Monday, January 25, 2010
NFC North at night
By Kevin Seifert
Catching up on Monday's Black and Blue news:
- Baltimore quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson is scheduled to interview Tuesday for Chicago's offensive coordinator job, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Jackson would be the Bears' third interview for the job.
- There could be more shuffling on Detroit’s coaching staff, according to Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press. Defensive line coach Bob Karmelowicz did not travel with the Lions’ staff to the Senior Bowl this week and could be contemplating retirement. If he does, assistant defensive line coach Kris Kocurek is the likely replacement. The Lions have already hired Danny Crossman as their new special teams coordinator. Coach Jim Schwartz indicated that he isn’t likely to hire a replacement for departed quarterbacks coach Jeff Horton. Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan will take over those duties.
- Lost in the shuffle of Sunday night’s NFC Championship Game was what appeared to be a serious knee injury to Minnesota cornerback Cedric Griffin. Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports Griffin suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, an injury that would put his availability for the start of 2010 training camp in doubt. We should learn more Tuesday from coach Brad Childress, who is expected to address reporters at the team’s practice facility.
- To no one's surprise, two Minnesota players have pulled out of the Pro Bowl: Quarterback Brett Favre and cornerback Antoine Winfield. According to multiple reports, Winfield will have another MRI on his fractured foot to determine its progress and an offseason rehabilitation plan.
- Favre’s decision should make Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers the NFC’s starting quarterback in the Pro Bowl.