We're Black and Blue All Over
So the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox -- er, the New York Giants and the New England Patriots -- will meet in Super Bowl XLVI. We here in the NFC North have a very East-Coast title game to look forward to. (Or not.) Don't worry. We have plenty to keep us busy here in the Midwest.
Tops on the list is the Chicago Bears' search for a general manager, which you would think could near its conclusion this week. The Bears interviewed five candidates for the job last week, including current director of player personnel Tim Ruskell, and probably would have either a second round of interviews this week or simply make a decision.
Stay tuned on that one. The other candidates include Marc Ross (Giants), Jason Licht (New England Patriots), Jimmy Raye III (San Diego Chargers) and Phil Emery (Kansas City Chiefs).
Continuing around the NFC North:
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and fiancÚ Kristin Cavillari announced they are expecting, according to People Magazine via ESPNChicago.com.
Bears cornerback Charles Tillman is one of three finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.
Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel grades the Green Bay Packers' season.
Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette offers his grades.
Pete Dougherty of the Press-Gazette recalls how the Packers nearly hired Joe Paterno as their coach in 1971.
The Oakland Raiders have already interviewed Packers assistant head coach/linebackers Winston Moss and have asked permission to interview defensive coordinator Dom Capers as well, notes AFC West colleague Bill Williamson.
Lions defensive backs coach Tim Walton interviewed for a job with the St. Louis Rams, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Lions place-kicker Jason Hanson figures he'll have to win his job in training camp again this summer, writes Carlos Monarrez of the Free Press.
Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com wonders why the Vikings hired Fred Pagac as defensive coordinator last year.
Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports from the Senior Bowl festivities in Mobile, Ala., where the Vikings are coaching the North team.