Around the NFC South

January, 24, 2012
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Time for a look at the top Tuesday morning headlines from around the division.

Although there still is a lot of work ahead, New Orleans general manager Mickey Loomis sounded optimistic the Saints can keep potential free agents Drew Brees, Carl Nicks and Marques Colston.

The Buccaneers have contacted Mike Sherman for a second interview for their coaching job. Sherman was one of the first to interview for the job and was thought to be a leading candidate. But the Bucs attempted to hire Oregon coach Chip Kelly before he elected to stay on the college level. I think Sherman might be back to being a leading candidate. But I also think the team might bring back another candidate or two for a second interview.

Martin Fennelly writes that the Bucs have egg on their face after the unsuccessful attempt to get Kelly. There’s no doubt a fan base that isn’t high on ownership is laughing at this one. But the Bucs aren’t the first team -- and they won’t be the last -- to have a college coach change his mind and stay in his current job.

Former NFL coach Joe Gibbs, who now runs a NASCAR team, had some high praise for Carolina quarterback Cam Newton. On a side note, Gibbs is one of the few former NFL coaches not to have interviewed for the Tampa Bay job, at least as far as we know.

Mark Bradley lists off some common threads from Atlanta’s three playoff losses during the tenure of coach Mike Smith.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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