Black, Blue, and Ornery: NFC North News for Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
Good morning, folks! Welcome to the NFC North News for Tuesday, January 8th, 2013.
You guys want to hear a funny joke? Notre Dame vs. Alabama. Get it?
Well, I’m sure Notre Dame didn’t think it was that funny either. What an embarrassing game for college football! The folks who run this BCS Championship have to be pretty darn disappointed with the 42-14 drubbing Alabama delivered last night. I couldn’t even bring myself to watch the whole thing. I turned it off in an act of mercy to myself after Alabama was up four scores in the third quarter. If only Oregon and Kansas State hadn’t both lost when it mattered, there might have been an interesting, non-Alabama-filled title game. I guess there’s always next year.
Speaking of years, these fine celebrities are another year older today: physicist and author of A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking, singer R. Kelly, and Doors guitarist Robby Krieger.
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Well, another day has passed and that means it’s time for the newest additions to the Chicago Bears’ potential head coach list! Today’s entry, according to SI.com, is Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. He should be available to interview with general manager Phil Emery and his crew at the beginning of this week, according to league rules.
I have to say that, of all the names that have surface, Bevell is one of the least appealing to me as a Bears fan. I think he had some minor success with Favre and most recently with Wilson, but there were quite a few years in there where he coordinated some pretty weak offenses. Hopefully Emery is just kicking the tires on this one.
That Julius Peppers sure does make a lot of money. Some critics may say the defensive end even makes a little too much money. Well, those people would be wrong, according to writer Dan Pompei. He took to Twitter to make it known that, although he is owed $12.9 million and accounts for $16.3 million against the cap, there’s no reason to think he’s going to be a cap casualty this offseason.
Peppers, currently 32, is still performing at a high level. Pompei notes that Peppers racked up 11.5 sacks this year, fourth most for a defensive end. I agree with Pompei and fully expect Peppers to be out there next season.
Have you ever wondered to yourself, “Self, what does Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew think of his 2012 draft class?” If you have, then Mlive.com has got just the article you’ve been pining for! Mayhew provides his thoughts on the progress of Riley Reiff, Ryan Broyles, Bill Bentley, Ronnell Lewis, Tahir Whitehead, Chris Greenwood, Jonte Green, and Travis Lewis.
Shockingly, he’s pretty upbeat about all of their futures!
If you want to hear more of the Detroit Lions’ front office crow about how great the team is in spite of their 4-12 record, look no further than this Detroit Free Press article. It has an interesting quote from team president Tom Lewand:
We still have a lot of confidence in our young players — Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson with a record year — guys who can form the nucleus of a perennial championship contender.
I agree that they have some very talented players. Unfortunately, I don’t believe their current coaching staff has the ability to guide them to any championships. Hopefully for Lions fans, the team will figure that out before it’s too late.
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers fans may simultaneously love and hate Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback article this week.
On the one hand, he praised the Packers defense for slowing down Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson on Saturday night and named defensive coordinator Dom Capers one of his coaches of the week:
Capers designed a scheme to clog the end-to-end area and prevent him from getting around the right end, which is his favorite place to run. The men at left end and left outside linebacker — often Ryan Pickett and Erik Walden — did a good job preventing Peterson from making it outside, and when he turned upfield inside the end, there was always a convoy of Packers to greet him.
He even named linebacker Clay Matthews III one of his defensive players of the week.
On the other hand, when he compiled his All-Pro team, there wasn’t a Packer in sight. They were the only members of the NFC North without representation. Also, he spurned both quarterback Aaron Rodgers and rookie cornerback Casey Hayward in his awards voting, instead choosing to select Adrian Peterson for both MVP and Offensive Player of the Year, and Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner for Defensive Rookie of the Year. No respect, I tell ya!
Not exactly Green Bay Packers related, but Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald believes that the Dolphins will heed Greg Jennings’ sister’s sage advice and make a run for the free agent wide receiver this offseason. Thank goodness Jennings won’t have to deal with “the most overrated quarterback in the league” anymore. I can guarantee nobody overrates Ryan Tannehill.
