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Lovie Smith: I agree with Brian Urlacher, but Packers have the ring

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We noted this week that Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher said he believes the Bears, not the Packers, are the best team in the NFC. Now Bears coach Lovie Smith has said he agrees — sort of.

Smith says he shares Urlacher’s confidence in the Bears’ ability to beat anyone, but he has to acknowledge that what really matters isn’t being the beat team in Brian Urlacher’s mind or Lovie Smith’s mind. What matters is having a Super Bowl ring to put on your finger.

“Of course I agree with him. You’d be disappointed if any of our players didn’t feel like we were the best around. But reality says the Packers are there right now. They have the Super Bowl ring. They’re the champion right now. And it’s up to us to do something about it.” Smith said in an ESPN interview (video here).

Obviously, Smith is right: As Herm Edwards might say, NFL teams don’t play for the right to call themselves the best team, they play to win the Super Bowl. The Packers won the Super Bowl, and whether it’s Brian Urlacher or Rex Ryan or anyone else, just thinking you’re better than the Packers doesn’t mean much.

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46 Responses to “Lovie Smith: I agree with Brian Urlacher, but Packers have the ring”
  1. chapnastier says: May 19, 2011 2:10 PM

    Is anyone else tired of Brian Urlacher?

  2. badscene322 says: May 19, 2011 2:16 PM

    The man who makes more sense is also the one who doesn’t don a barbed wire tattoo….

  3. mvp43 says: May 19, 2011 2:18 PM

    The thing is that while the Packers defense is rock solid, their offense ended up 11th overall I believe. They really started to click at the right time. They are scary good………….and will be better next season with the addition of Cobb and a healthy Ryan Grant. The Bears are going to have to figure out how to score points.

  4. danimalk82 says: May 19, 2011 2:21 PM

    You guys can have the division title again. NFC North Championship hats are way cooler looking than Super Bowl XLV Champion hats anyways.

    Also, I suggest Brian Urlacher watch film on how to properly run back a pick-six courtesy of BJ Raji, our ball-hawking nose tackle.

  5. tedskro says: May 19, 2011 2:26 PM

    Easily one of the luckiest seasons in NFL history, limited injuries, and the CJ catch/non catch to start the season is the luckiest break any team can get to catapult them into the season they shouldnt have had.

    Weak coaching staff, weak oline, weak receivers, literally dumb qb, and decent defensive backs. On paper the team is mediocre I think we will see the true Bears return this season Most likely in 3rd place in the division Lions almost beat them twice (actually beating them once).

    Packers are just too much to handle, then Lions, Bears, Vikes

  6. lbpackfan says: May 19, 2011 2:27 PM

    Some guys get attention in the media (Favre…Rex…Urlacher…)

    Others go out and simply win…(Green Bay Packers)

  7. birdobeamen says: May 19, 2011 2:30 PM

    It’s one thing to be confident in your team, it’s another to be completely out of touch with reality.

    The Green Bay Packers are the defending champions and are the team to beat in not just the NFC North, but the entire NFL.

    The Bears need to suck it up and eat some humble pie. They had a chance to beat the Packers and move on to the Superbowl but they failed.

    As an Eagles fan, my team also had the same chance — and failed. Give respect where it’s due.

  8. zoellner25 says: May 19, 2011 2:38 PM

    Do these guys ever shut up? One word……….SCOREBOARD!

  9. jackfnburton says: May 19, 2011 2:40 PM

    Exactly. Anybody can brag. But once you’ve got that ring, you don’t HAVE to.

  10. scrotiemcb says: May 19, 2011 2:41 PM

    Friggin’ hilarious. In all my years watching football, I’ve never seen a single team enjoy as much blind luck as the 2010 Chicago Bears. Starting with Calvin Johnson’s game winning TD*, through countless dropped Cutler Specials (ints), to dubious officiating, et al, the Bears were easily the worst 11-5 team in NFL history.

  11. lucky5934 says: May 19, 2011 2:41 PM

    Hard to be the “Best Team in the NFC” when you have a starting QB who quits on his team when the going gets tough.

  12. gtfan says: May 19, 2011 2:43 PM

    Christ, even the Saints fans didn’t talk this much smack after winning theirs.

    That said, I’ll run my mouth too after the Falcons win the Super Bowl one of these seasons.

  13. deadeye says: May 19, 2011 2:44 PM

    I love the fact that all the idiotic clowns who said that Ted Thompson made a mistake by trading Favre now have to eat their words. Getting rid of the diva/INT machine was a step in the right direction. Now Rodgers and the Pack are poised to win multiple Super Bowls.

    Suck on that Lombardi trophy all you TT haters!

