Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Detroit defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham became something of a folk hero a few years ago when HBO caught his crusty act on film while filming the Kansas City Chiefs for "Hard Knocks." Cunningham has brought that lovable intensity to the Lions, apparently a welcome tonic to the doldrums of training camp.
A former Chiefs head coach, Cunningham went out of his way to say he likes working for the Lions and living in Detroit. He is keeping players on edge with intense blitz sessions, but he is also making each day interesting for the entire team in what he says is the swan song of his long career.
Cunningham: "This is my last stop. I may die out there [on the field], because I'm gonna give you everything I got. And I know Jim [Schwartz] and the staff is, too. And that's what we're trying to sell to the players -- who we're here for. We're not here for the money. We're here for this city and to make the fans cheer."
Continuing around the NFC North:
Cunningham has installed about 40 blitz packages, writes Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Free Press.
There is cautious optimism that Chicago defensive line coach Rod Marinelli has unleashed the inner pass rush in defensive end Mark Anderson, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner on tight end Greg Olsen: "He's to that point in his career where he's ready to step up and have a huge year. He's gotten better every year, and [when] you get a better supporting cast around him, then obviously he's going to do better. He's playing with a lot of confidence and playing very fast right now." Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald has the full story.
Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune profiles colorful Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe.
Even without Brett Favre, attendance at Vikings training camp is up 60 percent, writes Scoggins and Judd Zulgad.
Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette writes that Brandon Chillar might be the Packers' top inside linebacker at this point.
Running back DeShawn Wynn has made significant strides toward being the Packers' No. 2 back, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.