NFC South: Art Monk

Jarrett's slide in Carolina continues

December, 20, 2009
Back in our season-preview package, I had to pick an “emerging star" or a breakout player in the NFC South.

I narrowed it down to a pair of third-year receivers -- Carolina’s Dwayne Jarrett and New Orleans’ Robert Meachem.

Thank goodness I chose Meachem. He truly is having a breakout season for the Saints. Jarrett? Well, he officially has earned the “bust" label. The Panthers have declared him inactive for tonight’s game with Minnesota.

When you can’t beat out Muhsin Muhammad, who I think came out in the same draft with Art Monk, that’s disappointing. When the coaches don’t even give you a uniform on game day, it might be time to consider another career.

Back to my decision on picking Meachem over Jarrett. I thought they were basically equal in terms of talent and each had struggled in his first two seasons. The decision basically came down to the fact that Meachem was with the Saints. At least in New Orleans, a wide receiver’s got a chance.

In Carolina, where John Fox just doesn’t trust young receivers, you’re not going to get a chance unless you’re named Steve Smith or you’re a veteran receiver, who’s only real strength is that you don’t make glaring mistakes.

Posted by's Pat Yasinskas

The New Orleans Saints could be losing offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Doug Marrone, but it may not be for the job many think he's in line for.

I just reported that Marrone has interviewed for the head-coaching position at Syracuse University. Marrone's name also has been thrown about for the University of Tennessee's offensive coordinator job.

But common sense says a head-coaching job is a more desirable position and Marrone might be waiting to see what happens with the Syracuse job before making any decisions. Sources said Marrone met with Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross late last week and former Syracuse and NFL receiver Art Monk is heavily involved in advising Gross in the hiring process.

Marrone played at Syracuse in the mid-1980s and returned there to finish his degree in 1991.

Marrone has been with the Saints since 2006. New Orleans' offense ranked first in the league in his first year with the team and the passing game has ranked near the top of the league most of this season.

Marrone's background is with the offensive line, but he's had the coordinator title since coming to New Orleans. Although head coach Sean Payton calls the plays on game days, Marrone is responsible for much of the offensive planning during the week.