NFC Notes: Bears, Giants, Packers, Vikings


Bears DC Vic Fangio admitted Thursday that he wanted to know who the team’s next head coach would be before agreeing to return to Chicago.

“I just had to feel comfortable with everything,” Fangio said, via Jeff Dickerson of ESPN. “You know, who the head coach was going to be and the continued direction of the team as far as where we were headed, roster-wise.

“It was a drawn-out process in that there were a lot of possibilities available, and so it became a comparison thing, too.

While the team will have a new head coach and offensive system, Fangio doesn’t anticipate a lot changing on his end.

“I mean, [former Bears head coach] John [Fox] basically let me do everything, really, anyway,” Fangio said. “I don’t see much difference there.


  • While the Giants are set to hire Pat Shurmur as their next head coach, a source tells Ralph Vacchiano that the Giants actually prefer to hire Patriots OC Josh McDaniels. However, McDaniels’ preference is to take the Colts job.
  • According to Vacchiano, the Giants still haven’t heard from McDaniels but they will likely reach out to him on Monday just to be sure.
  • If McDaniels were to change his mind, Vacchiano believes New York would reconvene and schedule follow up interviews with McDaniels and Shurmur.
  • A team source who spoke to Vacchiano described this year’s crop of coaching candidates as “uninspiring”.


  • Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Packers it’s not a given that safeties coach Darren Perry will be leaving Green Bay, even though he has interviewed with the Texans.
  • While a report indicated that Perry was no longer with the team, Silverstein points out that Perry is still under contract with the Packers.


Vikings veteran CB Terence Newman indicated that he may be open to returning for the 2018 season, even if Minnesota ends up winning a Super Bowl.

“Let’s just say hypothetically speaking that I was able to (win a Super Bowl), then why not try to get two?’’ Newman said, via the Pioneer Press. “You can look at it at both sides.’’

We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2018 NFL Free Agents list.