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Lovie Smith: Brian Urlacher 'cares about the fans'

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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."

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Really? I mean seriously? Of all the people to jump to Urlachers defense it has to be the most arrogant, passive aggressive fan and media loathing head coach Lovie Smith. But in fact we all know he does not like the fans because he said so, literally his own words. Briggs supports, and well Lovie has never embraced the fans and seems to feel we are more of a nascence. Not that I care what they think of the fans, but I am more of a believer that they are a business and a product. As fans we buy their product, just like any tv show. You watch a show, it's popular it has lots of sponsors. You don't watch a show it loses sponsors and eventually your cancelled. I won't pretend any of these guys are my friend, and I would never even bother them for an autograph. As a fan of the game we support the game by watching the game, at home or at the games. It's us buying the product. That's why all these teams have marketing and PR, they market their product to us, we are who they are selling to.

Now again I don't want their friends nor am I fooled into thinking they are mine. However I do expect a little common sense. Don't bite the hand that feeds you. Common sense says even if you don't like the people you are selling the product too you also don't want to insult them. If you go by a car do you want the salesman saying "hey d-bag give me your money and take this clunker chump." Look football is nothing more than entertainment and we generally use that to take our brakes from reality, to forget about all the crap in the world for a few hours just like a movie, a tv show, or book. I don't fool myself with fandom but I also don't want my favorite form of relaxation telling me to go suck an egg. I am one of the many paying for this reality, and I want my reality to lie to me and tell me it loves me. And at least try and sell that line, Lovie couldn't give away hundred dollar bills in a strip club. And a little appreciation would be nice, we didn't make anyone become football players, but we are the reason companies invest in the nfl, so they can market their products to us. And because of that a guy like Brian has made tens of millions. I doubt without us he would be doing much more than working at the local gas and sip selling slurrpies to pre diabetic 11 year olds.

To late now, you for Brian he can't take that back or any of the other garbage he has pulled over the years "yes, no, yes, no"

If you want to take a shot at the Bears send an email to one of their many sponsors, like Dr. Pepper or Nike. Lie "I will never by Dr. Pepper again as long as you are associated with the Bears after what Urlacher said."

I really don't know why anyone is surprised about Urlacher, he's been one of the most disagreeable and churlish interviews with complete and utter contempt for everyone and every question that has ever been asked of him and responds with grunts and groans and quick little 'yes' and 'no' answers.

I believe that it says a lot about him when he said,, "I don't have any friends."

You really should feel sorry for him as he'll go through life with total disdain for everyone he meets.

He's a total jerk and always has been but people ignored it while he was still contributing as a player. It looks like those days are over on both counts.

Thanks, Anonymous, for the needed reality check; unfortunately, it will be lost on those who would most benefit from it--by which I mean not just the Bears personnel mentioned in the article but also the fans, whom you quite correctly characterize as consumers of a service (consumers whose satisfaction any savvy provider will consider to be its singular "field goal"---i.e., its goal on the field).

Also, extrapolating on your remarks regarding Brian Urlacher, I'd add that what I find saddening is that #54, one of the very best players in the history of the game and one who has a lock on Hall of Fame membership, seems to lack some of those interpersonal/social skills that will become increasingly useful/important as the days of his football glory become ever more distant.

I agree that Urllacher was wrong for his statements about the fans. I also think he is defending Lovie Smith because Lovie has backed Urlacher well beyond his prime. Seriously, Brian Urlacher should not be playing and the Bears should have drafted his replacement 3 years ago. Hard for me to think that if he was not on the Bears that he would defend the inept coaching staff, that has lost games by not being able to manage the clock, or have the players prepared for game situations. Hard to imagine a top notch coach letting his starting QB disrespect the assistant coaches and offensive coordinator, and having a poor over all attitude about the players around him. It seems that Lovies best strength is keeping his players under wraps and covering each others backs, regardless of their performances, being sup par, or below what we the fans think their level. Of play should be. Obviously fans had high expectations this year with Brandon Marshall and A Jeffries and all the hype they built around a so called high powered offense. Now Briggs is backing Urlacher comments. I think this regime has lived past its time, there are aging players keeping their jobs and the Hester experiment should not have gone on this year. He,s not ever going to be a wide receiver that's going to run crisp routes, he is way over paid, considering there are real receivers in the NFL that are making well below what Hester makes. The Lovie Smith coach we see, is so worried about controlling words, keeping things under wraps, and he protects jobs for those who should not be on the team. He can't control his quarterback, does not discipline him, and obviously Cutler needs a strong personality to get him to reach his potential. I!m so discussed with the Bears this year that I want to tune them out. I wish Chicago had another NFL franchise, we deserve much better than what is put on the field, a field that is hardly well managed, in poor shape, just like the Bears organization.

I find it hard to get too upset about this whole issue. If you do not want to put up with the taking things out of context and fomenting of controversy that are the bread and butter of the media, ignore it. If you are down on particular players, by all means voice your opinion. If you are down on the Bears in general, do not pay to go to their games.Stay home and watch the Packers or try to buy some stock in their fan-owned team. Urlacher and Briggs have both annoyed me numerous times in the past, but they are still the best linebackers the Bears can field. Lovie is at times pretty pathetic, and Tice's play-calling at times borders on the ludicrous, But even so, Lovie's record is not all that bad..The Bears were Division champs two years' ago and have gotten into the Super Bowl with him as coach.I tend to place the most blame on players who fail to perform and get paid entirely too much regardless of their performance.

"I've seen a lot of boos."

Huh?

That's like Harry Carry's famous, "Listen to that standing ovation."

I'll take your comments one step further. As I've said on this site before, remember who the biggest jerks in high school were? Answer: the jocks on the football team. Most of these guys are jerks, what else is new? Just because we enjoy watching a sport and its players doesn't mean we like them outside the sport. Most of these guys should be locked in cages when they're not playing, practicing, in film study, working out, or doing other things to prepare for games.

No wonder he said those things! Reading these comments you guys are ridiculous! Good grief! Grow up and get over it! BEARS FOR LIFE.

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