Checking film of the NFC South chat

Lots of good questions in Friday’s NFC South chat. Let’s take a look at the highlights:

ac (Orlando, FL): how big of a hole are the saints in after losing Olin Kruetz?

Pat Yasinskas: It's gotta hurt some. I mean they're going with Brian de la Puente because Matt Tennant apparently isn't ready. But the good news is their center is kind of hidden between Jahri Evans and Carl Nicks.

Andy (Lenoir): Is there any chance the panthers D turns it around this season or are we going to have to wait for everyone to heal and the draft? I know Rivera has a great reputation so can we expect him to work some magic?

Pat Yasinskas: Unfortunately, I think you're going to have to wait for the offseason to repair that defense.

Jessie (Raleigh NC): Do you feel that the bucs could win the game over in london and making a run at the best NFC South team at the end of the season?

Pat Yasinskas: Sure, it’s possible they could beat the Bears. If they play like they did against the Saints, they can beat almost anyone. But this is a young team and I think there still will be some ups and downs.

Randy (CT): I don't get it! No love for the Birds this weekend? Defense is starting to gel, Edwards has arrived, Babineaux is getting healthy, coaches believing the way to win is the way of Turner...Detroits got no run game and can't stop the run! Load up on Megatron and we win...right?????

Pat Yasinskas: If your offense shows up, you've got a chance.

Ken (NY): Is Steve Smith the greatest Carolina Panther ever?

Pat Yasinskas: Yeah, I'd give him the nod over Pep.

Jeff (Huntsville): Speaking of Abe, you know how he always follows a productive season with an unproductive one? That sure seems to be the case so far this season. Do you think he will turn it around before the season ends or is this a good sign for next year?

Pat Yasinskas: At Abe's age, I wouldn't be taking a quiet year as a good sign.

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