Around the NFC South

Let’s take a quick run through the morning headlines from around the NFC South.

  • Atlanta defensive coordinator Mike Nolan said linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is a good player who can be better. Weatherspoon certainly has flashed promise in his first two seasons, but Nolan better be right on this. Based largely on Nolan’s belief that Weatherspoon is ready to be a star, the Falcons let middle linebacker Curtis Lofton leave in free agency.

  • The Times-Picayune continues its countdown of the top 25 players on the Saints with No. 16 -- defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley. Not a bad call. All indications are he should help as a run stopper and should provide more than Aubrayo Franklin and Shaun Rogers did last year.

  • Tampa Bay quarterbacks coach Ron Turner said Josh Freeman has a “burning desire to be great." He’s going to need all of that to bounce back from last year’s debacle. I’ve always thought Freeman has the physical tools and intangibles to be one of the best in the league, but I worry that the previous coaching staff might have left him with a permanent case of David Carr Syndrome.

  • The Oct. 25 game between the Buccaneers and Vikings will be aired on NFL Network. But MOR-TV (Channel 32) already has secured the rights to broadcast the game in the Tampa Bay area.