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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- They've discussed the possibility of advancing to the Super Bowl.
The Chicago Bears just aren't into making definitive declarations, said linebacker Brian Urlacher, who leads the team Sunday into a matchup with the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC divisional playoffs.
When it was mentioned the Bears haven't made it a secret that the goal is to return to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2006, a chuckling Urlacher quickly countered: "Not to the extent of the [New York] Jets."
Having spent a good portion of Wednesday watching the firestorm of commentary regarding remarks made by Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie about New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Urlacher didn't want any part of spawning a new hot topic of conversation.
"We're not talking about [our goal to win the Super Bowl] like that," Urlacher said. "But everybody wants to win that, and not that there's any problem saying that. You don't want to go out there and say, 'We're gonna be Super Bowl champs.' Our goal is to win the Super Bowl. If we don't do that, then we haven't reached our goal. We wanted to win the division, beat Green Bay and win the Super Bowl."
The Bears just want to make sure they do it with as little controversy as possible.
Asked whether he wanted to start a Jets-esque war of words with the Seahawks heading into Sunday's contest, Urlacher smiled and started scratching the back of his head.
"Oh no, I'm good," Urlacher said. "[Cromartie and Brady were] all they talked about on TV yesterday."
Michael C. Wright covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.