Brian Urlacher spent all of his 13 NFL seasons playing for the Chicago Bears, retiring in 2013.
The All-Pro team played four times under former Bears head coach Lovie Smith from 2004 to 2012, with the team amassing five championship seasons in that span. The Bears advanced to the Super Bowl under Smith’s lead, losing to Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in the Big Game after the 2006 season.
Smith was eventually fired in 2012 after the Bears finished 10-6, but failed to reach the knockout stages for the fifth time in six years. In the past, the Hall of Fame mainstay quarterback has spoken out about how he doesn’t like the way the team fired Smith, who is now in his first year as head coach of the Houston Texans.
On the June 28 episode of Barstool Sports ‘Bussin’ with the Boys podcast, the Bears legend candidly opened up about his final seasons with the franchise, and he added a few new thoughts on being fired Smith.
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Urlacher calls ex-GM Phil Emery a ‘geek’ who doesn’t like to win
“I didn’t like the way they handled it,” Urlacher told co-hosts Will Compton and Taylor Lewan about the way the Bears let Smith, who is respected in the locker room, go. “They fired our GM last year, and honestly how did you fire Lovie after you went 10-6?” Urlacher wondered, before pointing out the Bears’ lack of success following Smith’s departure.
“They fired Lovie and I said, ‘What the hell are you doing?’ And then they don’t win 10 games like they did seven years later. After Lovie left, they had a hard time winning matches.”
Urlacher also took aim at former Bears general manager Phil Emery, who was hired in 2012.
“It was like, why fire the guy? And I know why they fired him – because the new GM was an eccentric and he didn’t like to win, so he fired Lovie. … That’s Phil Emery, a guy I’ve never heard of before,” Urlacher continued. “They fired (former Bears GM) Jerry Angelo, who was a great GM.”
Angelo was let go in 2011 and Emery lived only three years in Chicago, being fired in 2014.
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Urlacher is still passionate about Bears football
Smith hit 81-63 in nine years as the Bears’ coach and was succeeded in Chicago by Canadian League coach Marc Trestman, who, as Urlacher pointed out, “lasted both years.” Trestman was Emery’s first choice, and is considered by many to be one of the worst head coaches in the team’s history.
Trestman finished with a 13-19 record in his two seasons in Chicago, and never landed another head coach contract in the NFL after the Bears fired him in 2014.
“It’s frustrating because obviously I love that franchise, so it’s frustrating to see where it’s headed after they fired Lovie,” Urlacher added.
The Bears have had a winning season since firing Smith: in 2018, when former head coach Matt Nagy now leads the team with a 12-4 record. Chicago also hasn’t won a playoff game since Smith’s departure, and it’s clear Urlacher, like countless Bears fans, wants the drought to end.
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