NFC South Watch

June 21 – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will begin play in the NFC South Division this season 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.

NFC South Watch appears on PewterReport.com bi-monthly during the offseason.

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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. Pewter Report 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

On June 14, the Falcons signed defensive tackle Maa Tanuvasa, who led Denver as the team's sack leader during their consecutive Super Bowl wins. He will compete for the right end in Atlanta's newly installed 3-4 defensive scheme.

Some interesting news came out of Falcons' camp this week. Atlanta head coach Dan Reeves informed the media that the team had extended an offer to former 49er and future Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young. No, they don't want him to play, but they do want him to coach second-year QB Michael Vick at Atlanta's next mini-camp, which will be held from July 10-12. Both Young and Vick are lefties.

The Falcons signed sixth-round draft pick Kahlil Hill and seventh-round pick Kevin Shaffer on June 14.

The Falcons signed G Martin Bibla and S Kevin McCadam, a pair of mid-round draft picks, on June 19.

Atlanta named Ray Farmer and Joe Dan Rogers to its scouting department.

According to CNNSI writer Peter King, the Atlanta Falcons rank 25th in terms of best offseasons. In King's article, he stated Tampa Bay had the best (No. 1) offseason of any team in the NFL. Sportsline.com also stated that the Buccaneers had the best offseason of any team. The Falcons were not included in Sportsline.com's top 10.


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

Carolina QB Chris Weinke returned to the practice field on June 17 for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery approximately two months ago. Weinke had been limited to light throwing after the surgery, but he seemed to do fine while throwing passes no more than 15 yards out.

According to the Charlotte Observer, contract negotiations between the Panthers and first-round draft draft pick Julius Peppers won't likely get going until mid-July.

The Charlotte Observer also reported the Panthers would like rookie RB DeShaun Fostr to start, but likely will designate him as the team's backup tailback for at least the beginning of the 2002 season. Panthers RB Lamar Smith will start as Carolina's tailback this season.

On June 20, the Charlotte Observer reported that WR Patrick Jeffers may not be ready for training camp due to his continued rehab from offseason knee surgery.

According to CNNSI writer Peter King, the Carolina Panthers rank 27th in terms of best offseasons. In his article, King stated Tampa Bay had the best (No. 1) offseason of any team in the NFL. Sportsline.com also stated that the Buccaneers had the best offseason of any team. The Panthers were not included in Sportsline.com's top 10


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

Saints RB Deuce McAllister, who became the team's feature back after New Orleans traded RB Ricky Williams to Miami earlier in the offseason, has bulked up during the offseason. He has reportedly added 10 pounds of muscle wait to his frame and is now weighs about 230 pounds.

Saints free agent WR Willie Jackson still has not signed with another team.

According to CNNSI writer Peter King, the New Orleans Saints rank 30th in terms of best offseasons. In his article, King stated Tampa Bay had the best (No. 1) offseason of any team in the NFL. Sportsline.comalso stated that the Buccaneers had the best offseason of any team. The Saints were not included in Sportsline.com's top 10.


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