Even as speculation swirled Monday about possible fines or suspensions arising from Sunday's chippy win over the Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher found time Monday to pay respect to the Lions and their coach.
It was somewhat surprising considering the fight and unnecessary roughness penalties that punctuated the Bears' 37-13 win at Soldier Field. But Urlacher, appearing on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000, refused to label the Lions as a "dirty" team.
"They play to the echo of the whistle," Urlacher said. "As a player, you can't be mad because that's the way the game should be played. They play fast. They play physical. Sometimes they go a little bit too far, but you know what, sometimes they get away with it.
"That's just the way the game is played now, I guess."
Lions coach Jim Schwartz grew irritated Sunday when asked if he needed to discipline his players for personal fouls and unnecessary roughness.
An NFL spokesman told ESPNChicago.com on Monday that the league will review the fight that occurred in the fourth quarter.
"I like their head coach," Urlacher said. "I"ll tell you that much. I think he's doing a good job for that organization.
"He's a hard-nosed guy. That's how he wants his guys to play. I can't be mad at him."