Talk it up

Briggs responds to Houshmandzadeh's challenge

September 24, 2009, 2:06 PM

By: Jeff Dickerson

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Let me be perfectly honest, I viewed T.J. Houshmanzadeh's comments Wednesday as more humorous than inflammatory. However, the Chicago Bears are using the receiver's words as bulletin board material as they head toward Sunday's game in Seattle against the Seattle Seahawks.

Lance Briggs

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Lance Briggs plans to answer T.J. Houshmanzadeh on the field.

"Sounds like a bitter guy," Bears weakside linebacker Lance Briggs said. "Maybe he wanted to play in Chicago."

Houshmandzadeh said he was overlooked as a free agent this summer by Bears general manager Jerry Angelo, and he said he'll show Angelo how well he can play on Sunday.

"If he's going to show what he's going to do on Sunday, tell you what, so are we, so am I," Briggs said. "I've been playing against T.J. since college, so I know what type of competitor he is, the guy can play."

But as for Houshmandzadeh's assertion he should win 95 percent of his match-ups versus the Bears secondary?

"I'll take a Bears corner over Houshmandzadeh any day," Briggs shot back.

Those Bears cornerbacks weren't saying much before practice. Charles Tillman declined to comment, while new starter Zack Bowman acted oblivious to the whole controversy.

"I haven't read any articles, I haven't seen any articles, so I don't know what he said about the secondary," said Bowman.


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