Story by WLS Editor Matt Lo Cascio
Lance Briggs issued a gentle reminder to all Bears fans as the team heads into their third preseason game on Friday.
"Preseason ultimately means nothing. We've gone preseasons where we haven't won one game and ended up winning the NFC," Briggs said on The Jason McKie Show on 89 WLS.
"It's a good evaluation for what needs to be corrected, where we are as far as preparation for the season."
Briggs fielded questions from three former teammates Sunday night on 89 WLS. Former Bears running backs Adrian Peterson and Garrett Wolfe joined Jason McKie in studio, and they asked Briggs for his scouting report on rookie linebacker Jon Bostic, who made that bone-crushing hit in the Chargers game.
"People are going to continue to love this kid. He's really a joy to be around. He soaks up everything, every bit of information, he's always asking questions. You can see on the field he's got some tenacity. He's the future," Briggs said.
While Bostic has stepped in and up during the preseason, Briggs admits how different it is on the field with a new coaching staff, and without Brian Urlacher.
"We've always been go-to guys for each other. On the field, there are things that me and Brian never had to say to each other. We played off each other extremely well, and that comes from trust and building the special type of chemistry that we had.
"Now, it's different. You look around at some of the guys that have played the longest, amongst the other guys, and it's Patrick Trahan on our team. It's crazy."
Briggs said that the nostalgia of playing with Urlacher takes a back seat to the defense's new goal.
"It's just about trying to build a new chemistry and trying to do it as fast as we possibly can."
The locker room is also noticably different without Urlacher and Lovie Smith. Briggs said new head coach Marc Trestman will need time to get acclimated, as any first-time NFL head coach would.
"It's different. But I think it's different from the point that Trestman is a new coach and he's learning, and he'll be the first to tell you that. He's learning as he goes. The good thing about him coming to the Bears is we already had a good set of core leadership. Here in Chicago it's clear. Charles Tillman is a leader. Roberto Garza is a leader. Jay Cutler is a leader. Patrick Mannelly is a leader. Robbie Gould is a leader. Brandon Marshall...I could go on down the line.
"But here I think the leadership has been able to connect with him and vice-versa and make sure that the locker room continues to be our locker room and our safe haven."