Retired defensive tackle Warren Sapp, who is currently on NFL Network and Inside the NFL appeared on the Mully & Hanley Show on WSCR-670 AM in Chicago yesterday. He was very critical of Brian Urlacher’s comments.
Here’s what he had to say:
“Shut up, he’s not helping. Why don’t he go and help those linebackers watch tape and teach them how to call a defense and line them up. That way they aren’t all off flank all game long against Cincinnati and Cedric Benson is running for 189 yards.”
I think Brian Urlacher is right on the money with what he has said, but those things shouldn’t be said publicly, especially when you haven’t been playing up to your expectations over the last couple of seasons. I agree with what he has said and I really believe he would have had a huge season this year if he had stayed healthy. The reason for the defense being so bad on stopping offenses on third downs is because of Urlacher’s absence. Without Urlacher’s help in the middle of the field quarterbacks and running backs can pick apart this defense. Hunter Hillenmeyer is an average player at best, but he is nothing like Brian Urlacher.
I think next season if Urlacher comes back healthy and can stay healthy this defense will be much improved. A trio of Briggs, Urlacher and June doesn’t sound bad to me.
All quotes from nationalfootballpost.com