We're Black and Blue All Over:
It's been a few weeks since the Minnesota Vikings were in the headlines, and so defensive end Everson Griffen has provided the latest grist: In a story first reported by the Daily Trojan, Griffen was arrested Monday in Los Angeles and booked for investigation of felony battery.
According to the Los Angeles police department, Griffen allegedly assaulted a police officer during a traffic stop. Griffen had spent the earlier part of the day visiting former teammates and coaches at USC. He reportedly tried to run from the officer, who eventually used a Taser to subdue him.
Griffen, a fourth-round draft pick in 2010, had 11 tackles in 11 games for the Vikings this past season. His role could elevate in 2011 depending on what the Vikings do with potential free agents Ray Edwards and Brian Robison.
Continuing around the NFC North as we prepare for Super Bowl media day on a snowy and icy morning here in North Texas:
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier is the latest of agent Bob LaMonte's success stories, writes Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
The Green Bay Packers are on a mission, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers called winning the Super Bowl "the optimum measuring stick for a quarterback, be it fair or not," according to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Rodgers added: "Dan Marino, one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, did not win a Super Bowl. I think he's still in the discussion for the greatest quarterback of all time. But as far as playing in Green Bay, you have to win Super Bowls."
Before learning he would finish second in the NFL's defensive player of the year voting, Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said: "Whichever way it goes, win or lose, I still get to play on Sunday." Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has more.
Ross Tucker of ESPN.com credits the Packers' two linebackers coaches, Winston Moss and Kevin Greene, for holding together the group during a spate of injuries this season.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press spoke with the high school coach of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who played at nearby Highland Park High School. Coach Randy Allen: "He's a really tough kid. He was never hurt. I mean, he never missed a game for us, and he was very physical. Anytime we ran a reverse play he was a blocker, and he'd roll over people. He was just so physical. He was the one always delivering the blow and never even got up slow after a game. He never missed a practice that I know of."
Chicago Bears tailback Matt Forte on his contract situation, via Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com: "It would be nice [to get the contract done]. It's always nice to have something like that happen. It's really up to my agent [Adisa Bakari] and the Bears to negotiate it. I just want to stay informed with what they're talking about. Hopefully it's all good things. I love playing for the Bears, and I think it's a great organization and I just want to continue to succeed and play well for them."
David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler: "Now, the best and only way Cutler really can repair his reputation will come on the field -- not into a microphone or on the Internet."
The Philadelphia Eagles have interviewed Bears defensive backs coach Jon Hoke for their defensive coordinator job, notes Brad Biggs of the Tribune.