Brian Urlacher defends Lovie Smith, rips Bears fans for booing team
Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher left the team's home loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday peeved at Chicago's fans, and he spent Monday defending head coach Lovie Smith from critics.
"Our crowd was pretty good today for the most part," Urlacher said during his weekly segment on Fox Chicago, according to ESPN.com. "They were loud for a minute there. The boos were really loud, which is always nice. The only team in our division to get booed at home is us. It's unbelievable to me."
The Packers clinched the NFC North with a 21-13 victory over the Bears at Soldier Field, as Urlacher did not play because of a hamstring injury. The loss continued to leave the Bears' playoff prospects a little more muddled. The Bears sit in a four-way tie for the final playoff spot in the NFC, but they are technically behind the Minnesota Vikings in the playoff picture at 8-6.
The Bears face the possibility of missing the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons. They have lost three in a row and five of their last six games. But Urlacher said he didn't care if fans or the media were calling for a coaching change.
"Two of the people I don't care about, fans or the media," Urlacher said. "They can say what they want to about our head coach, about our players. It does bother me because those people don't know what they're talking about, obviously.
"I know there are a bunch of experts in the media, and there are a bunch of smart guys out there who know exactly what they're talking about all the time. But they don't know what they're talking about."
Bears safety Chris Conte also tweeted a plea for support following the Bears' loss to the Packers on Sunday:
We have two must win games left. We need all the support we can get. if u aren't with us then you are against us. Real bear fans #beardown — Chris Conte (@ChrisConte47) December 16, 2012