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Briggs progressing as play-caller

Posted by Larry Mayer on July 30, 2013 – 4:34 pm

Assuming a role that formerly belonged to Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs is making steady progress as he adapts to calling defensive plays for the first time in his 11-year NFL career.

“It’s getting better and better each day,” said Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. “I think he’s gaining confidence in what he’s doing. The players are gaining confidence in him getting us lined up. He’s doing a great job with the checks and the adjustments.

“Our players are commenting on it in between series on the sideline, saying, ‘Hey, Lance, you’re doing a great job’ or ‘that was a great check.’ It’s a work in progress, but it’s been getting progressively better and that’s what you want to see.”

Briggs is also adapting to several new faces in the linebacker room. With Urlacher retiring and Nick Roach signing with the Raiders, the Bears revamped the position by inking veterans D.J. Williams and James Anderson in free agency and drafting Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene.

“It’s competitive in that room, but they do work with each other and they’re a fun group to be around, a loose group,” Tucker said. “But they take tremendous pride in their ability to play the game, and so as a coach when you walk in a room like that you have to be on top of it.

“They’ll ask great questions and we get a lot done each and every time we go into the meeting room. We go into meetings at one level and we come out at a higher level.”

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