"You don't want to think too much when you're on the field," Briggs said. "That's what practice is for; getting that kind of stuff down, getting your keys, your reaction, being as sharp as you can. Once you get into the game, you just read and react. You allow your athletic ability to take over."
|Jon Bostic is set to make his first NFL start Sunday when the Bears visit Washington.|
Briggs made the first start of his career in the fourth game of his rookie season in 2003.
"Lucky for me I didn't play [middle linebacker] and I didn't have to make those kinds of calls or adjustments," said Briggs, who is calling plays for the first time in his career this year following Brian Urlacher's retirement. "I played [strongside] in base and [weakside] in the nickel packages.
"For me, my job, I just thought regardless of what I knew and what I'm doing or not, just run as fast as I can and get to the ball, and that's really how I played ball. And luckily I played [strongside] so I was covering up the tight end and just running from behind a lot; a lot of effort plays."
Injury report: Cornerback
The Bears on Friday officially placed Williams on injured reserve and promoted linebacker
Inside job: Even with Paea's return,
"Corey has done a nice job for us," said defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. "He's going in there and played hard and played with technique. He's done everything we've asked him to do. We feel like he's improving in that aspect. That's his role. He's coming through for us."
Draft steal: Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, who served in the same position with the Broncos when
"[Cornerback] Champ Bailey came to me the first time we practiced with Brandon Marshall and said, 'How did we ever get this guy in the fourth round?'" Shanahan said.
"He's a difference-maker. Brandon can catch the ball. He's very physical. He's going to beat bump coverage. He's going to go up for the ball and make big plays."