NFC North Morning Hot Links: Breakfast News for May 30, 2012

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistMay 30, 2012

I hope you all had a great Memorial Day. Sorry I missed you guys on Tuesday, but I was summoned into the big, bad city for some video work. So far, two of the videos are up, expect three more over the next few days.

With that excuse out of the way, let's talk some football and some NFC North. I have to say up front—the Lions' craziness has me missing the Vikings Stadium kerfuffle. No lie.



Green Bay Packers

Zach Kruse has (one of many) reports over at CheeseheadTV that Donald Driver has agreed to terms and everyone is just fine-tuning the contracts. When/if that happens I'll have my thoughts on it, but here is a debate Aaron Nagler of The Go Route and I had on it just yesterday.

According to Jason Wilde, new center Jeff Saturday got the offensive linemen to exchange phone numbers with each other so everybody has each others numbers. This is the first time in years that has happened.

When I talk about veteran leadership, this is what I mean. It's such a small thing, but the results could be so big. I love this signing more and more.

Greg Jennings was voted No. 56 in NFL Network's Top 100: Players of 2012, according to Bob Wolfey. This is a bigger honor than a lot of lists because this one is voted on by players.


Minnesota Vikings

Mike Wobschall takes a look at a recent debate pitting Vikings defensive end Jared Allen with New York Giants lineman Jason Pierre-Paul. I'm down with JPP (yeah, you know me), but I agree with both Bucky Brooks (the author of the original article) and Wobschall that Allen has the edge for now. Read it and see if you agree. 

We've talked on this blog about how Jerome Simpson could be a huge addition to this offense post-suspension and, as Dan Wiederer says in his column, Bill Musgrave is thinking the same thing.


Chicago Bears

Yesterday, I did a video about three ways I think Lovie Smith could use rookie Shea McClellin. Versatility is a wonderful thing.

Jeff Dickerson talks about Gabe Carimi's tweet that he is back at OTAs and, more importantly, working.

I wrote yesterday that I didn't buy Matt Forte's knee as a reason to not sign him. Today, Dan Pompei talks about that same subject and how it might frame Forte's value.


Detroit Lions

Another in the multitude of videos I did yesterday, Josh Zerkle of The Go Route and I debated how long Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley should be suspended. There is a lot of debate as to who is to blame here when it comes to the off-the-field issues and who can stop them from happening.

The Detroit Free Press has several good articles to look at. Carlos Monarrez says Nate Burleson sees Super Bowl talent on their roster. Dave Birkett has some quotes from Coach Schwartz saying we shouldn't rush to judge the 2011 draft class based on this offseason. Drew Sharp thinks the Lions are hurting their players with a lack of accountability.

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