Black and Blue all over: Quick links from Arizona

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Greetings on a warm morning in the Valley of the Sun, although the sun hasn't come up yet, making it hard to confirm we're in a valley. Anyway, let's hit the best reads of the NFC North before hopping on a plane here at Sky Harbor Airport. (Thanks for the wireless, by the way.)

  • Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times recalls that Arizona assistant head coach/offensive line Russ Grimm was once a candidate for the Bears' top job. Grimm famously referred to the Bears' owners as the "McClaskey" family.

  • John Niyo of the Detroit News sets up the Lions' week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., where they will be scouting draft prospects and also seeking assistant coaches.

  • Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press asks the $64 million question: If the Arizona Cardinals can make the Super Bowl, why can't the Lions?

  • Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Philadelphia would not have let defensive backs coach Sean McDermott out of his contract to allow him to interview for the Packers' defensive coordinator job. The Packers decided to hire Dom Capers on Sunday night for the job.

  • Minnesota defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier spoke to the Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press about his failure to land a head coaching job this offseason. Said Frazier: "I did everything I could do. I'm honestly not disappointed because I have such a good job here with the Vikings."