Following are several whispers we've been hearing from around the NFC North:
• People around Winter Park say there has been some obvious tension between head coach Brad Childress, whose job hangs in the balance on a weekly basis, and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, his possible successor. The two men have worked together for a few years now, and we hear they have done their best to keep their relationship professional and try to keep the Vikings competitive, as hard as it has been.
• Our Lions sources say not to read into the fact that TE Tony Scheffler has been somewhat of a forgotten man in the passing game of late. The reasons for it have been more related to matchups and personnel, with WR Nate Burleson re-emerging and the quarterbacks shuffling in and out of the lineup.
• The word out of Green Bay is that, after removing the remaining portion ($1.18 million) of departed CB Al Harris' $2.5 million base salary this year from the team's financial ledger, in addition to another $2.95 million next year, it's very possible CB Tramon Williams, who many believe has played at a Pro Bowl level this season, could be receiving a pricey new contract any day now.
• The Bears' Devin Aromashodu has been active in each of the past four games, but he has only two catches since Week One and still isn't getting much playing time while Devin Hester, Johnny Knox and Earl Bennett split the reps at receiver. Aromashodu told PFW that coaches are telling him he needs to hustle more and finish plays. Offensive coordinator Mike Martz seems to like his current situation at receiver, and it may be difficult for Aromashodu to get another extended look this season if his fellow receivers stay healthy.