We're Black and Blue All Over:
Recent comments by Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher seem neither vindictive nor controversial to me. Rather, they appear more like the honest musings of a player whose retirement was abrupt and still a bit raw to the senses.
As you might be aware, Urlacher told NFL.com that he is rooting for the Bears this season. But he added: "They better not win a championship without me, because I'll be really [ticked]."
Everyone can read into that what they want. All I see is a player acknowledging it would be personally painful to see the team reach the one accomplishment he couldn't during his career. The pain wouldn't derive from jealousy or a feeling that he wasn't needed in a Super Bowl run. Instead, I'm guessing Urlacher knows how disappointed he would be to have missed out on the experience.
Let's end our week on a positive interpretation, shall we?
Continuing around the NFC North:
Urlacher is caught in a world with no closure, write Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune speaks with Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who arrived at a fundraiser in a particularly colorful outfit.
Justin Rogers of Mlive.com examines the Detroit Lions' competition at right tackle between Corey Hilliard and Jason Fox.
The Detroit News has a list of the Lions' training camp practices that are open to the public.
Defensive lineman B.J. Raji is the Green Bay Packers' eighth-most important player, according to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wonders if the Packers are ready to defend against mobile quarterbacks.
Everyone wins in the latest expansion of Lambeau Field, writes Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Mike Wobschall of Vikings.com discusses the Minnesota Vikings' tight end position with tight ends coach Jimmie Johnson.