Posted December 18, 2012

Brian Urlacher defends Lovie Smith, rips Bears fans for booing team

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Brian Urlacher defended head coach Lovie Smith after the Bears' loss on Sunday. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Brian Urlacher defended head coach Lovie Smith after the Bears’ loss on Sunday. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher left the team’s home loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday peeved at Chicago’s fans, and he spent Monday defending head coach Lovie Smith from critics.

“Our crowd was pretty good today for the most part,” Urlacher said during his weekly segment on Fox Chicago, according to ESPN.com. “They were loud for a minute there. The boos were really loud, which is always nice. The only team in our division to get booed at home is us. It’s unbelievable to me.”

The Packers clinched the NFC North with a 21-13 victory over the Bears at Soldier Field, as Urlacher did not play because of a hamstring injury. The loss continued to leave the Bears’ playoff prospects a little more muddled. The Bears sit in a four-way tie for the final playoff spot in the NFC, but they are technically behind the Minnesota Vikings in the playoff picture at 8-6.

The Bears face the possibility of missing the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons. They have lost three in a row and five of their last six games. But Urlacher said he didn’t care if fans or the media were calling for a coaching change.

“Two of the people I don’t care about, fans or the media,” Urlacher said. “They can say what they want to about our head coach, about our players. It does bother me because those people don’t know what they’re talking about, obviously.

“I know there are a bunch of experts in the media, and there are a bunch of smart guys out there who know exactly what they’re talking about all the time. But they don’t know what they’re talking about.”

Bears safety Chris Conte also tweeted a plea for support following the Bears’ loss to the Packers on Sunday:


30 comments
SandbagSix
SandbagSix

Usually the most embarrassing thing to me about being a Bears fan is the behavior or other Bears fans. And I didn't see the game Sunday so, who knows...maybe the booing was over the top.

But Bears fans are tired of losing games. 5 of the last 6 now, Brian. Second straight season of collapsing at the end, Brian. Have you noticed? Do you care about that?

 

Bears fans are tired of losing to the Packers. 6 in a row now, Brian. Have you noticed? Do you care about that?Bears fans are tired of missing the playoffs. 5 out of the last 6 years, Brian. Have you noticed? Do you care about that?

 

So, I'm sorry our frustration with your performance is so frustrating to you, and sorry to hurt your feelings. Next time instead of booing, we'll be quiet so you can hear the Packer fans laughing at you instead.

 

mmunchnb
mmunchnb

Bears need some offensive creativety and have for last 4 years. It's a wonder anyone can survive in that backfied after the first 6 weeks of season.

wbm1220
wbm1220

He does not like the fans who pay his salary? He does not like the media who pay him for his comments. This from a guy who needed three days off in training camp after Jenny McCarthy dumped him. Loser.

BobLauer
BobLauer

Personally I look at it this way. The players do not really have to care what the fans or the media say but they need to do their job which is what they get paid for. In other words play as hard as they can, give it the best effort, show up for team events etc.. The only problem I see is Urlacher spouted off his feelings. I'm not a Bears fan but I do believe he always gave it his all. They need to just play and win regardless of the distractions, that's being a professional and living up to your contract. The rest will either come or not can;t control that Brian concentrate on what you have some control over.

mkelly9772
mkelly9772

The fans don't owe the players. The players owe the fans. Let's not forget the direction in which money gets exchanged.

BearFanny
BearFanny

The season for the Bears is 2 games long.  One game in Green Bay and the other in Chicago.  The team seems to have lost sight of this and the fans have good reason to react with disgust when we loose both games.  The players should be just as angry and kick some green and gold butt.    

UleNotknow
UleNotknow

"Two of the people I don’t care about, fans or the media...”

 

Two of the "people"?? LOL. He's right on track to star as a post-career play-by-play announcer. With the exception of a very few, up in the booth, the very essence of ignorance is consistently displayed.

 

"... who know exactly what they’re talking about all the time. But they don’t know what they’re talking about.”

 

Yogi Berra, eat your heart out. A frustrated Urlacher continues to languish in denial.

brucem
brucem

Ahh, the rantings of a man whose career is at its end. Good job, Brian. Bite the hand that feeds you. Maybe you should volunteer for that brain study we hear so much about.

George28
George28

Too bad Bas Rutten was such a nice guy...

