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Monday, May 31, 2010
BBAO: Brian Urlacher knows time is short

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Posting will be light Monday, based on the assumption that far less of you will be in front of your computers, phones and other Internet devices during the holiday. Hopefully, you're somewhere demonstrating your appreciation to the men and women of our armed forces.

[Narrator steps off soapbox.]

For those of you who happen to be checking out the blog today, I want to point you in the direction of Jeffri Chadiha's ESPN.com interview with Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher. In the piece, Urlacher acknowledges a new sense of urgency as he enters the final stages of his career. Meanwhile, here is a key passage that offers some context to Urlacher's verbal exchange with Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers:
He ignited even more controversy last week when he heard that Bears Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers had uttered some unflattering remarks about this year's team. After Urlacher learned of the comments, he basically told the Chicago Tribune that Sayers shouldn't be talking negatively about current Bears because he had never won anything in his day.

Urlacher is more diplomatic about that response now -- "I've never won a championship, either, but I just don't want to hear that stuff from one of our guys," he said -- but it's fair to assume Sayers' remarks inflamed Urlacher's own frustrations with the Bears. Four years ago, this team was in the Super Bowl. Ever since that point, it's been hampered by injuries, shaky personnel moves, and a recent inability to hang with Minnesota and Green Bay in the NFC North. The arrival of Cutler last year was supposed to help matters. It wound up only providing upset fans with one more reason to be unhappy.

Continuing around the NFC North: