Deadline to Call It on D-lines, Steve Smith

Let’s go ahead and set the deadline for 10 p.m. ET Wednesday night on two of our Call It polls.

On Monday, I asked you to vote for which team has the NFC South’s best defensive line. So far, the Saints have a pretty strong lead, but I’m surprised that the Bucs are getting so much support and the Falcons so little.

I also asked for your thoughts on whether receiver Steve Smith will be with the Carolina Panthers next year. The early voting indicates most of you think Smith will be gone.

Once I close the polls, I’ll check the results and write an analysis piece on each item. That will help fill the space in the blog Thursday as I travel to Connecticut where we’re having our annual blog network minicamp Friday. There’s no lockout on this one. The bosses will be overseeing all the drills.