It can be argued that Lance Briggs is now the Bears top linebacker. No one will argue that he has stepped up his game since his contract dispute with the team and has become one of the most consistent linebackers in the NFL.
In an interview with Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune, Briggs said he would welcome an 18-game season. Many have spoken out against an expansion, most notably Tom Brady, Ray Lewis and Justin Tuck.
Here's what Briggs had to say:
"I'll take an 18-game schedule over four preseason games where we all
get paid $1,100 a game," Briggs told the Tribune. "Yes, absolutely, I
think that players who are going out there are under-compensated for the
work that we put out there on the field in the preseason. But it is
going to change the dynamics of the way (regular-season) games are
"Once a team (qualifies) for the playoffs, or they are a lock to
establish home-field advantage throughout, coaches will have to make
some different decisions about resting players or getting ready for the
playoffs," said Briggs.
"I think there are more positives to (an 18-game schedule) than there
are negatives. But in order for that to happen, it is going to change
some of the dynamics of how we play, or how our coaches choose to coach
Credit: Chicago's Breaking Sports