We're Black and Blue All Over:
In Thursday's Camp Confidential on the Chicago Bears, we discussed the leadership void following the departure of center Olin Kreutz. Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher seemed like the most logical candidate to fill it, and Urlacher discussed that subject with Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.
Urlacher doesn't expect to be more vocal than he normally is, but will continue to make players accountable for mistakes.
"We don't need a guy to go yell at everybody,'' Urlacher told the Tribune. "Our guys, they don't act like [dummies]. They follow rules. They practice hard. They lead by example.''
It's not necessary to have a rah-rah motivator screaming all day long. What the Bears need is a veteran player who others can watch and emulate. Urlacher has the capacity to be that player.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Jon Greenberg of ESPNChicago.com examines the Bears' defense through the eyes of coordinator Rod Marinelli.
Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times isn't sure if the Bears and tailback Matt Forte are in "the same zip code" in contract negotiations.
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy switched his upcoming night practices to daytime for two reasons, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. First, he wants their "body clocks" on regular-season time. Second, night practices were making for some long days.
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that Packers defensive back Jarrett Bush is playing cornerback "with far more confidence and aplomb than he ever has. His one-on-one coverage has been better than it's ever been and his mistakes fewer and far between."
The Packers have already inserted Morgan Burnett into the starting strong safety job ahead of veteran Charlie Peprah, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
It's difficult to see what direction the Minnesota Vikings are headed, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb and receiver Bernard Berrian are both looking to put 2010 behind them, writes Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
McNabb is not fazed by the fact that he's on a one-year contract, notes the Star Tribune.
Detroit Lions starters will see action for about a quarter in Friday night's preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, notes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.
Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham has been quieter than normal during training camp practices, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News: "The Lions line is an enigma wrapped in bandages these days, and I'm certainly not here to tell you it's great. You'd pelt me with over-ripe zucchini if I did. I always think it could use an upgrade. But I am here to say it might be better than we think, and each side -- pro-line, anti-line -- overreacts to disprove the other."