A few days ago, Cincinnati Bengals middle linebacker Dhani Jones, who will be a free agent once the lockout is lifted, was invited to the NFL Network studios to rattle off a list of his top-10 linebackers in the NFL. On that list, he named himself as the seventh best linebacker in the league and left Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher out of the top-10.
When he was asked why Urlacher wasn't on the list, Jones responded by saying, "When was the last time Urlacher got off a block?"
On Thursday, Urlacher responded.
When asked about Jones' criticism, Urlacher said:
"I think we were drafted in the same class, right?.... I haven't heard anything about his since then," Urlacher told "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on WMVA-AM 1000. "I saw him on a TV show with a bow tie on, though. So I know him better for the way he dresses than what he does on the football field. Look, guys are going to talk. I've definitely had a lot worse things said about me publicly from guys, so I can live with it."
I'm sure that Jones meant nothing personal. The whole thing was probably a joke. However, just in case you didn't know, here is a breakdown of Jones' stats compared to Urlacher's.
157 games, 889 tackles, 9.5 sacks and five interceptions
154 games, 1,059 tackles, 41.5 sacks and 18 interceptions