A few days after egregiously screwing up one of the worst blown blocking assignments we’ve ever seen, Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is back running his mouth again. This time, his target isn’t the often-discussed Aaron Rodgers, but Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Finley, although probably unintentionally (you know, because he’s dumb), totally dissed Urlacher in comments to Fox Sports Wisconsin.
“Urlacher is at the end of his career right now; he’s playing a little slow out there,” Finley told Fox Sports Wisconsin on Wednesday. “I don’t think they’re losing too much if he’s out. Putting another guy in might help them a little.”
Urlacher will miss Sunday’s game and possibly the rest of the season with a hamstring injury. He also had knee surgery during training camp.
Is he a step slower this season? Probably, but that’s not really for Finley to say. Of course, we’re not surprised Finley DID say it.
So, to the real question — are the Bears better off without Urlacher?
His tackles are down slightly, but he’s defended as many passes (seven) in 12 games this season as he did in all of 2011. He also has two more forced fumbles and a touchdown, although his interceptions are down from three to one.
With Urlacher out, the Bears will start outside linebacker Nick Roach in the middle and Geno Hayes in Roach’s spot.
Roach had nine tackles last week and has 44 on the season to go along with 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
One thing we do know is this…
I think urlacher caught more passes this season than Finley.
Urlacher certainly doesn’t have as many drops as Finley…
haha… Yup and less drops. Urlacher must have good “chemistry” with opposing QB’s.
Finley’s doing everything he can to cement his release in the offseason. Good riddance.
As for Urlacher, he’s probably lost a step, sure. He’s just at that point in every player’s career where they transition from making some plays based on speed/athletic ability to making plays based on experience/veteran savvy. The guy can still play, it’s his health that’s of concern.
I read Finley’s tweets regarding this situation before actually reading what he said. After his tweets, I just figured it was a misunderstanding.
It is impossible to walk away from what he said. He called Urlacher slow and said having someone else instead of Urlacher would help the team.
WHAT ARE YOU THINKING JERMICHAEL? I have been a supporter of his, and to an extent will continue to be, but this is absolutely insane.
Funny thing is, read Finley’s quote as if it were from Urlacher’s POV and it’s eerily accurate:
“Finley is at the end of his career in Green Bay; he’s playing a little scared out there,” Urlacher told Fox Sports Chicago on Wednesday. “I don’t think they’re losing too much if he’s out. Putting another guy in might help them a little.”
As a life-long Packer fan living in Austin, I about shit a golden brick when we drafted this kid. I’d already seen what he had the potential to be while he was at UT and couldn’t wait for the Pack to have what I believed at the time to be the next Antonio Gates.
Unfortunately, the harsh reality is, he keeps flappin’ his jaws and he can’t get out of his own way. Add that to the fact that he plays scared and without heart since the knee injury and I see no reason whatsoever to invest more time in him. I wanted the world for this kid, but enough is enough and the cap space is better spent elsewhere.
I’m trying to think of another TE with as much potential and as little production as Jerkmichael. Nope, can’t think of any…
Can the Packers legitimately get this fucking clown off Twitter? Conduct detrimental to the team, or some shit? They should have negotiated that clause into his damn contract.
Brian Urlacher has made more plays against the Packers than any other player I’ve ever seen. He may be slowing down, but I am still damn glad he’s not going to be in the middle of that defense.
What Finley is saying is that the Packer offense doesn’t expect to have an easy time of it just because Urlacher is out. Clumsy way of putting it, but not near as big of a deal as people are making of it.
If the Packers are going to beat the Bears, they might need Finley to perform.
God, make it stop. He continues to amaze with his stupid play and social commentary. The missed block the other night was just ridiculous, the latest Tweets, just another example of his idiocy. I’m also from Austin, was thrilled when we drafted him and can’t wait until he’s gone.
Say what you want about the Bears & hate all you want, but Brian Erlacher is a helluva player. I agree with Iltarion–all the respect in the world, sorry he’s hurt, but I’m glad he’s out Sunday.
Tweetiebird is at it yet again. Get ready for Finley to have a ton drops in the game….seems to be the trend when he takes to twitter.
My Christmas Wish: Please, please, Curly & Vince, haunt TT like the ghosts in a Christmas Carol until he rids the Hallowed Tunnels of Lambeau of this ASSHAT.
Check out Rodgers comment on Urlacher, way to keep it classy. Finley just keep your mouth shut and stop embarrassing the team with your play and your mouth. Rodgers doesn’t need you out there let crabtree play
Here the best news I have heard regarding Finley: