Grits, Gravy, and Gumbo: NFC South News for Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

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Updated: February 27, 2013
Today we are all Dominican.

Today we are all Dominican.

Good morning folks! Welcome to WCSN Grits, Gravy, and Gumbo, your daily serving of NFC South News for Wednesday, February 27th, 2013.

Happy Independence Day to all of our WCSN readers from the Dominican Republic! On this day in 1844 you were officially freed from Haiti. I’d say you’ve had the better of things in the last 160 or so years. If you are not Dominican, grab some Presidente and party like you are.

For our American friends, today also has some historical significance. On February 27, 1776, the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge took place. This was a crucial clash between Patriots and Loyalists in North Carolina, which resulted in the Loyalists being routed. America! Way to kick those British patsies back to their lame little island!

NFC South News

After you’ve kicked the sissy British to the curb, kick back with your Pacifico and enjoy these refreshing links!

Who wouldn't want to align themselves with such high quality?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Ford: a match made in heaven.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have , committing to a long-term sponsorship (exactly how long was not revealed). On the positive side, one free vehicle will be given away to a lucky Tampa Bay fan each year. On the negative side, it’s a Ford.

Stephen F. Holder of the Tampa Bay Times notes that at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, posting numerous fast times in the ever-popular 40-yard dash. The Buccaneers are sure to be looking at cornerbacks and safeties in the draft, but fans can only hope they don’t draft based on how fast players run in a straight line without pads. Then again, .

Atlanta Falcons

Sports Illustrated has posted . Their analysis seems mostly right to me, as they point out running back Jacquizz Rodgers’ strong season, cornerback Asante Samuel’s tackling woes, and the need for an improved pass rush and answers at tight end.

Based on the order they have been profiling teams (from worst to best), it seems that ⁄ considers Atlanta the third best team in the NFC, which could be considered a slight to the team that had the best record in the NFC in 2012 and played in the NFC Championship Game. Falcons fans will, however, be happy to note that they are referred to as “a threat to make the big game,” although critics will happily point out they said make — not win.

The Falcons will be hosting a for current and former NFL players next week. The event will be aimed at connecting athletes with opportunities for careers beyond football, and will include meetings with industry leaders and mock interviews. Kudos to Atlanta for doing this, and I hope NFL players take advantage so I can quit reading sob stories that try to make me feel sorry for who squandered their fortune away through their own stupidity.

The Panthers could use some Star power on defense.

The Carolina Panthers could use some Star power on defense.

Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers might be , hoping to score a dominant defensive tackle. Seeing that the team’s defense could use all the help it can get, and they haven’t drafted a defensive tackle with a top-50 pick in over ten years, I fully support this move. The recent health scare surrounding Star Lotulelei (Utah) could drop him as far as Carolina’s 14th pick. It’s only fitting that they have a Star to go with their .

Head coach Ron Rivera has hinted that the . This move doesn’t make sense to me, as Wallace is the same small, speedy receiver as Steve Smith, and they need to complement him, not clone him. Wallace is also looking to be paid big money, which the Panthers do not have to give.

New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints continued filling out their coaching staff, . This will be McGriff’s first NFL stint after 22 years in college, where he was most recently the defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach for Mississippi. I am sure McGriff’s experience will be a nice asset for the Saints defense, and I am equally sure that McGriff would appreciate it now if the Saints brought in some talented secondary players for him to coach.

Do you like the Oscars? No? Well, how about the “Oscars of Twitter,” otherwise known as ? Whether you care about them or not, Saints fans can appreciate that . They must be doing something write (pun intended), as this is the third year in a row the Saints have been a finalist (they won in 2011). Best of luck to the Saints, and any interested fans can tune in on April 8 to see if their team wins.

Like Conan O'Brien, the Saints could win a prestigious Shorty for their work on Twitter.

Like Conan O’Brien, the Saints could win a prestigious Shorty for their work on Twitter.

