We're Black and Blue All Over:
As we noted late Monday night, we are now waiting for the Chicago Bears to complete the second round of interviews in their coaching search. We are also waiting to find out if the Green Bay Packers will make any coaching staff changes after their defense's embarrassing performance in Saturday night's divisional playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Coach Mike McCarthy is scheduled to meet with reporters Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET. Assistant coaches will follow. I'm not sure if there is anything to be read into the timing of their availability, but generally speaking, teams don't put assistant coaches in position to speak publicly if their futures are truly in question.
I've suggested that defensive coordinator Dom Capers' tenure should at least come under review after the 49ers gained 323 rushing yards, and 579 total, amid some pointed remarks from players in the postgame locker room. Meanwhile, Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette has a column that strongly advocates for Capers' return.
Vandermause: "[T]his is no time for an emotional, knee-jerk over-reaction. Capers should be judged by his large body of work, not a handful of games. This is the same defensive coordinator who played a major role two years ago in the Packers' Super Bowl championship by coaching up a patchwork, injury-plagued unit."
We'll see what McCarthy has to say on the topic, if anything, this afternoon.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com: "In the past, McCarthy has avoided painting himself into an on-the-record corner by saying anything about possible staff changes, so it’s hard to predict if he’ll say anything definitive Tuesday."
It's not clear what the future holds for Packers running back James Starks, writes Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians requires "the shortest leap of faith" among the Bears' final candidates, writes David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune.
It's not clear whether Arians, Marc Trestman and Darrell Bevell are the only finalists, writes Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com has an interesting theory for why Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew hasn't done a better job solidifying the cornerback position. Richardson: "Because Mayhew seemingly drafts guys who look just like him -- short and feisty."
We'll soon find out if Lions defensive end Cliff Avril made the right decision last spring by turning down a three-year, $30 million contract. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press explains.
The Lions are expected to reach out to former Tennessee Titans special teams coordinator Alan Lowry to replace Danny Crossman, writes Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson beat Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning for MVP and Comeback Player of the Year in two player polls, notes Mark Craig of the Star Tribune.