NFC South Watch

May 24 – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will begin play in the NFC South Division in 2002 along with their new division rivals -- the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints. Pewter Report will continue to keep Club Insiders updated on Tampa Bay's new division opponents throughout the offseason. This week's NFC South Watch explains how the Bucs will not be the only NFC South team interested in acquiring Jacksonville wide receiver Keenan McCardell when the Jags release him on June 1.


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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will begin play in the NFC South Division in 2002 along with the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints. Buccaneer Magazine will keep Bucs fans posted on what the Pewter Pirates' new division opponents have been doing during the offseason.
Atlanta Falcons

Home Georgia Dome in Atlanta Georgia

Host Tampa Bay Sunday, October 6, 2002 1:00 PM

Visit Tampa Bay Sunday, December 8, 2002 1:00 PM

Last Season 7-9 record. Finished tied for third place in the NFC West Division.

Head Coach Dan Reeves (also calls offensive plays)

Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips

Special Teams Coach Joe DeCamillis

How They Ranked Last Season

Offense 15th overall 16th rushing 17th passing

Defense 30th overall 21st rushing 30th passing

The Latest

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons have contacted the Vikings about interviewing executive vice president Mike Kelly for their vacant general manager position. The Falcons are awaiting a response from the Vikings. Harold Richardson resigned from Atlanta's general manager position on May 9.

In other news, there will certainly be more than one team bidding for wide receiver Keenan McCardell after Jacksonville releases him on or after June 1. The Bucs are believed to be one of those teams, but so are the Atlanta Falcons. According to at least one published report, McCardell could land in Atlanta shortly after his release from Jacksonville. Tampa Bay was outbid by Atlanta earlier in the offseason for free agent running back Warrick Dunn. Will the Pewter Pirates be outbid again?


Carolina Panthers

Home Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina

Host Tampa Bay Sunday, October 27, 2002 1:00 PM

Visit Tampa Bay Sunday, November 17, 2002 4:05 PM

Last Season 1-15. Carolina finished with the worst record in the NFL last season and in last place of the NFC West Division.

Head Coach John Fox (Hired after Panthers 1-15 season. Former Giants defensive coordinator).

Offensive Coordinator Dan Henning (Former Jets Offensive Coordinator. Worked under Bill Parcells).

Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio

How They Ranked Last Season

Offense 30th overall 29th rushing 26th passing

Defense 31st overall 28th rushing 28th passing

The Latest

The National Football League suspended Carolina cornerback Rashard Anderson for one year for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Anderson, Carolina's No. 1 draft selection in 2000, cannot practice or play with the team throughout the entire 2002 season.

Carolina released backup quarterback Matt Lytle on May 21 after rescinding his contract offer worth $375,000. The move will likely promote rookie Randy Fasani to the third-string QB spot. Chris Weinke, who had offseason surgery, will remain the team's starter while QB Rodney Peete appears to be the second-string QB.

In other Panther news, Carolina signed free agent tight end Casey Crawford to a one-year contract.


New Orleans Saints

Home Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana

Host Tampa Bay Sunday, December 1, 2002 8:30 PM

Visit Tampa Bay Sunday, September 8, 2002 4:15 PM

Last Season 7-9 record. Finished tied for third place in the NFC West Division.

Head Coach Jim Haslett (also serves as team's defensive coordinator).

Offensive Coordinator Mike McCarthy

Special Teams Coach Joe Baker

Offense 19th overall 18th(T) rushing 10th passing

Defense 16th(T) overall 14th rushing 10th passing

The Latest After sitting out of the Saints' practices for several weeks, wide receiver Joe Horn returned for the team's offseason workouts. Horn had threatened to sit out if the team didn't agree to renegotiate his contract when the offseason began. His return to offseason workouts might suggest that the team is making progress in renegotiating Horn's contract.

On May 16, the Saints signed free agent center/guard Bubba Miller to a one-year contract.

The Team also signed free agent tight end Eddie Williams to a one-year contract.

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