After the defense turned in three subpar performances in the past three games, linebacker Lance Briggs talked about the importance of the unit playing "fast."
When asked if it's more difficult to play "fast" late in the season when players are banged up and field conditions worsen, fellow linebacker Brian Urlacher became the latest Bears player to criticize the Bears' home turf.
"I don't know about the beat-up part but the footing in Soldier Field has been horrible," Urlacher said. "We've all seen that. You watch us on film, just slipping. Our d-line slips. We're a fast team and when you get us on a surface like that, it kind of takes a little bit of our speed. Health-wise, we're OK. We're playing fast. But the field has been so bad, we haven't been able to do what we normally do.
Urlacher was then asked if the field conditions rob the team of its home-field advantage.
"No, it's still our crowd. That's the good thing. They're playing on the same thing we're playing on, so it goes both ways. But we're not able to use our speed as much as we'd like to. Our corners are slipping when they're coming out of their breaks. Our d-line is slipping when they push off the ground but they're doing the same thing so I guess it goes both ways."
The last time a Bears player criticized the turf at Solder Field --- it was Jay Cutler, in case you forgot --- Soldier Field officials called a press conference to refute the claims.
It will be interesting to see if they respond this time.