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Should the Bears Pursue Urlacher as LB Coach?

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Brian Urlacher will go down as one of the greatest Bears players of all time. His name will be mentioned with Walter Payton, Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary, and Bronko Nagurski as the all-time elite Bears. The way Urlacher went out seemed, wrong. It seemed to be another bad break-up, a great long-term relationship ruined by a messy break-up, with both sides making allegations and pointing fingers.

With the current state of the Bears defense, and the Bears lacking a Linebackers Coach while Urlacher sits with Fox Sports, it feels just to obvious that the two sides should make ammends, and the team should add Urlacher to coach the Linebackers.

The obvious detractor would be the lack of experience for Urlacher. Only retired for a season now, Urlacher has spent his time analyzing the game on Fox Sports, as well as criticizing Marc Trestman’s defense.

With plenty of younger Linebackers like Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene, an outspoken veteran leader might do wonders for their development. While Lance Briggs did an admirable job of being a leader, he was sidelined and had never had to assume the leadership role.

Now, would Urlacher take the job? That’s the only major question. But if the team didn’t even consider him as a candidate they would be foolish. Just as they interviewed Singletary for the head coaching vacancy last season, just out of respect for what he accomplished as a Bear, Urlacher deserves at least that look. Plus, to be blunt, the defense couldn’t play much worse with him involved.

I’m not one to start rumors, especially ones that have no backing, but it makes complete sense for both sides. Urlacher has always been somewhat of a coach on the field, so taking his talent to the sidelines could ultimately end up with him being a head coach. Even if that job isn’t with the Bears, it would just seem fitting that his journey started in Chicago.

Tags: Bears Brian Urlacher Chicago Bears Lance Briggs Marc Trestman

  • Erik Lambert

    It’s a nice idea but I think Urlacher is comfortable in his new job. It will be another year or two before he considers coaching and even then I doubt he’ll want to return to the Bears for that. Not after what happened. I believe Mike Singletary would be a much better choice.

  • Melody Miller

    Urlacher has done a fine job coaching the Bears D in the past, may as well offer him an actual title. Many fans would see it as somewhat of a redemption, for unexpectingly losing him in the first place. I like it!

  • Shawn Cicero

    Dont you dare tease like this, common man. Brian has been the coach, hell he can tell us what there running but you know damn well he wont take it

    • David Ridderhoff

      Hey man, it’s just an idea! It would be amazing if this actually came to fruition, it’s just something that I think they should consider. I’m, sorry for getting your hopes up!

  • Sammy Z

    I like the idea but the question remains, “Will he be any good at it?” Just because he was a dominate player, doesn’t mean he would be good at coaching it.

    • David Ridderhoff

      The point is, the team’s defense was so bad that if Urlacher isn’t a good coach, it’s not risky. They can’t get THAT much worse.