Grits, Gravy and Gumbo: NFC South News for Thursday, February 14th, 2013

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Updated: February 14, 2013

Good morning, friends, and welcome to WCSN Grits, Gravy, and Gumbo, your daily serving of NFC South news for Thursday, February 14th, 2013.

St. Valentine was killed for marrying people. Today, some girlfriends want to kill their guys for not wanting to get married.

St. Valentine was killed for marrying people. Today, some girlfriends want to kill their guys for not wanting to get married.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you out there, and I hope that the fellas in the audience have planned a sufficiently romantic evening for your wife/girlfriend/significant other. If not, then I think it is safe to say that the couch should be pretty comfortable tonight. Grab a blanket, though; it’s still winter.

For today’s fun fact, we’re going to learn a little about the history of Valentine’s Day. There are three legends, each with their own background story, but the prevailing one says that the day is named after St. Valentine, a third-century Catholic priest serving in Rome. The Roman emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage, hoping that single young men would make more willing and capable soldiers. St. Valentine continued marrying couples in secret, a wonderful act that would be a great idea for a romantic comedy today. The ending, unfortunately, would not fit so well in a comedy, as St. Valentine was discovered and put to death for his efforts.

Here’s hoping your efforts to be romantic end better than St. Valentine’s did. Even if you strike out, you can still revel in your bachelorhood and hit the links.

NFC South News

Did somebody mention links?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to increase the competition throughout their roster this offseason, and apparently that includes the punter. The team , the former University of Florida punter, to compete with incumbent Michael Koenen.

Will punter Chas Henry be a difference-maker for the Bucs next year?

Will punter Chas Henry be a difference maker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next year?

In more significant news, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports that the Bucs have this offseason. Last offseason’s splurges brought in wide receiver Vincent Jackson and guard Carl Nicks, two Pro Bowl players who paid immediate dividends (when healthy), and Tampa fans can only hope the team spends their surplus equally wisely this year.

Atlanta Falcons

Good news, Atlanta Falcons fans! Star quarterback Matt Ryan is , signifying an important step in his recovery from the shoulder injury he suffered late in the NFC Championship Game. It looks as though this shouldn’t have any lingering effects on Ryan going forward, which can only be a good thing for a man with the weight of the franchise on his shoulders.

In other news, the Falcons have vowed to be in a , and are threatening to move somewhere in the suburbs if they can’t work out a deal with the city of Atlanta. I am sure you all eagerly anticipate the upcoming years of stadium updates; feel free to ask our resident Vikings fans how riveting those can be.

Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers are looking to , according to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. The facility, according to team officials, would cost roughly $30 million and be used for practices during inclement weather. While some might view this as sissifying the game of football, I think it’s an excellent idea. It will ensure the team does not miss a practice due to weather, an important thing in the immensely competitive and tactically intricate NFL.

Carolina fans will not have to pay more money to see Steve Smith and their favorite team in 2013.

Carolina Panthers fans will not have to pay more money to see Steve Smith and their favorite team in 2013.

Also included in the article is an assurance that ticket prices will not be increasing this year, a welcome relief for fans who want to see their favorite team play without having to destitute themselves in the process.

New Orleans Saints

One of the New Orleans Saints’ biggest needs this offseason is to acquire an impact defensive tackle, and Larry Holder of the Times-Picayune says that there are plenty such players . Indeed, the draft is widely regarded as being deep in defensive tackles, which is perfect timing for a Saints team in need of some serious beef in the trenches.

After losing offensive line coach Aaron Kromer to the Chicago Bears this offseason, the Saints have to do some reshuffling with their offensive coaching staff. Running backs coach Brett Ingalls will be moving to the offensive line, and the team announced yesterday that they will  for the vacant running backs coach position. Personally, I think a name like Prince is better suited for a coordinator position, but here’s hoping the Saints can find the right man for the job, whoever it may be.

A big, bad defensive tackle like Sharrif Floyd could be just what the doctor ordered for the New Orleans defense.

A big, bad defensive tackle like Sharrif Floyd could be just what the doctor ordered for the New Orleans defense.

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About the author

Jon Vander Woude enjoys writing in-depth analytical articles that examine statistical trends in the NFL offseason. He also covers the Chicago Bears beat for Water Cooler Sports. Despite growing up in Michigan, California, and Miami, he had the good fortune to be reared by a father who grew up in Chicago raised him to root for the Bears, Bulls, and Cubs. Feel free to write him at with any questions, comments, or suggestions for future columns. Connect with

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Green and Gold
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Updated Falcons Logo

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 I like it.  Very postmodern, but at the same time quite literal.  Other teams should think about this approach.  Very chic.

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 I like how when  likes a post, his avatar looks like a face and neck shot of a person with tiny, black eyes.  THe crowd looks like hair with long bangs.

Bro Montana
Bro Montana

This post has run its course

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 Which as I understand it is a football division located solidly in 'Murica's armpit.

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 Especially since it is about the NFCS.

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 Yep. Like 200 times.

Draji, the D is silent
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Now it's better


Green and Gold
Green and Gold moderator

 Still gay!

SDL
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Not that there's anything wrong with that

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

  but then he showed in the SB that you can't mix football and crappy coverage either

Green and Gold
Green and Gold moderator

 "You can't mix football and gayness"

Culliver

SDL
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In an effort to beautify the blog (and counteract some of the heinous stuff posted earlier):

Happy VD, pendejos

Green and Gold
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Hey Andy, I now you are Heinz fan:

Prit
Prit

 That smells fishy...

Green and Gold
Green and Gold moderator

 Smells fishy? Is your underwear!!

Prit
Prit

  Not today...

andylet445
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fuck yeah i'll buy it and be this site's number 1 sponsor.