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BBAO: Better late than ...

1/16/2013

We're Black and Blue All Over:

So that's a first.

I've covered a few coaching changes in my day, but I'm pretty sure none of them broke between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., as the Chicago Bears' decision to hire Marc Trestman did Wednesday morning. We're a bit off our blog game as a result, but while we have a moment, let's take a quick tour of non-Bears news in the NFC North:

  • Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers, via Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "… My plans are to be here. Again, I think we've got a young defense that's ascending. All the statistics point to that. I feel awful about the way we played [last Saturday] because you want to play your best in that game and we didn't. And I accept responsibility for that. That's my job to make sure that we play better."

  • Capers told reporters Tuesday that the 49ers hurt the Packers' defense more with quarterback scrambles than with the read-option play. Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com has more.

  • Packers coach Mike McCarthy didn't talk Tuesday like a man who plans to release tight end Jermichael Finley this offseason. McCarthy, via Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "I really felt Jermichael Finley was a different man, a different player from the bye week on. I had an opportunity to talk to him about that at length in his exit interview, so I feel very good about the way he finished the year. He did some good things Saturday night [at San Francisco]. There was a change in that young man."

  • Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell has some history with new running backs coach Curtis Modkins, notes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

  • Lions long-snapper Don Muhlbach was selected to play in the Pro Bowl, notes Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com.

  • Minnesota Vikings long-snapper Cullen Loeffler will be at the Pro Bowl as well, but as a guest of teammate Blair Walsh, explains Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.

  • Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune examines the big picture of the Minnesota Vikings' franchise.

  • Writing in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, former Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton notes that he was once considered "a freak" because of his mobility.