We're Black and Blue All Over:
And, just like that, the 2012 season is over in the NFC North. Three of our teams finished with double-digit victories. Two qualified for the playoffs. Now, after Saturday night's events at Candlestick Park, everyone is home for the winter.
The blog? We'll keep rolling on, as always. We have the Chicago Bears' coaching search to keep us busy. I have some "Rewind'12" items I would like to get to, and I also want to renew our "Big Decision" series to preview what is in store over the next few months. And, crazy as it might sound, draft season is right around the corner. The NFL scouting combine starts Feb. 20 in Indianapolis.
While we have a quiet moment (even after a late start), let's take a mid-morning stroll around the NFC North:
Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings sounds like a player who knows he will be elsewhere in 2013. Speaking Sunday, via Sarah Barshop of ESPNMilwaukee.com, Jennings said: "But at the end of the day, you know the Packers are going to do what's best for the Packers. And that's not going to change whether you're No. 4 [Brett Favre], No. 80 [Donald Driver], No. 85 [Jennings], No. 77 [Cullen Jenkins]. That's going to be the case. They're going to do what's best for the Packers and the organization. And as the other half of the businessman sitting down at that table, I have to do what's best for myself and my family."
The Packers have some tough decisions coming on defense, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy will have to decide whether defensive coordinator Dom Capers "has lost his touch and no longer has the ability to keep up with the NFL's increasingly diverse offensive attacks" or whether the Packers' defensive issues are personnel related, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
All but one of the Bears' known 13 coaching candidates are available for second interviews this week, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
The Bears' interview with Houston Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison was "brief," according to Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Former Bears general manager Jerry Angelo is in play for the New York Jets' open position, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The Detroit Lions "have their usual array of serious personnel issues," writes Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press.
The Lions will add former Jacksonville Jaguars assistant Bobby Johnson to their staff, according to coachingsearch.com.
Minnesotans shouldn't be quick to assume that the Packers' run of supremacy in the NFC North is over, writes Patrick Reusse for 1500ESPN.com.