Thursday, January 12, 2012
Around the NFC South
By Pat Yasinskas
Let’s take a look at some of the top Thursday headlines from around the NFC South. Fair warning up front that this is going to be a bit heavy on the Saints. That’s because they’re still playing and the rest of the division is fairly quiet right now.
San Francisco defensive coordinator Vic Fangio had a great quote when asked about the Saints adding running back Darren Sproles in the offseason -- "I can't believe they got him for the cheap price they got him, for replacing Reggie Bush. I think if it was the NBA, the commissioner might have stepped in and stopped the move."
Injured New Orleans safety Roman Harper and receiver Lance Moore are optimistic they’ll be able to play against the 49ers.
Bradley Handwerger has a nice story on New Orleans receiver Marques Colston and how he’s developed a reputation for being one of the league’s toughest receivers. That’s very true. Colston is a big, strong guy, and isn’t hesitant to go over the middle and catch passes.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank said simply getting to the playoffs on a regular basis isn’t good enough. He wants to win a Super Bowl. I admire Blank for coming right out and saying that in front of coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff. If it puts some added pressure on them, that’s not a bad thing. Blank has given Smith and Dimitroff a lot of resources, and the owner has every right to expect great returns on his investments.
Greg Olson, who was fired as Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator when Raheem Morris’ entire staff was dismissed, will interview for the job as quarterbacks coach with the Chicago Bears.