Will he be ready for the opener on September 9th? What if he’s not ready? How are his teammates reacting? Three articles IN A ROW link to a the same video of his teammates reacting. Then there is the main question – if he CAN’T come back as soon as we hope/want, will Nick Roach be able to step up and fill a void the size of the Grand Canyon (give or take)?
Of course, it would be fair to assume the Bears are not showing us their hand, so to speak. In cases like this, the team always knows more than they are letting on, so whether we like it or not, they already probably know whether or not Urlacher will play on September 9th and they are leaving us hanging for whatever reason. And yes, I am qualified to make wildly general statements like this since we don’t have much more information.
There is one person, at least, who says to forget about Brian Urlacher and his knee (by the way, does Urlacher’s knee have its own Twitter handle yet? Someone get on that!).
Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun Times writes that this season is “about quarterback Jay Cutler.”
He notes that previous QBs have gone to the Super Bowl with “suspect offensive lines” and that the bulk of the weight of the season falls to the QB and then you just have to hope that everyone else (defense, special teams, etc) semi-shows up.
So what you’re telling us, Joe, is that no matter what happens this season, all of the blame or all of the credit will go to one player, that player being Jay Cutler? Sounds about right. (It’s times like this when I wish I had a sarcasm font available).
Before Culter got injured and the Bears didn’t do well, it was his fault. When the Bears did do well with him circa the 2010 season, Cutler received little credit (that I can remember off the top of my head – work with me here people). Last season after he broke his thumb, the media came out in droves talking about how valuable he was to the team. Make up your mind, ladies and gents. Few things have irritated me more than Jay Cutler getting all of the blame and none of the credit (except, oddly, when he wasn’t playing).
What’s my point? I’m glad you asked. I have two:
1) Urlacher’s questionable status is causing many Bears fans to panic before the first snap of the season has even happened.
2) Whether or not he can play apparently doesn’t matter (to some) – the bulk of the focus is going to be on Cutler anyway, so Urlacher can take his time coming back to ensure his knee is at 100%.
All I know is that the Bears are due for a championship and Chicago is ready.