(Source) Nick Roach doesn’t need to be Picasso. He just needs to be the Bears’ middle linebacker. That’s easier said than done for the former Northwestern University art major when the guy you’re replacing is All-Pro and future Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher. So he understands the comparisons. “I’ll probably do the same thing,” Roach said, admitting that he would wonder what Urlacher would do in certain situations. But #54 isn’t far away. Despite a Grade 2 hamstring strain, Urlacher is “coach” on the sidelines. “Brian’s really good about being there,” Roach said. “It’s great to hear from a guy like Brian, who’s had all this experience and success doing it, to have that kind of personal coaching is great.”
Roach’s nickname in the Bears locker room is “the Natural” because he plays all three linebacker positions, with attention to detail and barely making a mistake. His nickname could just as well be “Whispers.” Anyone who ever hears Roach speak (and it isn’t often) has to lean in close to actually hear what he’s saying. “His voice has developed,” Weak Side linebacker Lance Briggs joked. “I don’t know if that’s the right word, but he’s matured.” That got a laugh out of Roach on Thursday. “Lance is, he’s a very funny guy.” This isn’t the first time Roach has played the middle linebacker position. He filled in for virtually the entire preseason when Urlacher was out of mini camps and training camp.
I like Nick Roach. Seems like a good guy. Good backup linebacker. Perfect player to have on your team to spell guys in different situations. But holy fuck am I dreading Sunday. Adrian Peterson vs Nick Roach is a NIGHTMARE. We basically need Christian Ponder to throw an interception on every pass, which I’m not ruling out, but fuck. This could be bad. And calling Nick Roach “The Natural” may be the worst fitting nickname of all time. Pretty sure when you call someone the natural that means they are naturally better than everyone else, not that they are sort of good at multiple positions but not that good at any particular one. Whatever, can’t concern myself with such trivial matters, we’re basically back into must win mode for the rest of the season and after jinxing us last week with my Pete Carroll post I’m going into the ultimate pessimist mindset. Just doing my part for this final 4 games.
Football Outsiders did an in depth study ranking Offensive Lines. Bears O-Line came in second to last. So that’s pretty sweet.