BBAO: Bears defense clicking in OTAs

We're Black and Blue All Over:

It appears the Chicago Bears' defense is continuing to outperform their offense during organized team activities. ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson's most recent OTA report notes a rash of interceptions and broken-up passes during a 7-on-7 red zone drill.

Dickerson also reports it was a "rough afternoon" for backup quarterback Caleb Hanie.

It's always difficult to keep score during non-contact practices, some of which coaches intentionally rig to favor one side. But frankly, the Bears' once-proud defense needed a confidence boost after last season. If some big plays during OTAs can boost spirits and unity this spring, the Bears will have taken an important step prior to the start of training camp.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • It appears the Bears have removed veteran Kevin Shaffer from the mix at left guard, reports Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, and have left Lance Louis and Johan Asiata to battle for the position.

  • Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald on Matt Forte's reaction to the acquisition of veteran Chester Taylor: "He is neither put off by the competition nor surprised that Taylor was brought in."

  • Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette on Packers rookie safety Morgan Burnett: "Though he's still learning the Packers' version of the 3-4 defense, his instincts have already come through in his play. In all three of the OTA practices that have been open to the media, Burnett has made at least one big play."

  • Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com provides the lowdown on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' burgeoning career as a media critic.

  • Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com on Detroit Lions backup quarterback Shaun Hill: "The only problem with Hill is that he's only got one year left on his contract so he'll likely be moving on in 2011. That means the Lions will be looking for another player just like him and that's going to be very difficult to find."

  • The Lions are using a six-foot tire during OTAs. Find out why in this report from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.

  • Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon spoke with Minnesota Vikings rookies on Wednesday, according to Mike Wobschall of Vikings.com.

  • Soccer is the first love of Vikings kickoff specialist Rhys Lloyd, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.