We're Black and Blue All Over:
On Thursday, we noted a plea from Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to adjust an offense that has left him under pressure too often in the passing game. So it's worth nothing that offensive coordinator Mike Martz responded in kind.
Martz, via Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com: "He's right. We're working on it. He's absolutely right. We've talked about it as a staff and we've addressed this issue. Until we get stabilized a little bit on the offensive line ... The same thing happened to us last year, if you remember. Once we got stabilized there ... In an ideal world, you'd like to have all those guys play just like you had in the opener, and things went well, but that's not the case. So we've got to make sure that we're giving him a chance with some of those quicker throws and things. There's no question about that."
Is it as easy as that? And would the Bears broadcast their plans so clearly to Sunday night's opponent, the Minnesota Vikings? In some instances, the obvious answer is unavoidable. The Bears won't have success against the Vikings' pass rush if they operate the same way they have in recent weeks. So the Vikings most likely would anticipate quicker releases anyway.
Continuing around the NFC North:
The Bears are rattled, writes Melissa Isaacson of ESPNChicago.com.
Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher denied he argued with teammate Lance Briggs on the sideline Monday night at Ford Field, according to Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune.
The Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers have both done a good job protecting the ball, notes Philip Zaroo of Mlive.com.
Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press takes a look at the Lions' celebrity bandwagon.
Lions backup John Wendling has proved he isn't just a special-teams player, writes Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse has the smarts to make a quick adjustment to left tackle, writes Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Packers place-kicker Mason Crosby has made all nine field goals this season and is one kick away from tying Chris Jacke's team record of 17 consecutive conversions, notes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
The Packer signed offensive lineman Cecil Newton, the brother of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, to their practice squad. Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette has more.
The Bears and Minnesota Vikings are having trouble throwing the ball for different reasons, notes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
The Vikings are hopeful of meeting next week with Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to push for a special legislative session on their stadium project, according to the Star Tribune.
The Vikings are using running back Lorenzo Booker more on offense, notes the St. Paul Pioneer Press.