After a disappointing season from their defense, the Chicago Bears are expected to switch plenty of things around on that side of the ball during the offseason. However, one of those moves is unlikely to include a switch in position for veteran linebacker Lance Briggs.
In a Q&A with Larry Mayer’s of the Bears official website, he was asked the question of whether or not the team could consider moving Briggs from weakside to inside linebacker.
Mayer’s doesn’t believe that will be the case, and he expects Chicago to keep Briggs where he is comfortable and build around him.
There probably will be a lot of moving parts and changes to the Bears defense this offseason, including at the linebacker position, but I don’t think that moving Lance Briggs to middle linebacker will be one of them. Briggs has thrived at the weakside position, where he has earned seven trips to the Pro Bowl. I could be wrong, but I think the Bears will keep him in his familiar spot and build around him.
The best way for the Bears defense to improve in 2014 is by staying healthy and adding some space eaters and dynamic players to the defensive line.
If Chicago is able to do that, then Briggs can roam free and make the plays that Bears fans are used to seeing from him throughout his career. One way to address their defensive line woes would be by taking a players like Florida State’s Timmy Jernigan or Louis Nix III of Notre Dame with their first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.