NFC South afternoon update

February, 5, 2013
2/05/13
3:47
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Time for a run through of some odds and ends from around the division:

ATLANTA FALCONS

Jay Adams writes that most of the early mock drafts have the Falcons taking a tight end at No. 30. That could happen. But, as I wrote last week, the Falcons are lobbying Tony Gonzalez to come back for one more season and I think there’s a decent chance of that happening.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Now that the Panthers have finished making changes, Joseph Person takes a look at the complete updated coaching staff. The Panthers made changes in several areas, but I think the key ones were at offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach because this franchise is all about quarterback Cam Newton. There’s no doubt the Panthers will miss offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, who left to become the head coach in Cleveland. But I think they did a nice job making sure Newton has as much continuity as possible. They promoted Mike Shula from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator. They made Ken Dorsey, who had been working in their scouting department, the quarterbacks coach. Dorsey had worked with Newton at IMG Academy before he was hired by the Panthers.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

The company that runs the Mercedes-Benz Superdome said it will hire an outside party to investigate what caused the power outage during the Super Bowl. Probably a good idea to let a neutral party get to the bottom of this. If New Orleans is going to host future Super Bowls, the NFL needs to have confidence that a similar problem isn’t going to occur.

Rob Ryan and Romeo Crennel reportedly are the two most likely candidates to become the new defensive coordinator. Both have history in the 3-4 scheme that coach Sean Payton wants to switch to. I think either one would be a good hire. Ryan’s had success as a defensive coordinator. Crennel hasn’t had much luck as a head coach, but has a good reputation as a coordinator.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Quarterback Josh Freeman makes an appearance in ESPN The Magazine’s Music issue. The photo is at least worth a look.

In this radio interview, Warren Sapp said his daughter will make his presentation speech at his Hall of Fame induction this summer.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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