NFC Notes: Bears, Lions, Packers

     

Bears

Bears S Deon Bush, who signed a one-year extension this offseason, said he feels “more comfortable with the game” each season and expects a “big year” in 2020. 

I feel like every year I’ve been getting more comfortable with the game,” Bush said, via Bears All Access. “I think this is going to be a big year and I feel like I’ve been putting in work and I’m ready to take the next step. I’m ready to go into training camp and compete with the guys. We got some great safeties in the room and that’s going to elevate all our games.”

Bush said he’s been doing one-on-one workouts with Bears S Eddie Jackson and CB Artie Burns.

“We are doing a lot of one-on-ones. I just did a lot of work with Artie Burns and I have seen Eddie (Jackson) and I did a workout with him since he was down in Miami,” Bush said. “Basically, I’m working my craft, working my eyes, watching a lot of film, and I’m feeling very comfortable. I really can’t wait to get back to camp.”

Lions

  • Per Justin Rogers of the Detroit News, new Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp says she plans to be very hands-on as an owner and will meet with team president Rod Wood to dive deep into areas of the organization she isn’t as familiar with. 
  • One of those areas will be the analytics department. (Michael Rothstein)
  • Ford Hamp doesn’t want to micromanage but she does want to take a more active role: “I don’t plan to meddle, but I want to be well informed to make decisions at the top.” (Rogers)
  • She said it was her mother’s decision to step down as acting owner and that Martha Ford is “completely fine and healthy.” They felt the summer was a good time to make the transition. (Rothstein)
  • Ford Hamp revealed it was a collective decision to retain Lions HC Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn at the end of last season: “That was definitely a joint effort, and with my siblings. It was definitely a joint decision.” (Dave Birkett)
  • At the time, Lions ownership issued a mandate that it wanted to see “meaningful games in December” to justify keeping the two. Ford Hamp clarified the main thing, given the pandemic, is they want to see, “major improvements, and at this point I can’t really say what those specific measures are going to be.” (Birkett)
  • Ford Hamp told reporters she would have no objection to the Lions signing QB Colin Kaepernick: ” If our coaches and GM think it’s a good idea to sign Colin Kaepernick, we will completely support it.” (Birkett)

Packers

  • Former NFL GM and analyst for the Athletic Michael Lombardi writes the most obvious question for the Packers in 2020 is if they’ll be able to stop the run on defense after struggling in 2019, most notably in their playoff demolition by the 49ers in the NFC Championship. 
  • He also says Packers QB Aaron Rodgers will need to answer questions about if he still has his playmaking ability in the deep and intermediate ranges of the passing game. 
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