Thursday, June 28, 2012
NFC South links: Honoring Ronde Barber
By ESPN.com staff
Defensive assistant Mark Collins with an update on the Falcons' defense and the adjustment to coordinator Mike Nolan's scheme: "The guys have done a nice job of picking up the new system. They’ve been excited about it. They’ve really taken a lot of energy and enthusiasm out onto the field. It’s going to be a little bit more flexible on third downs. There’s going to be a lot more pressure and a lot more versatility in coverage as well. Everybody is excited about it."
Despite a stellar rookie season, quarterback Cam Newton knows there is plenty of room for improvement. “It was some good things last year, but as I’m going back and looking at the film, I’m kind of wishing a lot of throws that I coulda had back,” he said. “A lot of reads that were just unacceptable. And with me knowing that, I think that’s progressive, in my terms, knowing what I did wrong. And I think that’s the right step, but at the same time, as a fan, I’m hoping that people are eager to watch.”
New Orleans Saints
Jonathan Vilma's attorneys, in a statement filed Wednesday, will seek an injunction if commissioner Roger Goodell does not reverse Vilma's suspension. Vilma wrote on Twitter earlier this week: "What's this guy waiting on? Make your ruling so we can get on with phase 2 already."
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers' Sept. 9 opener is slated to be veteran Ronde Barber's 200th consecutive start, and the team will honor him in a ceremony commemorating the milestone. "As we usher in a new Buccaneer era that kicks off in September, we are looking forward to celebrating Ronde Barber's 200th consecutive start," Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a statement. "Ronde has made us all proud during his 15 seasons with the team, and this next milestone is yet another along the road that we expect will lead to Canton."