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Chris Harris states case for full-time work

CHICAGO -- Lance Briggs isn't paid to coach, but perhaps the Chicago Bears should listen to their perennial Pro Bowl weak-side linebacker.

"Chris Harris, there's a reason why we brought him back. All he does is make plays. Really, he needs to be on the field full-time, all the time," Briggs said.

In a season full of good decisions, the Bears' instance to continue rotating safeties this late in the season is somewhat baffling. There is no doubt Major Wright -- if he stays healthy -- will one day be a very good NFL player. But with the playoffs approaching, the Bears would be better off keeping their two veterans -- Harris and Danieal Manning -- on the field for every snap.

It seems a little odd that Wright -- a rookie -- is able to avoid punishment despite making a slew of glaring mistakes the past few weeks, while other members of the Bears were sent to the bench by Lovie Smith for committing far less costly acts.

Besides, it's tough to argue Harris should ever be taken out of the game, especially since the safety recorded his team leading fifth interception of the year versus the Jets. Not only that, three of those picks have come at the end of games to seal important victories for the Bears (11-4).

"That goes up in my top plays as a Chicago Bear," Harris said of the game-clinching interception. "[Defensive coordinator] Rod Marinelli said he wanted everybody to have a career year this year, and this is definitely a career year for me. The most interceptions I've had in a career is three, so with five, I feel pretty good."