Brian Urlacher admitted that his Chicago Bears would have a designated player take dives if the opponent’s offense was rolling. In a story reported by Yahoo Sports on Wednesday September 4, Urlacher freely detailed a game plan of the type of shenanigans that defenses will do to slow down no huddle offenses. Brian Urlacher stated via the Chicago Sun-Times “we had a guy who was the designated dive guy.” Urlacher said a Bears coach would simulate a swimmers’ diving motion with his arms from the sideline and the player “would get hurt.”
There’s no doubt that Denver will utilize the up tempo style, so it will be interesting to see what happens if they start moving the ball at with ease on Thursday. Would the Ravens actually stoop to these low level tactics?
Of course Brian Urlacher isn’t saying anything new here. You can pop in game film from any college or NFL game and see mysterious injuries pop up like a sniper’s in the stadium. In addition, they always happen against no huddle teams.
On Saturday, the Northwestern and Cal game got a little heated when the Wildcats seemed to have an injured player on every other play. It’s not that every player is faking, but there was definitely gamesmanship going on. While the Cal fans booed, many football fans couldn’t help but remember California doing the same thing to Chip Kelly’s Oregon squad in 2010. If you wonder if it works, it does, Oregon was held to 15 points in a two point win that day.
Now Chip Kelly brings his fast breaking style to the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles. How long will it take for teams like Urlacher’s Bears to fake injuries of their own? Only time will tell.