Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher is teeing off on the NFL’s officiating again.
This time what drew Urlacher’s ire is the officials who flagged Bears linebacker Lance Briggs for a hit on Lions receiver Calvin Johnson on Sunday. In an interview with Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Urlacher said he’s baffled that Briggs drew a penalty for lowering his shoulder and delivering a hard hit on Johnson.
“What do you want us to do?” Urlacher said, via CSNChicago.com. “The referee threw the flag, but that should be teaching tape for the NFL on how to hit a guy because that was perfect in my mind.”
Briggs’ hit on Johnson was hard, but it was clean, and Urlacher is right: It was a textbook example of the right way to hit someone. The NFL apparently agrees, because Briggs wasn’t fined.