It is Thursday again, which is here just in time for more NFC South nuggets, where I take Saints-esque cheap shots at the Buccaneers, Panthers and Saints. Lets first take a look at New Orleans pursuit of Tuna.
In an attempt to make sure no one steals his job during his season of involuntary vacation, Sean Payton has talked to Bill Parcells about coaching the Saints. Turns out the Tuna did Atlanta a solid by leveraging us for his old job in Miami, which turned into a sinking ship he abandoned two years ago. This feels like it could become a train wreck pretty quickly, so I fully support this move.
Herm Edwards believes this mocks the Rooney Rule, which requires NFL teams to interview a minority candidate before hiring a head coach. I think this is crazy, as the Saints would never ignore clear rules and just do whatever they want. That type of rule skirting could perhaps get a head coach suspended for an entire season.
Class act Jeremy Shockey still has a shot at returning to Carolina, but for some reason the Panthers are not falling over themselves to sign a rapidly declining tight end. His agent does not expect him to return, which means there may be multiple Canadian football teams expressing interest.
Some expect Carolina to trade Jonathan Stewart in his contract year to get some value for him. Others expect him to stay, but Stewart was limited to under 800 yards with a running quarterback and an increasingly pass heavy offense. (I mention this because I am a huge fan of Stewart)
Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano is not a Blount fan due to LeGarrette Blount's fumbling problem. Not mentioned: his terrible character and even worse third down skills.
In fantastic news, Aqib Talib had his court date pushed back again, this time past the draft. Tampa will now go into the draft not knowing if their starting corner back will be in jail or suspended. This could increase the odds the Buccaneers select Morris Claiborne, preventing Atlanta from having to see Trent Richardson twice a year.
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