Training Camp Questions: NFC North

LVCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2009

LAKE FOREST, IL - MAY 20: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears participates during an organized team activity (OTA) practice on May 20, 2009 at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Chicago Bears

How is new quarterback Jay Cutler going to fit in with his new "run-first" team after coming over in the NFL’s biggest offseason trade?

Does head coach Lovie Smith need to make the playoffs after missing the last two postseasons following a Super Bowl appearance after the 2006 season?

Will Devin Hester, Rashied Davis, Earl Bennett, rookie Juaquin Iglesias, or anyone else step up to be Cutler’s go-to receiver?

Can new offensive lineman Orlando Pace, Frank Omiyale, and Kevin Shaffer help solidify a Bears’ offensive line the had some problems in 2008?

How much will the addition of new defensive line coach Rod Marinelli have on a unit that allowed 350 points in 2008?


Detroit Lions

Have the Lions turned the page on a 0-16 season and is new head coach Jim Schwartz ready to lead the team?

Was picking quarterback Matthew Stafford with the first overall pick the right way to go and is the former Georgia star ready to start in Week One of the 2009 NFL season?

How will the addition of so many new front office members, coaches, and players (over 25 new faces) affect team chemistry?

Can new defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham and veteran LB Julian Petersen breathe new life into a defense that allowed 517 points?

Can receiver Calvin Johnson and running back Kevin Smith perform at a Pro Bowl level to propel a Lions offense that struggled in 2008?


Green Bay Packers

Should GM Ted Thompson, head coach Mike McCarthy, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers be feeling any pressure coming off a 6-10 season and the possible return of Brett Favre to the NFC North?

Is running back Ryan Grant ready for a bounce back year after a season battling a hamstring injury?

How will the Packers handle, particularly new outside linebacker Aaron Kampman, the move to new defensive coordinator Dom Campers’ 3-4 defensive scheme?

Can the veteran cornerback tandem of Al Harris and Charles Woodson perform at a high level for another season?

Will the addition of first-round pick DT B.J. Raji help solidify a defense that allowed 380 points in 2008?


Minnesota Vikings

Is quarterback Brett Favre coming to play in Minnesota or not and if he does come how will his arrive affect team chemistry (there I asked it…now let’s move on)?

After compiling a 24-24 record over three years, is Vikings head coach Brad Childress on the hot seat and if the Vikings don’t live up to expectations (i.e. win in the playoffs) will he be gone?

Can running back Adrian Peterson become the NFL’s sixth rusher to achieve 2,000 rushing yards in a season?

Which receiver (Bernard Berrian, Sidney Rice, rookie Percy Harvin or someone else) will step up to be the Vikings quarterback’s main target and should the Vikes take a flyer on a free agent like Marvin Harrison?

Will the Vikings defense continue to play at a dominant level (first in the NFL against the run) despite the possible four-game suspension of the Williams Wall (DT’s Kevin and Pat)?


Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and an award winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)