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CSN analyst Jim Miller joined the Brian Urlacher SportsNet Central special Wednesday and wasted no time in making bold statements.
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Miller said Urlacher is the best linebacker in Chicago Bears history. Yes, even over Dick Butkus and Mike Singletary.
SNC host David Kaplan had something to say about that statement, and the two had an entertaining debate on the matter.
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"[Butkus] was the most feared man in football. But when you look at the game today, Brian was asked to do more," Miller said. "Whether it's in coverage, we know about his run-stopping ability...but just in all phases of the game, his skillsets are better. He was a better athlete...I just don't think Dick Butkus would measure up to the skills of Brian Urlacher."
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Miller also said he felt Urlacher could have played this year, but admitted the eight-time Pro Bowler is on the downswing of his career.
Miller has a unique perspective on the situation, as he was Urlacher's teammate from 2000-02.
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"He's just a very unselfish player," Miller said. "He has a great sense of humor. He kept things light-hearted. You're asking your teammates to be reliable, accountable and productive. Brian Urlacher was always there. You wouldn't hear the word 'no' out of his mouth. He was always there for his teammates, his organization. Very stand-up guy.
"I was honored to play with him. His game was second to none. Of all the linebackers I played with or competed against, he was by far the best."