Is Briggs' grip on Chicago slipping, ...

Is Briggs' grip on Chicago slipping, like a hand on the wheel?

There are 28 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Aug 27, 2007, titled Is Briggs' grip on Chicago slipping, like a hand on the wheel?. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Lance Briggs last Saturday night made his first appearance at Soldier Field since publicly declaring that he did not care to play for the Chicago Bears ever again.

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James

Oakland, CA

#1 Aug 27, 2007
It is indeed a joke that people have given Lance Briggs a pass. Just because he signed his contract with the Bears doesn't mean that all is forgiven. He tried to bail on his team, and even if the reasons were somewhat justifiable, the way he vilified the franchise and the city was despicable. I hope we can win the Super Bowl this year, and good riddance when Lance is done in a Bears uniform. Have fun in Oakland pal.
Rich S

Lynchburg, VA

#2 Aug 27, 2007
Some people just have too much money.
Phil

Urbana, OH

#3 Aug 27, 2007
I find this to be very interesting and a real lesson for Briggs in eating crow and watching you mouth.
Her we have in the off season Briggs BBQ the Bears. he goes out and somehow is involved beit by loaning his car or driving his car, in an accident with a $350,000 car. where is the place he pops up after hours of police search. Halas Hall. He runs for protection to the very group of people he said did not repect him and that he did not want to play for any longer. Briggs no matter how it is sliced looks like a clasic fool now. I don't care if he loaned the car or was driving the car. He talked trash about the Bears who gave him a huge compliment placing the tag on him and paying him 7.2 million. Then when something goes wrong that is where he ran and poped up.
As a humanbeing and a football fan as well as a big Bears fan I am disappointed in him. no one should ever bne bigger than the team Mr. Briggs and you were given more money that most of us will see in a life time. Good for you, but you are not showing any appreciation for what you have or who is putting it in your pocket.

These big pay days just create bigger stupidity. Mike Vick, Tank Johnson, and so on and so on.
stp

Chicago, IL

#4 Aug 27, 2007
Thank you. You're the only columnist in town who has shown any sanity when it comes to Rex Grossman. I suspect if your media brethen succeed in running him out of town, the same fans who are now booing him will be less than pleased with the alternative.
DJG

United States

#5 Aug 27, 2007
I am not sure, but wasn't there a stipulation in the agreement to hold back the franchise tag for 2008 only if he played a certain % of snaps? If he is suspended for half the year - do the Bears tag him again? Yes, they should stick it to him!!!!!
Mac

United States

#6 Aug 27, 2007
Our society gives so much freedom to those who should be held to a HIGHER standard.
Either he was under the influence of something or with the wrong person; he bailed out of the car just like he tried to bail on the team.
I wish our coaches would let the guys know that if they screw up - it will cost them big fines and they will be suspended from playing. Don't wait for the league to do something, fix it internally.

I think we have a new hero in Chicago - Rex. He has had so much abuse dumped on his life - and he takes it - NEVER gets nasty.

He has the guts to admit when he screws up - admits it - apologizes to the team - the fans - and then often comes back with a hot game.

Hes not some spoiled weenie with a Lamborghini.

Halas would like Rex.
Joan C

Los Angeles, CA

#7 Aug 27, 2007
I believe James from Springfield, IL said it best. I concur. To rephrase Rich; too much money & too little brainpower. Im very disappointed in the Chicago football fans: last Saturday Lance Briggs was cheered. Why? I would think that a majority of fans are from the Chicago area. No wonder I married a man (Frank) from Springfield, IL.
dee1022

United States

#8 Aug 27, 2007
Oh u need to hush up!!! Lance had every reason to want to leave. He is out there busting his ass every game and to the Bears think that they can get away with not paying him what he deserves. If you were in his shoes, you would not want people to turn against you either! I am a very big fan of his and I support his decision and any other player on the Bears that KNOW that there were being treated unfairly. Chicago sports teams are known for not paying their great players what they deserve. That is the main reason why we do not win all of the championships that we should have won. I do not agree with people giving Rex a hard time either because if people really would pay attention to what was going on, they would know that last year was the first year that Rex actually really played a full year. So in other words, that was Rex's "rookie" year, and for a "rookie" to take his team all the way to a superbowl, now that says alot. So I think Mike you need to word your words a little better than you have been when referring to Mr. Lance Briggs because you know if you were in his shoes, you would have done the same. If you say that you would not, you are lying.
rexman

San Jos, Costa Rica

#11 Aug 27, 2007
Finally, a voice of reason! Thank you for speaking up on this issue. It seems as long as one performs well on the field, on the stage, or wherever, it doesn't matter if they obey the law or have their lives together off the field. Mike Downey, don't let up, we need your voice!
Roger

Mackinaw, IL

#12 Aug 27, 2007
"It was recently revealed that Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris was involved in a May accident on the Edens and was cited for driving an uninsured vehicle."

These guys need a personal manager. I'm willing to take the job for $100,000 a year. Includes making sure they are insured and that a limo is available to pick them up anywhere they go after 8 p.m.(Hookers and all other illegal soliticitations not included.)
John in Chicagoland

Schaumburg, IL

#13 Aug 27, 2007
I bet he will say that he was sleep driving.
Bear Down

Concord, CA

#14 Aug 27, 2007
We cheer Briggs because he doesn't hold out over a contract dispute, rather he fights for what he wants and then goes out plays consistently well regardless of the outcome of the business negotiations.

