Dec 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless (81) attempts to make a catch against Chicago Bears outside linebacker Lance Briggs (55) during the fourth quarter at Soldier Field. The Green Bay Packers win 33-28. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Lance Briggs locked into Chicago Bears starting lineup

The Chicago Bears are trying to figure out what their defense is going to look like and that has them scrambling to fill holes that haven’t yet been filled. The linebacking core is one of the sore spots for the Bears heading into 2014 as it’s just about hte most uncertain position they have, including safety.

According to ESPN Chicago’s Michael C. Wright, the Bears only have one linebacker position filled in at the moment and it’s the one that belongs to Lance Briggs.

The staff has said Lance Briggs is the only player on that linebacking corps to have already secured a starting position, and I think they’ve said that because they’ve got open competitions right now for the Mike and Sam jobs.

This seems to make a lot of sense as Briggs is really the only player in the Bears defensive secondary outside of Charles Tillman who doesn’t have to fight for their job or jockey for positioning on the depth chart. The Bears linebacking core needs to figure things out as Briggs is the only viable starter while the others will have to prove their worth.

Shea McClellin may find a role at linebacker but he’s fighting guys like Jon Bostic and D.J. Williams who are just more experienced than he McClellin. Brigg will be leading again though which means whoever is out there with him will have a great leader to learn from and bounce off of.

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