Having missed on its first two choices for offensive coordinator, Chicago was down to this dilemma: Pursue a little-wanted veteran (Mike Martz) or a relatively unknown up-and-comer. The Bears chose the latter.
Cincinnati quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese began interviewing Tuesday for the job, according to Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune. Zampese, the son of former long-time NFL coach Ernie Zampese, is considered a front-runner for the job.
The Bengals are looking for a swift decision, so we could have resolution to this issue soon. Meanwhile, the Bears are awaiting a decision from Perry Fewell as to whether he will take their defensive coordinator job. Fewell interviewed Monday, but is also being pursued by the New York Giants and remains a candidate for Buffalo’s head-coaching job.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Martz would be the ultimate fall-back candidate, writes Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Minnesota rookie Percy Harvin figures to be locked in coverage Sunday with Dallas nickelback Orlando Scandrick, according to this matchup glance from the Star Tribune.
Vikings receiver Sidney Rice and Cowboys receiver Miles Austin both far exceeded expectations this season, writes Rick Alonzo of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette is eagerly awaiting an explanation from the NFL’s head of officials for the failure to call a face mask penalty on the Packers’ final play Sunday at Arizona.
Packers cornerback Charles Woodson foresaw the possibility of winning the Defensive Player of the Year award last summer, writes Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee.
Detroit officials believe quarterback Matthew Stafford lived up to their expectations in 2009, writes Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.
Stafford is heading into a critical offseason for development, according to John Niyo of the Detroit News.