It’s been a fairly quiet day in all NFC South precincts. We’ve gone about 10 hours with no new reports of other candidates turning down the Tampa Bay coaching job.
So let’s take a look at some of the headlines from around the division.
New Orleans director of college scouting Rick Reiprish said the Saints won’t change their approach even though they currently don’t have a first-round pick. The Saints would be foolish if they did change their approach. You never know what’s going to happen. It may be a long shot, but a scenario could present itself in which the Saints somehow trade for a first-round pick. They also have to scout the players who look like certain first-round picks at the moment. I’ll just point to Da'Quan Bowers as an example. A year ago at this time, everyone seemed certain he would be a top-10 pick. But concerns developed about his knee and Bowers fell well into the second round before Tampa Bay drafted him. You have to be ready for any scenario.
In explaining his decision to turn down the Tampa Bay coaching job, Chip Kelly said he has “unfinished business’’ at Oregon.
Carolina general manager Marty Hurney said the Panthers aren’t locked into going with offense or defense with their first-round pick. Hurney says that every year and so do a lot of other general managers but the Panthers almost always use the pick on an area of need. Nothing wrong with that.