Let's take a run through some NFC South headlines and a couple of programming notes.
Ashley Fox brings up a good point in her column about how not having Bill Parcells step in as coach while Sean Payton is suspended will impact the New Orleans Saints. Signs are pointing toward assistant head coach Joe Vitt taking over in the short term. But Vitt is suspended for the first six games of the regular season. General manager Mickey Loomis is suspended for the first eight games of the season. If the Saints go with Vitt for now, they’ll likely elevate another assistant for the first six games. Payton, Loomis and Vitt aren’t allowed to have contact with the team during their suspensions. What happens if a major decision has to be made while all three are out? That’s anybody’s guess. Parcells could have been the simple solution for all that because he has experience as a coach and personnel guy, plus he and Payton share a lot of similar views. Parcells would have known what Payton wanted in most situations. Other coaches might have to guess.
In this radio interview, former New Orleans safety Darren Sharper said he doesn’t think any suspensions or fines are warranted for players involved in the Saints’ bounty program. Sharper said he doesn’t believe there’s been enough proof shown that a bounty program existed.
Louisiana-Lafayette tight end Ladarius Green appears to be on the draft radar of the Falcons and Buccaneers.
Safety Tanard Jackson said he has no hard feelings toward the Buccaneers after he was released Tuesday.