Thursday, January 26, 2012
Around the NFC South
By Pat Yasinskas
Time for a Thursday morning look at the top headlines from around the NFC South.
— Jeff Schultz has a list of mistakes the Falcons have made. He starts the list with the drafting of Sam Baker in 2008 and suggests the Falcons should cut the left tackle. It’s hard to argue with that one.
— Two of the quarterbacks the Panthers were looking at during Senior Bowl practices are former baseball players. Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson and Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden each played minor-league baseball. If the Panthers end up with either of them, it wouldn’t be a first. Former Carolina quarterback Chris Weinke started out as a minor-league baseball player before resuming his football career at Florida State.
— With the Colts and Raiders finding head coaches, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now the only team without one. The Bucs parted ways with Raheem Morris the morning after the regular season ended. They’ve interviewed a bunch of candidates and met with Mike Sherman for a second interview Wednesday. But it remains to be seen if the Bucs, who have conducted their search quietly, are anywhere near making a final decision.
— There were some signs the Bucs were moving along in the process Thursday morning. Tennessee defensive coordinator Jerry Gray reportedly was told he’s not a finalist for the job. There also is an unconfirmed radio report that Rutgers coach Greg Schiano will be Tampa Bay’s next head coach. Stay tuned on this one. We don’t know yet if it’s accurate, but anything is possible. The Bucs already tried to hire a college coach, Oregon’s Chip Kelly, before he declined the job. At very least, it appears Schiano is in the mix for the job. Jason LaConfora reports Schiano is at least under consideration for the Tampa Bay job.
— Carolina rookie quarterback Cam Newton said he has no problem serving as the backup to Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees on the NFC Pro Bowl squad.