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

Only team to get booed at home? Lions fans wearing sacks on their heads enduring the Matt Millen era may disagree...

BigBears
BigBears

What a tool. So he doesn't care about the fans. Without them you wouldn't have a job moron.

KingKong
KingKong

 @mkelly9772 wrong. players put their bodies at risk, on the line every day of the season. money is irrelevant compared to one's health. u have it backwards.

KingKong
KingKong

 @UleNotknow Two of the "people"??

Get back to me when you learn that quotes are used in pairs. Looks like your "essence of ignorance" is on full display.

JoeyBagadoughnutz
JoeyBagadoughnutz

 @BigBears yeah, where would the world be without the all important fans ?

 

hey , drunk, fat , slobs, put down the remote, quit beating your wife, and get off the babysitter

RobertO'Donnell
RobertO'Donnell

 @BigBears

 Who's the tool? Players like Urlacher could give a flying f#$k about punks like you, heck he would probably play for the purety of the game. Personally I hate the Bears, hate ChiTown, for all I care they could wipe ChiTown, SF and NY off the face of the earth and it wouldn't bother me one bit but Urlacher is a great, classy player and same with Lovie, great, classy coach wish I could say the same about Chicago fans.....what a bunch of losers!

Chris8
Chris8

 @BigBears Aye he's a tool.  But the whole notion that everything is thanks to the fans is so tiresome.  I'm sure that a) Urlacher would have a job doing something and b) he'd find a way to play football even if it wasn't professionally.

 

Frankly sports fans in general need to get over themselves.

BigBears
BigBears

 @KingKong  @mkelly9772 Many people, soldiers firemens and police officers, put their bodies at risk every day for a lot less money than these primadonnas get payed. They don't mind all the accolades, but if you dare question their performance look out.

mkelly9772
mkelly9772

If money were irrelevant, they wouldn't be putting their health on the line in the first place. They get money for putting their health on the line. If they want adulation, they need to perform well enough to deserve it.

BigBears
BigBears

 @JoeyBagadoughnutz The world would still be here, but not professional sports.

I hope you're not speaking from experience; drunk, fat , slobs and all the other stuff.

myself
myself

 @RobertO'Donnell  @BigBears look in the mirror .. you freaking morron.. i am a bears fan. i dont say much until i see freaking retarts like you sending messages ..you have to be a FAGGET BAY  QUACKERS FAN..  hating the bears /giants /and 49ers  gives it away..if not you must be gay rodgers buttt buddy

BigBears
BigBears

 @RobertO'Donnell Why do you need to call me a punk? All I said was that the fans, the ones that pay his salary, have every right to complain if the teams does not play well. You mean to tell me that if you go to a restaurant, and they serve krap you would keep your mouth shut. I am willing to bet not, so why is it different for these fans?

Urlacher might be a classy guy, but not in this case. The only reason the Chicago fans are losers it's because their teams are losers.

 

BigBears
BigBears

 @Chris8 It might come as a surprise to you, but everything in any professional sports is thanks to the fans. Where do you think all that money comes from. Do you honestly think that the networks will be willing to pay billions of dollars for the right to show the games if nobody watched?. Yeah sure he would have another job, most of us do, but I am willing to bet he wouldn't be making the money he's making just playing a game.

George28
George28

He would be playing football without fans paying to watch him play? Where? Why? You need to get over yourself if you think your comments make any sense. @Chris8 @BigBears

Chris8
Chris8

 @BigBears  @Chris8 No actually it's the owners who get their money from the fans.  The players owe their prosperity to the owners.  And fans need to stop kidding themselves like they're offering a donation.  Fans are paying for a product.  You spend money, and in return you get to watch a football game.  That's all your money entitles you to.  Players don't owe you any kind of loyalty or thanks.

 

Don't be fooled by the song and dance.

 

And that "game" they're playing is more demanding that many "real" jobs out there.  It's a hell of a lot harder than someone who sits behind a desk all day and claims they have a real job.

 

Chris8
Chris8

 @George28  @Chris8  @BigBears You think everyone in the NFL is there for the fans?  The only difference between Urlacher and the rest of the players is that Urlacher is dumb enough to actually tell the fans he doesn't give a crap what they think.

 

And yes, plenty of people play football because they enjoy it.  How can you be that oblivious?  I'm sure if you think REALLY hard you can come up with a situation where a group of people might play football without being in the NFL.