We're Black and Blue All Over:
The Minnesota Vikings' search for a new defensive coordinator hasn't yet turned up an answer.
The first known candidate they interviewed, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris, joined the Washington Redskins on Wednesday. Their second candidate, Mel Tucker, is wanted back in his old job as the Jacksonville Jaguars' defensive coordinator. Former St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo has been rumored as a third candidate, but other teams are competing for his services.
That would leave Vikings assistant head coach/linebackers Mike Singletary as a potential fallback candidate. Singletary is a close friend of coach Leslie Frazier dating back to their playing days with the Chicago Bears.
I wouldn't assume that Tucker is headed back to the Jaguars, who promoted him to interim head coach last season but then passed over him for their head-coaching job. And for what it's worth, the team still hasn't confirmed any move on incumbent Fred Pagac. Stay tuned.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Local officials are racing to meet a 6 p.m. ET deadline for submitting Vikings stadium proposals to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, according to the Star Tribune. That includes a newly proposed site in Shakopee, Minn.
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel examines the Green Bay Packers' offensive line.
The Packers must deal with the New York Giants' balanced offense on Sunday, notes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Wednesday was an emotional day for the Packers, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Former Chicago Bears quarterbacks coach Greg Olson has emerged as a candidate for their current opening, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Of the four outside candidates for the Bears' general manager job, San Diego Chargers director of player personnel Jimmy Raye and Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross are highest on their list, according to Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com.
Candidates with backgrounds in college scouting are attractive to the Bears, writes Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew should be the NFL's executive of the year, writes Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press.
The Lions could benefit from a flood of free agents on the market this offseason, writes Eric Lacy of the Detroit News.
Philip Zaroo of Mlive.com is grading the Lions position-by-position, including the offensive line.