Football betting dynamics were drastically altered last year when the Bears star linebacker and leader Brian Urlacher was lost for the entire football gambling season.
Urlacher’s broken hand was a big reason as to why the Bears season was broken as they finished 7-9 and light years behind the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers in the NFC North Division.
Urlacher is back for the 2010 season in full health and with determination to get the Bears back into the playoffs. Urlacher is a 6-time Pro Bowler and was the 2005 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and is motivated to show skeptics that he is better than ever.
“I want to show everyone that I’m back,” said Urlacher. “I think people kind of forget about you when you’re gone. I’m ready to be back with my teammates. My body feels great right now.”
While Urlacher is healed the injury could re-occur if he does not use his hands the right way. He has worked on techniques to avoid putting his hands and wrists at risk. The pain comes back occasionally and may last for up to 2 years.
“There’s still pain,” said Urlacher. “It still hurts sometimes. It hasn’t hurt me on the field yet.”
The Bears are facing a make or break season with the football odds as head coach Lovie Smith, who acknowledges that a coach that has missed the playoffs for 3 straight seasons in justifiably on the hot seat, if not lucky to still have his job at all.
Rod Marinelli has taken over as defensive coordinator and is focusing with Urlacher on better attention to detail and improved techniques. Marinelli considers Urlacher to be a key asset for the Bears that will improve their chances with the NFL lines.
“The first thing he brings is a presence into the huddle and a confidence. He’s strong in the huddle,” said Marinelli.
Smith said that Urlacher is having the best training camp of his career and is glad to have his speed back in the middle linebacker position.
The loss of Urlacher was a key football betting factor in the Bears sorry campaign of 2009. With his return and the signing of Julius Peppers the Bears could be “Monsters of the Midway” again for 2010.