Urlacher, Briggs 'really mad' about defense

October, 13, 2011
10/13/11
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Television cameras captured linebackers Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs engaged in what appeared to be an animated discussion on the Chicago Bears bench last Monday night, shortly after Detroit's Jahvid Best ran untouched for an 88-yard touchdown.

But according to Urlacher, he and Briggs were simply lamenting the Bears’ uncharacteristic and multiple defensive breakdowns the first five weeks. In addition to the Best score, the Bears allowed a 73-yard touchdown reception to Lions receiver Calvin Johnson earlier in the game.

"Everyone was asking me what happened after the game, was I yelling at Lance on the sidelines?" Urlacher said Thursday. "I wasn't yelling at Lance. He didn't do anything wrong. My daughter was like, 'Did you fight with Lance on the sideline'? I said, ‘No, why?’ She goes, ‘It looked like you were really mad when you were talking to him.’

"We were both really mad. We're not used to this. As long as him and I have been here, we haven't played like this. We've had some spurts where we've been bad, but not for five games in a row where you get hit for big plays like that.”

Through five games, the Bears have surrendered nine plays of 30 or more yards and have given up an average of 419.6 yards per game.

"It's frustrating, but it's fixable," Urlacher said. "We still have the talent. We're a talented defense. We have good coaches. We just have to go out there and do it ourselves. That's all it comes down to. We have the players to do it. We just need to do it."

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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