We're Black and Blue All Over:
Using exclusive statistics developed by Football Outsiders, Mike Tanier offers some ideas on remaining roster holes in the NFC North. You'll need an Insider subscription to read the whole thing, but I can tell you that Tanier views either offensive or defensive line as the primary needs for three of the four teams.
Among other things, Tanier suggested the Bears need to replace their longtime interior combination of center Olin Kreutz and guard Roberto Garza.
Tanier: "Chicago committed 27 blown blocks that led to sacks or penalties, according to Football Outsiders' Game Charting Project, the third-highest total in the league, but blown blocks tell only part of the story. The Bears ranked 30th in the league in adjusted line yards on runs up the middle last season, where Kreutz and Garza do most of their dirty work. The FO game charters noted many instances of missed blocks by Garza that led to stuffed running plays, and even Kreutz whiffed on his fair share of blocks against quicker defenders."
The Bears focused on the tackle position in the draft, grabbing Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi in the first round. But as we've discussed many times, the Bears conceivably could have addressed all of the five offensive line positions this offseason.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Garza told Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune that "nothing is guaranteed."
The Minnesota Vikings' chief stadium lobbyist told the Star Tribune that the city of Minneapolis' plan to build a new stadium "won't work." So unless major changes are made, it seems likely the team will select a site in suburban Arden Hills, Minn.
According to a Minnesota Poll, most Minnesota residents still oppose public financing for the stadium.
Jay Weiner of MinnPost.com: "A group called NoVikingTax.com already has scheduled a training session on how to stop a stadium tax. (It's set for 3 p.m. Sunday at the Minneapolis Central Library.)"
If you want to see what Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was up to at the Kentucky Derby, check this Twitpic from model Marisa Miller. (Yes, all of those words are accurate.)
Detroit Lions cornerback Aaron Berry spent some time with All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis in February, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com: "The Detroit Lions are going to be active in free agency, but don't assume the team will fill all its holes through that process."