  14. bw82b says: May 19, 2011 2:45 PM

    the bears stink, i guarantee they wount even sniff the playoffs next year

  15. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: May 19, 2011 2:51 PM

    My new adopted 2nd team in the Motor City just may take that 2nd place spot behind the Pack this year. Sorry, but Chitown gets 3rd with they regressing Vikes finishing last

  16. goombar2 says: May 19, 2011 2:53 PM

    Why is it I think the Pack is going to put 40 points on these punks and also shut them out in one of the games.

    What team leader tries to pick fights with a world championship team? That’s just crazy. And the coach doesn’t need to respond to every stupid thing a player says.

  17. packerrube13 says: May 19, 2011 2:58 PM

    Boom. How can you be the best in your conference when you won’t even be in the top two in your division next year? That’s a tough task…

  18. clintonportisheadd says: May 19, 2011 2:58 PM

    You have to expect the coach to have his players back (unless its Marvin Lewis) but somehow I feel that Smith REALLY wanted to say something like..

    “I wish Brian would keep his yap shut. Last year we all had to do damage control when he made his stupid Gale Sayers comments and now this. The fact is we got beat twice by Green Bay and were lucky to win the one game we did. They seem to have our number and until we can change that we can’t make a claim like Brian did. And just remember, this is the same guy who dated Paris Hilton so how much can he have going on upstairs anyway?”

  19. shaggytoodle says: May 19, 2011 3:02 PM

    scrotiemcb says:
    May 19, 2011 2:41 PM
    Friggin’ hilarious. In all my years watching football, I’ve never seen a single team enjoy as much blind luck as the 2010 Chicago Bears. Starting with Calvin Johnson’s game winning TD*, through countless dropped Cutler Specials (ints), to dubious officiating, et al, the Bears were easily the worst 11-5 team in NFL history.
    ________________________

    Your forgot the part where they got to play alot of back up or inexpierienced QBs.

    Then coming off a bye week in the playoffs they got to play a team with a losing record for a chance to go to the NFC championship game.

  20. smoothjimmyapollo says: May 19, 2011 3:04 PM

    “I suggest Brian Urlacher watch film on how to properly run back a pick-six”

    Why do you discredit the decleater that Rodgers laid on Urlacher?

  21. smoothjimmyapollo says: May 19, 2011 3:08 PM

    “Easily one of the luckiest seasons in NFL history, limited injuries, and the CJ catch/non catch to start the season is the luckiest break any team can get to catapult them into the season they shouldnt have had.”

    You forgot that they got to the NFC Championship game by beating the Seahawks at home.

  22. BlackAndGoldAllDay says: May 19, 2011 3:10 PM

    The Bears are crazy inconsistent. Everyone knows the best team in the NFC is the Saints.

  23. mvp43 says: May 19, 2011 3:22 PM

    scrotiemcb says:
    May 19, 2011 2:41 PM

    Friggin’ hilarious. In all my years watching football, I’ve never seen a single team enjoy as much blind luck as the 2010 Chicago Bears.

    —————————
    I have………..the ’01, ’05 & ’06 Chicago Bears

  24. judsonjr says: May 19, 2011 3:37 PM

    I’m a Packers fan, and don’t really think the Bears are the best team in the NFC. However, I think they are a team that matches up better with the Packers than most, maybe the best.

    They really, really force the Packers to grind out drives and earn their points. It always feels like the Packers can move the ball really well in the early going versus the Bears, but fail to put points on the board. Their ST are solid and most of they time they are going to win a field position war. They manage to keep themselves in games.

    Their big problem: Cutler is an abomination at QB when under pressure in the pocket. He just throws passes that have no business being thrown. Even in the Bears win versus the Packers he threw two picks and the penalties that reversed them really had nothing to do with how horrible the throws were.

    If the Bears can put together really solid O-line play, they may be able to hide that a bit. However, there will still be those “must-pass” situations late in the game where the D will have an advantage and I just think that is the place where Cutler will really hurt the Bears.

  25. usmutts says: May 19, 2011 3:51 PM

    The Bears? They are who we thought they are ( or something like that )

  26. slatetundra07 says: May 19, 2011 4:01 PM

    Somebody notify the Bears medical staffs…Urlacher has a concussion, due to the numerous face palms he’s inflicted on himself after watching ARod spoiled his pick six.

    Face it…the Pack give them their 1st win…they had the chance to knock the Pack out from entering the playoffs and they failed. They had the chance to knock them out again in the NFCC game and they failed again.

    1 out of 3 games, plus the Pack went on to win the SB…so no Brian…the Bears are not the best team in the NFC.

  27. cornellsteelers says: May 19, 2011 4:22 PM

    I can’t believe Urlacher said that. I don’t think the Bears were capable of beating the Steelers in the Super Bowl, so there’s no way they’re the best team in the NFC.

  28. imjinbrdgr says: May 19, 2011 4:24 PM

    That’s great coming from a guy who got faked out of his jockstrap by a below average open field runner, Branden Jackson, and then couldn’t get by a Quarterback yes a Quarterback after his interception.

