I know 2001 was 9 years ago, that's not my point. Not saying he was the same player as he was in 2001, my point was now all the sudden he's a bum, etc.. I'm not gonna rip the guy for every little thing because he's not as good as he used to be.
He's been a gigantic dick to the media? My response is - who cares?
So basically when he's playing well it's okay to let things slide. But when he gets hurt, etc. then it's okay to rip him?
I'm not gonna do that. I appreciate what Urlacher has done and I'm not gonna piss all over the guy because he doesn't open his heart up to media folks. If he comes out this year and is terrible, then the Bears can go in another direction. I think he was wrong for going there with Sayers.
But again, my post wasn't really about his play on the field. More the type of reaction he gets from fans. Ripping Urlacher just seems like the fashionable thing to do now. I'm not sure why? There's a TON of other reasons the Bears haven't been to the playoffs in 3 years. As I'm sure you know.
No, don't purposely forget to mention reasons why Urlacher has been on the receiving end of criticism for the last few years. "But when he gets hurt, etc..." My fucking ass. Stop making it seem like all the hate on Urlacher is irrational or dumb because almost a decade ago people loved him.
He's been bad to the point of embarrassing of late, has been a huge dick to the media when talking about his play and the play of the team (which is also being a dick to the fans, who turn to player interviews for insight on the team), and has received criticism because of it.
But by your logic, we shouldn't talk bad about Urlacher because he was good when he was in his prime? Please, at least try not to be that much of a fucking moron.
He was good then, and people loved him because of it. He's bad now, and is receiving criticism accordingly. In no way should his performance A FUCKING DECADE AGO carry any weight whatsoever in determining how people view him as a player now. If we were talking about HOF stuff or just looking back on his career after he's gone, fine, but he's still a player, and a decidedly sub-par one at that.