Less than a day after Brian Urlacher once again ripped the fans of the Chicago Bears after another tough home loss, Lance Briggs decided that he would back his teammate and also call out the home fans for what he also perceives is too much booing.
According to CSNChicago, while taping this week’s episode of The Lance Briggs Show Tuesday night in the CSN studio, the Bears defender backed up his linebacker brethren.
“I understand where he’s coming from,” Briggs said. “I’ve been here a long time, too and I’ve [heard] a lot of boos. For a lot of the wrong reasons. Nobody, on any team I’ve seen, gets booed more at home than here in Chicago. That’s also a point to the passion of the Chicago fans. Everyone is passionate, but everyone in Chicago doesn’t know how to run a football team. Everyone doesn’t know how to play professional football. It’s our job to do that.”
Briggs did not go as far to say that he could not care less about the fans, like Urlacher has on several occasions, but you can tell that the frustration of losing three straight and four of the last five games has taken its toll on the Bears. After a blazing 7-1 start that had many wondering if this was a legitimate Super Bowl contender, the second half of the 2012 season has made many question if this Bears’ team is even a playoff caliber squad.
Entering Week 16 against the Arizona Cardinals, the Bears are currently tied with a handful of other teams with an 8-6 record. Chicago cannot even guarantee itself a playoff spot if they win out, although with games against the Cardinals this week and then the Detroit Lions in the season finale, finishing 10-6 seems quite realistic.
And the best news is that both of those games are on the road. Chicago doesn’t have to worry about Bears’ fans booing them in their home stadium.
In fact, they may hear more cheers than boos when they travel to Arizona and Detroit, as those two teams have also been rather disappointing in 2012.