Urlacher receives offer from Lovie to work with Bucs

Urlacher receives offer from Lovie to work with Bucs
January 28, 2014, 5:30 pm
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Brian Urlacher won't be adding "coach" to his Hall of Fame resume any time soon.

The retired Bears linebacker spoke with Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs at a Fox Sports Event in New York and said that Lovie Smith, who was named the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach earlier this month, invited Urlacher to Florida to work with the team during training camp.

Urlacher, who retired last season after 13 seasons with the Bears, declined.

“He asked me to come help and hang out for a week in training camp,” Urlacher said. “I’m not a very good coach.”

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Urlacher spoke on a number of topics regarding the current Bears, saying he thought Jay Cutler's contract was a good deal, that the offensive line's improvement was key to last year's success and that injuries -- not personnel or scheme -- were to blame for the Bears' 32nd ranked defense.

“I like the idea that (Mel Tucker) came in and didn’t change everything because what we did worked for so long. Why change it if it works? Everyone knows what they are doing. It wasn’t his fault this year," Urlacher told Biggs. "They had so many injuries. There were guys playing that I had never heard of before. They had a bunch of guys in there that hadn't been in there before. So I don’t blame him. It was just a tough season.”