Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Black and Blue all over: Changes in Green Bay?
By Kevin Seifert
Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
We've spent time discussing the possibility of Chicago changing its defensive coordinator, but a similar scenario is also playing out in Green Bay.
Although there are no indications that change is afoot, the collapse of the Packers' defense has raised questions about the future of defensive coordinator Bob Sanders. The St. Louis Rams' interest in assistant head coach/linebackers Winston Moss, a possible successor to Sanders, could speed along the process, reports Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Sanders accepted blame for the defense's poor showing while speaking Monday to reporters in Green Bay, but expressed optimism about the future of the group:
"We have a very good group of guys here. We'll evaluate in the offseason every single aspect and see how we can do things better. I know the work ethic and I know what the guys can do. I know we played at a high level in a lot of games. There have been a lot of plays in a lot of games where we had big plays."
As of Monday, Sanders hadn't spoken with coach Mike McCarthy about his future. McCarthy is scheduled to hold his season-ending news conference Wednesday.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Packers receiver Greg Jennings, who is entering the final season of his rookie contract, hopes to negotiate an extension in the offseason, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "I don't want to leave here, trust me," Jennings said. "I want to make something work. I'm not greedy."
- As for the situation in Chicago, coach Lovie Smith has typically made changes quickly when he has made them. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times traces that history.
- David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune suggests the Bears either change their Tampa-2 scheme or move middle linebacker Brian Urlacher to the strong side to protect him.
- Mark Craig of the Star Tribune suggests that Chris Kluwe could be the best punter in Minnesota history. And Kluwe doesn't disagree. "I don't want to sound immodest, but I think you could make that claim if you wanted to," Kluwe said.
- Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson has activated about $11.5 million in escalators over the first two years of his career, writes Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
- Detroit cornerback Leigh Bodden, who is due a $8.6 million roster bonus this spring, said he doesn't care if the Lions bring him back. Bodden had some choice words for the Lions' outgoing coaching staff, writes John Niyo of the Detroit News.
- In addition to the five candidates we mentioned Monday, the Lions are also interested in interviewing New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels for their head coaching job. The Detroit Free Press has profiles of the six coaches, all of whom are current assistants who have never been NFL head coaches.