Urlacher is a prevent defender

Pompei, Dan
December 2005
Sporting News;12/16/2005, Vol. 229 Issue 50, p30
The article presents information on footballer Brian Urlacher who is the leading candidate for defensive player of the year. Urlacher neutralizes more big plays by offenses than any other defender in the National Football League. Bears linebackers coach Bob Babich calls Urlacher a coach on the field because he's so adept at getting players aligned properly in response to shifts and motions and at checking to a different defense if the situation warrants it. Once the ball is snapped, Urlacher turns potential 60-yard touchdowns into 20-yard gains with his speed and instinct. No defensive player is better after the play breaks down. In fact, the longer the play lasts, the more valuable Urlacher becomes. INSET: Three more choices for Millen to get it right.


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