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Lovie Smith: Urlacher injury "could have been a good thing"

Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith says he’s excited to have Brian Urlacher back after the Bears’ starting middle linebacker missed 15 games in 2009. No surprise there.

But it is a bit surprising that Smith also says the Bears may actually be better off because Urlacher got hurt in last year’s season opener.

“Physically, he’ll be good to go,” Smith said, per the Daily Herald. “[The wrist injury] could have been a good thing. He had a chance to sit out. No wear and tear on his body last year. We might have stolen a year.”

Give Smith credit for trying to find the silver lining, but 2009 was a “stolen year” in which the Bears were one of the league’s biggest disappointments. And whether Urlacher had any wear and tear on his body or not, he still got a year older and a year closer to his contract with the Bears expiring. It’s hard to see how that’s a good thing.

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  1. el_dude00 says: Apr 18, 2010 1:14 PM

    So what is the correct response to that issue? If you are the HC of the Bears do you say “Well, that totally sucked. We lost a year, and he’s older now. It’s not a good thing. But this year is going to be great.”
    You’d get toasted by the masses.
    Sometimes I think the coaches are just saying shit, like the writers are just writing shit. When the two collide, you get entries like this. Including my lame finger wagging response.
    Ke$ha rules.
    Go Broncos.

  2. mudslider says: Apr 18, 2010 1:18 PM

    Lovie also stole a year. So did Angelo and the rest of the front office. It seems every one is stealing from Bear fans.

  3. RossyRoss says: Apr 18, 2010 1:23 PM

    The guys washed up. He’s a fraction of what he was in the past. Lovie’s a total idiot. That’s why as a fan of an NFC rival we love this talk. It shows how pathetic they really are as an organization.

  4. el_dude00 says: Apr 18, 2010 1:25 PM

    “One positive from the injury is it prevented wear and tear to the rest of Portis’ body. He had only 124 carries last year, the second time in four years he’s missed a half a season.” -Greg Rosenthal
    “Give Smith credit for trying to find the silver lining, but 2009 was a “stolen year” in which the Bears were one of the league’s biggest disappointments. And whether Urlacher had any wear and tear on his body or not, he still got a year older and a year closer to his contract with the Bears expiring. It’s hard to see how that’s a good thing.” – MDS
    So does Greg get “credit” as well for trying to find a silver lining? I feel a memo coming on.
    A cat fight is gonna happen. Getcha popcorn.

  5. Orton Hears A Who says: Apr 18, 2010 1:32 PM

    Does not matter what he thinks, the Bears still are going to suck!

  6. fishfan39 says: Apr 18, 2010 1:36 PM

    I agree with Lovie it gives them a higher draft pick. Oh that’s right they gave their top pick to Denver in the Cutler deal. What a stooge! How he can say such a thing is beyond me. I feel sorry for Chicago fans to have such an idiot for a coach. I really do.

  7. gregoriorossini says: Apr 18, 2010 2:07 PM

    lol Urlacher is old and washed up

  8. bugslayer says: Apr 18, 2010 2:08 PM

    Fishfan….WTF are you talking about? it is obvious you didn’t read the story (and I wonder if MDS did) Nowhere did Smith mention an earlier draft pick…..never mentioned at all. So I’m not sure where you’re coming from…are you?
    What MDS failed to mention was a large part of his theory of Urlachers injury may have been a good thing is the fact that many of the young back-ups got to play in game situations….A CHANCE TO DEVELOP SOME OF THE YOUNG GUYS kinda of a major part of the story left out by MDS making Smiths’ statement look idiotic.

  9. Sow Crates says: Apr 18, 2010 2:09 PM

    Urlacher’s had chronic back and neck injuries over the past 3 years.
    If taking a year completely off actually does allow him to recuperate from those chronic conditions, Lovie would be telling the truth. If indeed a year off helped, that he’s only 32 is more reassuring than it is daunting. Ray Lewis will be 35 this year.
    Granted, if the neck and back injuries show no improvement, the mounting age plus the mounting injuries provide no positives

  10. BigBear123 says: Apr 18, 2010 2:12 PM

    He is referring to stealing a year’s pay and blaming the lost year on Urlacher’s injury.

  11. Little Tommy says: Apr 18, 2010 2:28 PM

    Let’s sit out the whole front office for a freakin’ year or two. Maybe the fans could steal a season.
    What a moron Lovie is! Move ‘em all out!

