Grits, Gravy, and Gumbo: NFC South News for Friday, February 15th, 2013

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Updated: February 15, 2013
Understanding human's DNA has done wonderful things for modern medicine.

Understanding human’s DNA has done wonderful things for modern medicine.

Happy Friday to everyone, and welcome to WCSN Grits, Gravy, and Gumbo, your daily serving of NFC South news for Friday, February 15th, 2013! I hope you can make it through one last workday before a glorious weekend. If you need some motivation to get your work done today, this is not the place for you. If you’re looking for a nice little diversion to pass the time at work, however, look no further!

There have been many notable events that have happened in history on February 15, including the founding of St. Louis, Missouri, and key events in both the Spanish-American War and World War II. As a scientist (and science nerd), though, I prefer to focus on February 15, 2001, when the first draft of the complete human genome was published. This was a monumental event in scientific history, and has led to a greater understanding, diagnosis, and treatment for many genetic diseases.

Even if you don’t understand all the ins and outs of genetics, I still hope that you can appreciate what a landmark achievement this was, and how much it has already contributed to medicine in the last decade.

NFC South News

Speaking of medicine, , and the only prescription is more links!

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) is one of three young Bucs to get national recognition recently.

Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) is one of three young Bucs to get national recognition recently.

Yesterday I talked about how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have more than $30 million to spend in free agency this year.  If you are worried about the team going cheap and saving some of that money, which they have a history of doing, have no fear. Minimum spending requirements in the new collective bargaining agreement mandate that all teams spend at least 90% of the cap in a given year, meaning Tampa or so this offseason.  Hopefully they can resist Jerry Jones Syndrome and spend that money wisely.

Not for nothing has Tampa Bay been known as the Baby Bucs the last few years. They have one of the youngest rosters in the NFL, and best of all, some of their key talents are still young.

Consequently, the Bucs had two players named to NFL.com writer Elliot Harrison’s . The deserving honorees were running back Doug Martin and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. Rookie outside linebacker Lavonte David was also named to , which recognizes the best players who have never been to the Pro Bowl.

Flush with young talent and plenty of cap room, Tampa Bay looks to have a bright future. The NFC South should take notice.

Atlanta owner Arthur Blank is being honored by the Black College Hall of Fame.

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is being honored by the Black College Hall of Fame.

Atlanta Falcons

Led by stars Matt Ryan, Roddy White, Julio Jones, and Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta featured one of the most explosive passing games in the NFL last season. But their offensive success can also be attributed to their , says Daniel Cox of AtlantaFalcons.com. The Falcons were among the top three in the NFL in third-down conversion percentages in 2012, something that they certainly hope to continue in 2013.  Those dirty birds seem to have a knack for flying just past the marker before coming down for landing.

Led by owner Arthur Blank, the Falcons have been ardent supporters of the Black College Hall of Fame. That will continue this weekend, as of their 2013 induction ceremony. No jokes here, just kudos to Mr. Blank for helping bring awareness and recognition for a group of athletes who have largely been forgotten in history.

Carolina Panthers

With the 14th pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Carolina Panthers select . . . Sheldon Richardson?  ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. thinks that is a , as the team has a clear need at defensive tackle. Kiper does note, however, that quality defensive tackles can be found in the second or third round as well, suggesting that perhaps the team could look elsewhere in the first round.

We all know that Kiper is the be-all and end-all for the draft, so I recommend the Panthers (and other teams) pay close attention to what he says. After all, you don’t want him giving you a bad post-draft grade.

The Panthers are planning on building an upgrade to Bank of America Stadium, and, unsurprisingly, the city of Charlotte is going to be footing some of the bill. One of the ways being considered to raise the money is by raising Charlotte’s prepared food tax, but local politicians Bill Brawley and Thom Tillis insist this will not happen . Personally, I think it’s absurd that the city should pay for this anyway, when all it is going to accomplish it enabling the team to take more money from their taxpayers on game day.

Could Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (34) be heading to Carolina? Mel Kiper Jr. thinks so.

Could Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (34) be heading to Carolina? ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper, Jr. thinks so.

New Orleans Saints

The Saints have begun their offseason moves, Rafael Bush (safety), Eric Olsen (offensive line), and Michael Higgins (tight end). These are not stars or even starters, but retaining solid, inexpensive depth is important for a team that doesn’t have much money to spend this offseason.

