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Briggs takes team lead in tackles

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It was a sparse crowd in open locker room this afternoon at Halas Hall but cornerback Nathan Vasher stopped to chat about the shortcomings of the defense. We'll check in later with some comments and analysis of the situation.

After coaches' review of the game, linebacker Lance Briggs was credited with a team-high 13 tackles (nine solos) in the 21-14 loss to Tennessee, valuting him ahead of strong safety Kevin Payne for the team lead with 78 tackles. Payne is next with 77 after notching 11.

Linebacker Brian Urlacher was credited with four tackles, the fourth time in five games he has had five tackles or less. Urlacher was caught in no man's land for much of the game. He was walking up on the line of scrimmage and when Titans quarterback Kerry Collins dropped back to pass, his responsibility often was the back in the backfield. That meant Urlacher followed the back or would be a late rusher, a difficult position to put anyone in. Urlacher was also credited with two tackles for loss and a QB hurry.

Garrett Wolfe, Corey Graham and Darrell McClover had two special teams tackles apiece..

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Briggs is the only player with a big money contract who should pick up his check on friday

I'm no professional journalist, but I'm sorry to say Sun-Times that I beat you to this one too. This week's interview involves a sit down chat with Bears Head Coach Lovie Smith and defensive coordinator Bob Babich. Let's have a look-see...

Me: Gentlemen, good to have you both here.

Lovie Smith: Oh, good morning! (Yawns and stretches.) Where am I?

Me: Actually, it's the afternoon Coach Smith. And you're in an interview.

Lovie: Oh.

Me: No doubt a difficult loss yesterday to the undefeated Tennessee Titans in what seemed like a very winnable game. The defense shut down their run game, but against the pass, had no answers for it. Any thoughts on the defense's inability to stop Kerry Collins?

Lovie: I thought we did some good things...and we'll go from there.

Bob Babich: AAAA-BSOLUTELY Lovie! Yes, sir! You are 100% correct! Yes! Mm hmm!(Mr. Babich emphatically swings his head up and down like an oil drill.)

Me: Do you think the defensive scheme is working up to par? Could it be time to maybe alter or abandon the Cover-2?

Lovie: That's just ridiculous. (Lovie shows a hint of annoyance. The first tinge of emotion shown by him all year.) What would we change it to? A Cover-3? Who's ever heard of that? Our players are simply not executing...and it's cold outside...and the planets haven't aligned...and, it's President Bush's fault... yeah. But it's most definitely not the Cover-2 that's the problem. Trust me on that one.

Babich: AAAA-BSOLUTELY Lovie! I agree, I really do! HAHA! Cover-3!? Who's ever heard of that right!? HA! Yes! Yes! Excellent answer! (Mr. Babich again nods his head up and down, this time violently rocking the chair back and forth with him.)

Me: Ok, but last year pretty much the same thing happened and you blamed it on injuries. Everyone's been fairly healthy this season.

Lovie: Healthy? We lost Brandon McGowan for the season! So yes, I'm officially blaming injuries on this loss. But definitely not the Cover-2 or Bob. He's doing a heckuva job.

Babich: AAAA-bsolutely Lov-, ahh, dang it.

Me: Mr. Babich are you alright?

Babich: Nah, I'm good. I just have this horrible pain in my neck.

Me: Umm, perhaps you should stop swinging your head up and down so much. You could seriously hurt yourself.

Babich: Partner, the moment I stop nodding yes whenever Lovie says something is the moment I'll be crying on the unemployment line. Comprendé?

Me: I see. Just curious Coach Smith, what is your favorite color?

Lovie: Red. I feel good, feel real good, about the color red.

Babich: AAAA-BSOLUTELY Lovie! Yes, red! What a magnificent color! In fact, I'm going to change my first born son's name to 'Red.' Red Babich. I love the sound of it! And what a coincidence? I was just telling my wife, just yesterday, how we need to paint our house red. Yes, brilliant answer Lovie! Yes!

Me: Hmmm. Ok, Coach Babich. I'm going to ask you a question now before I ask Coach Smith.

Babich: Go for it.

Me: Do you watch The Simpsons?

Babich: Nah, I'm not too crazy about that show.

Lovie: Well, I kinda like it.

Babich: Like I said, I kinda LOVE it! D'oh! Hahaha. D'oh! Nothing makes me laugh like The Simpsons! Haha! Oh, I tell you!

Me: Alright guys. That just about wraps it up. Before we finish though, would you mind sharing your plans or strategy for Green Bay next week?

Lovie: Plans? Well I plan on cashing in my check. Good luck to Karl or Kyle or whatever his name is.

Babich: Oh absolutely Lovie, absolutely.

Me: Right. Thank you gentlemen.

GREAT BRIGGS LEADS THE TEAM IN TAKLES.MESSAGE TO JERRY ANGELO:FIRE THE COACHING STAFF! NO SWITCHING SCHEMES,PLAYING SOFT IN THE SECONDARY,NO PASS RUSH,NO ADJUSTMENTS AT HALFTIME.POOR COACHING IS THE BEARS MAIN PROBLEM.BRIGGS HAS DONE GOOD ALL YEAR AND MIKE BROWN STEPPED UP AND LOOKED LIKE THE OLD MIKE BROWN.URLACHER IS HIMSELF BUT VASHER AND TILLMAN ARE PLAYING SOFT WHATS UP WITH VASHER HES BEEN VERY DISAPOINTING?I HOPE BRIGGS PLAYS A LITTLE MOREQB SPY AND GETS SOME TURNOVERS!

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