Black, Blue, and Ornery: NFC North News for Monday, August 12th, 2013
- Updated: August 12, 2013
Good morning, folks! Welcome to the WCSN Black, Blue and Ornery, your source for NFC North News on this Monday, August 12th, 2013.
Happy belated birthday to the Green Bay Packers! Yesterday, the team turned 94 years young. I may not like them, but I respect the organization and, for the most part, their fans.
On to the fun facts!
- On this date in 1851, Isaac Singer was granted a patent for the first sewing machine. Imagine how expensive your pants would be without sewing machines! Well, those of you who actually wear pants.
- We all like computers, right? On this date in 1981, the IBM Personal Computer was released. I had an IBM PS/1 back in the day with Windows 3.1. I used to play old Sierra games on it. Don’t act like your not impressed.
- Speaking of dinosaurs, this date in 1990 brought the discovery of Sue, the “largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton found to date,” was discovered by Sue Hendrickson in South Dakota.
What an interesting collection of fun facts! Before you start digging up your backyards to find a dinosaur to name after yourselves, why don’t you help me wish these fine celebrities a Happy Birthday: Flash Gordon star Sam J. Jones, wide receiver Plaxico Burress and Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler.
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Unfortunately the Chicago Bears were unable to get out of their matchup against the Carolina Panthers without a visit from that darn injury bug.
The first, and the one the I’m the most unhappy about, concerns the Bears’ franchised defensive tackle Henry Melton. The NFL’s official site passes along that Melton suffered a concussion early in Friday’s game. The only silver lining is that it happened in the first preseason game, so he has plenty of time to get healed up for the regular season.
Next up, the Bears’ long snapper Patrick Mannelly suffered a rib injury and, according to ESPN Chicago, the team signed Brandon Hartson to take over while he recovers. In a later article, the site noted that Mannelly was expected to be ready for the season opener.
The final injury, as far as I know, was to wide receiver Joe Anderson. The Chicago Tribune reports that Anderson will undergo an MRI on his shoulder. It doesn’t sound too serious yet, but it’ll be unfortunate if he’s forced to miss any practice time. Anderson has been putting in some strong practices recently and even started the team’s first preseason game.
There was a new face practicing with the first team at right tackle Sunday, and it’s not due to injury. The Chicago Tribune notes that the team’s former left tackle turned right tackle J’Marcus Webb has been demoted, at least for the short term, and replaced by the team’s fifth round selection Jordan Mills.
I suspected that Mills wouldn’t eventually take over the position, but he’s getting an opportunity a lot sooner than I would have thought. The coaches probably just want to see what everyone can do before making their decisions. The line is very much a work in progress.
ESPN Chicago watched the Bears first preseason game and came up with a list of five things they learned. I’ll let you read the synopses yourselves, but here are the headlines to pique your interest: “The Bears’ offense is still a work in progress”, “Rookie linebackers looked like they belonged”, “Right tackle continues to be a problem”, “Defense is miles ahead of the offense”, and “Certain guys stepped up”.
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We all know that Eddie Lacy didn’t play against the Arizona Cardinals, but what I thought was interesting was the playing order of the remaining running backs. James Starks started, with Johnathan Franklin coming in next and then Alex Green.
It could be related to something I read in this recent Journal Sentinel article. In it, they discuss how Green has “no idea if he’ll be here a month from now” and that he “continues to hear his name discussed in trade talks.” I ‘m not sure if this is what they’re doing, but playing him against lesser competition in hopes that he’ll entice some other teams makes sense. We’ll just have to wait and see where Green ends up.
Speaking of position battles, the Packers quarterback situation behind Aaron Rodgers is anyone’s guess. The Green Bay Press-Gazette notes that the upcoming week of practice is going to be a big one for Graham Harrell, B.J. Coleman and Vince Young.
The author of the article believes, and I agree, that Vince Young will be given “as much work as is possible for a backup in preparation for next Saturday’s preseason game at St. Louis.” They were obviously unhappy with the guys they had on the roster, so they brought Young in to compete. Now it’s time for them to see what he’s got.
