We're Black and Blue All Over:
So that's a first.
I've covered a few coaching changes in my day, but I'm pretty sure none of them broke between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., as the Chicago Bears' decision to hire Marc Trestman did Wednesday morning. We're a bit off our blog game as a result, but while we have a moment, let's take a quick tour of non-Bears news in the NFC North:
Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers, via Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "… My plans are to be here. Again, I think we've got a young defense that's ascending. All the statistics point to that. I feel awful about the way we played [last Saturday] because you want to play your best in that game and we didn't. And I accept responsibility for that. That's my job to make sure that we play better."
Capers told reporters Tuesday that the 49ers hurt the Packers' defense more with quarterback scrambles than with the read-option play. Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com has more.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy didn't talk Tuesday like a man who plans to release tight end Jermichael Finley this offseason. McCarthy, via Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "I really felt Jermichael Finley was a different man, a different player from the bye week on. I had an opportunity to talk to him about that at length in his exit interview, so I feel very good about the way he finished the year. He did some good things Saturday night [at San Francisco]. There was a change in that young man."
Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell has some history with new running backs coach Curtis Modkins, notes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Lions long-snapper Don Muhlbach was selected to play in the Pro Bowl, notes Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com.
Minnesota Vikings long-snapper Cullen Loeffler will be at the Pro Bowl as well, but as a guest of teammate Blair Walsh, explains Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune examines the big picture of the Minnesota Vikings' franchise.
Writing in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, former Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton notes that he was once considered "a freak" because of his mobility.