The NFC North in the 2009 season will have a much different look than it did from a year ago.
The Minnesota Vikings are the reigning division champions, and are looking to keep that title. They have explosive players at a variety of positions, which will always create match up problems for defenses. Their biggest question mark is their situation at QB.
The Chicago Bears had some serious troubles last season, and are looking to rebound. With the addition of Jay Cutler and Orlando Pace, you can tell that Chicago is looking to win now.
The fabled Bear defense took a step back last season, but being on the field for so long, how could they not? Would it be too early to say that Lovie Smith could be on the hot seat?
The Green Bay Packers have really fallen from grace. Coming off of a 13-3 season and a trip to the NFC Championship, there were high expectations. The Packers had the youngest football team for three consecutive years and fans were eagerly awaiting the payoff.
Aaron Rodgers played exceptionally, considering the amount of pressure and stress he was under to perform at a high level. The defense on the other hand completely collapsed time and time again.
Of course, this prompted the hiring of Dom Capers and brought forth the transition to the 3-4 Defense.
The Detroit Lions were in the cellar of the NFC North last season, and that is to be expected if you are the first team in NFL History to finish the regular season 0-16. Matt Millen was finally dethroned, and that was the first sign that the Lions were ready to move forward.
The bad news? There is a lot of work ahead of them. The good news? There isn't any direction to go except up.
I would like to ask you to follow me through a team-by-team analysis and to witness how the NFC North will be won.