Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Around the NFC South
By Pat Yasinskas
Very interesting quote from fullback Brad Hoover, who was released by the Panthers a few weeks ago. Hoover, who is a pretty sharp guy, said it appears to him as if the Panthers are “putting themselves in a good opportunity for failure." Hoover took the high road the rest of the interview, but he might have had a point when he said the offseason moves have taken a lot of leadership away from the Panthers.
New Orleans restricted free agent Jeff Charleston went ahead and signed his tender. This one’s no surprise. Charleston wanted to stay with the Saints and there wasn’t much interest in the backup defensive end from around the rest of the league.
There’s been some speculation the Bucs could be a candidate for an eventual move to London. I think that’s a stretch. Yes, the Bucs are expecting to have problems selling tickets this year. But Tampa Bay is a market that’s so good that the NFL wasn’t about to abandon it back in the 1990s when the franchise was a joke. The franchise went on to have some great years. A few more wins and some turns in the economy can straighten this thing out. Besides, the Glazer family isn’t exactly viewed as royalty in England right now. The Manchester United fans are trying to oust the owners. Why would the Glazers want two franchises in hostile territory?
Panthers president Danny Morrison said the labor uncertainty isn’t impacting what the Panthers are doing and spoke glowingly about coach John Fox and general manager Marty Hurney.
In his latest mock draft, Daniel Cox has the Falcons taking Penn State defensive tackle Jared Odrick. This may come as a surprise to some because the Falcons have a greater need at defensive end. But Odrick has the tools to move outside and the Atlanta brass has been doing a lot of homework on him.