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The Chicago Bears had a game plan when they matched up against fast-paced offenses in recent years: to fake it.
Former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher recently said that that his team’s defense was instructed to fake injuries when they looked gassed and needed a break, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Urlacher retired this offseason and made the comments in his new role as an analyst for Fox Sports 1 on the show Fox Football Daily.
“We had a guy who was the designated dive guy,” he said.
When the time came, a Bears coach on the sideline would mimic a swimmers’ diving motion and the designated player would get “hurt,” Urlacher said. The team usually used the tactic on long drives or early in the season when players were quick to tire, Urlacher said.
“It wasn’t coached,” he said, “but it was part of our game plan.”
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Former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher admitted on FOX Sports 1 that they faked injuries to slow down opposing offenses.
“We had a guy who was the designated dive guy,” Urlacher said, per NFL.com.
Urlacher says an assistant coach would signal from the sideline when to fake an injury.
Urlacher went on to describe how a Bears assistant would mimic a swimmer’s diving motion...
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I totally understand why ESPN and now FOX Sports 1 want to have athletes on as studio analysts. People still remember these players from their playing days and will want to tune in to see their favorite former superstars talk about the game since they can't see them play it anymore.
They need to stop it. Too many of these guys just aren't any good at it.
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“We had a...
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