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Lance Briggs: “I still think we need a safety”

The Bears’ defense will look quite different in 2010 than it did in 2009. Julius Peppers has arrived, Alex Brown and Nathan Vasher have departed, and Brian Urlacher will (Chicago hopes) play more than one game. But linebacker Lance Briggs thinks the Bears’ defense is due for one more upgrade.

“I am excited with what we have right now. But I still think we need a safety, a veteran safety, to help our defense,” Briggs said, per Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Briggs said he would have liked to remain teammates with Brown and Vasher, but he called their departures “part of the business.” And he said the Bears’ decision to promote Rod Marinelli from defensive line coach to defensive coordinator has him excited.

“I’m pumped. I think Rod is a guy I respect a ton -- and we all do,” Briggs said. “He’s a tough cookie, and I like to say he’s a guy who is in the foxhole with you.”

Briggs just wishes he had a veteran safety in the foxhole with him, too.