B & B all over: Karmelowicz touched NFCN


We start off the week with sad news of the passing of longtime NFL assistant Bob Karmelowicz, who touched players on two NFC North teams during his career.

Karmelowicz spent 2009 as Detroit's defensive line coach before an illness forced him to retire. Prior to that, he coached Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen in Kansas City and then served as Allen's private pass-rushing tutor during the 2008 season.

In a statement released to the Star Tribune, Allen said: "He was a major influence in my career. Not only was he a great coach, he was a better man. He was a great friend and I will miss him dearly. I will always love him."

Karmelowicz, 60, is survived by his wife, Olga, daughters, Liz and Marissa, and son, Dave.

Continuing around the division:

  • As we noted Sunday, a group of Minnesota state legislators will introduce a formal stadium finance bill Monday. Mike Kaszuba of the Star Tribune offers some context for the announcement.

  • Tom Powers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press asks if the Vikings have a long-term plan at quarterback: "I don't understand why they haven't brought in a young signal-caller -- someone with decent potential -- and let him learn under [Brett] Favre. Here's a sure hall of famer who is willing to teach and share his experiences. Not all veteran quarterbacks are interested in doing that. A Favre protégé might actually benefit from playing in a pinch. That's as opposed to just killing time and hoping to avoid disaster while waiting for Favre to return."

  • Tom Pelissero of ESPN1500.com: "Toby Gerhart is the only member of the Minnesota Vikings' draft class whose role in 2010 seems pretty well defined."

  • Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette on the Packers' competition for a third quarterback between Chris Pizzotti and Noah Shepard: "Pizzotti is a far more known quantity to the Packers after spending this offseason in their quarterback school. However, in the just-completed rookie orientation camp, Shepard showed some arm and athletic talent that coach Mike McCarthy also might want to develop."

  • Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel runs through the shoulder problems of Packers rookie running back James Starks.

  • The Packers had a "very good weekend," during their three-day rookie minicamp, coach Mike McCarthy said, according to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.

  • Chicago's secondary remains a primary concern, writes Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.

  • The Tribune's Dan Pompei looks at the transition of Bears quarterback Dan LeFevour from the spread to a pro-style offense.

  • Former Chicago linebacker Marcus Freeman retired after doctors found he had an enlarged heart, writes Brad Biggs of the Tribune.

  • Rookie Bears cornerback Joshua Moore needs to improve his strength, writes Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.

  • Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press offers capsules on a number of notable rookies after the Lions' rookie minicamp concluded.

  • Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com: "Rookie running back Jahvid Best is known for his speed and balance, but he's also being careful not to get too far ahead of himself."

  • Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has between 80 and 100 pairs of shoes, writes John Niyo of the Detroit News.