the game?:
“We were breaking down film, and his locker is right across from mine, so I was looking around and didn’t see him. … I saw Jason (Campbell) getting his rib pads buckled up so I figured what’s going on? And I asked Jason if he was going in, and he said, “Yeah”. Then I asked him what happened to Jay and he said that he got a concussion. So, obviously I knew right away that he wasn’t coming back into the game.”
On fans who are mad that he reached out and congratulated former teammate Danieal Manning on his big play:
“That was a good play. I could give a crap what people think, honestly. Get mad at me all you want, I could give a crap what people say about that. Danieal is a friend of mine; he was a teammate for five or six years, and that’s the way it is. He actually was running towards our sidelines, saying something to coach, so I walked out there. The guy had a good game, caused a fumble, had a pick. The guy’s my friend. I wish he wouldn’t have caught it, but he did, so good play to you. I don’t give a crap what fans or people say. They can kiss my butt. I don’t care.”
Can you discuss that a little more for the folks that don’t understand that?:
“That doesn’t make any sense to me. When the ball’s snapped, the other team is my enemy. I don’t want any part of being their friend. I’m not going to take it easy on a guy when he catches the football and not try … because he’s my friend. No, that doesn’t happen. If we play Greg Olsen and he catches the ball, I’m going to try and beat Greg. He knows that. He’s going to try and make me miss. Greg’s a good friend of mine as well, but when the play’s over then the play’s over. It’s not like I have to go out there and be a jerk to him because we’re during the game and I’m a tough guy. That’s just not the way it is; they’re my friends. Between the whistles, I’m going to try and get them, and when the play is over then we’ll go back to doing whatever. It’s just dumb when people think like that. I get the question all the time, ‘Why’d you help that guy up after you tackled him?’ Because I wanted to, OK? What’s the big deal? ‘Butkus would have never done that.’ Well, I’m not Dick Butkus, I’m Brian Urlacher, and sometimes I help people up. I’m sorry if that pisses you off.”