Most of the wreckage came courtesy of Julius Peppers and Henry Melton, roaring in from all angles, outside and inside, leaving the quarterback with few options. Melton had two sacks and seven of the Bears’ quarterback hits.
The consummate linebacker in the city of linebackers, Urlacher’s legend as the strong, silent, man’s man grew even stronger as he perseveres through tragedy following the sudden loss of his mother. His pain is universal.
Olin Kreutz knows this isn’t going to be just another football game. But the former Bears captain and six-time Pro Bowl center made it clear that Sunday’s Bears-Saints game will not be a grudge match.
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is a master of exploiting a defenses weakness to the advantage of his offense. Luckily, he also has a quarterback with the uncanny ability to read defenses and execute any plan perfectly in Drew Brees.
Now, however, the Saints may need just as impressive an encore performance this Sunday, when New Orleans plays its home opener against a Chicago Bears team that once again looks impressive on defense after it’s 30-12 dismantling of Atlanta last weekend. Drew Brees sees no reason why Sproles won’t consistently give opponents fits. In fact, the mere mention of Sproles’ name caused the Saints quarterback to smile.