NFC North links: Brian Urlacher confident
June, 27, 2012
By ESPN.com staff | ESPN.com
Linebacker Brian Urlacher is confident he'll be ready to go when training camp kicks off next month. "I could have participated in minicamp, but there was no reason to,'' Urlacher said. "It was three days of stuff that I'm going to be doing at training camp, so there was no real reason to push it.''
Lance Briggs says the 2012 Bears "definitely could be" the best team he's played on.
The Detroit Free Press' Drew Sharp on the Lions following Aaron Berry's recent arrest: "What is it about behaving responsibly away from the field that's so hard for everybody to comprehend? You want to drink or smoke? Have team security provide transportation for you, or better yet, stay home. If they're unable to figure out those relatively easy decisions, how can [Martin] Mayhew and [Jim] Schwartz trust them to follow the proper on-field instruction?"
Berry issued a statement apologizing for his actions. “I want to offer a sincere apology to the Lions organization, Lions fans, the coaches and all my teammates for my actions this past weekend. This is not the example I want to set for young people, and it’s certainly not what my team and coaches expect from me. I promise to do everything in my power to make sure this never happens again. I understand these are just words, and it will be my future actions that ultimately will speak for me.”
Green Bay Packers
Improving tackling is the top priority for the Packers' defense heading into the 2012 season.
Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre on the man who succeeded him: “Aaron Rodgers, I knew when I left, this guy has all the tools,” Favre said. “He can beat you with his feet. He’s got a great arm, extremely accurate, handles the cast around him perfect. I think that’s the key sometimes. I think that’s what [Tom] Brady has done. Regardless of who you put out there, he’s good. That to me is the mark of a good quarterback.”
Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune: "The Vikings report to training camp July 26, which means the team has a month to resolve whatever it is that triggered Percy Harvin's screwball antics last week. That's assuming Petulant Percy doesn't reappear and profess his unhappiness with some other undisclosed issue. In the meantime, the Vikings also must consider a larger, overriding question regarding their talented and temperamental wide receiver. What do they do with this guy?"