Let’s take a look at the highlights of Friday’s NFC South chat.
Tim (Athens): Pat, do you think the Bucs have a plan if Richardson goes to CLE and Claiborne goes to MIN? Thank you.
Pat Yasinskas: I'm sure they do. Teams usually are prepared for any scenario. The thing I wonder about in that scenario is Justin Blackmon. I know they just signed Vincent Jackson and have a bunch of young WRs. But those young WRs haven't really established themselves. I could see them going with Blackmon to give Freeman another target.
Luke (Northdale): Pat, in your opinion will millionaire pro athletes really buy into the "toes on the line" from the head coach?
Pat Yasinskas: Time will tell, but it's definitely very different out there these days.
Ben (Atlanta): Do you know how high and upside the Panthers think Brandon Hogan has? If they think it is high, they may wait until rd 4 to get some CB depth.
Pat Yasinskas: He should be fully healthy this year and they obviously like him. He could be a factor in what Panthers do (or don't do) at CB.
Jeff (Decatur): I know you're tired of Falcons fans belly aching about our inactive free agency. However, it's hard for me to stomach the idea that two new coordinators should fix us. Dropped passes and miss tackles have nothing to do with scheme. Don't you think it's unfair that (by appearences) BVG and Murlarkey are getting the blame for our uneven playoff showings? Where is Dimitroff being held accountable? Some guys (ie Decoud, Jerry, Baker) just don't pass the eye test and I don't think Koetter/Nolan can change that.
Pat Yasinskas: Your points are all valid. But Dimitroff and Smith have decided to play it this way and fans aren't going to change it. If it works, they'll look like genuises. If it doesn't, they'll take heat.
Christopher (Pickens, South Carolina): Why do so many people think the Panthers need reciever help? We got Steve Smith who is still one of the best recievers in the game and Brandon LaFell was statistically one of the most dependable recievers in the NFC AND David Gettis looked really good in his rookie year. add on to that our TE's, and Carolina actually has one of the best reciever corps in the NFL.
Pat Yasinskas: I tend to agree with you. I could see them adding some depth, but I don't think they need to look for a starter in this draft.
Sean (Vegas): Saints fan. I don't understand the interim coach for the interim coach the Saints have planned. Any chance Parcells is still in the ix and he and Payton are talking strategy until June, when Parcells then steps in?
Pat Yasinskas: I suppose anything is possible.
Will (California): Do you think the Bucs will trade Blount at the Draft?? I see them taking Doug Martin in the 2nd rd!! I think he would become the instant starter in Tampa! Seeing he can do everything!! What are your thoughts??
Pat Yasinskas: I think there's a chance you could see Martin and Blount as teammates this year. In this day and age, you need several RBs that can play.
Rick (New jersey): What is a Bigger NEED for the SAINTS D line or CB?
Pat Yasinskas: I think D-line. They need to improve pass rush.
Joe F (Vero Beach) [via mobile]: I'm surprised the Bucs didn't follow through with shopping Talib. You know some dumb team would give them something for him?
Pat Yasinskas: I don't think anyone would give up anything for him right now. If he goes through trial and is cleared and isn't going to be suspended by the NFL, then, he has some trade value.
Saleem (Saint Louis): What are your thoughts on the league taking so long to hand out suspensions to the Saints. I understand legal implications and the need for doing their due diligence but they announced Sean Payton's suspension over a month ago now. In addition to roster impact, the suspensions have salary cap implications and could be part of why Loomis hasn't pulled the trigger on Brees' contract. Your thoughts?
Pat Yasinskas: Yes, I'm totally surprised nothing has come yet. I thought it would have happened sometime in the last few weeks, but it seems to be dragging. On the salary-cap implications, unless they do it differently than in the past, the suspended players would still count against the cap right up until the moment they start their suspensions.
Here’s the complete transcript of the NFC South chat.