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Ditka, Lovie weigh in on Sayers-Urlacher

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Former and current Bears coaches weighed in on the Brian Urlacher-Gale Sayers controversy Friday.

"I don't think Gale was being that critical, honestly," Mike Ditka said on "Mike & Mike In The Morning " on ESPN Radio. "I think somebody asked him a question. They asked him about the state of the Chicago Bears. He answered very honestly what he thought about Cutler. He answered very honestly what he thought about the coach. Brian's coming off an injury. Brian's a great football player, he has to stay healthy, there's no question about that. Nobody can play when they're hurt.

"So I don't know where it was so inflammatory. I didn't see that. And I understand, your feathers get ruffled here and there. When somebody sees something they think is wrong, I don't think it's wrong to say it. Sometimes criticism put in the right direction can help you."

Urlacher also questioned Sayers' credentials, which rankled Ditka.

"The way you win a championship, that's done by a team," Ditka said. "Super Bowls are won by great teams, not necessarily by great individual players.There are too many great football players who are in the Hall of Fame who have never been fortunate enough to win a Super Bowl. When you win a Super Bowl, it's a collective team effort."

Lovie Smith addressed the subject after the first minicamp practice on Friday.

"Those are guys in the Bear family. When you're in the family, ideally you would like to keep things in. No one in the Bear family is happy with where we are right now.
"Our football team is better, and when we play better this year, everybody will be happy."

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where have i heard the 'our team is better,we will play better' before?

Anonymous your right on. Here's the thing with Coach Smith, he says our team is better therefore we will play better. But he's missing one ingredient. If you don't coach players properly, put them in the right position, or even know how to judge his own team's talent in order to put the best players on the field, than the team being "BETTER" is not good enough. I certainly hope that we put it all together this season and get into the playoffs and hopefully beyond, but if we don't see it this time ON THE FIELD, than we will no longer have to listen to any of Lovie's clieches about what he believes is the state of the team.

You always here the "bears family" line but you never see them with the organization. Just because you played somewhere doesn't make a player part of the organization. They never invite them to anything nor do they ask for their input so by the time they say something to the press the frustration has mounted. From the top of the bears all the way down needs to be cleaned out and bring in some young guys to shake things up.

Good for Urlacher defending his current team! Everybody knows the team is not where they want to be but why is a family member (aka a Bear's Hall of Famer) piling on publicly with his disappointments about the team? When Sayers, Butkis and Ditka were struggling on a sub-par team in tbe 60's, I'm sure they would've defended their team too if somebody (even a Bears legend) publicly criticized them.

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