NFC North Notes: Bears, Lions, Packers



  • Bears HC Matt Nagy said Friday that S Eddie Jackson will be a “game-time decision” for their Wildcard game against the Eagles. Nagy added that they plan to be smart with Jackson.
  • Bears signed LB Jameer Thurman to a futures contract. (NFLTR)


  • Lions GM Bob Quinn made it clear Monday that Matthew Stafford is going to be their starting quarterback moving forward: Matthew Stafford is our quarterback. He’ll be our quarterback here.” (Tim Twentyman)
  • Quinn admitted that they have to do a better job putting players around Stafford and scheming things up better.
  • Regarding the Golden Tate trade, Quinn said he heard from teams in the preseason, but the offers were “insulting.” They didn’t hear anything about a potential until the morning of the trade deadline where offer changed multiple times and ultimately led to an offer that they couldn’t refuse. (Michael Rothstein)
  • Quin said he expects 35-45 percent roster turnover and referred to this as being league average. (Justin Rogers)


Packers TE Marcedes Lewis offered his take on the dysfunction within the team towards the end of the season.

I think all of that stuff that happened towards the end in Green Bay all came from the top,” Lewis said on Yahoo Sports’ “Mostly Football” on Thursday. “I feel like Aaron had his own set of things that he wanted to do, then obviously McCarthy had his things that he wanted to do. I just think there was a little disfunction.

Lewis mentioned a specific instance in which QB Aaron Rodgers disregarded a play call from HC Mike McCarthy.

“One time I really saw it for the first time, we were in the huddle. I guess McCarthy called in a play, and Aaron was kind of like, ‘Nah,’ ” Lewis said. “He gave a direction and a protection to the line, and went. It was a four-minute offense, he threw a 40-yard bomb for a completion. I’m like, ‘What’s really going on?’ I’ve never seen anything like that before in my life.”

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