(Lance Briggs, Brian Urlacher, Pisa Tinoisamoa), (Lance Briggs, Hunter Hillenmeyer, Nick Roach), (Lance Briggs, Nick Roach, Jamar Williams), those are just some of the combinations the Bears have used at linebacker this season.
The Bears came into this season with probably the best depth at linebacker, with Briggs, Urlacher and Tinoisamoa as the starters. Now they probably have the worst depth in the league.
Behind this Sunday’s starters Lance Briggs, Nick Roach, and Hunter Hillenmeyer is Jamar Williams, Darrell McClover and Tim Shaw. Williams is the only linebacker, who has played on defense this season, Shaw and McClover play strictly on special teams. If, one of the starters gets hurt, the Bears have to add outside help.
Personally I’m a big fan of both Nick Roach and Hunter Hillenmeyer. I still like Brian Urlacher, but I think Nick Roach is the future starter at middle linebacker. Pisa Tinoisamoa showed in the two games that he played in how injury prone he is, who knows if he’ll be back next year.
This Bears run defense is playing better than ever after allowing only 30 yards to Pro Bowl running back Michael Turner last week.
I’m not worried about the current starting linebackers, but I’m very concerned with the depth behind them. Jamar Williams is a nice player, but I don’t know if he is a starter in this league. Tim Shaw and Darrell McClover are special teamers, but Shaw has some experience at linebacker and he could get to play if needed.
Don’t be worried with the starters Bears fans just the backups.