Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher ripped Bears fans who booed the team during Sunday's 21-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers and said media critics calling for coach Lovie Smith to be fired don't know what they're talking about.
''Two of the people I don't care about: fans or media,'' Urlacher said in his weekly interview with Fox-32 sports anchor Lou Canellis on Sunday night. ''They can say what they want to about our head coach, about our players. It bothers me. They don't know what they're talking about. Lovie is the head coach of this football team and hopefully will be for a long time.''
Urlacher, who has not played the past two games because of a hamstring injury, sarcastically chided fans who booed the team off the field at halftime.
''Our crowd was pretty good for the most part,'' Urlacher said.''They were loud for a minute there, the boos were really loud, which is always nice. The only team in our division that gets booed at home is us. It's incredible to me.''
The Bears, who were 7-1 at mid-season, have lost five of their last six games to fall to 8-6. Even if they win their final two games at Arizona and Detroit, they still might miss the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five years. The Bears' average ticket cost is $110.91 according to Team Marking Report's Fan Cost Index. That's the fourth highest in the NFL.
The Bears are 79-63 in nine seasons under Lovie Smith, but dropped to 15-19 in the ''fourth quarter'' of each season.