Around the NFC South

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

A quick trip through the local coverage:

There's been a lot of talk about the woes in the red zone and a lot of people are blaming coach Jon Gruden's play calling. But there might be more to this than meets the eye. Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds takes an in-depth look at the situation and points out Gruden is making calls for throws downfield, but quarterback Jeff Garcia might not be electing to take chances and is dumping off for shorter and safer routes. This one's well worth a read.

Top receiver Roddy White missed Wednesday's practice with a back injury, but the Falcons think he'll be all right to play Sunday.

Offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges quit chewing tobacco because doctors believe it might have caused an irregular heartbeat.

New Orleans might have found a gem in defensive end Jeff Charleston, who spent the first five weeks of this season working in a furniture store.