BBAO: A rough day for Zack Follett

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Detroit Lions linebacker Zack Follett had an interesting day Tuesday. It started with a radio interview that went awry and ended with a video that, well, explains it all.

To review: Follett referred to Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford as a "china doll" while speaking with a Fresno, Calif., radio station. He immediately backtracked and apologized in multiple venues, and later posted an intense video to expand his thoughts Tuesday night. I essentially wrote off most of his comments as those of a "(lovable) nut case unintentionally veering into sensitive territory," and I think you'll understand what I mean if you watch the video.

Follett has yet to re-address the much harsher comments he made in discussing the departure of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler from the NFC Championship Game. In the end, I think they will have more staying power than anything he said about Stafford.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com responds to Follett's video.

  • Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press: "The issue isn't what a lightly regarded seventh-round draft pick thinks of Matthew Stafford's durability. It's whether Zack Follett let something slip during a Tuesday radio interview that more influential voices have discussed privately in Allen Park. The Lions should worry whether they have a 'china doll' at quarterback. And I have a hard time believing Follett's usage of the term during an interview in Fresno, Calif., represents the only such opinion within the organization."

  • Lance Allan of WTMJ-4 believes the Green Bay Packers need to reverse their plan for the team photo at Super Bowl XLV: "During the lull before Super Bowl week, I'll admit that there are a lot of stories that are trumped up and hype because there isn't a lot to talk about. But this is legitimate, and for a Packers organization that usually handles things the right way, they should correct a mistake."

  • The Packers took a harder-than-expected road to the Super Bowl, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.

  • Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "If the Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl, the next most obvious question should be: When will [coach Mike] McCarthy get a street named after him?"

  • Sacking Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is difficult, writes Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

  • Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers believes the new helmet he switched to prevented a concussion after a hit from Bears defensive end Julius Peppers last Sunday. Rodgers, via Peter King of Sports Illustrated: "That was lucky. As much as the new helmet feels uncomfortable and I'm still getting used to it, I'm really happy I was wearing it on that hit.''

  • There's no reason to expect Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz to give up on Cutler, writes Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times.

  • Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com wonders what fair-market value will be for the pending contract extension of Bears coach Lovie Smith.

  • The Bears could have 16 free agents this offseason depending on how negotiations go for the collective bargaining agreement, notes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

  • Tom Pelissero of 1500.com offers a season review of the Minnesota Vikings' defense.

  • The Vikings are interested in CFL defensive end Phillip Burke, writes Adam Caplan of Fox Sports.