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Thursday, July 22, 2010
Hitting the NFC South links

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Jeff Duncan predicts this will be Gregg Williams' last year with the New Orleans Saints. His theory is the defensive coordinator will end up as a head coach somewhere else. There is a good chance Duncan is right, especially if the New Orleans defense has a good season.

Steve Reed has 10 hot questions about the Panthers as they get ready for training camp. I think he’s right when he speculates there’s a good chance coach John Fox could be gone even if the Panthers have a good year. Fox is in the last year of his contract and hasn’t been offered a new one. That’s got to hurt the old ego a little bit. If there are other jobs out there, particularly in a big market, I could see Fox walking away from the Panthers.

With the rules on signing free agents about to loosen up later today, the Saints are likely to sign quarterback Patrick Ramsey to become Drew Brees’ backup. This one’s been telegraphed. Ramsey worked out for and visited with the Saints months ago, has been working out in the New Orleans area and probably could have signed elsewhere if he didn’t already have a strong idea there was a job waiting.

Ever wonder how the NFC South teams (and teams around the rest of the league) chose their nicknames? The Palm Beach Post has all the answers.

Mark Bradley writes about how the Falcons are emerging as a trendy pick to have a big year. He points to several media outlets, including some that predict Atlanta will win the NFC South. Count me in the school of thought that believes the Falcons are going to have a good year and make the playoffs. But I’m not going to project them as the NFC South champions. In case you forgot, there’s a team in New Orleans that had a pretty good season last year and hasn’t changed all that much.