Monday morning thoughts

Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- I made it out of New Orleans before any impact from the storm in the Gulf of Mexico. I’m sincerely hoping the Gulf Coast weathers this one as well as possible.

In other matters, let me nip this rumor before it gets started. Brian Billick was in Charlotte this morning. But, no, he’s not coming to replace John Fox -- at least not yet, anyway. Billick, who did the television broadcast of Sunday’s game between the Saints and Panthers was on my flight out of New Orleans.

But Billick didn’t leave the airport. I saw him go to another gate to catch a connecting flight.

I obviously wasn’t able to do much with the DeAngelo Hall incident in Atlanta on Sunday because I was in New Orleans to cover the Saints and Panthers. But Daniel Cox has a detailed version of the events here. One thought on this: If you’re going to spout off, you should be able to back it up. I haven’t seen Hall being able to back up anything the past couple of years.

I’ll be checking back in with more later this afternoon when I get to Tampa, home of the red-hot Buccaneers.