Around the NFC South

Tuesdays generally are off days for players and coaches around the league. But there's still a fair amount of happenings in the NFC South today. Let's take a look at some headlines.

Trent Dilfer said the New Orleans Saints still are the best team in the NFL. He says the mark of a great team is being able to win with your “C’’ stuff and that the Saints will continue to improve as the season goes on. I agree with Dilfer, but I also put the Atlanta Falcons right there with the Saints.

With the Buccaneers talking about getting more work for running backs LeGarrette Blount and Kareem Huggins, Cadillac Williams acknowledges that his days as a feature back could be coming to an end. But I wouldn’t go writing Williams off completely just yet. He might be more productive playing in some sort of rotation.

The Chicago Bears have signed former New Orleans defensive end Charles Grant. Kind of ironic that Grant’s replacement is Alex Brown, who came from the Bears as a free agent in the offseason.

Mike Ornstein, a marketing agent with a frequent presence at New Orleans Saints’ practices and games and the man Sean Payton talked about handling the team’s accommodations in Miami during the Super Bowl, reportedly has entered a guilty plea for conspiring to scalp Super Bowl tickets. Ornstein also was the former marketing agent for New Orleans running back Reggie Bush.

With the arrest of Dwayne Jarrett for reportedly driving while intoxicated, Joseph Person writes that it’s time to get rookie Armanti Edwards some playing time in Carolina. I couldn’t agree more. Yeah, Edwards might be a project, but the entire Carolina team is a project right now. Might as well let Edwards get involved with the rebuilding while its on the ground floor.

New Orleans safety Darren Sharper says he’ll be ready to come off the physically unable to perform list and play in a few weeks. With all the injuries the Saints have at safety, Sharper’s return could be very timely.

With one quarter of the season over, Atlanta coach Mike Smith offers a progress report to D. Orlando Ledbetter on the Falcons.