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.