NFC North Notes: Packers, Lions, Bears

Here’s a look at the NFC North:

  • Packers GM Ted Thompson has kept his cool during hard times and resisted the urge to shuffle the roster, Bob McGinn of the Journal Sentinel writes. Over the last ten seasons, Thompson has cut an average of just 3.1 players during the season. Even with the expansion of practice squads to ten players, Thompson has only cut three players from his taxi squad this season and only eight in 2014. One players meet Thompson’s high standards, they effectively become his guys, and that’s an impressive and unique organizational culture in today’s NFL. Now, as McGinn writes, it remains to be seen whether that approach will bear fruit over the team’s final five games.
  • Michael Rothstein of looked at Giants exec Marc Ross as a GM candidate for the Lions. Rod Wood said he wants someone who has been with an organization that has had success and stability, and there are few that have been more successful and stable than the Giants. Ross has played a key role in their drafts, including the brilliant 2014 selection of Odell Beckham Jr. On the flip side, the majority of Ross’ experience has come on the draft side of things and not so much in free agency. Ultimately, thanks to his Princeton ties and previous buzz as a GM candidate around the league, Rothstein wouldn’t be surprised to see him get an interview.
  • In a recent mailbag, a reader asked Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune whether he thinks the Bears need to focus more on inside linebacker or defensive end. Biggs feels that rookie nose tackle Eddie Goldman should take a major step forward in 2016, so he’s not terribly concerned with replacing him this offseason.
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