Time for a look at the morning headlines from around the division:
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
The Bucs reportedly have parted ways with defensive line coach Randy Melvin. This comes after defensive backs coach Ron Cooper left the team. Tampa Bay’s defense ranked No. 31, so a little change on the defensive staff probably isn’t a bad thing.
Gus Bradley, who worked as a Tampa Bay assistant before going to Seattle, reportedly will be the new coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Like a lot of people in New Orleans, offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod will be rooting for the 49ers to win the NFC Championship Game against the Falcons. But Bushrod has more at stake than the average fan. If the 49ers go to the Super Bowl, Bushrod will get to take Joe Staley’s place at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii.
Steve Harrison reports that a proposal to increase restaurant taxes by one percent likely would generate more than enough money for the City of Charlotte to give the Panthers $125 million for renovations at Bank of America Stadium
Despite going 13-3 in the regular season and having the home-field advantage, the Falcons are 4.5-point underdogs to San Francisco. The Falcons and their fans have been a little sensitive all season about a perceived lack of respect. Might be a good idea to use the slight in the betting line as motivation.
Unlike most teams the Falcons don’t elect captains before the season. They do it after the regular season and Matt Ryan, Todd McClure, Sean Weatherspoon, Jonathan Babineaux and Matt Bryant have been elected as the captains.