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Lance Briggs Says Chicago Bears 'Look Like A Champion'

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Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC divisional playoff football game in Chicago on Jan. 14, 2007.
Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC divisional playoff football game in Chicago on Jan. 14, 2007.

By Brad Biggs, National Football Post

He did not refer to the Chicago Bears as a “Dream Team” or anything like that.

But Lance Briggs, the seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker, did say “on paper, we look like a champion.”

Visiting this morning with the “Mully & Hanley Show” on WSCR-670 AM, Briggs talked about the major expectations for the club that has failed to reach the postseason in four of the last five years.

On paper, we look like a champion, but we have a lot of work to do before we can be called a champion,” Briggs said. “There were moves that were made in the offseason to bring in a lot of veteran (players.) Of course, Brandon Marshall and Michael Bush just put us in a position where we’re able to transition that stuff onto the field to be a real contender.”

The Bears made an emphasis of improving the offense under new general manager Phil Emery, adding a top wide receiver and replacing last year’s failed backup back Marion Barber. Paired with quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Matt Forte, the Bears believe they will have a much more explosive attack.

“We definitely have the right ingredients for a high-powered offense,” Briggs said. “When our defense is on the sideline and our offense is scoring points, everybody is happy.”

The ultimate happiness, however, doesn’t come without a Super Bowl ring. We’ll see if the paper champions can materialize into the real deal on the field.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

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