With all the labor stuff flying Friday, I never did get a chance to do a post to review our weekly NFC South chat. So let’s do it now.
Here are a few of the highlights.
Big Dan (Tampa) Pat, besides the fact that it would be fun to have Tiki play on the same team with his brother, would it be practical for the Bucs even to consider it?
Pat Yasinskas: Makes for great speculation because of the Ronde-Tiki connection and that makes it a story for the moment. But I think it's a long shot. Bucs are building with youth. Tiki doesn't fit that profile. If anything, I think he might end up in Pittsburgh with Tomlin.
Pat Yasinskas: One name I wrote about on blog about a week ago is Vidal Hazelton. He's a WR who may go undrafted. He's coming off an ACL and doesn't have a lot of college film because he transferred from USC to Cincy and dealt with several injuries. But he was top WR coming out of high school and has tons of potential.
Scott (Northglenn, CO) At the end of the day, if Carolina is convinced that Gabbert or Cam is a franchise QB, they have to bypass possibly higher rated talent, right?
Pat Yasinskas: Yep, if they really believe one of them is a franchise guy, they've got to go get him.
Richard (Ann Arbor): How much longer can Michael Turner endure 300-350 carry seasons?
Pat Yasinskas: Not much longer. Think they ran him more than they really wanted to last season. That's why I'd get another RB in this draft. Doesn't have to be first round, but somewhere in first four rounds.
Jay (Tampa) Why do people always ask if the Glazers are going to uproot the Bucs from Tampa, they have seemed very committed to the Tampa Bay since Day 1?
Pat Yasinskas: That's what I always say. Glazers might not be best owners in the world, but they're not the worst. They're certainly way better than what Bucs had in past. I don't really understand why so many Tampa Bay fans seem to have so much venom for the Glazers.
J.P. (Kenner, La.) If there was a poll that asked people around the league who they would choose out of Smith and Payton as their head coach, short-term and long-term, I would have to say Payton would win in a landslide. How can you pick the coach that has had LESS success?
Pat Yasinskas: I'm not saying Payton's a bad coach by any means. The guy has won a Super Bowl and a lot of games. But I answered the question about long term and went with Smith. Think about this, Smith has had winning seasons in every year he's been head coach. Payton hasn't.
You can see the entire transcript of Friday’s chat here.