Brian Urlacher is back having fun and that means just one thing for opposing NFL teams — trouble.
Urlacher, the heart and soul of the Chicago Bears and their undisputed defensive leader, appears to be back in Pro Bowl form after the opening two weeks of the season where the Bears have run off to a surprising 2-0 start.
Last season Urlacher missed 15 games after dislocating his right wrist in the Bears opening game against Green Bay and there were whispers through training camp about him being on the down side of his career.
So far, though, Urlacher, 32, appears to be his nasty old self in his middle linebacker position.
In the two victories, Urlacher has totalled 17 tackles, a quarterback sack and a fumble recovery.
“I’m having fun, man,” he said. “There’s so much communication on every play. Everybody’s having fun.”
Head coach Lovie Smith, meanwhile, is having fun watching Urlacher take charge of the defence.
“He’s excited about being back out there,” Smith said. “I mean, football is a big part of your life. Once you miss it for an entire year ... you have to just be pumped up about having the opportunity to play. You have to play every down like it’s your last one, and that’s what we’re getting from Brian Urlacher.”
In the two games, the Bears have held the opposition to a total of 56 rushing yards on 41 carries, a 1.3 yards per carry average. Urlacher is a big reason why.