Around the NFC South

Time for a morning look at the top headlines from around the NFC South:


Tim Tucker points out that teams with stadiums with retractable roofs have played 66 percent of their games with the roofs closed. But Falcons president Rich McKay said the team would keep the roof open as much as possible if it gets a new stadium. Weather is unpredictable, but I can remember several days last season when I walked into the Georgia Dome thinking it was a perfect day to be watching a game outdoors.


Wide receiver Steve Smith said the Panthers should take Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson in the first round of the draft. I’m with Smith on this one. It looks like Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd will be gone before the Panthers get on the clock. But Richardson is in the same class as Floyd and the Panthers need to take him to solidify their defensive line.


While restructuring contracts is getting the Saints close to the 2013 salary cap, Larry Holder points out the Saints are adding to their cap commitment for future years. That’s the downside of restructures. The Saints are getting themselves out of cap trouble this year, but they’re going to have to do it again next year.


Greg Schiano sounds like he’s more comfortable with his coaching staff heading into his second year. That’s logical because Schiano had to throw together a staff last year after most staffs around the league already were filled and he didn’t always land his first choices. But, this year, Schiano has brought in guys like special teams coach Dave Wannstedt and quarterbacks coach John McNulty, that he has worked with in the past.