Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/3/14

CHICAGO - OCTOBER 04: Injured linebacker Brian Urlacher #54 of the Chicago Bears laughs with Jay Cutler #6 on the bench during a game against the Detroit Lions on October 4, 2009 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 48-24. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Every year a football team loses a valuable player/leader during the regular season. This has happened to the Bears two years in a row. In 2011, the Bears lost their starting quarterback, Jay Cutler, to a season ending injury. This season, the Bears have lost their starting middle linebacker, Brian Urlacher, possibly for the reminder of the regular season. Neither Jay Cutler or Brian Urlacher can be replaced. They are both extremely talented and smart football players. Losing Urlacher will be a heavy blow but the blow can be crippled, at least until the playoffs. Urlacher has been the face of the Chicago Bears franchise and without a doubt, the leader for over a decade. However, it's time to pass the torch down to the future leader and future face of the franchise.There is nothing the coaches and assistants can say or do to help the team than what they have done already. The only way the team can subdue the loss of Urlacher is to rally around someone. Someone who knows what to s...
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