Around the NFC North

The Vikings aren't the only divisional team that has players holding group workouts. The Bears and Lions also have players putting in the time together to refine their craft and build camaraderie.


Chicago Bears

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler told the Chicago Sun-Times the team's offensive players will soon be getting together for workouts.

Cutler said, "Now is the time for everyone to kind of get together and brush it off, and we're going to do that here in the next couple of weeks. Everything is locked and loaded."

Asked if it could happen this week, Cutler said, "Maybe. We'll see. We're about to do something here soon enough. But no one is probably going to know about it."

Noting that players in attendance will be on the offensive side of the ball, Cutler said, "I mean, those defenders have been in the system for eight years, nine years. What are they gonna do? What am I going to tell Lach (linebacker Brian Urlacher)? 'Your drop is a little short. Sorry, buddy.' Offensively, we have a lot of room to improve."

Cutler said his knee, which was injured in the team's conference championship game loss to Green Bay, is "good to go. It feels good."

He was also pleased to see the team select tackle Gabe Carimi in the first round of the draft.

"I love it, anytime an offensive guy gets picked," Cutler said. "To me, it's like a new toy we get to play with, so it's fun."

  • Urlacher recently chastised the critics, as he did following the NFC championship game, who openly suggested that Cutler lacks courage. In what could be considered a validation of that stance, or conversely perhaps a sign that NFL defenders might feel that Cutler can be rattled, it's notable that hits on Cutler in 2010 resulted in a half-dozen fines. That's triple the number of hits on any other quarterback in the NFL that drew financial sanctions. By unofficial count, there were 18 quarterbacks who absorbed "finable" infractions, and only five others - Sam Bradford, Drew Brees, Todd Collins, David Garrard and Ben Roethlisberger - had more than one. Urlacher characterized Cutler's critics as "stupid" and "dumb."


    Detroit Lions

    The Lions are having four workout sessions, organized by defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch.

    He said, "I'm a firm believer in the things you do in the offseason set you up to have a good season. We had a bunch of momentum at the end of last season and I was really happy about our draft. This is just another step for us. It shows the level of our player commitment.

    "The guys are excited about getting back and getting around each other again and getting back to working."

    About 30 players were in attendance at Birmingham Detroit Country Day High School. Added Vanden Bosch, "It's good to see that guys are willing to come in, put the team first and really just be accountable to each other. I didn't really know what to expect coming in, but I couldn't really be happier with how things went today. It seemed to go really smoothly."

    Said quarterback Matthew Stafford, "You just want to get guys back together, see everybody again, see how everybody's doing. We finished the year with such a great run last year and without being able to come back in the offseason and kind of carry that momentum (over) we've been all in separate places. You want to get back together and realize how we played last year and the talent and the ability that we have coming back."

    Stafford played in only three games last season and underwent surgery on his throwing shoulder. He says he now feels "as good as I ever have. I feel like I've done everything I possibly can this offseason to prepare to be healthy and go out there and play. I think if I can stay healthy and the rest of our team can stay healthy, that's a big part of it, we can be pretty good."

    As for the surgery, he said, "I just felt like it was the best thing for me. I had the opportunity to kind of fix it and put it behind me and I wanted to go ahead and do it.

    "It's always scary when you're facing surgery, but the good thing was, there was no rotator cuff or ligament damage. Nothing really major. They just went in and fixed it up. It felt bad for a week and then I got right after it. It has healed up really well."

    Meanwhile, Vanden Bosch was pleased with the number of players present. "For guys to fly here and find a place to stay for a week, it does show a level of commitment and that's what it's going to take," he said. "We have some work to do to close the gap on some teams in this league and in our division. Things like this can help."

    Guard Stephen helped the team find the place where the players are working out, an indoor facility at Country Day, a private school. One of Peterman's sons had played flag football there.

    "It's unbelievable what these people have done for us," he said. "They've opened up the facility and let us work out without charging anybody."

    How nice is it. Wide receiver Nate Burleson wrote on Twitter, "At Country Day HS ... I swear this is where they filmed 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' lol."


