There’s a good chance that somewhere deep in the bowels of Gillette Stadium, Brian Urlacher’s quotes from Thursday are hanging on a bulletin board, circled in red.
Bill Belichick has been known to do such things to motivate his Patriots.
Urlacher provided said material while discussing Sunday’s matchup at Solider Field, and how the circumstances resemble the game two weeks ago against Michael Vick and the Eagles.
“Remember, we have them at home … the same like Philly,” Urlacher told The Chicago Tribune, referring to the Bears’ 31-26 win. “When we played Philly, everybody was saying they were the best, right? It’s the same situation, and hopefully the same result.
“New England is the best team in the NFL, record-wise. But I feel like we’re the best team, period. That’s why I say record-wise. They have the best quarterback, numbers-wise. And everybody likes to go by numbers, right?”
Smack, smack, smack!
You can’t fault Urlacher’s confidence. He’s not the first player to go here, and no doubt swagger is an essential characteristic of winning NFL teams, something Urlacher brings to the Bears. If he wasn’t pissed off when the Bears lose and confident that they’ll win, something is wrong. Plus, he does give props to Tom Brady later in the piece.
But it’s still a good bet his quotes somehow made their way to the consciousness of the Patriots. Willing to bet on it.