Bears Bites: Briggs, Peppers Both Believe in Jon Bostic

Also, a former Bears head coach is itching to get back into the game

In Friday's edition of Bears Bites, we take a look at how the Chicago Bears’ defense plans to help out Jon Bostic in his first start at middle linebacker, as well as how Shea McClellin plans to contend with Robert Griffin III on Sunday.

- We start out with an excellent article by Andrew Lawrence. Former Bears head coach Lovie Smith didn’t get hired by any of the teams looking for a new head man during the last offseason, and even though some are quick to dismiss Smith as a guy who will exclusively be a man used to satisfy the “Rooney Rule”, he still has an excellent eye for the game and is serious about wanting to get back into it. [The MMQB]

- The last time Jay Cutler played against the Washington Redskins, DeAngelo Hall intercepted him four times. Cutler’s response when asked if he was going to pay special attention to the Washington cornerback? “He’s just another player.” [670 the Score]

- When a player is getting ready to make his first career start, it is always nice to have the backing of the team’s veterans, and MLB Jon Bostic has the loyalty of guys like Julius Peppers and Lance Briggs backing him up. [CSN Chicago]

- Speaking of Briggs, he is going to be a busy guy on Sunday helping Bostic out as he tries to get a feel for being a starting middle linebacker in the NFL. [ESPN Chicago]

- The Bears’ defense has been struggling lately, but one thing that can keep them competitive is their ability to force turnovers, which they have proven in recent weeks that they are still capable of doing. [Daily Herald]

- One of the drawbacks to playing against Robert Griffin III is that he is capable of taking off and running at any time, and with Shea McClellin basically serving as a pylon on rushing plays, that could cause problems for the Bears. To his credit, McClellin is relishing the upcoming challenge. [Chicago Sun-Times]

- Do you remember the television ad starring Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and the George Wendt-led “Superfans”? Well, apparently there is a movement to get the ad pulled from the airwaves. [The Sports Bank]

- Finally, we wanted to take a moment to say that our thoughts are still with Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson. His son’s funeral was on Wednesday, and he returned to practice yesterday. [Chicago Tribune]

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