The Chicago Bears had a game plan when they matched up against fast-paced offenses in recent years: to fake it.
Former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher recently said that that his team’s defense was instructed to fake injuries when they looked gassed and needed a break, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Urlacher retired this offseason and made the comments in his new role as an analyst for Fox Sports 1 on the show Fox Football Daily.
“We had a guy who was the designated dive guy,” he said.
When the time came, a Bears coach on the sideline would mimic a swimmers’ diving motion and the designated player would get “hurt,” Urlacher said. The team usually used the tactic on long drives or early in the season when players were quick to tire, Urlacher said.
“It wasn’t coached,” he said, “but it was part of our game plan.”
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