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Hitting the NFC South links

Time for a quick afternoon trip through some headlines around the NFC South.

Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman said he plans to spend a lot of time working with young teammates Arrelious Benn, Mike Williams and LeGarrette Blount in the offseason. That sounds great in theory. But here’s one thing to keep in mind. If there is a lockout, there will be no official offseason program. That could hurt a young team like the Bucs a lot more than some veteran teams.

D. Orlando Ledbetter writes about how Atlanta cornerback Dunta Robinson is looking forward to playing in the postseason for the first time in his career.

Jeff Jagodzinski, who was offensive coordinator for Tampa Bay for a few minutes, has been fired by a United Football League franchise.

The Panthers reportedly have requested permission to talk to New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell about their head-coaching position. Makes sense because Fewell is a hot name and he grew up near Charlotte. Fewell also is getting some interest from Cleveland. It’s likely the Panthers are in the process of setting up interviews with several other candidates. General manager Marty Hurney, who will lead the search, is generally very thorough and doesn’t rush into decisions.