Bears coach Lovie Smith said Monday he hadn't heard Brian Urlacher's remarks about the fans and media. But on Wednesday, he jumped to his star player's defense.
"I think we all know Brian Urlacher cares about the fans, all right," Smith said. "And we're hopeful we'll have a lot of our fans in Arizona with us, cheering us on. Brian and the rest of the guys all feel that way. I think we all know that."
Urlacher, who has been out with a hamstring injury, caused the stir during his weekly segment on Fox 32 Sunday night after the Bears lost 21-13 to the Green Bay Packers. He was defending Smith, who has come under scrutiny for the Bears going from 7-1 to 8-6.
''Two of the people I don't care about: fans or media,'' Urlacher said. ''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 also sarcastically commented on the boos the Bears have been hearing from their fans.
''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.''
Asked why the face of the franchise would make such comments, Smith said, "We're not living in the past, all right. ... I think we all know Brian knows how good the fans are here in Chicago. There was a lot of frustration after the game, but I think we've all moved on from there."
On Tuesday night, linebacker Lance Briggs sided with Urlacher on the booing Bears fans when talking during his show on Comcast SportsNet.
"Obviously, some people think the way it came off, they might be upset about it," Briggs said. "I understand where he's coming from. I've been here for a long time, too, and I've seen a lot of boos, for a lot of wrong reasons. Nobody, on any team I've ever been on, gets booed more at home than here in Chicago.
"That's also a point to the passion of Chicago fans. Everyone is passionate, but everyone in Chicago doesn't know how to run a football team, doesn't know how to play for a professional football team. It's our job to do that."
All the talk about booing fans and Brandon Marshall's emotional press conference after losing to Green Bay have gotten plenty of attention this week, especially with the Bears losing five of their last six and needing help in the playoff race.
But Smith insists his team will put it behind them and focus on the Arizona Cardinals this week.
"It's just that, Smith said. "That's so far in the past as far as we're concerned. I mean, we're out on the practice field. Everything is about Arizona. The last game we played seemed like forever, and that's the only way it is.
"In the locker room, guys know what's at stake this week and know exactly what they need to be concentrating on. And, that's just Arizona."