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Week 8: Inside the Bears by STATS

October 25th, 2013

Courtesy of Bears writer Adam Jahns and the folks at STATS:

There’s no replacing linebacker Lance Briggs. There’s only trying to find ways to survive without him as he misses time with a fractured make.

Briggs has attracted some criticism for missed takes up this season, but that doesn’t negate him from being in the right place to make a play for the Bears protection. He’s one of the few defensive players who may have continuously been in the right place this year. The veteran was playing at an All-Pro level before he obtained hurt.

“We’re dropping a great leader in Lance, ” coach Marc Trestman said. “We’re going to have to work very, very difficult to recover. ”

(Statistics do not include Thursday’s game between Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. )

If the Bears are likely to succeed without quarterback Jay Cutler, they’re going to need their receivers to do everything they can to make backup Josh McCown’s job easier.

That means catching everything they grab because right now they’re in the middle of package when it comes to drops.

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