SportsNation Blog Archives Lance Briggs
So the San Francisco 49ers have good linebackers -- four of the best in the league, in fact. No wonder the team finished third in the league in yards allowed per game and third in points in 2012. Where do these Bay Area aces rank among all of the league's LBs? Click the images below to set your rankings!
NFL linebackers in 2013
2012: 148 tackles, 2 sacks, FF, INT
2012: 103 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 FF, 2 INT
2012: 46 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 2 FF, INT
2012: 30 tackles, FF, INT
2012: 51 tackles, 9 sacks, FF
2012: 125 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 FF
2012: 164 tackles, 1 sack, 2 INT
2012: 58 tackles, FF, INT
2012: 43 tackles, 13 sacks, FF
2012: 147 tackles, 3 sacks, 4 FF, INT
2012: 68 tackles, 18.5 sacks, 6 FF, INT
2012: 5 tackles, sack, FF
2012: 22 tackles, 2 sacks
2012: 66 tackles, 19.5 sacks, 3 FF, INT
2012: 120 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 2 FF, 2 INT
2012: 38 tackles, 4 sacks, FF, INT
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Jeremy Lin looking to bounce back
Jeremy Lin was supposed to help revitalize the Rockets last season, but things didn't quite work out as planned. Lin didn't fall off a cliff, exactly, but he had a disappointing year, even saying recently that he felt that Rockets coaches lost faith in his play. He'll have plenty of chances to prove himself again this season, especially considering a lot of the focus will be on new arrival Dwight Howard.
Jonathan Bostic fined for hit
Jonathan Bostic put a devastating hit on Chargers receiver Mike Willie last week that had teammates and announcers alike crowing. The NFL thinks otherwise, evidently, as it fined Bostic $21,000 for the hit. Bears linebacker Lance Briggs expressed his dismay at the fine in a tweet, pointing out that D.J. Swearinger's low hit (which ended Dustin Keller's season) was considered perfectly legal by the league. It's just another instance of how making the NFL safer might be a doomed endeavor.
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