We boo Grossman because he has been given everything he could want in the form of great players around him, the backing of management and his team mates, and of course lots of cash, and yet he doesn't show up every week with his head in the game. Give him credit for his demeanor, but ride him for his performance.

Loyalty is fine and should be rewarded to the extent that it deserves to be rewarded. When the Bears gave Walter Payton a blank check in his final year in the NFL even though it was clear that his effectiveness was waning, that was a reward for Walter's loyalty and previous performance. Grossman's loyalty wins hearts; Briggs wins games.
azbear

Kingman, AZ

#15 Aug 27, 2007
Just another punk criminal not knowing how to control his new found wealth. A great replacement for Tank. There must be a locker for lawyers in the Bears locker room. They sure have needed them. Pathetic, thank God he will be gone next year.
Delta Mike

United States

#16 Aug 27, 2007
Do you Really believe, the common Bear fan to be that stupid. Just because you're suffering, "writers bloc", does'nt give you the right to try and force feed us trash. In case you really, don't understand, let a common fan enlighten you. Lance Briggs was in a contract dispute, and said, whatever he thought would give him leverage, no more! MOVE ON !, pick a story that actually has some depth, for ridicule, like my grammar usage. p.s. As far as Rex is concerned, Key word "UPSIDE" I can think of, at least 20 starting Quarterbacks, who I couldn't hold is gym bag when he's on, or just being average for that. matter.
Alonzo the Great

Fort Richardson, AK

#17 Aug 27, 2007
Its all about athletic performance Lance performs on a level that is great week in and week out. Rex kinda stinks half the time. Its that simple.
Alonzo the Great

Fort Richardson, AK

#18 Aug 27, 2007
Why does all the holier than thou outrage seem to come from the White media, sell out black writers, and the middle class white population. I tell you why. Its jealousy, plain jealousy. You folks cant stand to see an afluent black man. The minute they make a mistake you want to demonize and punish them severly for minor mishaps. Conversly we see thugs such as Roger Clemens who for years has taken illegal steriods and its swept under the rug. Last time i checked illegal steroid use is a felony.
Alonzo the Great

Fort Richardson, AK

#19 Aug 27, 2007
Re: I dont see what the money has to do with anything. You people think since these guys make a ton of money that they some how are accountable to the fans and the media. Thats non-sense. Lance Briggs is only accountable to his family and God period. I dont care what the bears or the league, or the fans have done for him. He has earned the money, the fame and great life by sacrificing his body. Leave these guys alone and let make money and play football.
Phil wrote:
I find this to be very interesting and a real lesson for Briggs in eating crow and watching you mouth.
Her we have in the off season Briggs BBQ the Bears. he goes out and somehow is involved beit by loaning his car or driving his car, in an accident with a $350,000 car. where is the place he pops up after hours of police search. Halas Hall. He runs for protection to the very group of people he said did not repect him and that he did not want to play for any longer. Briggs no matter how it is sliced looks like a clasic fool now. I don't care if he loaned the car or was driving the car. He talked trash about the Bears who gave him a huge compliment placing the tag on him and paying him 7.2 million. Then when something goes wrong that is where he ran and poped up.
As a humanbeing and a football fan as well as a big Bears fan I am disappointed in him. no one should ever bne bigger than the team Mr. Briggs and you were given more money that most of us will see in a life time. Good for you, but you are not showing any appreciation for what you have or who is putting it in your pocket.
These big pay days just create bigger stupidity. Mike Vick, Tank Johnson, and so on and so on.
Bears Fan Charlie

Chicago, IL

#20 Aug 27, 2007
You "still totally fail to comprehend" why we dislike Rex even though he's loyal? Let me help you understand ... its because he's dangerously inconsistent and has lost us too many games single handedly. True some of them the defense was able to rescue, but that’s quickly forgotten and the coaches just refer to 13 wins that Rex racked up last season … what? He only had much to do with about half of those wins. But this is article was about Briggs (you brought up Rex). I believe his comments were more directed towards the Organization than towards the City as you are trying to inflame people to believe. I don’t blame him, I think he was trying to get the right deal for himself and the Organization wasn’t budging. Frankly I’m surprised he didn’t say more. I’ll buy his jersey and wear it to the first home game, see you there.
JeffAZ

Phoenix, AZ

#21 Aug 27, 2007
I think it may be because Lance is a pretty good player and rex sucks. Just a guess.
Florida Bear

Lehigh Acres, FL

#22 Aug 27, 2007
Rex Grossman cost us the Superbowl. Period. End of sentence. He is Steve Bartman in shoulder pads. Until he can win a Superbowl, he's the biggest choking Quarterback in Bears history.

Lance Briggs is no angel, but no one was hurt in the accident. He did something wrong, no doubt, obviously. He's answered for his actions, whatever they were. It is an off the field issue, and a relatively minor one at that.

In the end, Briggs came to his senses and signed, not missing a game or day of training camp, and he's done nothing since coming back to wreck the team or it's chemistry, and he came to play in Miami, where Grossman did not.

Grossman cost us a Superbowl. He deserves EXACTLY what he gets until he proves that he can consistently take a snap and win a championship. Life's tough in the best football town in the country.

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