There’s a school of thought that it’s truly do-or-die for coach Lovie Smith and the Chicago Bears in 2010.
The Bears have made a number of moves aimed at winning now, namely the trade for Jay Cutler and the signing of Julius Peppers at a price tag that could reach $91.5 million. The coaching staff was gutted before adding Mike Martz and Rod Marinelli. Oh, and then there was essentially a win-or-else mandate from president Ted Phillips for Smith and GM Jerry Angelo.
Brian Urlacher, who says he’s completely healed from a wrist injury that wiped out essentially all of his 2009 season, told “NFL Total Access” the team knows changes will happen if the wins don’t.
“We need to win. That’s all there is to it,” Urlacher said when asked if it was do-or-die for Smith. “We as a team know that if we don’t win this year, there’s going to be a lot of changes around here. You just never know what’s going to happen. When you play the way we played the last few years, change has got to happen. We need to play well and win some games, that’s all there is to it.”
Urlacher also raved about the new offense and the training camp play of Cutler, whom he said is “picking us apart” in practice.