Once a Bear, always a Bear.
Former Bears linebacker Lance Briggs announced his retirement from the NFL during CSN's Cubs-Reds broadcast on Wednesday afternoon, but he won't be too far away from the Bears during the 2015 season.
The seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker will be joining CSN's 2015 Bears coverage as a studio analyst on Bears Pre/Postgame Live, beginning with the season opener against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Sept. 13. Briggs will joined on PGL alongside Chris Boden, former Bears quarterback Jim Miller and former Bears offensive lineman Dan Jiggetts, including special reports from CSNChicago.com Bears Insider John "Moon" Mullin.
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Briggs has been a member of the CSN family since 2010, as he was the co-host of "The Lance Briggs Show" with Pat Boyle.
"I’m excited to continue my partnership with Comcast SportsNet,” Briggs said. “I’ve had the good fortune of being a part of this network over the past few years. I credit Pat Boyle who immediately made me feel at home here and I always told him I wanted to be here after my career. It’s just a great atmosphere and I love being surrounded by some really great people. This was the right decision for me.”
“We are pleased and excited Lance will be joining our pregame and postgame Bears coverage beginning this season,” CSN Chicago Senior Director of News and Original Content Kevin Cross said. "His combination of deep football knowledge, his love for the Bears, along with his all-around engaging personality, will be a perfect fit for our in-depth coverage.”
The great Ricky Bobby once said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Talladega Nights hit a little too close to home for the Bears in Week 7.
They came into Sunday at 3-2 at the top of the NFC North. After a 38-31 loss to the New England Patriots, they dropped to the bottom of the division.
The Detroit Lions defeated the Miami Dolphins 32-21 to improve to 3-3, leaving them tied with the Bears in the cellar.
The Minnesota Vikings’ 37-17 victory over the New York Jets jumped them to 4-2-1 overall and first place in the division over the 3-2-1 Green Bay Packers, who were off for their bye week.
The NFC North remains the most tightly contested division in the NFL, the only one with no teams under .500 through seven weeks of the season.
The final standings may not be decided until Week 17, and the Bears have already blown the early season cushion they built for themselves while the Vikings and Packers were struggling.
The divisional action will pick up in November, and Chicago only has a pair of games left to put it all together before back-to-back-to-back games against the Lions, Vikings and Lions again.
Matt Forte, Lance Briggs and Alex Brown join Laurence Holmes to break down the Bears 38-31 loss to the Patriots. What happened to the Bears defense over their bye week, and how did the special teams struggle so bad against New England? Plus – the guys debate Mitchell Trubisky’s decision making in the red zone and Matt weighs in on how the Bears should play his former team – the New York Jets – next week.
0:35– Special teams to blame for loss?
4:12– Where did the Bears pass rush go?
5:27– Bad tackling followed Bears from Miami
7:25– Are the coaches to blame for the defense after the bye?
10:10– Evaluating Mitchell Trubisky’s game
11:55– Agree with Matt Nagy on Mitch’s “mental” game?
13:30– Trubisky’s red zone decision making
17:10– Are the Bears giving away games so Mitch can learn?
18:00– Bears need to run the ball more
21:04– Matt Forte scouts his former team, the New York Jets
Listen to the full podcast here or in the embedded player below.