NFC Notes: Bears, Lions, Packers


  • Adam Jahns of The Athletic believes that while the Bears quarterback competition will encompass the team, Chicago should not rely solely on QB Mitchell Trubisky if he retains the starting job over QB Nick Foles.
  • Jahns also notes the signing of edge rusher Robert Quinn could be one of the best free-agent signings of the offseason should Quinn return to his previous form in Chuck Pagano‘s defense.


  • Dan Graziano of ESPN takes a look at some extension candidates for the Lions to watch over the next year or so including WR Kenny Golladay and LT Taylor Decker.
  • Regarding Golladay, Graziano says there should be no questions whatsoever about his place with the team moving forward, even though it remains to be seen what will happen with the coaching staff the front office after this season.
  • According to Michael Rothstein of ESPN, Lions QB Matthew Stafford, WR Jamal Agnew, TE Jesse James, and FB Nick Bawden worked out together on Thursday despite NFLPA medical director Dr. Thom Mayer advising against group sessions. 


Packers HC Matt LaFleur’s offense will be a run-first, play-action system that GM Brian Gutekunst followed when he drafted RB A.J. Dillon and TE Josiah Deguara. However, it was QB Aaron Rodgers who agreed on the offense and gave his input on the draft picks.

“His input through this offseason has maybe been the best I’ve been around, to be honest with you,” said QB coach Luke Getsy, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “We’ve included him in so much, and we needed him to be included in so much. He’s been huge. He’s clarified things for us, we’ve clarified things for him. I feel like there’s no question that we’re moving into this summer with our staff being on the same page with him as good as I’ve ever been with him.”

“We had so many great conversations,” LaFleur added. “We really were able to talk out and talk through every concept that we run, both in the run game and pass game; just the expectations of every play. Certainly, he’s got a lot of experience and always want to hear his input.”

It is possible the Packers decided to include Rodgers in the decision-making process after Gutekunst drafted Rodgers’ possible successor, QB Jordan Love.

“I know that fire still burns in him deep,” said Packers LT David Bakhtiari. “He still will in his own way make sure that he’ll still try to win in every facet. He’s the most competitive person I’ve met, and yes, I always expect the most out of him because I know that he can at least for my expectations, that he can deliver on that end.’’

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