Urlacher vouches for Cutler's toughness

Urlacher vouches for Cutler's toughness
May 23, 2013, 4:15 pm
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John Paschall

Newly retired Brian Urlacher has seen his fair share of tough players after playing 13 years in the NFL. So when asked on Mike & Mike in the Morning on ESPN radio who was the toughest player he’s faced in his career, the former Bears middle linebacker couldn’t help but compliment a recent teammate.

"I played against him, and played with him, (Jay) Cutler is tough, man," Urlacher said. "I know a lot of people don't like him, and this and that, but I played against him when he was in Denver and I played with him in Chicago, and I'd just rather play with him in Chicago. He's a tough dude."

[MORE: Hear rest of Urlacher interview on "Mike & Mike in the Morning"]

Urlacher also mentioned in the interview a former Bears center who was always tough to compete with in practice.

“I was lucky enough to play against Olin Kreutz every day in and Olin used to kick my butt,” Urlacher said. “I’m glad he was on my team.”

Urlacher, who turns 35 on Saturday, admitted that if the team had kept former head coach Lovie Smith and his staff, he’d still be suiting up for the Bears in the fall.

“I think I would be because I think my desire and passion would still be there to play the game,” Urlacher said. “…Playing for him makes you want to keep playing football. His staff would still be there, nothing against the new staff, I don’t know them. I know Lovie and I know what his staff brought to the table. I think that if they were there, I’d probably still be trying to play.”

[RELATED: Urlacher: I'd still be a Bear if Lovie weren't fired]

With all the free time on his hands, could Urlacher see himself becoming a coach one day?

“I think I’d be a great pee-wee or 8th or 9th grade coach,” he said. “But I couldn’t coach college or NFL. I just don’t have the patience. I don’t have the time.”