Possible End of an Era
It is time for fans of the Chicago Bears to get ready for the inevitable. Brian Urlacher will not always be the middle linebacker for the team. The end may be soon. The end may be now.
Word came out today that the most recent cornerstone of the Monsters of the Midway will miss at least three weeks
with a grade 2 hamstring strain. The injury occurred during the exciting end of the team's loss at home. He had a choice to stay about 15 yards down the field or to run towards Russell Wilson running out the pocket. He chose to chase and heard something pop. The Bears lost on a touchdown pass to Sidney Rice only a couple plays later.
The injury that occurred during the final game of last season to his knee has been well-documented but not well-explained. Once Urlacher was unable to return quickly seven months after the injury, it became obvious that his knee would never be the same. He even opined the same statement
. Everything that really happened during the off-season may never be known. Urlacher has been sly in comments about that, too.
What the current situation means for Urlacher and the team is extremely important. It is possible that Chicago makes the playoffs with Dom DeCicco at MLB (re-signed today). It is possible that Urlacher will be back in four weeks. The report says three, but I think age and current leg strength will be a factor here. It also is possible that the Bears lose in Minnesota and at home against the Packers. It is possible that a quick death is coming to Lovie Smith's (He has modified it since he learned from Dungy) famed Cover 2 with no middle linebacker to run it.
Urlacher has mentioned that a Super Bowl win this season would end his career. I could see a sad scenario where Urlacher tries to come back next year and just can't do it anymore. He has also said that he won't play if he knows he is not helping the team. It is time for Bears fans to start preparing for the end. A fitting end would be one more tipped pass over the middle or one more gang tackle in the hole with fellow linebacker Lance Briggs. Reality may not afford him the opportunity.