On the field, Lance Briggs will continue to be the most productive linebacker not only on the Chicago Bears roster, but within the league in the 2013 season.
Over the past several seasons with recently-retired Brian Urlacher‘s declining health keeping him sidelined, Briggs maintained the tradition of outstanding Bears linebacker play. A seven-time Pro Bowler and three time All-Pro, Briggs is more than capable of continuing his high performance on the field; however, the burning question going into training camp is will Briggs feel the void left by Urlacher in the locker room?
Going into training camp, rookie linebackers Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene would be wise to lean on Briggs’s years of NFL service. With one, if not both of these 2012 Bears draft picks possibly breaking into the starting lineup, having the consistent voice of Briggs in the huddle will take some pressure off these young men and allow them to ease into their respective roles.
Aside from being a coach on the field for the newest Bears linebackers, Briggs will be asked to duplicate his 103 totals tackles, two interception and two forced fumble production from a season ago. With defensive coordinator Mel Tucker possibly throwing in a few new wrinkles to the traditional Tampa-2, expect to see Briggs rushing the passer a bit more this season.
With Briggs’ skill set, it would not be out of the realm of possibility that the Pro Bowl linebacker could end the season close to double-digits in sacks, which would make life that much more difficult for NFC North quarterbacks.