We're Black and Blue All Over:
How many examples do we need to conclude that Chicago Bears offensive coordinator/general manager Mike Martz isn't enthused about Caleb Hanie as his No. 2 quarterback?
Last year, Martz positioned veteran Todd Collins in that spot even after a four-interception start in Week 5 against the Carolina Panthers. That decision proved disastrous in the NFC Championship Game, when Hanie had to relieve an ineffective Collins after starter Jay Cutler's knee injury.
On Monday, Martz decided that Hanie's performance in the Bears' preseason opener necessitated a look at rookie Nathan Enderle with the Bears' second-team offense. Coach Lovie Smith later explained Hanie "didn't play as well as I thought he did initially" Saturday night and that "you look at how a guy played and that determines what types of reps he gets the following the week."
Hanie was visibly upset and did not speak with reporters.
I realize Hanie hasn't had much experience in the NFL, and he's far from perfect. We shouldn't overreact to one day's training camp practice. But Martz and the Bears need to make a decision on Hanie, one way or the other, and stick with it.
Continuing around the NFC North:
New Bears running back Marion Barber gave Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times a 75-second interview.
Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice wasn't happy with left tackle J'Marcus Webb's intensity Saturday night but thought he had a good practice Monday, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Things are starting to fall for the Green Bay Packers' offensive line exactly the way they did a year ago. And that's not a bad thing. For the second straight year, the only job up for grabs is left guard and for the second straight year the team's No. 1 draft pick is competing for a starting job at a position he didn't play in college."
The Packers' open outside linebacker job remains Frank Zombo's to lose, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Packers punter Tim Masthay is having a great training camp, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Minnesota Vikings running back Toby Gerhart is more comfortable in his second year, writes Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune.
Former Vikings receiver Sidney Rice is missed by running back Adrian Peterson as a friend and a teammate, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
The Detroit Lions aren't sounding any alarms about their running game, notes Philip Zaroo of Mlive.com.
Lions cornerback Eric Wright isn't looking to show up his former team this summer, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
The Lions don't want the NFL's new kickoff rules to diminish returner Stefan Logan's playmaking ability, writes Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News.