MIAMI -- Soon I’ll be starting the trek over to the Pro Bowl. Colleagues Mike Sando (NFC West) and Tim Graham (AFC East) will be joining John Clayton and I in a pseudo-live chat throughout the game. Please join us here at NFL Nation Live at 7 p.m. ET.
I read through many of your comments from Saturday’s post on Bryant McKinnie’s dismissal from the NFC team. Many of them were legitimate and one stood out. This from Vikes4ever70:
“Hey KS, I don't think Bryant McKinnie was/is the only NFC north member at the pro bowl. How bout another blog that is about one of them, instead of taking every chance you get to focus on one negative incident involving a Viking.”
I don’t know about taking “every chance,” but you’re right in this regard: It’s time to stop giving McKinnie any more attention. Instead, we’ll focus the rest of our coverage on Aaron Rodgers, Steve Hutchinson, Johnny Knox and the rest of the NFC North players who actually braved the week of practice and will participate in this game.
I’ll check back in a few hours from Sun Life Stadium. Until then, let’s take a Sunday afternoon spin around the division:
At the very least, it looks like Mike Martz is a serious contender for Chicago’s offensive coordinator job. He met Saturday with Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in Nashville, Tenn. Here are reports from the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.
Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a Q&A with former Packers tight end Mark Chmura, who will be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame. Chmura: “You know, I've said I'm sorry 100 times. I don't know how many more times I can say it.”
John Niyo of the Detroit News looks at a relatively rare occurrence for the Lions: Relative continuity on the coaching staff.
The Lions will improve their defense, one way or the other, with the No. 2 pick in the 2010 draft, writes Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.