If I had to guess, I think Harrell will eventually be the odd man out, but we’ll just have to see how the competition plays out.
I’m sure none of you care about the fact that the Packers failed to register any points in their first preseason game, but this ESPN Milwaukee article may give you some consolation. Head coach Mike McCarthy (along with quarterback Aaron Rogers, me and people who can see photographs) believe that running back James Starks scored when the team went for it on 4th-and-goal at the 2-yard line.
McCarthy explained his reasoning:
“The ball was over the goal line; Carl (Cheffers, referee) said he could not see (Starks’) knee. (Starks’) hip was three feet off the ground so, I mean, I couldn’t see his knee either. You can figure that out. At least three feet off the ground.”
Come on, refs! After all the Green Bay Packers have done for you, you couldn’t just give them the touchdown?
Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas is continuing his on-again, off-again relationship with practice this offseason and didn’t participate in the team’s preseason victory against the New York Jets. That’s not a huge deal to coach Jim Schwartz.
In a recent MLive.com article, Schwartz was quoted as saying that, while Delmas missing the entire preseason wasn’t the team’s preferred choice, they wouldn’t be too worried about it. He noted that Delmas didn’t come in until week 5 last year when he explained his feelings:
“He played well in that game, but it’s not an ideal situation. You certainly want every player getting some hitting in, getting some game experience in, even though Lou doesn’t need it from a scheme standpoint. It’s important for all the players to be out there. We’ll just take it as it comes.”
The most important thing is Delmas being healthy for the regular season games, anything else is just secondary. Get it? He plays in the secondary! I’ll show myself out.
The Detroit Free Press knows that people love lessons, so they determined a few that we can take from the Detroit Lions’ first preseason game against the Jets. I’ll let you read the article yourselves, but I think at least one commenter will love the portion of the article about how new running back Reggie Bush makes the Lions a better team. There’s even an example!
The Detroit News passes along that the Detroit Lions signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Myron Lewis over the weekend. In a related move, they put “put linebacker Carmen Messina on the waived-injured list.”
The Minnesota Vikings had a little bit of a scare over the weekend when defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd needed to undergo an MRI on a knee that was a sore after Friday’s preseason game against the Houston Texans.
Good news, though! The Star Tribune passes along that the MRI came back negative and Floyd is A-OK. The rookie explained that he wasn’t worried: “Everything is fine. It was nothing to be scared about. If I had to go back in, I could have gone back in.”
Unfortunately, the news wasn’t great for cornerback Jacob Lacey. Ben Goessling passed along on Twitter that Lacey “needs arthroscopic knee surgery” and “will miss 2-4 weeks.”
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings took time out of his busy schedule of insulting the Green Bay Packers to talk to 1500ESPN about the mentorship role he’s taken with rookie receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
Jennings explained that he was “high on the guy” and was very complimentary about Patterson’s skills. He explained:
“As far as his talent, you don’t teach talent. You just have it. [Patterson] has the skill set. He knows what he can do out there. It’s just a matter of doing it every single play, not one play here, one play there, just every single play.”
I’m surprised he didn’t say something like “It’s nice to be around some good receivers for once instead of being brainwashed to think they were good.” I guess there’s still time.
@Bg Chs At least he is gone now. Im fucking pissed at him though because he was really good his rookie year.
@Bg Chs No worries, it will be out again
2.) William Clay Ford. NOTE: Still not dead! No wonder so many billionaires want to own NFL teams. They artificially extend your lifespan an extra twenty years.
I also lol'd at this one
Don't want to make you all too jelly...but I'm naked, pooping, and eating mac n cheese with hot dog pieces while talking with you. Enjoy your lunch period.
@gravy_t Pooping and eating at the same time has always been something I will not do. Too much concentrating.
"This Mac & Cheese tastes like shit."
All I picture is Jabba the Hut.
@gravy_t you also are having a period?
Are any of them ready to go?
@Maized and Confused Do what SKA do, copy and paste an ESPN article
@jwoude23 Bear Down I'll push 1 out
@jwoude23 Bear Down I might too, I used to. I am not really sure how to do it though. I have published a couple of the radio show articles in the past.