We're Black and Blue All Over:
The Chicago Bears are moving forward with their general manager search and have received assurance they won't lose their just-promoted offensive coordinator. Such was the upshot of two developments for the franchise Monday night.
The finalists to replace general manager Jerry Angelo are Kansas City executive Phil Emery, a former Bears scout, and Jason Licht of the New England Patriots. Both will receive second interviews this week, after which the Bears will presumably make a decision. There have been reports that Emery -- a relatively quiet, hard-working meat-and-potatoes candidate -- is seen as the favorite in many NFL circles, but the team insisted that no decisions have been made.
Meanwhile, offensive coordinator Mike Tice was dropped from consideration for the Oakland Raiders' head-coaching job. Tice had been scheduled to interview for the job Tuesday, but the Raiders have already moved to the second round of their interview process, according to Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has told the Minnesota Vikings that the only stadium site with chances of getting approved in 2012 is the Metrodome site. The Star Tribune has more.
The Vikings are "extremely frustrated" with that decision, according to a team spokesman via Doug Belden of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Vikings guard Steve Hutchinson wants to play in 2012, according to Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
The Vikings' reconfigured coaching staff is getting a trial run at the Senior Bowl, reports Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune.
Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers has already spoken with the Oakland Raiders about their head-coaching job, reports Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The departure of offensive coordinator Joe Philbin could send ripple effects through the Packers' coaching staff, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Former Packers radio announcer Jim Irwin has died, notes Kareem Copeland of the Press-Gazette. He was 77.
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew wants to see the team reduce its penalty total but isn't concerned with personal fouls on their own, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.