Hidden in a StarTribune article about Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder’s arm injury is a quote from head coach Leslie Frazier about the future of wide receiver Percy Harvin. The article notes that many source around the league believe that Harvin will not be a part of the Vikings next season due to his problems with the team’s leadership. Frazier, however, disagrees:
I don’t see any reason why Percy wouldn’t be back with us. He should be.
Harvin has gone back and forth with Frazier on a variety of issues, including playing time and how his injuries have been handled. I think he was especially upset that he was placed on injured reserve this season. I know that Minnesota would be hesitant to lose a playmaker like Harvin, but they’ll have to weigh out whether or not he’ll be worth the headaches.
Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN reports on the severity of Christian Ponder’s arm injury in a recent article. It sounds like it was a little more serious than the team let on initially. Pelissero noted that “the triceps muscle had shut down to the point Ponder couldn’t even lob a soccer ball during a session with the Vikings’ athletic trainers a day after the injury.”
It was initially believed to be bursitis because of how swollen the area was and that fact that Ponder had dealt with the ailment in his senior year at Florida State.
The report notes that, as of Monday, he is just now able to raise a football to chest level.
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damn....that is pretty cool by AP
Did anyone see the video of Carmelo Anthony try to fight Garnett outside of the Celtics bus..........
KG would beat the fuck out of Carmelo
@Joedirte yeah, but KG is also a douchebag who deserves to get his ass beat one of these days.
@Joedirte nah KG is a punk bitch
@Joedirte link? I wanna see how high NW finished
@Joedirte And Oregon shouldn't even be 2... Alabama would have spanked them just as hard as they spanked ND yesterday.
They definitely will... Avs are in the Western Conference. The Hawks always make 2 trips a year in which they go to Anaheim, LA, day off, Phoenix... it was scheduled for March originally, I'm hoping they keep it that way. If this is the case I'm going to take my vacation this week and have my brother fly out from Chicago. The nice thing about them playing in Phoenix in March is you can catch Spring Training baseball too.
@Joedirte Who in the fuck cares about after-season BCS rankings?
@Joedirte Maybe so. But none of it matters.
@Joedirte they still only have one loss, and three wins against top 25 teams, including one in the top 5.
But I think that RG3 and Clemons should bring up a grievence againts the Redskins about that field and it being an unsafe work environment.....The Redskins make too much money not to put up a better playing surface. And you cant use the "Its an old stadium" arguement because Lambeau Field is a good field to play on and it has much harsher weather also. That Field was a complete joke
@Joedirte Not going to happen, should not happen. If our football season is going to run into winter, and if some of our teams are going to be in the north, then sometimes the turf is going to be shitty.
Furthermore, RGIII already had a hashed knee; a knee that his coaches were willing to risk by putting it inot a violent game; a knee he was willing to risk by putting it into a violent game; and a knee that was ultimately hashed on an innocuous play because the damn thing was hurt before he ever stepped onto the field. No jury, and I mean NO JURY, would find the Skins organization over 50% at fault. The suit would be frivolous.
@Joedirte I very much doubt RGIII will be suing his employers anytime soon.
They are gonna have to prove that the field surface caused their injuries. In the case of RGIII that's going to be nearly impossible given his previous injury and lack of clearance from the team Doc. I didn't see the Clemons injury. But ACL tears happen all the time on lots of different surfaces. I don't think this draws any water at all.
@Joedirte You really think a rookie franchise QB is going to sue the employer who owns his rights for the next 4 years?
I had to drop a deuce.
@Maized and Confused You murdered it
I can't believe the packers are already renovating the atrium. guess you gotta spend money to make money.
Rex Ryan: I need an offense that reflects who I am
I thought you had that offense this season.....A bunch of loudmouth underperformers
@Joedirte Nah, Sanchez and Tebow weren't loudmouth enough. He wants to bring in Vick. And then grab TO and Randy Moss too.
@Joedirte They're all getting his wife tattooed on them this afternoon.
@Preparation_A is that how we're gonna pay off our national debt?
@Preparation_A Say what now?
There's a new variation of this every so often.
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