Coaches added a handful of blitzes for the defense on Saturday, with linebackers James Anderson and Jon Bostic in particular registering simulated sacks. One of the reasons for the accelerated intro of the blitzes was to stretch Lance Briggs in his role as on-field signal caller.
He was singled out afterwards by Marc Trestman for the successful step-up in aggressive play on defense.
Briggs was very clear on Friday that he has no intention of trying to emulate Brian Urlacher’s style in the huddle. And he has stayed his own course, sometimes with some laughs along the way.
“It's different, that's for sure,” said safety Chris Conte. “He keeps us all on our toes, but it's good. He's doing a good job and we're transitioning to him well. I mean, we give Lance a hard time all the time. And he gives us a hard time.
“[Briggs and Urlacher] are just such different people. Brian is the type of guy who would know the play before it was even going to happen. There's not too many people like Brian Urlacher. Lance is doing a great job and he's getting there, but yeah, it's just Brian was a special guy so it's hard to replace that, but Lance is doing a great job.”
Lose your razor?
Henry Melton signed his franchise tag this offseason with its guaranteed $8.45 million. New paper isn’t the only thing different with the Pro Bowl defensive tackle.
He has typically sported a tidy bit of chin whiskers but now is going with a look that may challenge the CSNChicago.com Bears Insider’s position as best chin foliage at Halas Hall.
“I’m trying,” Melton said. “I might dye mine white or something. This is new. I think I’m going to rock it for the whole year. I think I started it for the Blackhawks, I kind of like it.”