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Lovie Smith: Urlacher Could be a "Great Coach" If He Wanted to Be




    Former Chicago Bears Head Coach Lovie Smith said he thinks Brian Urlacher would make a great coach if he wanted to coach. (Published Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014)

    Lovie Smith still thinks former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has coaching abilities.

    “Brian Urlacher can do just about anything Brian Urlacher wants to do,” said the former Bears coach.

    Urlacher Doesn't Plan to Watch Bears Versus Packers

    [CHI] Urlacher Doesn't Plan to Watch Bears Versus Packers
    Former Bears linebacker calls Aaron Rodgers the best quarterback in the game, but plans to be on the golf course instead of watching Sunday's matchup. (Published Friday, Dec. 27, 2013)

    Smith, who accepted a position in January as head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, said seeing the end of the longtime defensive anchor’s career was unfortunate.

    “Guys like that, you don’t want to see their career end,” he said.

    Urlacher: I'd Be Mad If The Bears Won The Super Bowl

    [CHI] Urlacher: I'd Be Mad If The Bears Won The Super Bowl
    Retired linebacker discusses life without football, his departure from the Bears. (Published Thursday, July 18, 2013)

    A leader like Urlacher would be welcome as a coach, but after the grueling life of playing football, he said he’s not interested in the grueling life of coaching football. NFL coaches routinely put in 80-90 hour weeks during the season.

    And while Lovie still believes in Urlacher's coaching potential, he doesn't believe it's in his future.

    “If Brian wanted to be a great coach he could be a great coach, like everything he's really started, but I know for a fact that’s not in his plan,” Smith said.