We're Black and Blue All Over:
The Miami Dolphins were nationally lambasted for interviewing at least one candidate for their head-coaching position while incumbent Tony Sparano remained on staff. So even on a lesser scale, it's interesting that no one seems upset as the Minnesota Vikings interview possible replacements for offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and special teams coordinator Brian Murphy, both of whom remain employed by the team.
Over the weekend, coach Leslie Frazier indicated he would not stand in the way of either Bevell or Murphy leaving for another job. But if either man has been fired, the team hasn't announced it and it hasn't been confirmed elsewhere. Nevertheless, Frazier has interviewed Josh McDaniels for Bevell's job and Mike Priefer for Murphy's role.
Frazier has managed to keep a lid on most of what is going on behind the scenes, so for all we know he has already dismissed the incumbent coordinators. Or he is giving them time to find another job without the public stigma of being fired. But if neither of those scenarios is accurate, then the Vikings have followed bad form.
Frazier has coached with Bevell and Murphy for three years. He should know by now if he wants them to run his offense and special teams, respectively. Are we to believe that he only wants them only if he can't get anyone better? I hope that's not the case.
Continuing around the NFC North:
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are pursuing Vikings defensive line coach Karl Dunbar, notes Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.
Frazier has committed to building his offense around tailback Adrian Peterson, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
The Green Bay Packers game-planned almost purely to throw the ball in their first meeting with the Atlanta Falcons, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy on rookie tailback James Starks, via Gary D'Amato of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Well, he definitely deserves opportunity. He'll run the ball against Atlanta, if that's what you're asking me. Yeah, he's going to carry the ball in Atlanta. He earned that."
McCarthy said Monday the Packers are a "championship-caliber" team," writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
The Chicago Bears' offense is vulnerable to secondary blitzes, writes Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com.
Bears linebacker Lance Briggs didn't play in the team's regular-season matchup with the Seattle Seahawks, notes Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune examines the improvement of the Bears' offensive line.
Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz reached out to the family of a man who died suddenly of a heart attack at age 39, writes Tony Paul of the Detroit News.