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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jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator

this is why you don't pretend to be Captain America with your friends

robertj72
robertj72

My dream scenario is Carolina gets Patterson first round, find a way to keep Gamble and DWill. Luck into some key defensive linemen/safety of value in the later rounds. Saints continue to digress. Atlanta signs Ryan to a 7 yr 120M contract with 50M guaranteed. TonyG resigns and they waste a 1st round pick on a TE (which has never seen a return on investment worthy of a 1st rounder since TonyG was drafted). Also they go into the season thinking JaQuizz is a full time, 3 down, lead back. I wrote Santa this request so it's 50/50 to happen.

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator

 they're not even remotely considering going in with only Jacquizz, from what I've seen.  They will get a bigger back to complement him.  

robertj72
robertj72

Maybe they could acquire Blount...then they could be in the running for worst backfield in history.

robertj72
robertj72

  The GM is giving it a ton of lip service. Not that coach or GM talk means squat!

JVince 11
JVince 11 moderator

SO I am supposed to be working on a mock draft for GB or the entire NFL?? 


I could easily write up the OL piece.

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

  

do it

JVince 11
JVince 11 moderator

  which one for the mock draft?

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator

  and maybe some of the technical parts of the position that fans can look for?

JVince 11
JVince 11 moderator

  I wouldn't be profiling players.. I would just talk about how much respect OL should get..

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

  

OL would be more interesting.

You still have plenty of time to do the mock draft.

OL would be quicker too, you only have to profile 7 or so players

JVince 11
JVince 11 moderator

I mus tsay... I don't like any of those mock drafts posted below in terms of GB...

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator

 I think they need DL more than anything else.  

JVince 11
JVince 11 moderator

  I think that what they decide on Jennings/Finley will be the biggest deciding factor on their 1st round pick...

robertj72
robertj72

  I agree....TE is rarely a wise use of a 1st round pick.

jwoude23 Bear Down
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  I would be thrilled if GB wastes their first-round pick on a WR or TE.  That doesn't fix their problems.  

Even if they upgrade at TE, they're still the same flawed team they were.  

Borderline Football Brilliant
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Even though it is the off season, we are all bored out of our skulls, and we are fighting for any scrap of football news, mock drafts have to be one of the stupidest exercises on the planet, possibly the entire universe.

robertj72
robertj72

The two Panthers stories make no since. I don't mean the writing, Woude. I mean why go DT first round and get Wallace. If the Panthers could widdle away room for a FA it is cheaper and smarter to go WR in the 1st and then find a DT on the market. Also no team has had more All pro and All Star players go down to injury in the last decade than Carolina. Drafting a guy with health issues should be a non-starter. Go Patterson and then look for a DT in the 2nd or 4th round.

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator

 I don't think Wallace has a shot in hell of happening.  Too expensive, and Carolina doesn't have the money.  If a mauler DT is there, Carolina could go that direction.  There's just not much top-flight WR talent this year, so there may not be a guy at 14 worthy of the pick.  

robertj72
robertj72

  Not a single WR will be taken by 14 unless a team trades up. The teams ahead of us have far more pressing issues, IMO. Patterson will be there and is a huge need...Smitty only has a season or two left and a big fast guy to spread the field will open a ton of other options.

robertj72
robertj72

  Risky yes...he may not be an immediate impact, he runs sloppy routes. But his speed and Cams arm strength will obfucate much of that. Plus drafting him is a top flight guy in 2015 not 2013. You are right Miami is the only true risk Patterson is gone.

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator

  there's a lot of talk Patterson could go to Miami at 12.  And Patterson is a risky pick.  

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator

woah, one of the CBS guys projected Lane Johnson as the #1 overall pick.  Say what?  

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Oh, and that Pacifico makes me sad because it reminds me of how much happier I am when in Costa Rica.

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator

 well, go get a 6-pack for tonight

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  I drunkarded myself last night in protest of the fact that I worked until about 11 p.m.  Hungover and still have a lot to do.

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  I like to think the relationship is symbiotic.

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 Sounds like it was the alcohol that won out.