Greg Blache says his “heart is bleeding” for Brian Urlacher today as he fondly recalled the middle linebacker as a person he and his wife consider a son.

Blache, the defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears for the first four seasons of Urlacher’s career, said he understands the business side of the decision made by the organization on Wednesday evening. That doesn’t make seeing Urlacher’s 13-year run with the franchise come to an end after he turned down what he told the Tribune was an “ultimatum” one-year offer worth a maximum of $2 million.

Blache ran the Bears defense when Urlacher came into the NFL from New Mexico, moving him from the safety position he played in college to strong-side linebacker and then quickly into the middle of what quickly became one of the best defenses in the league.

“It meant the world to me to coach Brian,” Blache said Thursday morning. “That is one of the highlights of my career to be able to work with such a tremendous person and a real professional and that is probably one of the greatest things you can say about a player when you’ve got a guy that is a real professional. He came to work every day, he knew the game plan as well as anybody and he was a great teammate. It’s going to be a big loss to the city, big loss to the organization but at the end of the day it all comes down to business. There are ways you can do business but at the end of the day it’s business.”