Grits, Gravy, and Gumbo: NFC South News for Friday, February 22nd, 2013

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Updated: February 22, 2013

Good morning folks! Welcome to WCSN Grits, Gravy, and Gumbo, your daily serving of NFC South news for Friday, February 22nd, 2013.

On this date in 1856, the Republican Party convened for their first meeting. Four years later, Abraham Lincoln would become the first Republican president. Nearly 160 years later, the group still consists of people who like to party like it’s 1856.

In 1872 another political party was formed, as the Prohibition Party first opened its doors. The name alone pretty much tells you that this was undoubtedly the lamest party in history.

The Prohibition Party: being boring since 1872.

The Prohibition Party: boring you to tears since 1872.

NFC South News

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Does this look like the face of a Super Bowl-winning quarterback to you?

Does this look like the face of a Super Bowl-winning quarterback to you?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Quarterback Josh Freeman has been something of an enigma in the past few years, intermingling bouts of brilliance with stretches of poor play. After four years in the NFL, Freeman still has not taken that next step to consistent production, and some fans are starting to question if he ever will. Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano thinks so, claiming that . I guess he looks at Baltimore and figures, “Hey, if Joe Flacco can do it…”

Tampa Bay’s biggest weakness in 2012 was their pass defense, which gave up too many big plays and too many points. They need more talent in the secondary, so Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times examines at the upcoming Combine.

Can the Falcons afford to re-sign Brent Grimes?

Can the Falcons afford to re-sign Brent Grimes?

Atlanta Falcons

Falcons blog continue their series on key free agent decisions facing the Falcons this offseason by looking at . They argue that Grimes must be re-signed and is too valuable to let test the market. It’s tough to argue with that logic, as you can never have enough good cornerbacks in a league that continues to emphasize the passing game more and more. Affording Grimes, who played under the franchise tag last season, could be a tricky issue though.

Daniel Cox of takes a look at . This is a wonderful warning of not putting too much stock in combine results, as players mentioned include Chris Owens, Joe Hawley, and the immortal Harry Douglas. Of course, Julio Jones also had a fantastic Combine. Still, the lesson remains: game tape is much more important than how fast a player can run in a straight line without pads on.

Can Cam Newton be more effective with less read-option?

Will Cam Newton be more effective with less read-option?

Carolina Panthers

New general manager Dave Gettleman has a clear idea of what he wants in new players as he heads to the Combine: . He also mentions the important of a player fitting their scheme. These three are great—catchy, alliterative, and easy to remember—but I hope he doesn’t forget a fourth important one: speed. Getting players who are big, fast, smart, and fit their scheme is a great idea, now they just have to go out and do it.

Speaking of Carolina’s scheme, it appears it will be changing under new offensive coordinator Mike Shula. The read-option, which was a staple in 2012, , although head coach Ron Rivera assures fans it will remain in the playbook. The read-option can be extremely difficult to defend, especially with a dynamic quarterback like Cam Newton, but their offense did seem to be more effective in a traditional set-up last year. I’d recommend they still use the read-option if they go against Dom Capers and the Green Bay Packers, tough, that .

New Orleans Saints

The Saints have hired Rob Ryan to be their new defensive coordinator this offseason, and the reason why he was available has recently come to light. Apparently, Ryan was and making the defense too difficult for the players to grasp. The Saints can only hope their team has a higher football IQ than the Cowboys; to be fair, I don’t think this will be terribly difficult.

Ex-Saint Steve Gleason is by the Touchdown Club of New Orleans. Gleason famously in the first Saints game in the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina, setting up the Saints for their first score in a game they would win in a rout. Since retiring, he has been diagnosed with ALS, and now devotes his time to helping raise funds to help find a cure for ALS and support families of those dealing with ALS. Kudos to Steve for a well-deserved honor.

Steve Gleason's punt block is forever immortalized in New Orleans.

Steve Gleason’s punt block is forever immortalized in New Orleans.

Editor’s Note

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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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My newest facebook friend uses her page very professionally.  No crap posts about ex boyfriends or whatever.  But she almost always uses it to tell people about all the Very Good Adult things she is doing, using long paragraph form.  Nothing is ever funny.

Drop her?

niemerg1
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 if shes hot, you don't have to read her posts...just wait til summer when she posts bikini pics...

Preparation_A
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Awful. Like a perpetual Christmas Card Letter, or back page alumni magazine entry. Fuck her.

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  She is my neighbor, and in my age range.  And when they shower you can see their outlines, like a Madonna video or something.  So sometimes I do think about that.

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Defriend her on facebook, and when she asks why say "I felt like I needed to stop getting to know the virtual you, and get to know the real you". Then slip it in her.

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  Then he showers and you can see his monstrous tinkler.  Good for him and all, but very disturbing.

Draji, the D is silent
Draji, the D is silent

Should I go back and get another undergraduate, since I only lack ~18 hours for an IS degree, or spend the next 2 or so year getting a masters in something?

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 What is IS?  What Masters do you propose to pursue?  HOW AM I TO PROVIDE CAREER ADVICE IF YOU DON'T PROVIDE ALL RELEVANT INFORMATION!

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What is "is" is really the ultimate question in the universe, isn't it?

That Guy They Have Now
That Guy They Have Now

Ugghh. Doctors still chekcing out Delmas knee. Can I get a healthy 2nd or 3rd round pick. My God

niemerg1
niemerg1

 well, the good news is you will always have stafford

That Guy They Have Now
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  1st round has been awesome. Every single 2nd round pick under Mayhew has a major injury issue plus Titus was a nut job. And 3rd round picks too, Spievey, LeShoure and Bentley

That Guy They Have Now
That Guy They Have Now

  You can go back to the Millen era. Boss Bailey injured, Danile Bullocks injured, Teddy Lehman injured. 2nd round for the Lions is a surgeons dream

niemerg1
niemerg1

  yah...that is some MAJOR bad luck...even if overlook injuries on college players...thats still high

Preparation_A
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Hmm. Maybe just skip the draft and go balls out in free agency?

That Guy They Have Now
That Guy They Have Now

   Jason Fox was injured, used a 4th to get LeShoure injured. Sammie Lee Hill and Lewis stayed healthy at least

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It sucks. Packers seem to have similar issues, regardless of round.

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Idea: trade second round pick for several 4th round picks.

That Guy They Have Now
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 Seriously how does 7 2nd and 3rd round picks in 4 years all have major injuries.

niemerg1
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i see that robert and prep have become best friends in my absence...

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Yep, I love bold statements backed by zero sound rationale defended tooth and nail despite evidence to the contrary.

niemerg1
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  thats why we get along so well together then, huh...

Bro Montana
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 Good things happen when you're not here.