Everybody ready for the weekend? These interrupted weeks make things fly by, and that just means we're a little closer to the start of training camps.
Lots of good stuff today, even in the dead of media winter—we've got some good news for the Bears' offense, though Lovie Smith is still on the "Hot Seat," more discussion of Lions' off-field antics and their repercussions, some Marshall Newhouse love and catching up with Leslie Frazier in Afghanistan.
All that and more on your plate for the Breakfast Hot Links.
Will Grant lays down the reasons the Bears' offense will be much improved in 2012.
Another Will—Will Brinson of CBS Sports this time—has a list of the 10 coaches who are on the hot seat—check it out to see where Lovie Smith lands.
I think there are some good points to be made here—some of which we've made ourselves on the blog—and it's worth the ongoing discussion. We'll have to see if these off-field issues become on-field distractions.
Mark Schlereth and Damian Woody think the Lions will miss the playoffs. I'll be dissecting this later, so let's just watch for the Trey Wingo "location, location, location" joke which went zipping right by me.
Green Bay Packers
Seifert (THAT GUY AGAIN?) talks about the commitment the Packers are showing to left tackle Marshall Newhouse. After Chad Clifton went down last season, followed by first-round pick Derrek Sherrod, things could have been a mess. But Newhouse stepped in for Clifton.
The rest might be history.
Adam Czech takes a look at how previous MVPs have fared in the year following their win—and if that means anything for Aaron Rodgers.
Recently, head coach Leslie Frazier took a trip to visit US troops in Afghanistan, and Dan Wiederer says it has left the Vikings coach inspired.
Frazier also told Robert Klemko of USA Today's The Huddle blog that the team is going to be careful with Adrian Peterson's workload this training camp, preseason and early season.
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