Brian Urlacher lands at no. 49 on ‘Top 100 Players of 2011’
This whole ‘Top 100 Players of 2011,’ while entertaining is beginning to get aggravating.
The fact that it is voted on by players just diminishes the impact. This is more of a popularity contest than it is an accurate measurement of the talent in the NFL.
Four Chicago Bears grace this list, with Lance Briggs landing at no. 92, and in the latest episode linebacker Brian Urlacher held the no. 49 spot.
This position seems too high in regards to one of the best linebackers playing the game today.
The 2000 Rookie of the Year, 2005 Defensive Player of the Year and seven-time Pro Bowler, Urlacher is the franchise leader with 1,556 tackles.
Urlacher’s mere presence has had a significant impact on the Bears win-loss record. They simply are better with him out on the field.
“He knows our defense and that’s all fine and dandy but you’ve got to be able to make plays,” said Bears Head Coach Lovie Smith in his presentation of Urlacher on the ‘Top 100 Players of 2011.’
“Every game we expect Brian to make a sack,” Smith said, “we expect him to make an interception, we expect him to make a big hit and then in crunch time we expect him to make a big play that tells everyone it’s time to go.”
Urlacher, while even on the decline, is still one of the best players in the NFL and certainly one of the best players in franchise history.
“I’ve seen him run down Michael Vick, I’ve seen him guard the best receivers in the game.,” Smith said. “Most linebackers don’t have good hands. Brian has a skill type position hands he can make all kind of different plays.”
The most entertaining portion of the package was when Urlacher ran over teammate Matt Toenia and a Washington Redskin asks, “Did you just knock the crap out of your own guy.” Urlacher responds with, “Yes, on accident.”
Urlacher can’t help himself. He was a born tackler.
BEARS ON THE ‘TOP 100 PLAYERS OF 2011’
92. Lance Briggs (LB)
49. Brian Urlacher (LB)