Olin Kreutz looking forward to facing Bears

Olin Kreutz is gearing up to face the team he played for during 13 seasons on Sunday when the Chicago Bears travel to face the New Orleans Saints.

It’s an interesting meeting because Kreutz became a captain for the Bears as soon as the NFL allowed teams to put “C’s” on jerseys. In just a few weeks, he quickly became a captain for the Saints.

“None of those guys I'm playing against made a decision on me,” Kreutz said. “(And) to be perfectly honest and perfectly fair, they made me a fair offer to come back and I didn't go back. There's no hard feelings."

Kreutz turned down a $4 million, one-year offer from the Bears after he was given a one-hour ultimatum by general manager Jerry Angelo. He remains close with many players on the Bears.

“It's like playing against your brother or your friend. You probably want to beat them more than you want to beat anyone else," Kreutz said. "I'm sure seeing them in the beginning will be a little emotional. But they know how I feel about them. I know how they feel about me.

"That doesn't mean we're not going to try to kick each other's ass."

One question is whether or not Kreutz can help his teammates with what the Bears are going to do on defense. He knows the personnel as well as anyone in the league.

“You can give some tips on what you think they might do. But they've got great coaches over there. And to be honest, the Bears defense, they haven't hid what they do for the last six years," Kreutz said.

"Everybody knows what they do. There's not very many tips you can give people. It's on film. They don't try to hide what they do. They say, 'This is what you do. Can you beat it?'"

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