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07:05 AM ET 05.22 | With Brian Urlacher gone, Lance Briggs has embraced change, even if he's not terribly fond of it. The weak-side linebacker has become the signal caller of the defense, a chore generally reserved for middle linebackers. But Briggs, preparing for his 11th season, took notice of the leadership void [Urlacher's] departure created and volunteered for the duty as the Bears overhaul the position while keeping most everything else intact on a unit that finished fifth in total defense in 2012. "I miss everybody, you guys," Briggs said after Tuesday's organized team activities practice at Halas Hall, the first time he has talked with reporters this offseason. "I miss everybody."

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May 22, 2013  07:34 AM ET

"I miss everybody."

For a linebacker whose job it is to tackle people, that's not good.

May 22, 2013  07:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"I miss everybody."For a linebacker whose job it is to tackle people, that's not good.

Too funny.

May 22, 2013  08:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Too funny.

Da Bears!

May 22, 2013  08:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"I miss everybody."For a linebacker whose job it is to tackle people, that's not good.

Zing! Nice one so early in the am DD

May 22, 2013  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"I miss everybody."For a linebacker whose job it is to tackle people, that's not good.

That's his motivation. He's misses the opposing QB's so much he just wants to go Bear hug him.

May 22, 2013  08:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"I miss everybody."For a linebacker whose job it is to tackle people, that's not good.

Comment of the day @ 7:34am. Nice!

May 22, 2013  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Comment of the day @ 7:34am. Nice!

Gotta give Briggs credit for the setup line, though. High five, Lance.

Oops, first down. Maybe that wasn't such a good time for a high five.

May 22, 2013  08:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"I miss everybody."For a linebacker whose job it is to tackle people, that's not good.

Bull's eye! Morning coffee went right out the nose when I read that. Wait, is that too much information?

May 22, 2013  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Bull's eye! Morning coffee went right out the nose when I read that. Wait, is that too much information?

No, that is the highest complement. It's what I strive for. Did it get on your keyboard?

May 22, 2013  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

High five, Lance.

Wouldn't he miss here, too?

May 22, 2013  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"I miss everybody."For a linebacker whose job it is to tackle people, that's not good.

Nice opening drive DD.

May 22, 2013  11:46 AM ET

Adios, Urlacher. Let the HOF debate begin.



Personally... not a first ballot HOF'er but he should go in.

May 22, 2013  11:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Adios, Urlacher. Let the HOF debate begin. Personally... not a first ballot HOF'er but he should go in.

Morning Otis!

I dont think there shld be a debate at all..dude was a stud for 10 yrs, won DPOY, that should get him in. I personally think he deserves it

May 22, 2013  12:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Adios, Urlacher. Let the HOF debate begin. Personally... not a first ballot HOF'er but he should go in.

If he gets in, London Fletcher should be first ballot.

May 22, 2013  12:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Morning Otis!I dont think there shld be a debate at all..dude was a stud for 10 yrs, won DPOY, that should get him in. I personally think he deserves it

Only four defensive players in the history of the league with 40+ sacks and 20+ INTs. I'm sure that will figure into the discussion.

May 22, 2013  12:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Adios, Urlacher. Let the HOF debate begin. Personally... not a first ballot HOF'er but he should go in.

I'm glad he decided to call it a career as a Bear. It would have been wrong to see him in another team's colors.

May 22, 2013  01:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I'm glad he decided to call it a career as a Bear. It would have been wrong to see him in another team's colors.

The League does have a way of letting you know when it is time.

May 22, 2013  01:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Only four defensive players in the history of the league with 40+ sacks and 20+ INTs. I'm sure that will figure into the discussion.

And - how many of those are in the HOF, Mel?

I saw that list. Not a very good barometer. His play is, though. And he's a HOF'er.

May 22, 2013  01:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I'm glad he decided to call it a career as a Bear. It would have been wrong to see him in another team's colors.

Me too.

He's a Bear - plain and simple.

 
May 22, 2013  02:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"I miss everybody."For a linebacker whose job it is to tackle people, that's not good.

Indeed.

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