Lance Briggs has a simple solution to fix the Bears defense

Lance Briggs has a simple solution to fix the Bears defense
March 7, 2014, 1:00 pm
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CSN Staff

If Lance Briggs was the general manager of the Bears, this offseason would be a breeze.

How would the Pro Bowl linebacker fix a defense that ranked among the NFL's worst last season?

"Trade all the draft picks and bring my brothers back," Briggs deadpanned on the Kap and Haugh show Friday.

Briggs, of course, is referencing Charles Tillman, Devin Hester, Julius Peppers and Brian Urlacher when he mentions his "brothers."

[Briggs: Hester, Urlacher due more respect from Bears]

Urlacher retired last offseason, while the team cut ties with Hester (who didn't play defense but helped the unit out with his special teams impact) Thursday. Tillman is a free agent and doesn't have a deal with the Bears yet and Peppers will almost assuredly be cut given his enormous cap impact.

Briggs, who is 33 himself, admitted he is not a fan of Bears GM Phil Emery's youth movement, though he said he understand's Emery's plan.

CSNChicago's John "Moon" Mullin has said the Bears are going to spend "eight" of their seven draft picks on defensive players, which is just hyperbole, obviously, indicating that the Bears rank defensive help as the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 priorities in the draft.

Tillman and the Bears don't have a deal in place, but there is still hope before NFL free agency begins in earnest next week. If Tillman and Peppers leave, Briggs and cornerback Tim Jennings will be the only veteran stars on a formerly star-studded defense.

[Urlacher: 'Frustrating' to hear Bears not re-signing Hester]

Briggs has never played a game in his professional career without Tillman as his teammate.

"I'm thinking about the situation as positively as I can," Briggs said on Kap and Haugh. "I really, truly hope the organization makes the right decision regarding Peanut (Tillman). I can't say enough about what he has meant to the organization, the city and myself.

"I really can't imagine playing without him. One of my brothers didn't get a chance to come back this past year (Urlacher), and now, hopefully the other one (Tillman) gets to stay."