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NFC North: Jeremy Jarmon, Bears' D-Backs, and Brad Childress' Judgment

  • The NFL recently held the supplemental draft and the only player taken was Kentucky DE Jeremy Jarmon, who was selected by Washington with a 3rd round pick. I haven't liked most of the moves made by the Lions this offseason, but at least they've been aggressive. They were willing to use a 4th round pick for Jarmon, which sounds about right. He reminds me of the Packers' LB Jeremy Thompson, who was a 4th round pick himself, so the Lions made the right offer while Washington reached a little.
  • The Bears should have a good team in 2009, but they've got a couple problem areas. I already discussed their wide receivers, but another mediocre group is their defensive backs:

When we talk about the defensive backfield, we typically lump it in with the wide receiving corp as the biggest question marks the Bears have going into 2009. Considering in 2008, only the Chargers and Seahawks were worse statistically in pass defense, we have a reason to be worried.

  • Brad Childress is clearly drinking the Kool-Aid if this is true: "I think [Favre] is a top-five passer in the NFL." He was during the 2007 season, but he wasn't in 2005-2006 and 2008. I think Favre has the potential to be a top 5 passer since he's familiar with the offense ex-Packers' coach Darrell Bevell is running in Minnesota. But the reality is that he's a 40 year old QB who's just coming off surgery on his throwing shoulder. Plus he's going to need some time to get used to his new wide receivers. He's got to get his expectations in check.