NFC North Blog
The Bears' newly hired quarterbacks coach, Dowell Loggains, is said to have a close relationship with QB Jay Cutler. Loggains' NFL career began in 2006 with the Titans. While in Tennessee, the 34-year-old coach oversaw the quarterback position from 2010-12. Both Cutler and Loggains are close in age and have obvious Nashville-based roots as Cutler played college ball at Vanderbilt. In fact, it's rumored that Loggains suggested that the Titans draft Cutler over Vince Young in 2006.
Last week, Lions running back Joique Bell shared a photo on Instragram of himself in a hospital, recovering after an unknown operation. The work Bell had done is unknown no longer. He underwent procedures to clean up one of his knees and an Achilles tendon. Bell sustained a knee injury early in the season, but his one absence was due to a concussion.
In 15 games, Bell gained 1,182 yards from scrimmage and scored eight touchdowns.
Packers WR Randall Cobb is heading into the offseason not knowing where he'll play next year. When asked if he'd like to return to Green Bay, the 24-year-old slot man simply answered, "of course." Having lost to the Seahawks in overtime on Sunday in the Conference Championship Game, Cobb's 2014 season is officially over. He'll have to wait until March -- when free agency begins -- before making any definite future plans.
On Monday John Fox held a press conference, officially announcing his reign as the Bears' 18th head coach. When asked about Jay Cutler, Fox admitted that he hadn't met the team's quarterback yet, but that he was "looking forward to getting to know Jay." The nearly 60-year-old spoke a lot about winning in Monday's meeting with the media. In fact, when a reporter inquired as to what Fox wants in a signal-caller, the Bears' HC simply replied, "One that wins."
Beat writer Tom Silverstein live-blogged Packers head coach Mike McCarthy's press conference Thursday in which the coach said he was "just nervous" about running back Lacy's knee being sore, so he pulled him from the day's practice. McCarthy admitted he was being conservative with his star RB and that he should be ready to play come Sunday.
The knee injury doesn't sound too bad, but it's of concern if Lacy is playing with a bum knee against a tough matchup in Seattle. This may also give credence to James Starks as a legitimate option for fantasy playoff and DFS lineups. This is a situation to monitor, especially if Lacy is limited again in Friday practice.
The Bears have yet to fill their head coaching vacancy, but according to reports, John Fox is the current front-runner for the position. Less than 24 hours after Fox and the Broncos parted ways, the Bears reached out to the veteran HC and scheduled an interview. For his part, Fox also appears interested in taking up residence in the Windy City.
When asked today how his damaged left calf muscle feels, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said: "About the same as last week."
On this day last week, Rodgers wasn't practicing. Not that his playing status for the divisional round was ever in jeopardy, but he was still sidelined by his injury.
One week later, Rodgers is practicing as Green Bay prepares for the NFC Championship Game at Seattle. Rodgers was officially limited during Wednesday's session.