Brian Urlacher isn’t walking through the Chicago Bears‘ door anytime soon, which means first-year head coach Marc Trestman must appoint a new fearless leader. Urlacher made a name for himself as one of the NFL‘s best defensive captains, but after 182 games in Chicago, No. 54 is no longer sporting the “C” on his chest.
Instead, Lance Briggs will serve as a Bears’ defensive captain along with Julius Peppers. To be honest, Briggs has been a leader on this defense since day, yet this new honor means that No. 55 might have to be more of a vocal leader in 2013. Chicago did the right thing by letting a 35-year old Urlacher walk because now the Bears’ linebackers are not only younger but more impressionable.
Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker knows that rookies like John Bostic need a little bit of seasoning and promoting Briggs to a captain role will only help this younger than usual Bears’ defense adjust to the rigors of being a member of the Chicago defense. Undoubtedly the most potent of them all, this defensive squad is built on turning the ball over, which Briggs has done exceptionally well over the years — Briggs’ two interceptions both for touchdowns in 2012.
At the end of the day, Chicago’s defense will once again be the deadliest in the NFL. However, the 2013 group is ready to prove to everyone that Urlacher’s absence is hardly a big deal and that Briggs is a born leader.