Coach Marc Trestman and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker on Wednesday denied that the Bears fake injuries to slow high-powered offenses after revelations made this week by former linebacker Brian Urlacher, who said Chicago used the practice when he was with the team.
Urlacher said that during his 13 seasons with the franchise, the Bears employed the strategy, which is a common practice but one that goes unspoken around the NFL and college football.
Trestman and Tucker are in their first seasons with the Bears and didn’t coach Urlacher, who retired after last season. Trestman, who was hired by the Bears in January after five seasons coaching the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, said he hasn’t been with a team that has faked injuries to slow offenses.
“I can’t say that. I haven’t been a part of that environment,” he said. “Part of it is just doing things within the framework of the rules of the league. I really haven’t had any experience in that area before or been a part of an NFL team where I heard of that happening.”