Bears linebacker and team captain Brian Urlacher was named NFC defensive player of the month yesterday.
Urlacher led the NFC with 49 tackles in December. Urlacher had 17 tackles in a loss to the Patriots and 11 tackles in a win over the Lions and also had 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble as the Bears won the NFC North and secured a first-round bye in the playoffs.
For the season, Urlacher had a team leading 126 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception. He is clearly back to the level that he was at before he missed 15 games last season with a wrist injury.
Urlacher isn’t as fast as he once was and that was evident on an interception against the Vikings that was reversed, but he is stronger than ever.
For the Bears to succeed in the playoffs, Urlacher has to keep the defense ready for everything that comes at them. He has to play well in passing downs as well as running downs.
Urlacher is the key to the defense’s success this post season. Congrats on the NFC defensive player of the month award Brian, but I’m sure you’re hungry for something else this post season.
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