NFC North Daily: Hot Breakfast Links for August 7, 2012

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2012

Well, it's lively here, but not as lively as the WWE event known as Jets camp.

Say what you will about some of the Lions' nonsense, it pales in comparison to the frantically dysfunctional Jets.

That's not what we're about here—the Jets I mean, Lord knows we have plenty of nonsense—we are here to talk NFC North and there is no end to the news coming out of camps.

So better read it while it's hot!


Detroit Lions

With another injury to the running backs (though the injury to Stephon Green has negligible impact really), the Lions continue to get thinner and thinner at running back. Beyond Green is Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure, while Kevin Smith is never healthy for long.

Yesterday, on the NFC North blog at, Kevin Seifert examined why it’s prudent for the team to wait on adding another back to the roster.

Anwar Richardson catches us up on some training camp news at, including a fierce looking defensive line which is also jumping offsides too much, as well as continued solid play by Willie Young and Riley Reiff getting into his groove.


Green Bay Packers (and fellow B/R guy) Brian Carriveau gives us some best- and worst-case scenarios for the Packers, this time focusing on the quarterback position.

One underreported and discussed aspect of the defensive implosion and subsequent collaps of 2011 was some spectacularly inept tackling on the part of the secondary. Over at the Journal-Sentinel, Tom Silverstein has a piece on assistant coach Joe Witt’s efforts to improve the squad’s technique and effectiveness.

To me, a ton of things come from bad tackling technique—everything from concussions to big gains after a catch. Players go for the big hit, not the wrap, so often that we sort of accept the sloppiness of it.

Glad to see at least one team focusing on changing that this season


Minnesota Vikings

While many people feel that Adrian Peterson will soon be off the PUP list and practicing full tilt, Kevin Seifert makes his second appearance in this post to let you know it won’t happen this week and Peterson will remain on the PUP.

Again, I think this caution is fine, and it’s not like Peterson desperately needs to learn a new offense. Get him conditioned and on the field when he is ready, not under some sort of imaginary drop dead date.

Over at the Pioneer Press, Jeremy Fowler reports that rookie safety Harrison Smith and third year defensive end/linebacker Everson Griffin got some time on the first team on Monday.

Both are still trying to fight for a starting spot, and both have been playing well in camp.


Chicago Bears

Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago confirms what we have suspected since last week—J’Marcus Webb is your Bears starting left tackle, and Gabe Carimi will be at right.

The interesting quote from the piece—maybe a cause for concern, maybe not—was this one from Mike Tice:

"I thought that one guy would separate himself and really jump out there," Tice said. "I don't think that's really happened. So for me, let's keep status quo and see where the games take us. I'm not in a rush to change for change's sake. We hope that a guy in his third year, Webb, will step up and mature as a football player and as a person...will get better, as show us this means something to him.'

That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement.

Sean Jensen takes a look at the dramatic upgrade at backup quarterback in today’s Sun-Times. I wouldn’t say I am sold on Jason Campbell as a starter, though I won’t completely dismiss him.

Certainly, if all hell breaks lose, Campbell won’t lose them a playoff spot like Caleb Hanie did last season.


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