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Urlacher on fines: It's a dictatorship

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08:10 AM ET 11.19 | Brian Urlacher took the occasion of a Thursday shutout win's postgame interview to make his feelings known. Asked his feeling on the large fines being dished out around the league, Urlacher didn't hold back. "I don't like the rule, I don't think any defensive player likes it," Urlacher said. ... "If we get fined, we'll appeal it, and then we're going to have to pay, but we're going to keep playing hard and fast." Urlacher, speaking passionately, expressed a feeling that defensive players are being placed in a no-win situation. "What can you do though? It's a dictatorship," he said. "If (NFL Commissioner Roger) Goodell wants to fine you he's going to fine you, that's the way it goes and that's just the way it is."

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November 19, 2010  08:13 AM ET

Hard to play the game hard when you have to be afraid of being fined for it but head to head hits have to be stopped by whatever means necessary.

November 19, 2010  08:13 AM ET

Yes, Brian, it is a dictatorship. What's your point?

November 19, 2010  08:14 AM ET

If only you could take a guy who make millions every year and show him what his life would be like if he made $5.15 per hour doing some menial task, I'll bet whining of this sort would cease.

November 19, 2010  08:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

If only you could take a guy who make millions every year and show him what his life would be like if he made $5.15 per hour doing some menial task, I'll bet whining of this sort would cease.

So many players lose grip on reality. Not all...but a lot! Shut up and play! DAMN!

November 19, 2010  08:16 AM ET

ALL HAIL, GOODELL!!!

November 19, 2010  08:18 AM ET
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Redundant!

word!!

November 19, 2010  08:19 AM ET

bear down

November 19, 2010  08:25 AM ET
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This is what you' can expect when you put a c**ks***ing lawyer in charge.

While I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiment, I must point out that The Commish is not a lawyer. He has a degree in economics. His father, though, was a United States senator.

If he doesn't get off his butt and deal with the CBA situation for next season, though, I'd like to see some head-to-head between Urlacher and Goodell. Urlacher gets to wear his helmet.

November 19, 2010  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

While I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiment, I must point out that The Commish is not a lawyer. He has a degree in economics. His father, though, was a United States senator.If he doesn't get off his butt and deal with the CBA situation for next season, though, I'd like to see some head-to-head between Urlacher and Goodell. Urlacher gets to wear his helmet.

Goodell is a p.o.s. Unfortunately he is the boss until the owners say otherwise. We don't all like our boss but you still gotta do what they say. Urlacher and his other whiney friends need to ****!

November 19, 2010  08:30 AM ET

I know this is off topic, but did anyone hear the comments Matt Millen made last night about Rod Marinelli during the broadcast? I puked in my mouth as a Lions fan....not that it doesn't happen on most Sunday's anyway.

November 19, 2010  08:42 AM ET

interesting, as there are also players calling for fines - for example, hines ward basically calling for the league to fine james sanders for the hit he took last week vs the pats...play the game.

November 19, 2010  08:51 AM ET
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I know this is off topic, but did anyone hear the comments Matt Millen made last night about Rod Marinelli during the broadcast? I puked in my mouth as a Lions fan....not that it doesn't happen on most Sunday's anyway.

Consider the source. If Millen had football acumen, it would have showed by now. Arguable the worst GM and judge of talent in the history of the NFL. Certainly a finalist.

November 19, 2010  08:54 AM ET

Shut up and play ... and learn how to tackle. But mainly shut up and play.

November 19, 2010  08:57 AM ET

Did anyone else notice how early they were blowing the whistle last night? Seems like they are trying to curb the violence by cutting short the plays before they were actually over.

November 19, 2010  09:01 AM ET
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Consider the source. If Millen had football acumen, it would have showed by now. Arguable the worst GM and judge of talent in the history of the NFL. Certainly a finalist.

He actually called him one of the best coaches in the league!!!!!! And when the other announcer said "he was with you in Detroit"....they immediately switched topics.

November 19, 2010  09:01 AM ET

This pansie always has com[plaints...

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November 19, 2010  09:21 AM ET
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Did anyone else notice how early they were blowing the whistle last night? Seems like they are trying to curb the violence by cutting short the plays before they were actually over.

Yes! I noticed that too. There was one play where the whistle was blown before an incomplete pass hit the ground. I wondered whether or not the sound was somehow out of synch with the video.

November 19, 2010  09:25 AM ET
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He actually called him one of the best coaches in the league!!!!!! And when the other announcer said "he was with you in Detroit"....they immediately switched topics.

Millen spent the Marinelli years drafting recievers. Hard to build a defense out of 5 wide recievers.

 
November 19, 2010  09:33 AM ET

I agree, it would not like the game be turned into Touch football.

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