Around the NFC South

January, 13, 2012
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Time for a look at Friday morning's top headlines around the NFC South.

Although there has been speculation that he could be moving on once his contract expires at the end of the season, New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said he is focused only on Saturday’s game with San Francisco.

Speaking of the New Orleans coaching staff, Jeff Duncan writes that offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael could be a candidate for a job as a head coach. Carmichael had been in the shadow of coach Sean Payton, who handled the play-calling duties. But Carmichael took over those duties after Payton broke his leg. The Saints fared well, and Payton has let Carmichael continue to call the plays.

It appears you can forget about the possibility of the Atlanta Falcons moving quarterbacks coach Bob Bratkowski to offensive coordinator to replace Mike Mularkey, who is now the head coach in Jacksonville. Bratkowski reportedly will join Mularkey’s Jacksonville staff as the offensive coordinator.

Speaking of the Falcons and coordinators, they’re also in the market for a defensive coordinator. D. Orlando Ledbetter writes that the top two candidates are Mike Nolan and Steve Spagnuolo.

The Federal Communications Commission is looking into its rules that have kept games blacked out on local television from being shown on cable or satellite television. This could be a step toward ending the NFL’s policy of blacking out games that aren’t sold out. The Buccaneers have had all but two of their home games blacked out locally the past two seasons.

Scott Fowler is wondering if Carolina quarterback Cam Newton had the best rookie season ever by an NFL player. He throws out a stellar list of guys who had great rookie seasons, and Newton definitely compares pretty well.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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