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Friday, February 24, 2012
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

A look at Friday morning's top headlines from around the NFC South.

The Carolina Panthers lost the coin flip for the No. 8 overall draft pick to the Miami Dolphins. The Panthers now hold the No. 9 pick.

Although the New York Giants allowed quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan to leave to become Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator, they’re not letting another assistant follow him. The Giants denied the Bucs’ request to interview offensive assistant Kevin Gilbride Jr. for their opening as quarterbacks coach. Gilbride’s father is New York’s offensive coordinator.

Here’s a prospect that will make a lot of Atlanta fans happy. Georgia tight end Orson Charles said he’d be happy to learn from someone like Atlanta veteran Tony Gonzalez. This one’s a possibility. Charles could be available when the Falcons pick in the second round and the team could be looking for an heir apparent for Gonzalez.

The Falcons interviewed Stanford tight end Coby Fleener.

Carolina coach Ron Rivera said he doesn’t think it’s fair to compare Robert Griffin III to Cam Newton. Rivera said Griffin is more of a runner and Newton is more of a passer.

Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano said he and Sullivan will ask quarterback Josh Freeman to hit the “reset button." Not a bad idea for Freeman to start all over again. He had an excellent 2010 season, but slumped badly in 2011.