Urlacher: "It's my fault".
"In no way was I trying to put Jay down, Matt or our coaches. That was not my intentions", the Bears linebacker told host Jeff Joniak.
The all-day interview with the Internet reporter happened last week while Urlacher was watching the Bears loss at Minnesota from his brother's condominium.
"It's my fault. If I were my teammates I'd be mad too" Urlacher explained.
He said he was watching the game not only as a teammate, but as a fan, and just like fans, he was yelling at the TV. Those comments came across as criticism of the Bears identity now as a passing team with Jay Cutler on board, and no longer a running team.
"It didn't come out the way I wanted it to. It wasn't a shot at Jay," Urlacher said.
While Cutler already told the Chicago media "Brian doesn't need to apologize" and acknowledged the frustration felt by everyone, Urlacher did say he talked to Forte and fellow captain Olin Kreutz.
"I'm very frustrated with the season, getting hurt and the way things have worked out," he acknowledged.
On WBBM-AM780's same pregame show, Bears General Manager Jerry Angelo expressed his anger over Urlacher's comments.
"Certainly I have issues with that! Times are tough, we don't need anyone within making them tougher," Angelo said.
Angelo discussed the frustrations felt in the front office with the performance of the 4-7 team as "extremely rough right now." But he said there is still a "glitter" of hope.
"We're in a poor state right now," Angelo admitted, but said it wasn't the plan going into the season that failed. "It doesn't mean the plan was bad, it just didn't work!"
He added a couple of times in the conversation that all evaluations will take place "after the season."
"We do have red flags, and those flags were made by us" Angelo said. "We will come out of this better for it."
Rams Pregame Notes:
- Lance Briggs, Orlando Pace, Desmond Clark, Gaines Adams inactive for the Bears.
- Chris Williams starts at Left Tackle, Kevin Shaffer starts at Right Tackle.
- Jamar Williams starts at Weak side Linebacker for Briggs. Which means the Bears are using three backups to start at linebacker today.
- Reshuffling of the secondary includes Kevin Payne starting strong safety, and Al Afalava starts at free safety for the first time.
- Rams RB Steven Jackson is active