We're Black and Blue All Over:
I suggest we all cut, paste and remember this quote from Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who has spent most of this offseason lavishing sweet nothings on offensive coordinator Mike Martz. Courtesy Jon Greenberg of ESPNChicago.com:
"He makes you want to come to work every day. He's so creative, he's doing fun stuff. He's finding ways to win. That's all you can ask for as a player, to have a coach that loves football and is going to do everything possible to be successful. I think that's what the great coaches are able to do and what Mike's done in the past."
Based on what we've seen of Cutler's personality, I'm going to take a leap and suggest he's not the type to fake such rosy assessments. So I think it's fair to say that as the Bears concluded organized team activities this week, Cutler was sold on Martz's system. Will it remain that way throughout the season? The answer to that question will be a key to the Bears' 2010 season.
Continuing around the NFC North:
New Bears safety Chris Harris has been a spectator for a number of OTAs but said his health is not an issue, writes Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com. Hmmmmm.
The Bears closed OTAs a confident group, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Bears center Olin Kreutz, who had ankle surgery over the winter, finally got back to practice this week, according to Dickerson.
The Bears lost one possibility for a veteran backup quarterback Wednesday when Marc Bulger signed with the Baltimore Ravens, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Detroit Lions players raved about rookie running back Jahvid Best on the first day of mandatory minicamp, writes John Niyo of the Detroit News.
The Lions are inching injured running back Kevin Smith back into football activities, writes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.
Lions safety Louis Delmas isn't participating in minicamp because of a minor injury, according to Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin, who missed last year's rookie symposium because of an illness, will not be required to attend this year. Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune has more.
There was another Williams Wall ruling Wednesday that continued to suggest no end in sight to the legal proceedings. Rochelle Olson of the Star Tribune reports it is almost inevitable that Minnesota Vikings tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams will be eligible to play all 16 games this season.
Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson had an impressive offseason, writes Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Packers special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum discusses the team's punting competition and other issues in a media Q&A published by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.