Vaughn McClure is reporting that Brian Urlacher is out for the season with a wrist injury.
Sad. But not devastating.
Brian Urlacher has been the heart of this defense for a decade but his best years are well in his past. In the second half last night, against one of the best offenses in football and without Urlacher, the Bears allowed a total of eleven points.
Now I’m not arguing that the Bears defense will be more productive without 54. They’ll miss his ability to get sideline-to-sideline and he still can be a force in coverage. But Nick Roach and Jamar Williams are good, solid back-ups and linebacker is the deepest position on this roster. If you’re going to lose a star, Brian was the one to lose.
If fans make the choice to throw in the towel and stop watching on Sundays, that’s fine. It ain’t my thing. I think the Bears are going to beat the Steelers on Sunday afternoon. The coming media and fan write-off of 2009 will be a big reason why. This team – throughout this era – plays best when they’re dragging themselves out of the shit. And guess what? They’re in it.