Around the NFC South

September, 17, 2011
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A look at the top headlines from around the NFC South.

New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said the result in the opener against Green Bay could have been different if the Saints had been able to force just one turnover.

The Falcons were one of the larger of the creditors when Michael Vick filed for bankruptcy. But the team reportedly sold its $6.5 million stake to a company that specializes in collecting debt. Also, Vick, who signed a new contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, reportedly will have all his debt paid off in three years.

Carolina linebacker Jon Beason, who tore his Achilles tendon in the season opener, had successful surgery Friday. He’s expected to return for the 2012 season.

The Saints plan on making sure running back Darren Sproles has a significant role in the offense.

Tampa Bay’s Raheem Morris isn’t the most patient coach. After an opening loss, he’s already shaking up his lineup. Jeremy Zuttah will get the start at left guard instead of Ted Larsen.

Paid attendance for Tampa Bay’s home games dropped nearly 25 percent from 2001 through 2010. The Bucs were the only team not to sell out a single home game last season.

Bradley Handwerger writes that the Saints need to be aware of where Chicago’s Devin Hester is at all times. He’s one of the most dangerous return men in NFL history, but he’s also become a regular part of Chicago’s offense.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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