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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas

Time for a Wednesday morning run through the headlines from around the division:

ATLANTA FALCONS

Mark Bradley makes a good historical point after the Falcons released defensive end Ray Edwards following their first loss of the season. Bradley reminds us that former coach Dan Reeves sent a message to his team when he cut Juran Bolden after the first loss in the 1998 season. The Falcons went on to reach the Super Bowl for the only time in franchise history that season.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

After allowing seven sacks Sunday, the Panthers are shaking up their offensive line. They’re bringing back Jeremy Bridges, who was with the team from 2006 through ’08. It’s likely the Panthers will make Bridges an immediate starter at right guard, ahead of Jeff Byers.

Coordinator Sean McDermott said the defense did its job in Sunday’s 36-14 loss to Denver. It’s true, the Panthers gave up touchdowns on a punt return, an interception and allowed a safety, so the defense allowed only 20 points. But pointing that out makes McDermott sound like a guy who is interested only in saving his job.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

The verbal sparring between the Saints and Falcons still is going on. New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma said the Falcons need to “act like they’ve been there before."áThis all comes after the Saints claimed the Falcons interrupted and taunted them during warm-ups before Sunday’s game, which was won by the Saints. By the way, the rematch comes Nov. 29 in the Georgia Dome.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Former Tampa Bay tight end Jerramy Stevens reportedly was arrested after getting into an altercation with his fiancÚ just before their wedding.

Although there still is plenty of debate over what nickname rookie running back Doug Martin should have, it looks like rookie linebacker Lavonte David is stuck with “Flash."áThat’s fitting because David’s speed has allowed him to consistently flash into plays.