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Monday, February 18, 2013
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas

Let's take a look at some odds and ends from around the division:

ATLANTA FALCONS

Owner Arthur Blank put out a statement saying his intention remains to get a new stadium built in downtown Atlanta. That came several days after team president Rich McKay implied the team might look to the suburbs if a deal can’t be worked out in the city limits. But I think a move to the suburbs remains a back-burner option if a deal can’t be reached for a downtown stadium.

Daniel Cox has a great statistic. The Falcons were 11-2 last season against quarterbacks that have been to at least one Pro Bowl.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

In this radio interview, defensive tackle Chris Canty said he would give the Panthers a hometown discount if they want to sign him. Canty, who recently was released by the New York Giants, is a Charlotte native. The Panthers have a glaring need at defensive tackle, so there’s plenty of logic for a potential homecoming. But Canty might have to give the Panthers a huge discount to make this happen because they have very little salary-cap room.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

The team has hired former Michigan State offensive coordinator Dan Roushar as its running backs coach. Bret Ingalls, who previously was the running backs coach, will now become the offensive line coach. Ingalls has plenty of past experience working with offensive lines.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Roy Cummings writes that maybe the Buccaneers should bring back Aqib Talib, the cornerback they traded away last season. Talib certainly is more talented than most of the cornerbacks that will be available in free agency. But I have a hard time seeing coach Greg Schiano bringing back a player with trouble in his past.