Brian Urlacher isn't offended that Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley believes the Bears defense may be better without its longtime middle linebacker.
But Urlacher had a nice counterpunch.
"Just like a couple of years ago, I think, he tore his ACL and the Packers were actually better without him. You know, they won the Super Bowl," Urlacher told SiriusXM NFL Radio today. " I hope we can duplicate that as well because it won't hurt my feelings if we go on and win the Super Bowl without me like they did without him.
"People can say what they want. It feels like I deal with something like this every year. Someone's always saying something about me."
Urlacher said his feelings aren't hurt when others talk about him. But he does get upset when his teammates are talked about.
"That pisses me off," Urlacher told SiriusXM. "It's like your kids. It's OK to be talking about me or whatever but don't talk about my kids or my family.
"I can deal with the criticism of myself. I get mad when people talk about my teammates."
Finley told Fox Sports Wisconsin on Wednesday that Urlacher was "playing a little slow out there."
"I don't think they're losing too much if he's out," Finley told Fox Sports Wisconsin. "Putting another guy in might help them a little."
Thursday morning, Finley tried to clarify his critique. But Bears linebacker Lance Briggs didn't mince words when asked about Finley's comments.
"He's an idiot," Briggs said.