  29. minnyjoe says: May 19, 2011 4:30 PM

    Bears had 2 chances to not let GB win this superbowl.

    As a fan of a team that has never won one, I know I could do without all the division titles if Minnesota had ever won a SB.

    I am sure GB will not have anything on the ring about being a Wildcard prior to rolling through the playoffs.

    Urlacher needs to just shut up!

  30. thetooloftools says: May 19, 2011 4:47 PM

    TALK from both of you is cheap. Get a Super Bowl ring and then TALK about following it up.

  31. suckittrebek76 says: May 19, 2011 5:00 PM

    I just hope that Urlacher and Lovie have the CHANCE to prove they are the best team.

  32. cleonslamminsalmon says: May 19, 2011 5:16 PM

    BlackAndGoldAllDay says:
    May 19, 2011 3:10 PM
    The Bears are crazy inconsistent. Everyone knows the best team in the NFC is the Saints.

    I bet fans in Seattle disagree with the 2nd part of this statement…

  33. prmpft says: May 19, 2011 5:20 PM

    …they have the ring – you have the gutless QB…
    …they have class – you are wannabes…
    …their fans don’t joke about them – yadda, yadda, yadda….

  34. gregjennings85 says: May 19, 2011 5:27 PM

    “People should know when they are conquered.”

  35. binkystevens says: May 19, 2011 6:07 PM

    Bears were 2-1 vs. the Packers last season. It took a collosal GB meltdown, a punt return and a franchise record 18 penalties courtesy of the Packers for the Bears to squeak that one win out.

    It takes more than an opportunistic defense and sound special teams to win a championship. At some point you actually need to beat a team, as opposed to “not lose.”

  36. ernieernie says: May 19, 2011 6:49 PM

    h please stop this. Everyone knows the Lions are the best team in the NFC. With that daunted running game (ha had) that passing attack headed up by Stafford (ha ha had) and that great coaching scheme, The Lions are the best there is – in the minds of the losers who buy those tickets year in and year out.

  37. ernieernie says: May 19, 2011 6:50 PM

    If cutler had anyone to pass the ball too they would truely be dangerours but they went cheap on wide receivers and in the end paid for that.

  38. emperorzero says: May 19, 2011 6:51 PM

    1. Packers
    2. Lions
    3. Bears
    4. Vikings

    The years the Bears have been good under Lovie Smith are the years that Devin Hester has gone bonkos on kick/punt returns. Hester is a dynamic player, but relying on a special teams player (no matter how good) to win games for you is recipe for disaster.

  39. jimmysee says: May 19, 2011 7:04 PM

    Jeez — you know — Brian and Lovie are right.

    OK guys, turn in those rings — we got to send them down to Halas Hall.

    The Bears *are* the best team.

    Brian and Lovie said so.

  40. marinofreakout says: May 19, 2011 7:11 PM

    rex ryan should learn a thing or two from this guy

  41. negaduck says: May 19, 2011 7:25 PM

    Here is a fun way to look at this from a Patriots fans perspective:

    The real best team in the NFC almost beat the Patriots without using their starting QB.

    The fake best team in the NFC got smoked by the Patriots 36-7 at home.

    If he is going to make ridiculous claims he might as well go all out and claim to be the best team in the whole NFL or the best team ever.

  42. bordner says: May 19, 2011 7:29 PM

    Seriously??!

    Is there anyone out there other than their players/coaches or their delusional fans who actually believe that the bears are a better team than the Packers?

    And after this year’s draft, are there even that many out there that believe the bears are better than the Lions?

    TBSS

  43. derrtony says: May 19, 2011 7:39 PM

    The Bears have a really nice year every 4th year. Combination of soft schedule and a head coach on the hot seat is what it seems to take to finish over .500. Playoff games at home against Seattle and Green Bay should have been an easy road to the SB, but as Packer fan I was not afraid of having to go to Chicago to get to the SB. We beat ourselves in Chicago, and had a relative easy time in week 17. Chicago left all the starters in for most of the game, and you could see the confidence of GB grow. If Lovie pulled the starter at half at least he could have said ” they only played a half and we lost.” Instead it was “My players are not as good as their players.” Nice thing is this year that the bears really did not help themsleves too much with thier offensive playmakers and their defense gets another year older. They will be the Vikings of last year because Lovie got a extention.

  44. silkyd says: May 19, 2011 9:24 PM

    “just thinking you’re better than the Packers doesn’t mean much.”

    Apparently it means enough to post a couple dumb articles about it. Not sure which is more pathetic, that this actually was a story, or that it riled up so many Packers fans.

  45. granadafan says: May 19, 2011 9:55 PM

    You can think you’re the best, but since you didn’t win, It’s best not to make those sour grapes feelings public.

  46. dd393 says: May 20, 2011 7:22 AM

    Did Rex Ryan shave his head and lose 150 lb.?

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