Former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher admitted on FOX Sports 1 that they faked injuries to slow down opposing offenses.
“We had a guy who was the designated dive guy,” Urlacher said, per NFL.com.
Urlacher says an assistant coach would signal from the sideline when to fake an injury.
Urlacher went on to describe how a Bears assistant would mimic a swimmer’s diving motion from the sideline to initiate the ploy, which often came on long drives when the defense needed a breather. Urlacher wouldn’t name the assistant, saying: “It wasn’t coached, but it was part of our game plan.”
This shouldn’t surprise anyone. We’ve seen teams like the Giants and Steelers fake injuries by flopping down on the field over the past few years.