I just arrived back at NFC South Blog headquarters, so let’s take a spin through the afternoon’s top stories from around the division:
Jeff Schultz writes the Falcons’ win over the Redskins was the highlight of a bad sports weekend for Atlanta (see the Braves, Georgia Tech and Georgia).
In his weekly report card, D. Orlando Ledbetter gives the offensive line an "A" for its outing against Washington. That’s at least three or four letter grades higher than the Falcons got most of last year.
Coach Ron Rivera said quarterback Cam Newton is pressing too much. Of course he is. It’s pretty obvious Newton is going overboard to try to carry his team. The coaching staff needs to get Newton settled down. More importantly, those same coaches need to start taking better advantage of all the talent around Newton, so he doesn’t feel like he has to do it all himself.
The Panthers just announced they have re-signed defensive tackle Andre Neblett to the 53-man roster and waived cornerback Ron Parker.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
The Saints were in much better spirits Monday, after getting their first win. They have a bye week and then a game at Tampa Bay, so you can at least see the outline of how they could get started on a bit of a run. But it’s going to have to turn into a very big run if this team is going to have a shot at the playoffs.
Jeff Duncan points out that the Saints have allowed 2,280 yards of total offense. That’s the second-highest five-game total in NFL history. Think it’s safe to say the Saints will spend some of their bye week working on their defense.
Interim head coach Aaron Kromer didn’t have much in the way of updates on injuries to cornerback Jabari Greer (ankle) and tight end Jimmy Graham (groin). With the bye week, the Saints have a little time to get them health, but there’s a big drop off to their backups if Greer or Graham has to miss time after the bye.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Coach Greg Schiano continues to hint there could be a change coming at right guard, where Ted Larsen has started since Davin Joseph went down with a season-ending injury in the preseason. Jeremy Trueblood, who lost his starting job at right tackle, seems to be a candidate to take over at right guard.
Although their run defense has been a bright spot, the Bucs are bracing for Sunday, when they face Jamaal Charles, the NFL’s leading rusher.