How I See It: NFC North Stock Watch


Average age of Minnesota’s quarterbacks. Last week, the Vikings’ three quarterbacks -- Brett Favre, Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels -- boasted an average age of 33. But that number plummeted to 30.25 after they signed William & Mary quarterback R.J. Archer as a rookie free agent. And if you want to add Ryan Perrilloux to the mix -- he will participate in a rookie minicamp this weekend as a tryout basis -- the average drops all the way to 28.8. So take that, all you naysayers who questioned the Vikings’ long-term viability at quarterback after they failed to draft one this year.


Optimism in Detroit. How often has a Lions coach been quoted saying something funny, much less something as wild as Jim Schwartz’s joke (I think) that he gets “aroused” watching Jahvid Best highlight videos on YouTube? Yes, the Lions believe they have something going after overhauling their defensive line and adding a number of skill players -- Best, receiver Nate Burleson, tight end Tony Scheffler -- to their offense. When you’ve lost 30 of your past 32 games, and 37 of your past 40, you take advantage of every reason to smile.