Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Around the NFC South
By Pat Yasinskas
Let's take a look at the top Wednesday morning headlines from around the NFC South.
- The New Orleans Saints apparently have completed the overhaul of their defensive coaching staff with the hiring of Andre Curtis as assistant defensive backs coach. Curtis worked with new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and defensive backs coach Ken Flajole in St. Louis.
- Atlanta kicker Matt Bryant will speak to Georgia politicians Wednesday in support of a bill that would help provide information on concussion recognition and management to parents of young athletes.
- The Panthers reportedly have told their holders of personal seat licenses that they will not raise season-ticket prices in 2012. That should come as a bit of a pleasant surprise. Quarterback Cam Newton’s rookie season certainly raised the interest and excitement level among fans, but the Panthers aren’t going to try to capitalize on that at the box office.
- Although new Hall of Fame selection Chris Doleman spent most of his career in Minnesota, he did spend two seasons with the Falcons. One of them was a playoff season and Doleman said he has warm memories of his time with the Falcons.
- Jeff Duncan writes that it’s hard to call retiring running back Ricky Williams a bust, although his three seasons in New Orleans and sudden departure were not what the Saints expected when they drafted him in 1999.
- A Charlotte man recently found a Panthers’ playbook from the team’s lone Super Bowl appearance at a yard sale. He returned it to the team.
- Bill Lazor was mentioned Tuesday as a candidate to be Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator. But it now is being reported Lazor no longer is a candidate and will remain at the University of Virginia.