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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
NFC South programming notes

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

As we get ready for Saturday’s playoff game between the Saints and 49ers, let’s take a look at some programming notes for the days ahead.

I just talked to chat traffic control up in Bristol and we’re going to make a slight switch in Friday’s NFC South chat. This week, it will be held at 4 p.m. ET to help accommodate my travel schedule.

We also will have our Final Word segment on the game Friday afternoon and I’ll have my main preview column on the game Thursday.

On Saturday, NFC West colleague Mike Sando and I will be part of the Countdown Live chat that will take part throughout the game. Please join us if you can. Sando and I will have all the usual game-day coverage on Saturday.

In the meantime, we’ll have more preview stuff on the Saints and 49ers. I’ll also be keeping my eye on Tampa Bay’s search for a head coach. The Bucs are scheduled to interview Houston defensive coordinator Wade Phillips on Friday. It sounds like Phillips is the last of the first round of interviews. But you never know, the Bucs could be waiting to speak to another coach still involved in the postseason.

I’ll also be keeping an eye on Atlanta’s search for offensive and defensive coordinators and Carolina offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, who is expected to interview for the job as head coach of the St. Louis Rams.