We're Black and Blue All Over:
I think we get it. There wasn't as much of a love affair from Greg Jennings towards the Green Bay Packers -- and quarterback Aaron Rodgers in particular -- as we once assumed. But I bring you the following quotes because Jennings fleshed out his feelings rather than simply take a few veiled shots.
Jennings told Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune that Rodgers has received and accepted too much credit for the Packers' recent success and said he is eager to prove his worth with a less-established quarterback.
Jennings said: "Maybe I need to go back to my college days where the quarterback wasn't just viewed as oh-so-great and still prove that I can be successful."
He added: "A lot of times when you have a guy who creates that spotlight for himself and establishes that and takes a lot of that, it becomes so-and-so and the team. It should always be the team.
"For me, I'm such a team person, I'm going to defer to my teammates. I'm going to defer to the team, to the team, to the team. And I think when you reach a point where you're not deferring any longer, it's no longer really about the team."
Jennings also continued referring to Rodgers by his jersey number.
"Don't get me wrong, '12' is a great person," he said. "But when you hear all positives, all positives, all positives all the time, it's hard for you to sit down when one of your teammates says 'Man, come on, you've got to hold yourself accountable for this.' It's hard for someone to see that now because all they've heard is I'm doing it the right way, I'm perfect. In actuality, we all have flaws."
Of course, by saying that Rodgers accepted too much credit, Jennings is implying he should have received more. At its base level, is that any different? I guess we could debate it for hours. I'm not sure if Jennings is letting loose with some long-held frustrations, whether he is creating a post-departure justification narrative, or if he is simply playing the role of a new division foe and tweaking Rodgers where he knows it will hurt.
Regardless, there is no longer any question about his position as training camps open around the division
Continuing around the NFC North:
Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press offers a position-by-position breakdown of the Minnesota Vikings.
Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com thinks there are plenty of questions about the Vikings' defense entering training camp.
Based on the glowing words about him at the Packers' annual shareholders meeting, there is no end in sight to the tenure of coach Mike McCarthy. More from Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Packers general manager Ted Thompson said he "thanks God every day" for McCarthy, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Bryan Bulaga is the second-most important player on the Packers' roster, according to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Although Chicago Bears place-kicker Robbie Gould spoke out about the team's policy that will delay contract talks until after the season, quarterback Jay Cutler said: "That's fine with me." More from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune.
Bears receiver Brandon Marshall (hip) is ready for a full workload in training camp, according to Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com.
New coach Marc Trestman wants hitting to be kept to a minimum at Bears training camp, according to Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times.
In this DetroitLions.com video, Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz said the team will take a "smart" approach with safety Louis Delmas, who has been dealing with troublesome knees for years. That suggests Delmas will be cleared to practice in training camp but will be limited.
Corey Hilliard is happy to be getting a chance to compete for the Lions' starting right tackle position, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Justin Rogers of Mlive.com examines the Lions' options in the return game.
The Lions need to be more than a quarterback and receiver on offense, writes Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.