NFC South Watch

July 16 – 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.

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Atlanta Falcons

Home Georgia Dome in Atlanta Georgia

Training Camp Report to Furman University in Greenville, S.C. on July 25.

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

Atlanta landed former Saints wide receiver Willie Jackson on July 12. According to ESPN, Jackson signed a three-year deal worth $3.5 million.

Falcons wide receiver Jeff Graham did not attend the team's mandatory workout on July 11 because of a death in the family. He was released the next day after Atlanta inked Jackson.

Atlanta rookie WR R.J. English suffered a torn ACL on July 2 and likely will miss the entire 2002 season. This was English's third ACL injury in four seasons.


Carolina Panthers

Home Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina

Training Camp Report to Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. on July 26.

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 signed fourth-round draft choice CB Dante Wesley to a three-year deal on July 15. The Panthers have now signed five of its nine 2002 draft picks.


New Orleans Saints

Home Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana

Training Camp Report to Nicholls University in Thibodaux, LA on July 26.

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 The Saints have not signed any of its draft picks.

Saints veteran offensive tackle Kyle Turley, who occupied the right tackle position for several seasons, has been moved to the left tackle position. The Saints traded veteran LT Willie Roaf to the Kansas City Chiefs earlier in the offseason.


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