NFC North Blog
Former NFL QB Mike Groh will continue to oversee the Bears' wide receivers in 2015. After more than 10 years of college coaching experience, Groh became Chicago's receivers coach in February of 2013. Under Groh, Alshon Jeffery has blossomed, breaking 1,000 receiving yards in back-to-back seasons. Star wideout Brandon Marshall has also continued to produce on the elite level but hit a plateau this year after falling victim to injury.
According to a report via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Packers WR Jarrett Boykin is not expected to return to Green Bay for a fourth season. Set to become a free agent, the 6-foot-2 and 218-pound receiver is unlikely to get an offer from the Pack. Having been plagued by inconsistent hands for the bulk of his career, the 25-year-old wideout began 2014 as the Packers' No. 3 receiver. Rookie Davante Adams overtook the elder WR in the first third of the season, expediting Boykin's imminent departure from Labmeau.
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."