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Brian Urlacher calls Soldier Field snafu "a joke"

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Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has been a vocal critic of the turf at Soldier Field, and he didn't hold back after conditions prevented the club from practice there Friday night.

"A joke. I don't understand why you can't have your field ready," Urlacher said. "It sucks for the fans because I'm sure it was a pain in the butt to get down there with all the traffic but I think coach did the right thing not letting us practice on that stuff.

"We ended up having a late practice last night but it's too bad it had to be that way."

The Chicago Park District, which is responsible for the turf at Soldier Field, apologized for the mistake and will refund fans who paid the $8 entry fee. But, the Bears traveled north from Bourbonnais, where training camp is held, only to turn back around and return there for a late practice that ended around 10:30 p.m. Friday night.

Urlacher reiterated he thinks the Bears should play on Field Turf.

"I don't understand why they don't have Field Turf yet. We're a fast team," he said. "The injury issues aren't as bad as they used to be. They've gone down a lot in the past few years with the way they've made the turf. So I don't understand it.

"Use our speed. Let us get out there and run."

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I dont care who is responsible for the screw up it still looks bad for the Bears front office. Now matter what, this is their stadium which in turns makes it their issue. So what if its contracted out how hard was it to make sure the field of a professional football team was ready. Just another mark of ineptitude by this organization.

Urlacher is right: the Bears are built for speed. Peppers, Urlacher, Hester, and Knox in theory should be much better on field turf than the slop that Soldier Field becomes in November. The Bears defense is based on quickness, not size. And Martz's offense used to be know as the greatest show on turf. The only problem with this theory is the offensive line. I don't think it is a coincidence that the Bears offensive line the last two seasons played much better the last part of the season compared with the beginning. The slop has neutralized Bears opponents' pass rushers and made the offensive line look much better.

Still, I think it is time to get rid of the mud and bring in field turf.

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