  12. killabee says: Apr 18, 2010 2:29 PM

    Mudslider-
    you’re right, everyone is stealing from Bears fans! Stealing our pride, our soul, our dignity, and our money.
    It’s about time for a lynch mob at Halas Hall!!!

  13. last starfighter says: Apr 18, 2010 2:29 PM

    Talk about blowing sunshine up bears fans asses. It was a good thing for the rest of the league last season that he sat out and the their defense blew. Lovie Smith is the defensive coordinator for the redskins after this season.

  14. FLYBOY says: Apr 18, 2010 2:29 PM

    The Bears truly are a pathetic franchise. They screw the fans year after year after year after…………………………………………
    Years ago, Rozelle said “yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” when explainig how the value will continue to go up, up, up…without having to spend money for a consistent winner.

  15. PULL&SEAL says: Apr 18, 2010 3:13 PM

    Later in the interview he had this to say… “It’s also a good thing we stunk it up and didn’t come close to making the playoffs. That saved us from having to play, potentially, four more games. This gave our guys a jump start on the off season and allowed them to rest up for what is sure to be another miserable year with an idoit like me leading the charge”

  16. Jabberwocky says: Apr 18, 2010 4:03 PM

    FLYBOY- I love people that throw out inaccuracies without actually doing research. The theory of Virginia and the Bears being cheap is totally false; at least it is now. USA Today had the Bears spending the 5th most money on payroll in ’09.
    RossyRoss- so was it a coincidence that you didn’t name your NFC North affiliation? Must be the lowly Lions since you failed to do so. Talk about pathetic. Urlacher has and always has rated very well in pass-coverage in his career. His neck and back issues caused his run-defense to suffer. He’s still a quality MLB in the cover-2, and can do a lot more than Hunter Hillenmeyer in the deep middle zone.

  17. fishfan39 says: Apr 18, 2010 4:25 PM

    @ bugslayer
    I did read the article. I was being sarcastic. The Bears may have done a bit better with Urlacher. They MAY have (as in might have) won an extra game or two for the Bears with him on the field. They certainly are a better team with him than without him. I know that Smith didn’t mention anything about draft picks, but in case you haven’t noticed the teams with the worse records get the higher draft picks. How is it to have a starting player out with an injury good for the team? To give younger players more playing time perhaps, but ask anyone if they would really prefer that and the answer becomes obvious. That’s WTF I’m talking about.

  18. DirtDawg55 says: Apr 18, 2010 6:01 PM

    By that logic, they should bring back Richard Dent, Mike Singletary, the Fridge and everyone else who have had years off, with little or no wear or tear. How awesome would they be!
    If that’s the way he thinks maybe he should encourage more of his team to smoke dope and take ‘roids, because that way they could take a whole year off and not even have to be injured to do it. That would be even better!

  19. bugslayer says: Apr 18, 2010 6:49 PM

    It is never a great thing to be missing a key player, the Bears were missing 2 of thier starting LBs after game 1. Hey fishfan you mean the worse you play the better draft choice?….REALLY? glad you straightened that out for me….now that is sarcasm! Hey sucking last year gives them a better 3rdpick….that also is sarcasm.
    Saying someone said something and then reveling in how he is a Stooge for saying something YOU said…not something he said isn’t sarcasm. It is a Florioism

  20. purpleguy says: Apr 18, 2010 6:56 PM

    Unless he spent the offseason in the hot-tub time machine, a year’s rest won’t make any difference.

  21. FLYBOY says: Apr 18, 2010 11:25 PM

    phropheteer, look at the spending on not only the players, but you have to look at the spending on coaches, management, scouting and you’ll see that I’m correct.
    Anyone who’s a true fan of this franchise is getting told to bend over and grab his ankles every year. How could anyone continue to be a fan after they dismantled the ’85 team…should have won 1-2 more. Remember, it’s the same ownership and the more things change the more they stay the same.

  22. Beer Cheese Soup says: Apr 20, 2010 4:01 AM

    PULL&SEAL says:
    Later in the interview he had this to say… “It’s also a good thing we stunk it up and didn’t come close to making the playoffs. That saved us from having to play, potentially, four more games. This gave our guys a jump start on the off season and allowed them to rest up for what is sure to be another miserable year with an idoit like me leading the charge”
    ____________________________________
    That is some of the funniest stuff I’ve read on here.
    Keep up the good work.

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