NFC North Daily: Hot Breakfast Links for August 2, 2012

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistAugust 2, 2012

Before we get too far, I joined AFC North columnist Andrea Hangst and Brian Sobilia on their show The F*ball NFL podcast, and we talked everything NFC North and then some.

So definitely check it out.

We’ve got an update on the Bears' offensive line battle, more Allen vs. Kalil, a Nick Fairley update and everything you need to know about the Packers’ secondary battle.

All that and more in the Breakfast News Links—read them while they’re hot!

Minnesota Vikings 

Much has been made of the battle between rookie Matt Kalil and mullet-wearing defensive end Jared Allen in camp so far. Allen has had enough of  it, according to Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press.

I joked last night that you might translate his "I have bigger fish to fry" as "He’s beating me WAAAAHHH!" But really, Allen is right (about the bigger fish not being beaten).

Allen is focused on getting this team back to where it needs to be defensively. In fact, the whole team seems singularly focused on that this year.

The NFC North best not look past this team in 2012.

I found this story by Chip Scoggins in the Star Tribune an uplifting one. In it, Scoggins takes a look at undrafted free agent running back Derrick Coleman, who is hard of hearing and uses hearing aids and reading lips to communicate with people (and teammates).

He may not make the team—in fact, it’s a stretch, and not because of the disability—but his tenacity in the face of adversity without falling back on excuses is refreshing in the world we live in, so I hope he beats the odds again.

Chicago Bears 

I’ll have a closer look at this in the afternoon, but it looks as if J’Marcus Webb is in the lead at left tackle in Bears camp, according to Michael Wright at

The earlier the better, I say, so whoever the guy is can get comfortable.

I wrote a bit yesterday about Shea McClellin being a bit up and down in practice so far, and Vaughn McClure of the Tribune says that defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli believes McClellin needs to relax and not be so hard on himself.

It’s not an uncommon problem for rookies—I’ve heard the Packers’ Jerel Worthy is struggling with it too.

The sooner McClellin (or Worthy) can overcome that, the sooner he’ll be effective.

Detroit Lions 

At, Justin Rogers says that the delay in Nick Fairley’s possession case in Alabama will probably delay any potential suspension resulting from them.

Rogers breaks down how the delay could work in his favor as well—he’ll have to face his DUI charge first, and if he is cleared in that case, he is unlikely to be suspended for the possession charge, if found guilty.

Lions fans would be pleased to hear that.

The Free Press’ Dave Birkett has a short piece informing us of who is back—and who is still out—at Lions camp.

Green Bay Packers

Jason Wilde takes a look at the fierce battle at cornerback over at ESPN Milwaukee. With Woodson playing more safety, who replaces him on any of those downs is more critical than ever.

I’ve always said they need to think about who is next behind Woodson as he winds down his career. Looks like that may have been accelerated.

At, Zach Kruse gives you everything you need to know from the first week of Packers training camp.

By the way—Mike Irvin thinks the Lombardi Trophy should have Bill Belichick’s name added to it. I think Michael David Smith at ProFootballtalk feels the same way most of us do on that.

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