Let’s take a look at the Saturday morning headlines from around the NFC South.
The NFL reportedly has turned over some evidence to the four players facing suspensions in the bounty program. The attorney for New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who faces a season-long suspension, said the evidence is scant. The evidence was dispensed Friday to allow the players to prepare for the appeal hearings scheduled Monday with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
When Tampa Bay traded Kellen Winslow to Seattle, the tight end didn’t voice his displeasure with the Buccaneers. But that didn’t last. Winslow has spoken out, saying he wasn’t happy with coach Greg Schiano’s disciplined style. He also said Tampa Bay fired “the wrong guy’’ in former coach Raheem Morris. Winslow didn’t elaborate or name names, but it’s pretty obvious he was talking about general manager Mark Dominik.
Veteran Dallas Clark, who is replacing Winslow at tight end in Tampa Bay, said he felt he was a leader in his days with the Colts. With a young Tampa Bay team, Clark said he wants to be even more of a leader. That’s good because the Bucs need all the leadership they can get and they might embrace it from a guy like Clark, who has played for some great teams and had an excellent career.
Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith held his annual youth football game. Smith certainly has had some issues and has been controversial throughout his career. But he’s always shown a softer side, particularly when it comes to helping out children.
Daniel Cox takes a look back at the safeties that previously have worked under Atlanta defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. It’s a pretty impressive list that includes Ed Reed and Brian Dawkins, so it’s obvious safeties are important in Nolan’s scheme. That’s good news for Atlanta safeties Thomas DeCoud and William Moore. These guys have done some nice things early in their careers. But they’re entering their prime and could really blossom with Nolan’s guidance.