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Around the NFC South

1/9/2013

Time for a morning trip through the headlines from around the division:

ATLANTA FALCONS

For the second straight year, Atlanta is losing its director of player personnel. Dave Caldwell has been hired as the general manager in Jacksonville. That comes a year after Les Snead left for St. Louis. Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff has a deep and talented staff in place. But it’s logical to speculate about the chances of Scott Pioli ending up with the Falcons. He used to be Dimitroff’s boss in New England.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

The team interviewed New York Giants college scouting director Marc Ross and Montreal Alouettes general manager Jim Popp on Tuesday for the general manager job. But there are more interviews coming this week. The Panthers are expected to interview five or six candidates and a decision might not come until next week.

If Ron Rivera gets off to a slow start next season, fans can start screaming for Bill Cowher -- again. The former Pittsburgh coach, who has a home in North Carolina, said he wants to return to the NFL at some point.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Bradley Handwerger has his list of the most memorable plays of the season. The top two plays were memorable for all the wrong reasons. But, at No. 3, he has the play where safety Malcolm Jenkins chased down Tampa Bay receiver Vincent Jackson to prevent a touchdown. That play didn’t define the Saints’ season, but it might have been the team’s best play of the year.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Mark Cook has a list of the potential class of free-agent quarterbacks. It is far from impressive. That’s another reason why I think that, if the Bucs do add a quarterback to compete with Josh Freeman, it will come through the draft.