Brian Urlacher says the Bears designated a player to fake injuries to slow opponents down

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brian urlacherBrian Urlacher’s departure was unceremonious to say the least. Long story short, Urlacher wanted to play another year, but the Bears didn’t really want him any longer. So they offered him an one-year, $2 million contract, that Urlacher rejected.

So instead of testing free agency and possibly signing with another team, Urlacher retired and took a job as a NFL analyst for Fox Sports 1. And apparently Urlacher plans to use his new job to inform the public of the tactics that the Bears employed while he was a member of franchise.

Case in point: Urlacher revealing on Tuesday that the Bears designated a player to fake injuries to slow opponents down.

“We had a guy who was the designated dive guy,” he said.

Urlacher said a Bears coach would simulate a swimmers’ diving motion with his arms from the sideline and the player “would get hurt.”

He said it was beneficial on long drives or early in the season when defenders were more easily gassed.
He said he wouldn’t name the coach who pantomimed in the order.

Not sure why Urlacher stopped short of naming the coach. He’s already spilled the beans on everything else.

Then suddenly in an apparent attempt to walk this back a little, he made this statement:

It wasn’t coached,” he said, “but it was part of our game plan.”

Yeah, it’s little too late for the “it wasn’t coached” walk back. The cat’s already out of the bag.


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