NFC North Notes: Bears, Packers, Vikings

     

Bears

  • Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune maintains Bears HC Matt Nagy is not on the hot seat as he enters the 2020 season. 
  • Biggs mentions former Saints G Larry Warford might not be a fit for Bears OL coach Juan Castillo, who has tended to prefer athletic offensive linemen over larger guys like Warford. However, as long as Warford is available he’s worth keeping an eye on. 
  • Former fourth-round LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe is someone Biggs thinks the team will rely on to step up as depth at inside linebacker. 

Packers

The Packers right now have the luxury of time as they work to develop first-round QB Jordan Love, as starting QB Aaron Rodgers‘ contract makes it hard to move on for a few years. But they also have to try to make the most of current teaching opportunities that don’t let coaches and Love share the same field. It puts an additional burden on HC Matt LaFleur and his staff to make sure they can put Love in the best position to learn. 

“We have got to try to show him as many good examples of what it looks like because the challenge is he’s going out on his own and working those different techniques and fundamentals but you’re not there to be able to correct him or show him the right way,” LaFleur said via ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. “So we’ve got to present as much to him so he can get that good visual so that he can go out there and replicate that.” 

According to LaFleur, the decision to move up for Love came after a few of their draft targets had been selected by other teams. 

“It was just one of those situations where there were a couple guys targeted that had just previously been picked and Jordan was the next guy on the board, and so we went with the best player at the time,” LaFleur said.

Vikings

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer said during an interview with Rich Eisen that the draft picks they received from the Bills and the salary cap relief were the reasons they opted to trade WR Stefon Diggs this offseason. 

Zimmer added that Diggs wasn’t “a pain in the butt” during his time in Minnesota. 

“If you said somebody was a pain in the butt, you probably wouldn’t say him,” Zimmer said. “I’ve been around way worse guys than him, and I hope he has a great career and finishes up strong.”

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