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Brian Urlacher: 'The more I play, the better I'll get'

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Brian Urlacher (92812).jpgBrian Urlacher is ready to turn it up a notch.

''Preseason just ended for me -- that's the way I look at it,'' the Bears' eight-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker said Friday at Halas Hall. ''I didn't play the whole preseason and now I feel like Ive got a little bit of game shape and can run a little better.''

After missing virtually the entire offseason program, training camp and preseason while recovering from sprained ligaments in his left knee in Week 17 last season, Urlacher started slowly in the regular-season opener against the Colts, with two tackles in a little more than half the game.

His numbers improved in the next two games -- he had 11 tackles against the Packers and eight against the Rams -- but he has yet to show the lateral quickness and change-of-direction speed that has made him one of the best middle linebackers in the NFL.

That the Bears have not needed Urlacher at that level is a credit to improved play from ''supporting cast'' members such as Tim Jennings (four interceptions), Shea McClellin (two sacks), Israel Idonije (2.5 sacks) and Stephen Paea (4 quarterback pressures). The Bears are second in the NFL in defensive points allowed (36) and sixth in total defense (279 yards allowed).

But eventually they might need vintage Urlacher to sustain their momentum. Urlacher feels he's at least headed in that direction.

''I don't have any pain,'' he said. ''The more I play, the better I'll get. The [better] shape I'll get.''


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During the off-season we all thought the offense was gonna be the Bears strength, c'mon, these are our Chicago Bears who play in Solider Field, home of defensive football in Dick Butkus slash 46 defense slash cover-2 lore!!

Players like Tim Jennings and Isarel Idonije are surprise players this year, especially Jennings. With Paea, I think he was special coming out of college, he's just healthy now, and rookie Shea McClellin may be a find at DE. Throw in Peppers, Melton, and yeah, a little vintage Urlacher and this defense could be championship caliber!

Oh by the way, the refs made the right call monday night. Jennings never completed the act of a catch, us Bear fans remember the "Calvin Johnson" rule (with the regular or REAL Refs), same principal here, like with Megatrone, Jennings never completed the act of a catch all the way to the ground. He got to the ball about the same time Tate did, they both came down with the ball, and it will always go to the offense, real refs or fake refs. If you disagree, your a Packers fan, GO BEARS!!

Sean:

Any chance of a live Bears chat on the web site tonight?


JohnF


P.S. If Urlacher is feeling better can you ask him if he can play on the offensive line? We need all the help we can get.

john f nice joke but not really lets put you on the bears o line see how you feel.

john f shut up the o line is fine

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