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Around the NFC South

2/7/2011

The Super Bowl, and all that goes with it, is over. But let’s take a look back at the weekend and some NFC South themes and stories that emerged.

Our Chris Mortensen reported that rock star Jon Bon Jovi has been negotiating to become a partial owner of the Atlanta Falcons. This isn’t a total surprise because Bon Jovi has previously owned an Arena League team and is a football fan. Mortensen reports Bon Jovi’s potential stake in the team would be 15 percent, which is pretty significant compared to some limited partners across the league. But a deal like this could give Falcons owner Arthur Blank a big cash infusion as he works to get a new outdoor stadium.

Joe Biddle writes that Atlanta coach Mike Smith is the perfect model for what the Titans should be looking for in their coaching search. Ironically, Tennessee has interviewed Smith’s offensive coordinator, Mike Mularkey, and a decision should be coming soon.

New Orleans owner Tom Benson was featured in a commercial on local television just before the Super Bowl in which he thanked the fans for their role in the Saints winning last year’s Super Bowl and said “together we can do it again."

Former Carolina coach Dom Capers was an unsung hero as Green Bay’s defensive coordinator Sunday night. You can throw in former Carolina defensive coordinator Mike Trgovac, who now is Green Bay’s defensive line coach, too.

Fine job by my friend Ira Kaufman in his presentation that helped launch NFL Films founder Ed Sabol into the Hall of Fame. I know this was a cause Kaufman felt strongly about for a long time. As the Tampa Bay voter on the Hall of Fame board, Kaufman theoretically would make the presentation for Mike Alstott next year. But, as popular as Alstott is in Tampa Bay, a guy who was a combination running back-fullback but wasn’t dominant at either has no shot at making the list of finalists who get presentations. Kaufman can go ahead and start working on his 2013 presentations for Warren Sapp and John Lynch because they each have a legitimate chance.