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Around the NFC South

Time for a trip through the headlines around the NFC South.

  • The Falcons reportedly will not renew the contract of veteran defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas.

  • Carolina quarterbacks coach Rip Scherer said he declined an offer to become offensive coordinator at the University of Virginia and will stay with the Panthers.

  • The Bucs selected return man Clifton Smith for their Man of the Year award, which makes him a candidate for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award.

  • Nakia Hogan writes about how having cornerbacks Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter at full health could help the New Orleans defense.

  • Brian Allee-Walsh lays out 10 reasons the Saints can win the Super Bowl.

  • Rene Nadeua has a nice feature on New Orleans rookie running back Lynell Hamilton, who was getting increased playing time late in the regular season.

  • Bradley Handwerger writes about the Saints not having a lot of playoff experience. They have only 11 players remaining from their trip to the NFC Championship Game in the 2006 season.