This is the January 14, 2013 news archive. View today's NFC North rumors and news.
NFC North News and Rumors
Earlier tonight, David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune reported that the Bears have two finalists for their head-coaching job. That number may actually be three. According to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times, Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians al…Upvote Share TweetWhen the Lions announced Monday that they were parting ways with special teams coach Danny Crossman, it was expected that he’d be heading to Buffalo to join the staff of the Bills’ new head coach Doug Marrone. It didn’t take long for that to happen.Upvote Share TweetOn Sunday, I weighed in on why I disagree with Tim Ryan, the former Bears defensive tackle and current FOX analyst who was the only All-Pro voter who didn’t cast a vote for Lions receiver Calvin Johnson. On Monday, Ryan called me and gave me his explanaUpvote Share TweetJohn Dorsey called becoming the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs the "perfect storm." The word "serendipity" may have been more appropriate.Upvote Share Tweet
Cracking Down on Malevolence at Candlesticknytimes.com Updated Jan 14, 2013Fan behavior in San Francisco has led to an increased police presence at 49ers games; 92 people were ejected from the game against the Packers on Saturday.Upvote Share TweetLet's update our earlier post on the Detroit Lions coaching staff. The team has announced replacements for the three assistant coaches that departed earlier this month. The news leaves only their special-teams coordinator position to be filled; it opene…Upvote Share TweetIn a bit of a departure, since he is neither a college coach nor named Kelly, the Eagles have announced they have interviewed former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt for their head coaching job. And even more candidates are on deck, as they continue Bears…Upvote Share Tweet
Free Head Exam: Green Bay PackersAfter the Green Bay Packers' 45-31 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, here are three issues that merit further examination: We utilized plenty of cyberspace discussing a defense that allowed 323 rushing yards, and a total of 571 offensive yards in the los…Upvote Share Tweet
Jermichael Finley: Hopefully, I’m here foreverThe end of the Packers season accelerated thinking about whether or not wide receivers Donald Driver and Greg Jennings would return to the team for the 2013 season. They aren’t the only Aaron Rodgers targets with an uncertain future in Green Bay. TightUpvote Share Tweet
Paton out of Browns G.M. mix, but reason isn’t clearIn the days after the Browns fired G.M. Tom Heckert, word emerged that the Browns requested permission to interview Vikings assistant G.M. George Paton. But an interview never happened. There are two different versions in league circles as to what happe…Upvote Share Tweet
Leading Off: Can Anyone Stop These Guys?nytimes.com Updated Jan 14, 2013The sum total of the weekend's four N.F.L. games: 3,598 yards, 35 touchdowns and that whole defense-wins-championships canard takes one right in the kisser.Upvote Share Tweet
2013 NFL draft order: Packers at No. 26Thanks to NFC West blogger Mike Sando for passing along this chart of as much of the 2013 draft order as we can get at the moment, with four teams remaining in postseason play. As you can see, the NFC North has the No. 5, the No. 20, the No. 23 and the …Upvote Share Tweet
BBAO: The offseason arrives (for everyone)We're Black and Blue All Over: And, just like that, the 2012 season is over in the NFC North. Three of our teams finished with double-digit victories. Two qualified for the playoffs. Now, after Saturday night's events at Candlestick Park, everyone is ho…Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Updated Jan 14, 2013Colin Kaepernick, quarterback, San Francisco 49ers: Much of the talk in the week leading up to the 49ers' divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers centered on how Kaepernick would handle his first playoff game in the NFL. After all, Alex Sm…Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Updated Jan 14, 2013Disappointed in how the playoffs' started? With offense everywhere and legends making their mark, for good and bad, the divisional round easily made up for it, writes Peter King.Upvote Share Tweet
We Went There: 49ers-Packersgrantland.com Updated Jan 14, 2013Kevin Greene walked through the tunnel, hands in pockets, eyes fixed on his feet. As some players jogged and some players sulked, the coach of the Pac...Upvote Share Tweet
About Last Weekend: Kaepernick Runs Over Packersgrantland.com Updated Jan 14, 2013In case you were busy trying to concoct a homemade flu vaccine out of common household spices, here's what you missed in sports last weekend. The Sa...Upvote Share Tweet
NFL mailbag -- Running QBs have leg up, for nowJan 14The pistol and read option have staying power, but defenses will eventually adjust. Plus, reader questions.
Peter King: Offensive outburst, meeting of legends set up conference final…Jan 14DENVER -- Ray Lewis was sick Saturday night, 90 minutes after the Ravens had stunned the Broncos here, and he was waiting in a stadium anteroom to be connected with Deion Sanders for an NFL Network interview. "Flu?'' someone asked him. He nodded in…