Around the NFC South

HARTFORD, Conn. -- As I wait for a flight at Bradley International Airport to begin the trek home to Tampa, it’s time to catch up on some headlines from around the NFC South.

Former Tampa Bay quarterback Jeff Carlson takes a look at how rookie defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Brian Price might impact the Buccaneers’ defense. He brings up a good point when he says strong play from this tandem could make cornerback Aqib Talib into an All-Pro. Talib has played very well in his first two seasons and that’s come without much help from the pass rush.

John DeShazier brings up an excellent point as he writes that commissioner Roger Goodell still is looking into the allegations that were brought up in a lawsuit against the New Orleans Saints by their former security director. Although the suit now goes private as it’s been sent to arbitration, Goodell’s still going to see all the information. The commissioner has placed a huge emphasis on conduct. If there’s any proof of what’s alleged, the Saints still could face consequences from the league.

Mike Triplett has a nice feature on former New Orleans defensive lineman Norman Hand, who passed away this week. I remember Hand as a player, but never got to know him. Triplett’s got quotes from some former coaches who knew Hand well and referred to him as one of the good guys.

Daniel Cox reports on some of the activities the Atlanta Falcons are involved in with their community. A lot of these events go unnoticed and we in the media frequently get accused of focusing too much on negative things. Unfortunately, that’s part of the nature of the business, but this story is a nice change of pace.

All right, my flight’s getting ready to board, so I’ve got to cut out. We’re in a quiet time of the year, but things should pick up a little next week. The Bucs will have some workouts open to the media and I’ll get out to One Buccaneer Place next week. The Saints have their full minicamp coming in early June and I expect to be there.