NFC North Daily: Hot Breakfast Links for July 5, 2012

Andrew Garda@andrew_gardaFeatured ColumnistJuly 5, 2012

Welcome back—I hope you all had a fantabulous Fourth with enough burgers, hot dogs and fireworks to tide you over until Labor Day.

We're all chomping at the bit to get started with football season, but that's still a few weeks away. Instead, we continue to sate our hunger with whatever news we can get our hands on.

Today, I feed your addiction with a "get to know you" piece on Geoff Schwartz, continue to examine the impact of Mike Tice, discuss how the Bears can live with less Forte, look at a breakdown of critical Lions players and take a look at the Packers offensive line.

All that and more today in the Breakfast Links.



Minnesota Vikings

Bob Sansevere relays a piece written by guard Geoff Schwartz for everyone to get to know the former Carolina Panther a little bit better.

Ted Glover continues his tournament to decide the all-time best Vikings team. It's the rent-a-Favre 2009 unit against the Purple People Eaters of 1976—enjoy!


Chicago Bears

Damian Woody talks about how the presence of Mike Tice will impact Jay Cutler.

Dave Gilbert says the Bears can survive without a Matt Forte who doesn't want to be there. He's not wrong—further, I will reiterate what I have been saying for months: signing Michael Bush ruined Forte's leverage.

Bush is not as good as Forte, but he looks to be a very good back. It's not as if they signed Cedric Benson back or added Ronnie Brown. Bush would have pushed for carries anyway.


Detroit Lions

Justin Rogers is breaking down the top 25 Lions players most critical to the Lions' success (25-21, 20-16, 15-11, 10-6).

Here's one for all the NFCN fans as well as Lions fans: Anwar Richardson compares Brandon Pettigrew to the rest of the tight ends in the division. There is a poll. It's a Detroit news site, so the result of said poll won't shock you.


Green Bay Packers

We talked the other day about the battle for safety in the upcoming training camp—today, Tyler Dunne talks to rookie Jerron McMillian about his efforts to carve out a spot in the starting lineup. 

I guess it's all Dunne all the time today, as the man had a second excellent piece for me to link to. He writes that the Packers are well prepared for the season on the defensive line. 


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