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    \r\n\r\n","mobileBody":" Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler told the Chicago Sun-Times the team's offensive players will soon be getting together for workouts. Cutler said, \"Now is the time for everyone to kind of get together and brush it off, and we're going to do that here in the next couple of weeks. Everything is locked and loaded.\" Asked if it could happen this week, Cutler said, \"Maybe. We'll see. We're about to do something here soon enough. But no one is probably going to know about it.\" Noting that players in attendance will be on the offensive side of the ball, Cutler said, \"I mean, those defenders have been in the system for eight years, nine years. What are they gonna do? What am I going to tell Lach (linebacker Brian Urlacher)? 'Your drop is a little short. Sorry, buddy.' Offensively, we have a lot of room to improve.\" Cutler said his knee, which was injured in the team's conference championship game loss to Green Bay, is \"good to go. It feels good.\" He was also pleased to see the team select tackle Gabe Carimi in the first round of the draft. \"I love it, anytime an offensive guy gets picked,\" Cutler said. \"To me, it's like a new toy we get to play with, so it's fun.\"
  • Urlacher recently chastised the critics, as he did following the NFC championship game, who openly suggested that Cutler lacks courage. In what could be considered a validation of that stance, or conversely perhaps a sign that NFL defenders might feel that Cutler can be rattled, it's notable that hits on Cutler in 2010 resulted in a half-dozen fines. That's triple the number of hits on any other quarterback in the NFL that drew financial sanctions. By unofficial count, there were 18 quarterbacks who absorbed \"finable\" infractions, and only five others - Sam Bradford, Drew Brees, Todd Collins, David Garrard and Ben Roethlisberger - had more than one. Urlacher characterized Cutler's critics as \"stupid\" and \"dumb.\" The Lions are having four workout sessions, organized by defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch. He said, \"I'm a firm believer in the things you do in the offseason set you up to have a good season. We had a bunch of momentum at the end of last season and I was really happy about our draft. This is just another step for us. It shows the level of our player commitment. \"The guys are excited about getting back and getting around each other again and getting back to working.\" About 30 players were in attendance at Birmingham Detroit Country Day High School. Added Vanden Bosch, \"It's good to see that guys are willing to come in, put the team first and really just be accountable to each other. I didn't really know what to expect coming in, but I couldn't really be happier with how things went today. It seemed to go really smoothly.\" Said quarterback Matthew Stafford, \"You just want to get guys back together, see everybody again, see how everybody's doing. We finished the year with such a great run last year and without being able to come back in the offseason and kind of carry that momentum (over) we've been all in separate places. You want to get back together and realize how we played last year and the talent and the ability that we have coming back.\" Stafford played in only three games last season and underwent surgery on his throwing shoulder. He says he now feels \"as good as I ever have. I feel like I've done everything I possibly can this offseason to prepare to be healthy and go out there and play. I think if I can stay healthy and the rest of our team can stay healthy, that's a big part of it, we can be pretty good.\" As for the surgery, he said, \"I just felt like it was the best thing for me. I had the opportunity to kind of fix it and put it behind me and I wanted to go ahead and do it. \"It's always scary when you're facing surgery, but the good thing was, there was no rotator cuff or ligament damage. Nothing really major. They just went in and fixed it up. It felt bad for a week and then I got right after it. It has healed up really well.\" Meanwhile, Vanden Bosch was pleased with the number of players present. \"For guys to fly here and find a place to stay for a week, it does show a level of commitment and that's what it's going to take,\" he said. \"We have some work to do to close the gap on some teams in this league and in our division. Things like this can help.\" Guard Stephen helped the team find the place where the players are working out, an indoor facility at Country Day, a private school. One of Peterman's sons had played flag football there. \"It's unbelievable what these people have done for us,\" he said. \"They've opened up the facility and let us work out without charging anybody.\" How nice is it. Wide receiver Nate Burleson wrote on Twitter, \"At Country Day HS ... I swear this is where they filmed 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' lol.\"
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