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Friday, January 4, 2013
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas

Time for a look at the Friday morning headlines from around the division:

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Quarterbacks coach Ron Turner is leaving to become head coach at Florida International. The Bucs also have a vacancy at receivers coach, and offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan is a candidate for head coach of the Chicago Bears. As I’ve said before, keep an eye on former Arizona quarterbacks coach John McNulty. He potentially could fill any of those roles. McNulty coached for Greg Schiano at Rutgers. Schiano tried to hire McNulty last year, but the Cardinals blocked the move.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Receiver Lance Moore has been selected as the team’s Man of the Year, which makes him eligible for the league-wide Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

Here’s another column out of New Orleans saying that suspended coach Sean Payton should be reinstated now, instead of after the Super Bowl. I think that’s wishful thinking. After having player suspensions vacated, I’m guessing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will make Payton serve his full suspension.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Scott Fowler writes that receiver/return man Armanti Edwards, whose career largely has been disappointing, should be brought back for one more try. I agree completely. The Panthers have nothing to lose by hanging on to Edwards. He’s under contract for minimum salary and he still maighthave some upside. Bring him to training camp and see if he fits on the roster.

ATLANTA FALCONS

Here’s another story about how running back Michael Turner is fresher heading into the playoffs this year than in past years. But I’m not sure it really matters. A healthy Turner rarely looked very explosive in the regular season.

The Falcons have been keeping John Abraham, Dunta Robinson and William Moore out of practice this week. But I’ve got a hunch all three will be back on the field next week.