The 2013 season Lance Briggs had typified the Chicago Bears defense last season-he was ready to continue his previous successes and show the new regime that he still had a lot left in the tank. What happened instead was he got injured, didn’t perform up to par because his injury, and ultimately had to give in to the injury and have his season wiped out.
Briggs was taking over as defensive captain for the retired Brian Urlacher. He was ready to take over the play calling and the signaling the defensive assignments. All eyes were upon him and the defense was looking to him to be the leader.
When Reggie Herring was hired to be linebackers coach, he had to earn the respect of Briggs before he could deal with the other linebackers. Briggs took to Herring right away. “I love the guy,” Briggs said. “He’s intense. He’s kind of a throwback, the kind of coach that I always remember growing up. So that part of the whole deal is, in a weird way, kind of comforting.”
Once the coach gets in with the leader, life for that coach gets easier. The linebacker corps has been getting things done together this offseason with Briggs leading the way.
If Briggs stays healthy this season, it would settle the defense. He would be the leader to take the young players like Jonathan Bostic and Christian Jones and veterans playing a new position like Shea McClellin under his wing.
If the defense is to return to its former glory, Lance Briggs must do so as well. If he does, then this season could get very interesting.