Grits, Gravy, and Gumbo: NFC South News for Thursday, February 28th, 2013

By
Updated: February 28, 2013

Good morning, friends, and welcome to WCSN Grits, Gravy, and Gumbo, your daily serving of NFC South news for Thursday, February 28th, 2013.

The USS Houston was sunk on February 28, 1942.

The USS Houston was sunk on February 28, 1942.

Today has been a big day in American history for boating. On February 28, 1844, a gun on the USS Princeton exploded on the Potomac River, killing two members of Cabinet (and six others).

Five years later, the USS California finished its four-month, 22-day voyage from New York to San Francisco. This marked the beginning of regular steamboat service from the east coast to the west coast in the United States. It also just happened to coincide with the discovery of gold near San Francisco. And thanks to the California gold rush in 1849, we have the San Francisco 49ers, a football team that we all love to hate.

Two other notable marine events happened on February 28 as well. In 1893, the USS Indiana was finished, marking the first time in history that the United States had a world-class battleship in her Navy. And in 1942, the USS Houston and HMAS Perth were sunk, killing over 1,000 crew members.

What, you might ask, is the moral of these stories? The answer, dear reader, is very simple: don’t go in an American boat on February 28.  You’ll either end up dead or in San Francisco, and neither is a desirable option.

NFC South News

I’m ignoring my own advice:   I got these links to read!

Ronde Barber has aged better than twin brother Tiki. Will he be back in Tampa Bay in 2013?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Ronde Barber has Will he be back in 2013?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ biggest weakness in 2012 was arguably the secondary. Today, we have a trio of articles looking at how they might look to turn that weakness into a strength.

First, Stephen F. Holder of the Tampa Bay Times looks at , and what impact that could have on 2012 draftee Mark Barron.

Second, gives a . It’s a long article, but does an excellent job of examining both the Bucs’ free agents and other free agents Tampa Bay might be interested in.

Finally, Scott Smith and Andrew Norton of Buccaneers.com discuss after the NFL Scouting Combine. Many positions are discussed, including wide receiver, defensive end, and cornerback.

No matter how they choose to address this issue, I think we can all agree that the Bucs .

Could Jesse Williams be the answer for Atlanta at defensive tackle and running back?

Could Jesse Williams of Alabama be the answer for Atlanta at defensive tackle and running back?

Atlanta Falcons

The  to snag a player this year, according to general manager Thomas Dimitroff. After famously giving up a king’s ransom two years ago to draft wide receiver Julio Jones, Dimitroff seems content to sit back and see who falls this year, noting that “it’s a good place to be at thirty.”

One of the players Atlanta could be interested in with their first pick is . At 6’3” and 323 pounds, Williams could provide some much-needed beef on the defensive line, and he is seen as an excellent run stopper, which was an area of weakness for Atlanta last year.

Better yet, the article notes that Williams was a short-yardage back for Alabama last year, so maybe he could replace Michael Turner. After all, he can’t be much slower, and he’s taller, so he’ll fall farther forward when the first defender hits him. (We here at WCSN call this the A.J. Hawk special.)

Will Ron Rivera be back to coach the Panthers in 2014? We should probably see how 2013 plays out before answering that question.

Will Ron Rivera be back to coach the Carolina Panthers in 2014? We should probably see how 2013 plays out before answering that question.

Carolina Panthers

has given their , and it’s not pretty. They note that Carolina has “holes across the board,” and talk about “how easy it is to throw on the Panthers.” Combine those issues with a “dire salary-cap situation,” and the future looks bleak for Carolina in 2013. It’s never a good thing when an article focuses more on the chance your coach gets fired than you make the playoffs, but teams have surprised the experts before.

has two lovely Panthers slide shows for your viewing pleasure. The first talks about , while the second . I hate it when Bleacher Report panders for cheap page views this way, so I refused to click through the slides on principle. I only dignified these “stories” with links because I could literally find nothing else new and Panthers related on the internet.

One year after holding the Saints hostage, Drew Brees is suddenly a team player.

One year after holding the New Orleans Saints hostage, quarterback Drew Brees is suddenly a team player.

New Orleans Saints

One year after signing one of , quarterback Drew Brees is . “I am always willing to consider anything that will help the team or the cap situation,” Brees said in an interview.

Really? Here’s an idea: if you care so much about helping the team, maybe you shouldn’t hold them hostage for every dollar possible in the first place. Maybe taking $15 million per year instead of $20 million on your initial contract enables the Saints to put some decent players around you. Sorry, but I’m not buying the whole good-guy act after the way Brees took advantage of the Bountygate situation to further enrich himself last offseason.

Okay, I’m stepping off the soapbox now. In other news, Nakia Hogan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune wonders if the . Much like Tampa Bay, their pass defense was horrible last year, so they need to either add a defensive back or pass rusher, preferably both.

Editor’s Note

With a new influx of NFC South fans, WCSN is currently searching for someone willing to take on writing this daily feature on a regular basis. If you are interested, or would like to be involved in writing for WCSN in any other way, please contact our editor-in-chief at .

