Q&A with Ron Rivera

Lake Forest - In a Bear Report exclusive, defensive coordinator Ron Rivera talks about the potential of Lance Briggs and explains why he sees him as "a little bit lazy."

What's the biggest thing for Lance Briggs in his second season in the league?

Rivera:"Well I think it's his attitude. The truth of the matter what happens to a lot of second year players that have had success after their first year is some of them feel that they've arrived. Lance doesn't feel that way and that's one thing that's interesting about they young man. It could be real easy for him to act that way be that way, but he doesn't and he's very consciousness in the fact that he still has a lot to learn about this game. "If there is one concern I had about Lance is he's a little bit lazy. But that's his nature. I mean when it comes Sunday he's going to show up, but I would love to see him improve his work ethic because if he does the sky is the limit for the young man. He's a good young person, he's got a good heart, he's got a good head on his shoulders and he has great athletic ability. And he can really be a special football player if he works at it.

Is he just laidback?

Rivera: "He's a California kid. He's got an easygoing mentality; to me he feels like everything will be okay. Just from the voice of experience I try to tell and get the point across he's got to work every chance he gets he's got to work hard."

Briggs has called Brian Urlacher a big brother. How do you see their relationship?

Rivera: "They're more alike than most people think. They do a lot together, they talk together, they're always standing around talking football or life in general. They're good young men that have their futures here together, hopefully for the next 5, 6, 7, 8 years. They could be here a long time because they're that good of football players that they could be a great tandem. Especially in this system, this system calls for the need for a good MIKE linebacker and a good WILL linebacker and in light of the first game they've shown that they can be that tandem."


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