NFC North teams eye improvement at Combine

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With the Packers claiming the last three NFC North titles, Green Bay’s rivals are in Indianapolis this week with their sights set on improving.

New Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell spoke with the media Thursday afternoon. He takes over for Jim Schwartz after last season’s Detroit team seemingly let a playoff spot slip from their grasp. Caldwell calls himself fortunate to get a second shot as an NFL head coach; third as a head coach overall if you include his time at Wake Forest.

“For us to just talk about, ‘hey, we’re gonna throw for ten-million yards, and etc,’” Caldwell said, “the most important thing I want to focus on is, ‘what’s it going to take for us to win?’”

Elsewhere in the division, Marc Trestman is readying for his second year leading the Bears, after they were a last minute Aaron Rodgers-to-Randall Cobb touchdown from a chance to win the NFC North themselves. Trestman admits his team will look to players at the Combine to shore up a defense that gave up the third most yards in the NFL last season.

“For the most part it’s going to be a defensive-oriented draft in terms of where we’re going,” said Trestman. “That doesn’t mean we won’t draft an offensive player, we’re going to draft the players we think are best at the time, and where our football team is at the time of the draft.”

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson meet the media Friday, though the team’s staff is on the ground working in Indianapolis. One former Badgers player already met with his home state team.

“I met with the Packers, I met with the offensive line coach [James Campen],” said former Wisconsin offensive lineman Ryan Groy, projected by several outlets as a low-round draft pick. “It was a good experience. Met with about 10 teams yesterday, a lot of the offensive line coaches, they want to go over what you know and they kind of want to pick your brain as far as what kind of plays you ran, how much football IQ you have and so on.”

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