NFC Notes: Bears, Packers, Vikings


Hall of Fame Bears HC Mike Ditka believes the team should stay in Chicago instead of building a new stadium in Arlington.

“The Chicago Bears belong in the city of Chicago,” Ditka said, via Jim O’Donnell of the Daily Herald. “That’s it. Call me an old-timer, call me a traditionalist, whatever. They’re a Chicago institution, and that should be the end of it.”

“Just like the Bears belong in Chicago, like Coach Halas had it, Arlington Park should remain a racetrack. It’s a gem, a thing of beauty. Arlington Heights is known around the world because of that racetrack. Racetrack in Arlington Heights, Bears in Chicago. That’s the end of it.”


Despite some changes on the offensive line, OL Billy Turner isn’t altering his approach to the season.

“To be completely honest with you, nothing has changed for me,” Turner said, via “I’m not going to act any different than I’ve acted the last two years, this year, just because somebody is not in the room.

“I’m approaching the situation no different than I’ve approached the last two years and that is to continue to learn and to grasp this scheme and to help these young players whenever I get a chance to help them.”

Turner added he isn’t worried that the quarterback questions will impact his play.

“I kind of know what I have to do,” Turner said. “I focused on my body. I focused on my rehab, and I build up into the approach to basically be able to get into the season and propel me through these now-17 weeks that we’re going to have to navigate through and then into the playoffs.”


Texas A&M HC Jimbo Fisher believes the Vikings are a perfect fit for rookie QB Kellen Mond, since Mond can sit behind QB Kirk Cousins.

“Being behind Kirk, who’s a great veteran, who’s been productive, I think it’s a perfect set-up for [Mond],” Fisher said, via Chris Tomasson. “I’m happy. … I think Minnesota’s one of the top organizations in [the NFL], and I think that’s very important where you go and play pro football. I think [Zimmer is] a great football coach, a great football mind.”

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