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Friday, January 21, 2011
Hitting the NFC South links

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Scott Reynolds reports the Buccaneers have fired offensive line coach Pete Mangurian.

Interesting quote from Atlanta owner Arthur Blank as he spoke to a business group. "You judge a quarterback on how he does in the fourth quarter and the postseason. You judge a golfer on not what he does on Saturday, but how does he close it out on Sunday." Blank didn't specifically mention Matt Ryan, but that is his quarterback. Ryan's shown outstanding play in fourth quarters, but he now is 0-2 in the postseason.

New Orleans defensive backs coach Dennis Allen reportedly will interview with Philadelphia and Denver for defensive coordinator positions.

Ricky Proehl reportedly interviewed with the Panthers for the job as receivers coach. Proehl has no coaching experience, but he was a longtime NFL receiver and spent a chunk of time with Carolina at the end of his career. During the stretch Proehl was viewed almost as an extra coach and showed a willingness to help young players. Proehl also enjoyed a good relationship with Steve Smith. That could be a factor in Proehl possibly getting the job and it could help make Smith, who has been frustrated by the team's recent losing, more comfortable.

The Panthers hired John Matsko as their offensive line coach. He most recently held the same role with the Ravens.

The Buccaneers officially promoted former linebacker Shelton Quarles to director of pro scouting. Quarles had been with the scouting department and had essentially taken over those duties when Doug Williams left the team after the 2009 season.