We're Black and Blue All Over:
Former Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice has resurfaced publicly for the first time since the team overhauled its coaching staff, agreeing to interviews with both the Chicago Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press. He told both outlets that he plans to return to coaching in 2014 but will be sitting out this season while living in his Seattle home.
Tice denied reports that he and Bears quarterback Jay Cutler didn't get along and described his one year-stint as the Bears' offensive coordinator this way: "Sometimes in life, we find ourselves trying to get along and trying to please as opposed to being who we really are.''
The Bears fired Tice when he was under contract, meaning he will receive his regular salary from them this season.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Here are some key dates for the Bears from Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune spoke to Minnesota Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer about his plans for Cordarrelle Patterson and Joe Webb.
As they plan to bring in linebacker Desmond Bishop for a visit, the Vikings have once again proved that their actions are more valuable than their message. Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com explains.
Bishop on his release by the Green Bay Packers, via Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "I would be lying if I said I wasn't surprised, but at the same time, I knew it was a definite possibility. I'm fully healthy right now, but I think my injury was part of the reason. If I didn't get hurt, maybe we wouldn’t even be having this conversation right now. You have to add the injury into the equation, but I don't think that was the main deciding factor."
Bishop's goal is still to be the NFL's defensive MVP, writes Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com has a long Q&A with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Among Rodgers' answers were a reaffirmation of his support for friend Ryan Braun, the Milwaukee Brewers outfield who continues to be hounded by implications that he has used performance-enhancing drugs. Rodgers: "Ryan’s a good friend and I care about him a lot as a person. He’s a great person, and I stand with my friend."
Detroit Lions defensive back Don Carey is approaching 2013 as if he is a starter, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
The Lions signed tight end Matt Veldman and released Dominique Curry, notes the Detroit News.
Lions rookie Ziggy Ansah got a bit emotional when he walked out of the tunnel at Ford Field as part of a tour Monday. Birkett has more in the Free Press.