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Thursday, January 5, 2012
NFC South evening update

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Let's take a look at some of Thursday's top headlines from around the NFC South.

New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said he gets upset when people say Saturday’s playoff game with Detroit will be a high-scoring contest. I see it that way and I think a lot of fans and media are with me on that. If Williams wants to change the perception, the way to do that is to get his defense to go out and shut Detroit’s offense down.

Shaun Powell writes that Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck didn’t accomplish much by referring to the Atlanta offensive line as “dirt bags.’’

Atlanta’s Julio Jones says he realizes the Falcons gave up a lot to draft him. But it’s looking like he’s living up to the expectations.

Carolina coach Ron Rivera said the one thing quarterback Cam Newton can improve on is leadership. Rivera said Newton fared well in that area as a rookie, but was careful to not step on the toes of veterans. Rivera said that won’t be an issue next year, because Newton will be a veteran.

The Bucs interviewed Mike Sherman for their job as head coach in Texas on Thursday. They also interviewed Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray in Texas on Wednesday. The Bucs are expected to interview a few more candidates before getting down to decision time.