How I See It: NFC South Stock Watch
September, 29, 2009
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com
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In the past, Fox has used coordinators or injuries as scapegoats. That’s not going to fly this time around. If the Panthers don’t turn things around immediately, Fox’s days will be numbered.
You have to start worrying if the Falcons might have gone to the well too often last season when they gave Turner 376 carries.
Leftwich has been dropped to No. 3 with rookie Josh Freeman moving up to the backup role. The problems went way beyond Leftwich. He took the fall for the entire offense and you probably won’t see Leftwich back on the field again as the Bucs go with youth.
That kind of thing just didn’t happen for New Orleans last year. But Williams’ aggressive approach has brought pressure for quarterbacks and turnovers. With an offense that already was good, continued improvement by the defense could make the Saints scary.
With Mike Bell out with a knee injury, Thomas gave the Saints a very consistent running game.
Jahri Evans, guard, Saints. We’ll make it a sweep for the Saints because they were the only victorious NFC South team this week.
That unit hasn’t missed a beat with left tackle Jammal Brown out with an injury and Evans and fellow guard Carl Nicks are big parts of the reason the Saints suddenly are able to run the ball with some consistency.