Reviewing tape of the NFC South chat

August, 27, 2011
8/27/11
1:22
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I generally post some highlights and the complete transcript of the NFC South soon after we finish it each Friday. I didn’t get a chance to do that this week because I had to rush to Orlando to tend to some family business.

So let’s do it now. Here are some of the highlights from Friday’s chat.

CC (Atlanta): Ron Rivera needs to be careful about giving the job to Cam given how bad he has looked. The vets want to win and automatically giving the job to Cam from day 1 given how "not ready" he looks might cause some dissension. Secondly, the last thing you want to have happen is to bench Cam in week 2/3 if he performs poorly. Wouldn't Rivera much rather start out with Clausen and have Cam be the savior (hopefully) once Clausen fails?

Pat Yasinskas: See your points. But how happy do you think Steve Smith would be if they hand Jimmy Clausen the starting job? After Clausen's performance last season, starting him now wouldn't exactly be sending a message that you want to win.

CP (Brooklyn, NY): What are the chances that Chauncey Davis doesn't make the cut in ATL? They signed him to a relatively sizable deal for a backup and with the Ray Edwards coming in, Biermann still around, the rookie Matthews getting some love from the coaches, I think that leaves Sidbury and Davis as the 5th DE, no way ATL keeps 6 DEs...

Pat Yasinskas: Think that's very possible. Chauncey's cap figure is either $3 million or $3.5 million. That's a lot for a backup.

Michael (SC): Have the Falcons said what type of knee injury Edwards had?

Pat Yasinskas: No, only that it was a "minor" procedure. Like a lot of teams, they're very guarded about injury info. Heck, they never have officially said what Peria Jerry's knee injury was exactly.

Dwayne (Who Dat Nation): Hey Pat. Realistically, what are your expectations for Jimmy Graham? Most people in SAINTS circles point to the production of the Brees/Gates combo in SD. Should we expect similar production from Brees/Graham?

Pat Yasinskas: Might want to give him a year or two to grow into something closer to Gates. But Payton knows what he's doing and he cut Shockey to clear the way for Graham.

Mike Trye (myrtle beach): Is Danny Morrison a good Team President (Panthers)? i feel like he hasnt done much.... i could be very wrong.

Pat Yasinskas: Oh, I think he's done a lot more than people realize. He's been a driving force in making them more fan friendly and making the owner and coach more open in the media. Richardson's still involved, don't get me wrong, but Morrison is running the day-to-day business operations and Hurney runs the football side.

FormerlyStShockey (Jakcson, MS): What are the Saints going to do with the scary T position? Bushrod was horrendous against the Texans. One play he didn't even touch his man and face-planted. I'm somewhat concerned at this point.

Pat Yasinskas: I think the concern is justified. But, hey, they've won with Bushrod the last two seasons. Strief is still getting used to things, but they wouldn't have let Stinchcomb go if they didn't believe Strief would be an upgrade over the long haul.

Mike (55129): What is the likelihood Talib gets suspended and if so how long?

Pat Yasinskas: Don't want to speculate on that one. Think we'll hear from the commissioner soon on that one.

Here's the complete transcript of Friday's NFC South chat.

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