We're Black and Blue All Over:
Well hello again. I hope everyone had a great final week of June, which means it's now July, which means we won't have to turn the calendar again before all four NFC North training camps open. If that doesn't get your Monday juices flowing, I don't know what will.
We'll be going strong here on the blog for the next two weeks before taking one final sojourn the week of July 16. (That's a schedule change from my previous plan, but such is life.) My training camp tour will commence on or about July 26, in an NFC North locale to be determined, and we'll take it from there.
But first, let's catch up on a few weekend stories -- most notably the late-Friday contract extension of Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz. I'll add a few thoughts of my own a bit later Monday.
Tim Twentyman of the Lions' web site writes that it "always seemed like it was just a matter of time" before the team and Schwartz agreed to a deal.
Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com wonders if any of the NFC North's receivers can hang with the Lions' Calvin Johnson.
Former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman believes the team and Brett Favre will ultimately reconcile, according to Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Globe. Sherman: "I know there's some hard feelings, maybe on both sides, but at the same time I think with time that all dissipates and he’ll be welcomed back with open arms. The dust just has to settle a little bit and the pain of his exit has to heal a little bit and I think he’ll be what he was. He was an icon. I know he loved his time in Green Bay and has phenomenal memories. I know that he cherishes every single Sunday that he went out that tunnel to the cheers of those fans. I think eventually that will heal up and be put in the past."
The Packers are confident their defense can recover from last season's performance, notes Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com thinks the Packers will keep six receivers on their final roster.
Chicago Bears tailback Matt Forte believes he is in the best shape of his professional career, writes Jon Greenberg of ESPNChicago.com.
Yikes. Former Bears safety Danieal Manning took a huge loss on his Libertyville, Ill., home. Here's more from Bob Goldsborough of the Chicago Tribune.
The Minnesota Vikings will simulcast their television and radio preseason broadcasts, notes the team web site.
The NFL career of former Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper appears over, suggests Craig Castille of the Orlando Sentinel.