NFC North News and Rumors
profootballtalk.com Updated 9 hours agoThe Chicago Bears have claimed quarterback Connor Shaw via waivers. It was just a simple Friday transaction — except that the Saints put in a claim on Shaw, too, and apparently thought they had added him. Per Peter Schrager of FOX Sports, the Saints jum…Share Tweet
Bears will be jockeying for St. Louis fans, tooprofootballtalk.com 11 hours agoThe Chiefs already plan to horn in on St. Louis turf vacated by the Rams. The Bears will be trying to invade the city that lost its second NFL team since 1987, too. Via Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, KTVI will televise Chicago Bears preseaso…Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com 11 hours agoFormer Seahawks, Vikings and Bills quarterback Tarvaris Jackson made more than $12 million in his NFL career, but now he says he’s so broke that he can’t even afford a lawyer to defend him against charges that he threatened to kill his wife. Jackson req…Share Tweet
Stanley Wilson II puts a suit on, declares himself “happy to be alive”profootballtalk.com 20 hours agoFormer Lions cornerback Stanley Wilson II said Thursday he was “happy to be alive,” but that might have just been because he was wearing clothes. According to Francesca Fontana of the Oregonian, Wilson was released from the hospital Wednesday and arraig…Share Tweet
Want a Killebrew? Lions safety Miles Killebrew has IPA named after him in DetroitESPN.com Jun 30 (yesterday)Want a Killebrew? Lions safety Miles Killebrew has IPA named after him in DetroitShare Tweet
Cardinals had Ameer Abdullah on the phone when Lions picked himDuring the second round of the 2015 NFL draft, the Cardinals were sitting at No. 55 and knew exactly who they wanted: Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah. There was just one problem: The Lions wanted Abdullah, too. And the Lions picked 54th. The new Am…Share Tweet
Packers Have to Learn from Mistakes of 2015; Not Repeat Thempackersgab.com Jun 30 (yesterday)The Packers are still a force in the NFC and the NFC North, but there’s plenty to do as they get ready for training camp at the end of July if they are going to be booking a trip the Super Bowl in February. Last season the team got off to a red hot 6-0 …Share Tweet
Vikings promote scout Scott Kuhn to director of analyticsWhen the Vikings were at the Scouting Combine earlier this year, General Manager Rick Spielman said that the team was using analytics to derive data beyond 40 times and bench press totals. Spielman called it “another tool” the team could use to evaluate…Share Tweet
Datone Jones “loving” move to outside linebackerThe Packers declined to exercise their option for the 2017 season on 2013 first-round pick Datone Jones‘ contract, leaving Jones on track to become a free agent next offseason. Jones’ bid for a new job will involve a new position. Jones went from playin…Share Tweet
Mike Ditka passes on Donald Trump’s invitation to speak at Republican conventionThere were reports earlier this week that presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump had lined up a trip of sports legends to speak for him at the Republican National Convention. Perhaps he should have checked with legendary Bears coach Mike Ditka fi…Share Tweet
NFC North Q&A: Is Lions' Darius Slay the best CB in the division?ESPN.com Jun 30 (yesterday)NFC North Q&A: Is Lions' Darius Slay the best CB in the division?Share Tweet
NFLPA executive gets a good laugh about latest 17-game suggestionPlayers have always been leery about the idea of lengthening the regular season, so it’s no surprise their union opposes any such plan. But it’s also good to know people find us funny here at PFT. In the wake of Packers president Mark Murphy’s suggestio…Share Tweet
Packers president: 17-game season could facilitate more international playprofootballtalk.com Jun 29 (2 days ago)Although it was a much-discussed proposal a couple years ago, NFL executives have recently stayed relatively quiet about the possibility of lengthening the regular season. But Packers President Mark Murphy had something to say about the topic recently. …Share Tweet
Jim Caldwell is skeptical of going for two more oftenprofootballtalk.com Jun 29 (3 days ago)As teams around the NFL discuss the possibility of going for two more often, Lions coach Jim Caldwell sounds unconvinced. Caldwell said he’s aware that quarterbacks like Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees have said they want to go for two as the default …Share Tweet
NFC North Q&A: Can Alshon Jeffery rise to top-five receiver status?ESPN.com Jun 29 (3 days ago)NFC North Q&A: Can Alshon Jeffery rise to top-five receiver status?Share Tweet
Too popular stateside at home or away, Packers bide time for international inviteESPN.com Jun 29 (3 days ago)Too popular stateside at home or away, Packers bide time for international inviteShare Tweetprofootballtalk.com Jun 29 (3 days ago)The Vikings tried everything to tap into the potential they saw in wide receiver Troy Williamson. When you draft a guy seventh overall in 2005, that’s what you do. But after watching him struggle to catch the ball, the Vikings decided he had depth-perce…Share Tweet
Cordarrelle Patterson: Sometimes I didn’t work hard enoughprofootballtalk.com Jun 28 (3 days ago)The Vikings didn’t pick up their fifth-year option on wide receiver/kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson’s contract this offseason, leaving the 2013 first-round pick on track for free agency after the season. If Patterson is going to generate a robust ma…Share TweetBuddy Ryan's defensive legacy still looms large over ChicagoShare Tweet
Mike Singletary says he’ll be a defensive advisor to Rams this seasonprofootballtalk.com Jun 28 (4 days ago)The death of Buddy Ryan on Tuesday has led to remembrances from around the football world, including many from players he coached across many stops in his long career. Mike Singletary was one of the leaders of the most famous defense that Ryan put toget…Share Tweet
NFC North Q&A: Will Adrian Peterson still lead the league in rushing at 31?ESPN.com Jun 28 (4 days ago)NFC North Q&A: Will Adrian Peterson still lead the league in rushing at 31?Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com Jun 28 (4 days ago)After 16 years as public address announcer of the Denver Broncos, Alan Roach is returning home to Minnesota to become the public address announcer of the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. In a post on his own website, Roach announced the move back to his Mi…Share Tweet
Wade Phillips reflects on Buddy Ryan's NFL legacyJun 28Wade Phillips remembers his time as Buddy Ryan's defensive coordinator with the Eagles in the 80's. Phillips notes how other teams have adapted the "Buddy Ryan defense" to the modern era.
Ron Rivera: Buddy Ryan strived to make everyone betterJun 28Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera joins NFL Live to share what it was like to play for Buddy Ryan and the impact he had on Rivera's coaching career.
Buddy Ryan's letter to the 1985 BearsJun 28Members of the 1985 Bears read Buddy Ryan's letter to the team thanking them Chicago's Super Bowl season.
Singletary: Buddy Ryan held me to highest standardJun 28Mike Singletary details how Buddy Ryan made him the best player he could be and the life lessons he learned under him.