Brady’s fake and shake is on Urlacher’s menu
By Neil hayes email@example.com December 13, 2010 10:34PM
Brian Urlacher (54) had a tough time keeping up with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during their showdown in 2006. | Elise Amendola~ap
Updated: April 19, 2011 5:09AM
Brian Urlacher remembers what happened the last time he played the Patriots.
He also has the utmost respect for New England quarterback Tom Brady, who is not only arguably the game’s greatest passer but proved against Urlacher in 2006 that he can also be a scramblin’ man.
“[Brady’s] the best,” Urlacher said. “He knows what to do with the football. If you play zone, he throws the check downs. If you put seven in the box, he runs it. He just knows where to go with the football every time. You’re not going to trick him. You may get pressure on him, you may hurt him a little bit, but he’s smart. He has a great arm. He knows everything. Big challenge for us.
“And he runs fast, too. I remember he’s really fast. Good runner.”
Urlacher was chuckling while referring to the key play in the Patriots’ 17-13 win over the Bears in 2006, when Brady faked him out and picked up a critical first down during the game-winning drive in the fourth quarter.
“I’m pretty sure Brian slipped on that,” Lance Briggs said. “I’m pretty sure he won’t be slipping this week.”
“That’s not how I remember it, but that was nice of him to say that,” Urlacher said when told Briggs’ version of events. “I remember me going this way and [Brady] going that way. That’s how I remember it. First down.”
Here’s what Brady said at the time: ‘‘That was pretty cool. At least I can tell my kids one day that I shook Brian Urlacher. They probably won’t believe me.”
Hester waiting ...
Devin Hester needs one more return touchdown to own the all-time record.
Hester said he isn’t too anxious, although he seemed distraught when he cut the wrong way and was tackled by Lions punter Nick Harris on Sunday.
“At the end of the day, I have to have patience, and the fans have to have patience,” he said. “I just realize that. I’m starting to appreciate it more than if I would have broke it earlier this year. I don’t think I would have appreciated it as much.
“But now that I see that it’s a big thing, I’m really looking forward to breaking this record. And now if I break it, it would mean more to me. I don’t know if this is something God placed in my life, to have patience, and you’re not ready to receive this right now. But in a game like this, running a punt back in a game situation like this — winning a game or something like that — would really mean a lot to me. So, be patient with everything and let it happen.”
Another big game
You won’t hear the this-is-just-another-game routine at Halas Hall this week. Sunday’s game against the 10-2 Patriots is huge. The Bears aren’t denying it.
“Another big game for us,” Urlacher said.
Briggs said nothing needs to be said between defensive players in terms of what they must do to win.
“Defensively, we don’t necessarily need to talk to each other about how we need to play because it’s understood,” he said. “The season is too important to have to go to a guy and say, ‘Hey, we need to pick it up.’ A lot of these guys I’ve been playing with for a long time, and the younger guys understand what this means to us as a team, organization and as a city.
“We don’t need to say anything; it’s all understood.”
Although coach Lovie Smith said it’s possible that strongside linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa could play against the Patriots even if he doesn’t practice this week, it looked less likely after Tinoisamoa, who recently underwent arthroscopic knee surgery, missed practice for the second straight day Thursday.
Backup Nick Roach (back) did practice on a limited basis and would start alongside Urlacher and Briggs against if Tinoisamoa can’t go.
Chester Taylor (knee) also saw limited participation during the outdoor workout Thursday. Defensive lineman Marcus Harrison (illness) was excused from the practice.
Contributing: Mark Potash, Sean Jensen