In other Saints news, Larry Holder of the Times-Picayune is confused. He knows that Drew Brees is obviously New Orleans’ most valuable player, but is unsure who should be second, so he’s asking the fans to weigh in with their opinion. Feel free to go , and make sure to tell him that you know more about the team than him and should have his job.

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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

305 comments
Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused moderator like.author.displayName 1 Like

So when did the Bills announce that they're moving to the CFL?

Bills HC Doug Marrone: “I spoke with Ryan (Fitzpatrick) and Tarvaris (Jackson) and told them we'll have an open competition at quarterback."

JVince 11
JVince 11 moderator

Pat Angerer lead the NFL in tackles last season because the colts defense was on the field for 58 minutes of every 60 minute game....


But he wasn't up for NFL Defensive MVP... so why the fuck did Kuelchy get it for DROY... just shitty.

Prit
Prit

 .... Doesn't mean it's right, but the media looks at tackles first...  Plain and simple...

Bro Montana
Bro Montana

So... that was a fun conversation. Hayward was robbed. 

niemerg1
niemerg1

 ehh...i don't know if he deserved it more or not...he was going up against the #2 and #3 WR most of the time...not saying he didn't play well, but i don't know if he deserved DROY

JVince 11
JVince 11 moderator

 Not as bad as Matthews not winning DPOY in 2010 and Polamalu got it instead.

ReggiesNoJackpondavre
ReggiesNoJackpondavre moderator

  

Or Brees losing MVP to Manning in 2009.

JVince 11
JVince 11 moderator

   Probably couldn't see Brees standing behind a traffic cone... he was hidden from voters.

JVince 11
JVince 11 moderator like.author.displayName 1 Like

Fuck Kuelchy.. he did not deserve DROY...

Prit
Prit

 Who did.

JVince 11
JVince 11 moderator

  the only reason why Kuelchy won it is because he had a shit ton of tackles.. that is becuase Carolina sucked balls and their defense was always on the field... that doesn't mean you are the best.

Prit
Prit

  This I agree with, David had just as a good case as of Yalls guy, but it's perception and tackles are important... And yalls d has sucked for last few years..

JVince 11
JVince 11 moderator

   "Volume stats are the fucking best... I am a great talent"


-Graham Harrell at Texas Tech

Bro Montana
Bro Montana

  Hayward. 

niemerg1
niemerg1

    im not a packer fan

Prit
Prit

    Yeah.... year yall won sb your d sucked...

JVince 11
JVince 11 moderator

    yea.. the USFL team.. i think they play in Nevada or something.

JVince 11
JVince 11 moderator

    Just warming up... 

JVince 11
JVince 11 moderator

   The panthers aren't known for their Offense either...

niemerg1
niemerg1

   what exactly are they known for? being shitty?

Bro Montana
Bro Montana

   So what? The Panthers aren't known for their D either. 

Prit
Prit

   Perception...  Green Bay isn'ty known for it's D, it's known for Rodgers and the O....

JVince 11
JVince 11 moderator like.author.displayName 1 Like

    I saw packers.. you said panthers... f my life.

niemerg1
niemerg1

    you misread my comment, or you hit the wrong reply button...

Bro Montana
Bro Montana

    Marshall pwned him with a stiff arm I think but he was otherwise very, very good.

JVince 11
JVince 11 moderator like.author.displayName 1 Like

    second best secondary in the NFL according to PFF.. and Hayward was the #3 DB in the entire NFL last season in opposing QBs QB Rating against him.. it was in the 20s I believe.. Hayward also was never givena  missed tackle last season.

Bro Montana
Bro Montana

   We were the 11th ranked D... not sure how that "sucks"

Bro Montana
Bro Montana

   Your post flies in the face of facts/statistics. 

niemerg1
niemerg1 like.author.displayName 1 Like

   wait...and the Panther's D was good?

Prit
Prit

   And your D still sucked.... 

Bro Montana
Bro Montana

   He was one of the best CBs in all of football as a rookie.. lots of INTs. Low passer rating against. 

Prit
Prit

    He'd have a better case going the rarely way, and going with LaVonte.

Prit
Prit

   Why.