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Lance Briggs expecting better days ahead for defense

Updated: June 30, 2014 12:56PM



Lance Briggs doesn’t mind the bite of Reggie Herring. Ask the seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker about his new position coach and he smiles almost sheepishly.

“I love the guy,” Briggs said this week. “He’s intense. He’s kind of a throwback, [a] kind of coach that I always remember growing up [with]. So that part of the whole deal is in a weird way kind of comforting.”

Briggs played the role of coach last season as he missed seven games with a fracture in his left shoulder and much was entrusted to rookies Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene.

Immediate progress was needed and certain aspects weren’t clicking under the tutelage of former coach Tim Tibesar, who was fired. Herring joins the Bears with considerably more experience.

“There are a lot of things that we’re going to have to correct this year,” Briggs said. “Tackling was really bad. I mean, everything we did was almost all atrocious. Everything we’re doing now is not just to correct that but to be better and get ourselves back to a top-five defense.”

Cutler’s charity event

Quarterback Jay Cutler’s foundation announced it will be holding a charity beach volleyball tournament on July 18 at North Avenue Beach.

The winning team will be taken out to dinner by Cutler that night. The goal is to have 30 to 40 teams (consisting of six to 10 players) involved.

Teams can register at JayCutlerSix.com. The cost per team is $1,000. All proceeds benefit the Jay Cutler Foundation, which supports children with type 1 diabetes.

A minor move

The Bears claimed offensive tackle Michael Ola off waivers from the Miami Dolphins. Ola, who played at Hampton, spent the 2012 season with coach Marc Trestman and the Montreal Alouettes.

To make room for Ola, defensive back Derrick Martin was released because of a non-football injury.

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