Four downs with Ditka
BY MIKE DITKA July 20, 2013 1:18AM
** FILE ** Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher looks at the replay screen during the second quarter of their preseason NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field in Chicago, in this Aug. 25, 2007 file photo. Urlacher has been little to the media since the Bears' 34-31 loss to Minnesota on Oct. 14. On Thursday Oct. 25, 2007, his weekly news conference lasted just a couple minutes, with his answers short if not sweet. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Updated: August 22, 2013 6:32AM
1. From the comments Brian Urlacher made about general manager Phil Emery, it’s clear he’s still bitter about the way things ended with the Bears. You went through this as a coach. What advice would you give him?
My advice would be to put it behind you. Brian has been such a great player for the Bears and an ambassador for the team. Not many guys get to play 13 years for the same team. Usually, when you change GMs and a new regime comes in, they’re going to make tough decisions. Mr. Emery decided that Brian wouldn’t be part of the plan. There’s nothing you can do about it. You know, the game of football was very good to Brian, but it owes him nothing now. You just have to move on.
2. In Marc Trestman’s list of priorities as a new coach, where do you put dealing with the Chicago media?
Marc Trestman is a very intelligent coach. He’s not going to say any more than he has to. He’ll give them what they want and no more. And, hey, the media are going to write what they want to write. I don’t think he’s going to worry or care about what they say. He’ll be more worried about his team.
3. As dominant as the Bears’ defense was last season and despite several offseason changes, Charles Tillman thinks the ‘‘D’’ could be even better. What do you think?
You have to like his attitude. I think what you have in the Bears’ defense is a group of very confident players, and they really believe they can be better. Tillman is trying to be positive, and I like that. He can say or think what he wants, but when it comes time to play, you have to go out and prove it.
4. What’s the best thing you’ve done this summer?
I’ve been flying all over the country. We just opened a new restaurant in Phoenix, so I’ve been busy with that — trying to further our brand. I haven’t had much time for anything else.
Don’t you ever rest?
No. One day, that’s all I’ll do.