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BBAO: Back to headquarters

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Sorry for the late start. Technical issues.

It was a nice run for our 2010 training camp tour, which ended Wednesday in Mankato, Minn. It was great to embed with each NFC North team for three days, and hopefully we all have a much better feel for the division than we did two weeks ago.

I've got plenty of information left in my notebook, and the plan is to sprinkle it into the blog over the next few weeks as we ramp up for -- gasp -- the start of the regular season. Amazing, isn't it?

While we all re-claim our bearings, mostly me I guess, let's take a jaunt around the division:

  • Don't forget that Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz once coached the offensive line in San Diego. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune has more.

  • Safeties Danieal Manning and Major Wright are in a first-team rotation, according to ESPNChicago.com.

  • Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times: "The consensus around town for some time now is that the giant doomsday clock is running out on Bears coach Lovie Smith and his staff. Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Days of Our Lovie. Even if you believe that, here's an indisputable fact: the Bears aren't coaching like it."

  • Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com: "The Detroit Lions' scouting department believes [cornerback Amari Spievey] has a lot of ability and can be a productive player. The coaching staff thinks otherwise."

  • Frustration is mounting for Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy, who has missed 11 consecutive days of practice because of a back injury. Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News has more.

  • Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham on the status of linebacker Caleb Campbell when he worked out for the team this spring after two years away from the game: "It was beyond rust. It was like dust." Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has more.

  • Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Breno Giacomini has finally started putting things together, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.

  • The Packers figure to favor tight ends over fullbacks when it comes down to their final roster decisions, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

  • Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel examines the Packers' financial decisions in recent years and moving forward.

  • Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com doesn't consider the Minnesota Vikings to be in a placekicking competition.

  • Vikings linebacker Jasper Brinkley, the understudy for returning starter E.J. Henderson, has been having a good camp, according to Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune.

  • Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "Aside from the uncertainty surrounding quarterback Brett Favre, the battle for right cornerback is the most intriguing story line at Vikings training camp."