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

211 comments
jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator

wow.  I'm going through Angelo's draft for a piece on how he put Chicago in a huge hole offensively, and I realized this nugget:

He did not spend a pick in the first three rounds on an offensive lineman between 2002 and 2008.  WTF?

That Guy They Have Now
That Guy They Have Now

 He had Kreutz forever so was set at center. 2008 they took Williams but he didn't pan out. They went the free agent route with Reuben Brown, Garza, John Tait

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator

  it's foolish to ignore such an important position for so long though.  leaves you with zero depth, and incredibly prone to being screwed with injuries and/or one draft pick busting 

That Guy They Have Now
That Guy They Have Now

  He tried to address it in 2008 and 2010 though but failed so far with Williams and Carimi. That has more to do with it than ignoring in 2003-2007. Plus he give up two firsts and a 2nd to get his QB.

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator

that's FIVE CONSECUTIVE YEARS he didn't draft on OL until the 4th round or later

Maized and Confused
Maized and Confused moderator

Jeez, this place died faster than Matt Barkley's NFL career hopes.

Big Cheese
Big Cheese

 

He's white? Gotta be an albino black guy, right?

That Guy They Have Now
That Guy They Have Now

Former Eagle starting DT Mike Patterson visiting Lions today. That guy had brain seizures last year. Risky way to replace Corey Williams

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

 

If I were him I wouldn't go to the Lions.

They couldn't even find a massive brain tumor in Jerome Harrison.

Bro Montana
Bro Montana

  and they draft players with health issues. 

That Guy They Have Now
That Guy They Have Now

   And Stafford was also butthurt after Pettigrews fumble against the Titans. Hill showed how awesome of a backup he is though

That Guy They Have Now
That Guy They Have Now

   And Stafford proves you can get out of the woods with health issues. 33 in a row. Hope Delmas and Fairley and Broyles can do the same.

That Guy They Have Now
That Guy They Have Now

   Broyles yes. But it was his other knee which is very unlucky. Broyles said himself his restrcutred knee was stronger than ever this past season. Stafford, LeShoure, Fairley  Delmas didn't have healthy issues in college.

That Guy They Have Now
That Guy They Have Now

  Unknown when they did a scan. Trades you are a bit more thorough I would think then pre and post season exams. Pretty cautious with Best

LaCWrestler
LaCWrestler like.author.displayName 1 Like

  Or find a brain in Suh. 

Borderline Football Brilliant
Borderline Football Brilliant

I gotta get back to work for a bit. Remember to smile when you tickle your anuses.

Um...
Um... moderator

 I have to get to work. I have done enough silent stalking here.

Draji, the D is silent
Draji, the D is silent like.author.displayName 1 Like

   

I knew I felt someone breathing on my neck

Um...
Um... moderator like.author.displayName 1 Like

   Yeah, I overslept. Have no coffee and very little desire to type. Now I have to get to work. 

Borderline Football Brilliant
Borderline Football Brilliant

Fornication, sexual abuse, dead baby! Read all about it!

 

 A punishment any pervert would approve of.

"They just pretend she's been lashed. It's not a painful process. She is taken to one side and she is patted on her backside with this lashing. It's not used hard. It's just a token, a token exercise. It's a belief," Imad said.

___pb___
___pb___

 Reminds me of the tradition of "showing the bedsheet" after the wedding night. In some cultures, they'll show the bedsheet even if they know the girl's not a virgin. For example, in Thailand, after a girl has gone away for a few years to work as a prostitute, they'll give her a big wedding when she finally returns to the village to get married. She'll daub her sheet with chicken blood on the big night and then display it in the morning. It's a ceremonial way to welcome her back into the community and assure her that her record is expunged.

Borderline Football Brilliant
Borderline Football Brilliant

   

Wow! You can't make shit like that up.

___pb___
___pb___

 Indeed . . . it's always been mostly a formality. People 4000 years ago knew just as well as we do today that at least 50% of women don't bleed their first time, so they'd often take a packet of blood with them to the bed just to satisfy the audience the next day.

That's why when liberals scoff at biblical traditions, because "ZOMG, LOOK, GIRLS COULD GET STONED FOR NOT BEING VIRGINS!" -- I know they don't know what the fuck they're talking about. It almost never, if ever, happened. How many dads do you know would turn their daughter over to be stoned if they found out she wasn't a virgin?

Just because there is a maximum penalty written into a law doesn't mean it's frequently -- or ever -- imposed. 

jwoude23 Bear Down
jwoude23 Bear Down moderator

how does my doctorate in trolls comment get ZERO likes?  seriously?  

___pb___
___pb___

 Because you forgot to add, “I don't have an M.D. or a law degree, but I do have a bachelor's in kicking ass and taking names.”

Draji, the D is silent
Draji, the D is silent like.author.displayName 1 Like

   

That'd probably get you more jobs than my bachelors

___pb___
___pb___

 Bobbing knobs. But there's a glut in the market right now.