Training Camp Questions – NFC North

Chicago Bears

How is new quarterback Jay Cutler going to fit-in with his new “run first” team after coming over in the NFL’s biggest offseason trade?

Does head coach Lovie Smith need to make the playoffs after missing them the last two seasons after making the Super Bowl?

Will Devin Hester, Rashied Davis, Earl Bennett, rookie Juaquin Iglesias or anyone else step up to be Cutler’s go-to receiver?

Can new offensive lineman Orlando Pace, Frank Omiyale, and Kevin Shaffer help solidify a Bears’ offensive line the had some problems in 2008?

How much will the addition of new defensive line coach Rod Marinelli have on a defensive unit that allowed 350 points in 2008?

Detroit Lions

Have the Lions turned the page on a 0-16 season and is new head coach Jim Schwartz ready to lead them?

Was picking quarterback Matthew Stafford with the first overall pick the right way to go and is the former Georgia star ready to start in Week 1 of the 2009 NFL season?

How will the addition of so many new front office members, coaches, and players (over 25 new faces) affect team chemistry?

Can new defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham and veteran LB Julian Petersen breathe new life into a defense that allowed 517 points?

Can receiver Calvin Johnson and running back Kevin Smith perform at a Pro Bowl level to propel a Lions offense that struggled in 2008?

Green Bay Packers

Should GM Ted Thompson, head coach Mike McCarthy and quarterback Aaron Rodgers be feeling any pressure coming off a 6-10 season and the possible return of Brett Favre in the NFC North?

Is running back Ryan Grant ready for a bounce back year after a season battling a hamstring injury?

How will the Packers handle, particularly new outside linebacker Aaron Kampman, the move to new defensive coordinator Dom Campers’ 3-4 defensive scheme?

Can the veteran cornerback tandem of Al Harris and Charles Woodson perform at a high level for another season?

Will the addition of big first round pick DT B.J Raji help to solidify a defense that allowed 380 points in 2008?

Minnesota Vikings

Is quarterback Brett Favre coming to play in Minnesota or not and if he does come how will his arrive affect team chemistry?  (There I asked it… now let’s move-on)

After compiling a 24-24 record over 3 years is Vikings head coach Brad Childress on the hot seat and if the Vikings don’t live-up to expectations (i.e. Win in the playoffs) will he be gone?

Can running back Adrian Peterson become the NFL’s sixth rusher to achieve 2,000 rushing yards in a season?

What receiver (Bernard Berrian, Sidney Rice, rookie Percy Harvin or someone else) step-up to be the Vikings quarterback’s main target and should the Vikes take a flyer on a free agent like Marvin Harrison?

Will the Vikings defense continue to play at a dominant level (1st in the NFL against the run) despite the possible 4-game suspension loss of the Williams Wall (DT’s Kevin and Pat)?


Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and an award winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)


One Response

  1. In my opinion, I believe that Adrian Peterson has a strong chance to be MVP next year. Jay Cutler won’t succeed without any receivers to throw to. I dare any non Bear fan to name at least two wide outs on Chicago

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