Thursday, April 15, 2010
Around the NFC South
By Pat Yasinskas
Time for a quick spin around the NFC South.
Here’s a very unique story about New Orleans offensive lineman Carl Nicks. He stopped by the University of Nebraska to apologize for his behavior while he was a student there. Sounds like a kid who has grown up.
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees said his wife, Brittany, is pregnant with the couple’s second child.
Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan said he thinks the Falcons can catch the Saints this year.
Former Tampa Bay coach Sam Wyche revisits the 1995 draft and recalls how the Bucs wound up with Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks. That draft is an important part of Tampa Bay’s history and Wyche deserves some credit because Brooks and Sapp formed the nucleus of what Tony Dungy turned into a winner and Jon Gruden turned into a Super Bowl champion. But I think Wyche gets a little carried away in taking credit for discovering John Lynch. If memory serves me correctly, and I covered the team on a daily basis at the time, Lynch really didn’t become much of a factor until Dungy took over.
The Falcons made a couple of moves on the business end, promoting Tim Zulawski to vice president of sponsorship sales and services and naming Jim Smith as chief marketing officer.
Former Tampa Bay linebacker and radio announcer Hardy Nickerson is back in football, this time coaching his son’s high school team in California.
Atlanta coach Mike Smith isn’t disputing what the experts are predicting for the Falcons in the draft.
Not a huge surprise here, but Steve Reed reports receiver Muhsin Muhammad won’t be returning to the Panthers.
With Matt Moore and Hunter Cantwell on the roster, the Panthers have fewer quarterback starts than any other team in the league.