NFC North training camp one-liners

QB Jay Cutler is adjusting to an offense that requires him to throw to a spot, regardless of whether an open receiver occupies it when the ball is released.

The tight end with the bad knee and hard-to-pronounce name to whom the Bears gave too much money participated in one of two Saturday practice sessions.

LB Brian Urlacher and C Olin Kreutz were held out of the second practice; coach Lovie Smith said Urlacher’s absence had nothing to do with a dislocated wrist that knocked him out of 15 games last year.

Will the presence of DE Julius Peppers result in fewer blitzes from the Bears?

Receiver coach Darryl Drake says that the Bears have their best group of pass catchers since 2004.  [Editor’s note:  Darryl, it’s “puff, puff, pass,” not “puff, puff, puff . . . puff, puff, puff.”]

Six Lions started camp on the PUP list, including safety Louis Delmas.

RB Kevin Smith, who’s coming back from a torn ACL and trying to hold off rookie Jahvid Best, was cleared to practice with the Lions– and did.

Best has a long way to go to live up to his name; reportedly “rattled” at the start of practice, he dropped a pass and was required to do push ups.

Coach Jim Schwartz was happy with the Lions’ focus and concentration on the first day of practice.

Tom Kowalski thinks that the Commish was too hard on Lions president Tom Lewand.

For the Packers, the slogan for the season could be “Super Bowl or die.”

Packers CB Brandon Underwood still waits to hear whether he’ll be charged with sexual assault or solicitation of prostitution.

A helmet to the back knocked Packers LB Brad Jones out of practice prematurely.

In the battle at left guard between Daryn Colledge and Jason Spitz, Colledge got the first crack with the first team.

Vikings QB Sage Rosenfels will get plenty of work for now; once Brett Favre shows up, Sage likely will be the odd man out.

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson “tightened up a bit” on Saturday in an unspecified area, presumably not his grip on the ball.

Though he’s on the PUP list, Vikings CB Cedric Griffin says that he’s “ready to play football right now.”

So far, so good for quarterback-turned-receiver-turned-quarterback Joe Webb.

Vikings LB Jasper Brinkley, who likely will get bounced to the bench once E.J. Henderson returns, says he has no individual goals, only team goals.

15 responses to “NFC North training camp one-liners

  1. The “spot” they are trying to get Cutler to throw to has a player in a Bear’s uniform in the background, rather than one of an opposing team.

    Great article by Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune giving Favre exactly what he deserves. Chilly can dance around the issue all he wants, and he is being held hostage, but bottom line is…..Favre is putting his own selfish, petty, arrogant ego in front of his team. A lot different from last year…..the guy is now under contract. The Queens are a potential SB team and their starting QB is holding out of training camp because he doesn’t want to be there.
    Brett Favre—-biggest a$$hole is pro sports.

  3. the bears having their best group of wide receivers since 2004 is like saying the lions have their best defence since 2000, or the vikings have their best coach since 1990, or the packers have their smartest fans since 19… er ever

  4. Favre has been clear with the Vikings that he isn’t showing up until he is ready and that he will decide when that is. If the Vikings couldn’t handle that then they could send him packing like Green Bay did. But the Vikings have made the judgment that it is okay for him to do this.
    This infuriates Packer fans that Brett was able to last season do exactly what the Packers wouldn’t allow and succeeded in a way that didn’t “hurt the team” as some less intelligent folks thought it would.
    For some crazy reason a bunch of millionaire jocks will still play football even if the QB situation has levels of uncertainty. To anyone with a brain this would be obvious. But to people who wanted to believe so badly that this would create a schism, well, they were put in their places last season.

  5. Smart trade giving up a draft pick for Rosenfelds, especially when he is about to be cut after filling in as a 3rd string QB all last year.

  6. Florio, the entire city of Chicago hates you. Maybe.. Just maybe.. could you post something positive about the Bears?

  7. Brennan says:
    August 2, 2010 3:41 AM
    Florio, the entire city of Chicago hates you. Maybe.. Just maybe.. could you post something positive about the Bears?
    Florio seems too busy to do it. I’ll do it for him. Ahem…
    The Bears are not the Vikings.

  8. cutler throws to a spot ahd guess who’s there? not a bear 30 times haha! pack will be back on top with rodgers not failvre!

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