After 10 years in the NFL, Bears’ linebacker, Lance Briggs is taking on a new role, because of the retirement of fellow linebacker, and Defensive Captain, Brian Urlacher. The job has fallen into the lap of Briggs and he is embracing it.
The signals from the defensive coaches have gone well so far, but this new role is different for him that is for sure. Before he always had Urlacher in the middle, Urlacher was able to see anything from either side of the ball as well as in front of him. Briggs, on the other hand, was on the weak side with no one in front of him.
“It’s a different kind of focus”, Briggs said on Sportsnet Central last week. “Making sure everybody is aligned allowing guys to play fast defensively. It’s a new job.”
The new job includes mentoring guys like rookie linebacker, Jon Bostic, with all the plays under first-year defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. Briggs has also been working with rookie linebacker, Khaseem Greene, who told CSNChicago.com that one of the things Briggs told him was, “Always go full speed and if you make a mistake make it full speed. “
The defense might have a new captain, and coordinator, but the Bears are sticking with the same defensive scheme with a few things added. The defense came up big when the Bears needed it the most in their 24-21 comeback victory against the Cincinnati Bengals. The game was a good start for Briggs in his new role.