We're Black and Blue All Over:
FROM THE DETROIT SUBURBS -- I'm on the ground and ready to head over to the resumption of the Detroit Lions' training camp. But first, let's consider a role reversal that suggests the NFC North is a bit head over heels at the moment.
On the day the Green Bay Packers figure to announce their signing of veteran backup quarterback Vince Young, Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com has a piece explaining why the Chicago Bears have somewhat surprisingly stuck with Josh McCown as the backup to starter Jay Cutler.
McCown has been signed the past two seasons only as an emergency backup, but the Bears didn't seek out an alternative this spring when Jason Campbell departed via free agency. According to Wright, McCown got off to a good start with coach Marc Trestman during organized team activities (OTAs) when Trestman made an impromptu visit to the team hotel. In the lobby, he found McCown leading a scheme tutorial for young players.
The big question is whether McCown could hold down the fort on the field if he has to play. McCown said he can.
"I have to," he said. "The teammates, everybody expects you to get it done. You've got to get it done. I've played, man. I've played in this league. So it's not like I'm some inexperienced guy who has never done any of this. I feel like I can go in and do the things we need to do to win ballgames, to keep the ship moving."
Continuing around the NFC North:
The Bears got left tackle Jermon Bushrod (calf) back on the practice field, notes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times: "With eyebrow-raising draft picks and an unconventional coaching hire, general manager Phil Emery’s grand plan to get the Bears to reach their unfulfilled potential is crystal-clear: acquire players who learn well and hire coaches who teach well."
The Lions won't hesitate to use key starters on special teams, according to Justin Rogers of Mlive.com.
Lions guard Rob Sims, the team's best lineman in recent years, admits he would like to be named to a Pro Bowl. More from Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Startling words from Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News on the Lions' rookie punter: "Sam Martin might be the most impressive player in Lions training camp."
As Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com notes, the Packers have long been enamored with Young.
Suffice it to say, Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is a big believer in Packers rookie tackle David Bakhtiari, who could replace the injured Bryan Bulaga at left tackle. McGinn: "It's remarkable how easy Bakhtiari has made it look in the first 10 days."
Here is all the recent Packers-related content on the NFC North blog from Packers reporter Rob Demovsky.
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson is eyeing a breakthrough, writes Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune.
The Vikings are looking for ways to keep defensive lineman Everson Griffen on the field, according to Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Veteran special-teams ace Marvin Mitchell is hoping to take advantage of his opportunity with the first-team defense, notes Andrew Krammer of 1500ESPN.com.