Brian Urlacher is excited for this season and he likes the moves the Bears have made this off-season, here’s what he had to say on ChicagoBears.com today.
Urlacher on Julius Peppers:
“For a player of his caliber, you just know what you’re going to get,” Urlacher said. “We all know his athletic ability is unmatched in this league. But he works his butt off every day. He’s in the weight room working, he’s on the field. He doesn’t say too much, but he works his tail off every day.”
“Just watching him, he’s so smooth and fluid and he gets to the quarterback in a hurry,” Urlacher said.
“I think most importantly it will help our secondary, and if you help them you help our whole defense,” Urlacher said. “The ball’s coming out. [Opposing quarterbacks] can’t hold onto the ball this year.
“It’s going to help our DBs out because they don’t have to play coverage very long. As linebackers, we can break. When the quarterback looks [to a receiver], we know to go because if he pumps it he’ll get sacked.”
Urlacher on Chris Harris:
“It’s good to have him back,” Urlacher said. “That was huge for us this offseason, to get a guy who we’re comfortable with. I think that’s the No. 1 thing with a guy back there is just being comfortable with him.
“He helps us all. He gets us all in position. What I like about it is if I screw up, he’ll tell me I screwed up. Sometimes you don’t have guys who do that. I like it when a guy will do that. Lance [Briggs] will tell me when I screw up, the guys up front will. But it’s nice to have a guy in the back end who will do that.”
“They don’t want to step on anyone’s toes,” Urlacher said. “They’re probably not sure if you were wrong or not. But Chris knows where we’re supposed to be. He knows what’s going on out there and it’s nice to have him back there. He makes a lot of plays. He’s rangy and he’s always in the right spots.”
Urlacher on Major Wright:
“I like Major Wright,” Urlacher said. “I watched him practice three years ago in spring practice. They wouldn’t let him do much in practice because coach [Urban] Meyer said he hits too hard.
“I’m impressed with him. His footwork is good. He’s smooth. He comes out of his breaks really good. He takes great angles on the football and he goes for the football. There are going to be times to hit people, but he goes for the football, which I like. I’m excited about him.”
(All quotes from Chicagobears.com)