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Urlacher: Healthy Bears the class of NFC North

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08:07 AM ET 06.28 | These days, Brian Urlacher much prefers to talk about life on the field than life away from it. He became a bit fiery when asked about the lack of respect the Bears are getting from the so-called experts in regard to the NFC North race despite the addition of receiver Brandon Marshall. "It's perfect, and just the way we like it," Urlacher said of the disrespect. "If you look at what we did last year before Jay (Cutler) got hurt, we won five in a row. When Jay went down, you saw what happened after that. When we're healthy, I don't see a better team in the NFC North. Last year, Green Bay and Detroit were in the playoffs, so they should be talking about them. I don't know if they got any better in the offseason, but I know we got better."

Chicago Tribune

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June 28, 2012  08:16 AM ET

Now, if he were truly gracious, he would be saying nice things about the Vikings, too.

June 28, 2012  08:17 AM ET

Same talk -- different year ... Go PACK!!

June 28, 2012  08:18 AM ET

A real Nostradamus! So a healthy team is better than an unhealthy team? Thanks for clearing that up.

June 28, 2012  08:19 AM ET

Urlacher and Briggs are smoking from the same pipe.

June 28, 2012  08:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Now, if he were truly gracious, he would be saying nice things about the Vikings, too.

He forgot they were still in the NFL.

June 28, 2012  08:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

He forgot they were still in the NFL.

That's an easy mistake to make.

June 28, 2012  08:28 AM ET

I would love to see Da Bears take the division. They got their work cut out for them, though.

June 28, 2012  08:38 AM ET
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I would love to see Da Bears take the division. They got their work cut out for them, though.

We could have 2 wild cards from the NFC North. In fact, the weakest link in that could be Detroit, which may be on the path to self-destruction.

June 28, 2012  08:54 AM ET

I'm glad their confident but you actually have to win something before you'll get any respect in the NFL.

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June 28, 2012  09:13 AM ET

That's How He Should Feel about His Team, anything less would be a disappointment!!! Good Luck Bears, Go Giants!!!

June 28, 2012  09:17 AM ET

This guy...

June 28, 2012  09:24 AM ET
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That's How He Should Feel about His Team, anything less would be a disappointment!!!

Right. He's a team leader, and that You Gotta Believe! stuff can pay off. All it takes is for every player to up his game a notch, and for every guy on the field to make just one big play every game, and a chump becomes a champ.

Remember, 2 years ago Green Bay was a Wild Card, and the Bears won the NFC North. Green Bay had to beat the Bears in the NFC Championship game to get to the Superbowl. They were a disappointing 8-8 last year, and some guys have written them off, but don't be surprised to see the Bears playing in January.

June 28, 2012  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I would love to see Da Bears take the division. They got their work cut out for them, though.

They may surprise, though.

June 28, 2012  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Same talk -- different year ... Go PACK!!

And take the Lions and Vikes with you...

June 28, 2012  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

That's How He Should Feel about His Team, anything less would be a disappointment!!!

+10

June 28, 2012  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

This guy...

...is saying what every team leader would say...

June 28, 2012  09:50 AM ET

Some of these articles don't make any sense.What is Urlacher suppose to say we are going 3-13 this year.

June 28, 2012  09:58 AM ET

The bears have a lot of talent. Ditto GB and the Lions. The NFC north is a good as any other division.

 
June 28, 2012  10:04 AM ET

The bears just like chicago are very classless.

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