"Training Camp:NFC North Breakdown"

Kyle BuntonCorrespondent IAugust 4, 2008

I'm here again to break down what each team in the NFC North has to do in training camp before the season starts.

Chicago Bears:

1. Pick a Quarterback

It would be training camp for the Chicago Bears without a quarterback controversy. To me, Kyle Orton has an upper hand over Rex Grossman because he doesn't make quite as many mistakes.

2. Get Matt Forte ready to carry the load

Matt Forte must prove he's the feature back that Cedric Benson never was. He will have to be a workhorse until Kevin Jones can add some relief once he shows his ACL and foot are healthy.

3. Get Chris Williams in at left tackle- permanently

G.M. Jerry Angelo hasn't been getting much out of his first-round picks, but the Chicago Bears are demanding it from Williams. He would make John Tait more effective because his natural position is right tackle, and putting Williams in at left tackle would move Tait over there.

Detroit Lions:

1. Find a pass rush

For the Tampa 2 defense to be effective, the front four need to apply pressure, which they didn't produce in the second half last year.  They'll have to improve if they want to make the playoffs.

2. Look for the big receivers

When healthy, the Detroit Lions have two of the best receivers in the league with Roy Williams and Calvin Johnson. QB John Kitna needs to establish chemistry with both in order to produce this year.

3. Let the rookies play

In the last few years, the Lions have developed their rookies slowly. That needs to change this year. They need to let OT Gosder Cherilus, MLB Jordon Dizon, and RB Kevin Smith play.  The Lions need as much contribution from them as anybody else.

Green Bay Packers:

1. Figure out this Brett Favre soap opera

Aaron Rodgers is the future, Brett Favre is the past. Aaron Rodgers isn't Brett Favre, but he can be a solid starter when given the chance. Brett Favre needs to get on with his life and stop playing football.

2. Find a replacement for Corey Williams

When DT Johnny Jolly was arrested on felony drug charges recently, it was a devastating blow for the team. He was in line to start for recently traded DT Corey Williams. But the Packers went out and drafted a very talented DT from Tennessee, Justin Harrell. If he lives up to his potential, he can be better than Corey Williams.

3. Improve the blitz

Coach Mike McCarthy seems to be on the bandwagon for adding more packages with blitz in them. Coordinator Bob Sanders' vanilla defense will add that and hopefully they can get the team to believe in it.

Minnesota Vikings:

1. Believe in a young QB

The roster looks like one that should make the playoffs, until you look at the quarterback position. Tarvaris Jackson needs to believe that everyone else believes in him to succeed. The Vikings chances of making the playoffs are in his hands.

2. Pick a right offensive guard

OT Ryan Cook is listed as the starter, but he needs to show he can hold it. This is really the only weak link on the team, and it needs to be either Cook, Marcus Johnson, or Artis Hicks that steps up if one falters.

3. Pick a #2 cornerback

Antoine Winfield is the top corner. Cedric Griffin started off shaky, but finished strong, puting together a mediocre season. Charles Gooden has been playing well, and Marcus McCauley has the potential to be a starter in the NFL.

Well there you have it ladies and gentlemen, my run down of what the teams in the NFC North have to do this preseason and in training camp.


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