Bears LB Urlacher Rips on Soldier Field, Bears Trip to London

Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was on ESPN1000 in Chicago Thursday morning by way of Kevin Seifert of ESPN. Urlacher gave his opinions on a number of topics.

Bears president Ted Phillips said this spring that the he considers the grass at Soldier Field a home-field advantage. Urlacher said the Bears would be better off playing on an in-fill surface such as FieldTurf if the only other option is worn-out sod. He called the current surface “a disaster,” and when asked it gives the Bears an advantage, he said: “No. You’re both playing on it. The weather I think is the biggest advantage we have against teams that don’t play in our weather.

Urlacher made clear he isn’t happy about the Bears’ October 23rd trip to London to play the Buccaneers. The game could still be moved to Tampa if the NFL doesn’t reach a collective bargaining agreement with its players by August 1st. Urlacher: “No, I’m not excited to go to London. … I don’t understand why they do that. … I am not excited to go to London, I will say that.”

Plaxico Burress is an example of the kind of big receiver Bears coach Lovie Smith has said he wouldn’t mind adding. Asked if Bears players would welcome Burress, Urlacher said: “Heck yeah.” He added: “I’m a big fan of his and always have been a big fan of his football-wise. … He’s a tough matchup for any corner. He’s a good guy, a good red zone guy.”

Dhani Jones did not include Urlacher among his ranking of the NFL’s top 10 linebackers and questioned when Urlacher last “got off a block.” Urlacher’s response: “I think we were drafted in the same class, right? Is he a 2000 guy? I haven’t heard anything about him since then. I saw him on a TV show with a bow-tie on though. So I know him better for how the way he dresses than what he does on a football field. Guys are going to talk. I’ve definitely had a lot worse things said publicly from guys, so I can live with it.”


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