Earlier in the decade, Brian Urlacher and Michael Vick represented a new era of the NFL that was going to be built on speed and athleticism. Both athletes had the talent and speed at their respective positions the league hasn't seen before. Urlacher and Vick are now a little older and have probably lost a step but it doesn't mean that they are any less talented.
While many may say that Vick isn't the same quarterback Urlacher faced
in 2005, Urlacher isn't the same linebacker Vick faced back then
either. While Vick's play is grabbing all the headlines, I think a lot
of people are forgetting how good of an athlete Urlacher is and the impact he has on the Bears defense. The
difference between Vick's and Urlacher's contribution is that Vick's stats are recorded on the the stat sheet.
Vick now has speed weapons on the edges in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin and an up-and-coming multi-faceted running back in LeSean McCoy, all upgrades to what he had in Atlanta with Algee Crumpler and Warrick Dunn.
Urlacher's production has gone unnoticed because other players are making plays. Urlacher has Julius Peppers, probably this generation's best pass rusher and a more polished and now arguably the team's best linebacker, Lance Briggs. As far as the secondary goes, Danieal Manning is having the best season of his career. This current Bears defense doesn't need Urlacher to run anyone down or as he used too.
This Sunday should be an exciting game and NFL Replay-worthy.