- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Brian Urlacher recently admitted members of the Bears faked injuries to slow high-powered offenses.
“You kidding me? Yeah of course,” Bulluck said in his weekly appearance on The Midday 180 in Nashville, of which I am a part. “It’s one of the things if the offense is going too fast. Offenses do that for many different reasons. I know for us they would do that, the Colts were legendary at doing that, go hurry-up offense either when Albert (Haynesworth) was on the field to get him tired or when he was off the field do hurry-up offense so he couldn’t get back on the field.
“Those 300-pounder, they’re in shape for their size, but to go seven, eight snaps in a row at a rapid pace, they might as well not even be out there. So yeah, it happens, it’s been happening, it’s nothing new and I don’t even know why people are surprised.”
Bulluck said the Titans sometimes got a signal from the sideline and sometimes it came from him.
“Look man, somebody needs to go down. I remember Robaire Smith used to hate doing that. If he had to be the guy, he was like, ‘I’m not going down,” Bulluck said. “Because at the end of the day, it looks weak. It does look week. You’re out there, ‘Ohh, ahh I’m hurt.' Then you walk off the field and you’re back in in a few plays.
“I remember Robaire Smith cussed me out in the middle of a game because I told him he had to take a dive. Then he got to the sideline and then cussed (defensive line coach Jim) Washburn out too. So it’s not always a favorable tactic. But you do what you’ve got to do sometimes.”
Guys who are past their playing days are fine talking about it now.
It’s a tough thing for the league to police as it’s happening.
I certainly think the NFL can do more to discourage it by issuing fines to teams and players if they spot a hand signal prompting an “injury.”
But we’re going to have to live with it, as we have in the past, and maybe laugh about it with the participants years later.