Well, it was a good run.
For the second straight season, the Green Bay Packers represented the NFC North in the NFC Championship Game. Regardless of Sunday’s outcome, it was a special feat for Matt LaFleur’s team, who has now reached the second-to-last game of the season in each of the head coach’s two years in Green Bay. There will be plenty of time to talk about the loss throughout the week and offseason. However, today’s rundown offers an opportunity to take the focus off some disappointment and glance at what is happening across the division.
Perhaps no story was more eye-popping this past week than the reports that the Detroit Lions and Matthew Stafford will most likely be mutually parting ways this offseason. This recap covers several angles of that decision, while checking in on the assistant coaching situation in Chicago and Minnesota.
The former safeties coach becomes the internal defensive coordinator replacement for recent retiree Chuck Pagano.
A trio of offensive assistants have recently left the Bears, leaving just the wide receivers coach as the lone survivor from Matt Nagy’s original offensive staff.
Any of these three players in a Bears uniform would be an ugly sight for Packers fans.
It’s official: Kubiak will not be back with the Vikings next season, opening up another coordinating vacancy in the division.
Could the Vikings lose a position coach on the other side of the ball as well?
A deal that worked well for both sides almost didn’t happen. The Bills are glad they came out on top over their divisional rival.
Trading a franchise quarterback would signal a full rebuild, while potentially scaring away free agents both internally and externally.
Could Tyrod Taylor be a bridge? What is fair market value in terms of draft compensation? Those are just two of the questions surrounding the decision to trade Stafford.
Could New England find its heir apparent to Tom Brady a year later? The Patriots are one of five potential teams looking for an upper-echelon quarterback to build around.