Someone Still Thinks Urlacher Is the Best
“RealScouts” has posted their inside linebacker rankings over at Sporting News. I’m going to go ahead and guess that they didn’t see too many Bears games last year. They have Brian Urlacher ranked as their #1 inside linebacker. Here is their blurb on him:
1. Brian Urlacher, Bears. He recorded 90-plus tackles for the eighth time in his nine-year career but didn’t make as many impact plays in ’08. That has a lot to do with the lack of production from the defensive line. That will change this year, and Urlacher will play with renewed energy after being left off the Pro Bowl roster.
He shouldn’t have even been ranked above Ray Lewis, who they have at #4. But they also have him ahead of James Farrior and Patrick Willis. That seems insane at this point.
Perhaps Urlacher will revert to form with Lovie Smith taking over the defensive calls. But then again, doesn’t Urlacher have the ability to call audibles for the defense? Whatever the case, to list him first these days is a gift.