NFC Notes: Buccaneers, Saints, Seahawks


Buccaneers’ HC Bruce Arians knows that Tampa Bay will have a target on their back this season and thinks the team must remain focused and 

“I think for me I’m going to have to be harder; make sure that we stay the hunter and not the hunted,” Arians said, via “We’ve relaxed a lot already this spring. Teams are getting ahead of us right now but I think we can catch up quickly.”


Saints’ veteran S Malcolm Jenkins thinks DBs coach Kris Richard will be a “good addition” to their defensive staff and believes the coach will push the position group to succeed. 

“A lot of defense is about intensity and coverage,” Jenkins said, via John Deshazier of the team’s official site. “He is someone that is going to push this group bringing that intensity, a group that has a ton of potential. It needs somebody to always be pushing the best out of us. I think he’s going to be a good addition.”

Jenkins added that Richard has shown a presence on the field during the offseason program and is often running with the players. 

“A.G. is former player intense,” Jenkins said. “A.G., you think is going to come out of the locker room with a helmet on. But Kris has come out here with cleats on like a player. All you have to point in the direction of where you want us to run, but he’s out here, he feels like he’s in it. That’s what you want as players. You want to feel your coach is invested in it as much as you all the way to drill work, to individual, to what you’re doing in a game.”

Jenkins mentioned that Richard is a more than capable replacement for former DBs coach and new Lions DC Aaron Glenn given the respect he has around the league. 

“I don’t know if it’s any benefit to shake things up, but if we were going to replace A.G. and get another coach, I think Kris is somebody who was a great fit and great addition,” Jenkins said. “That’s something, even myself, one of my biggest worries when we lost A.G. – the biggest worry was who are we going to fill that void with? When I heard Kris’ name, I think I was excited. I’ve been with him (at the Pro Bowl), he’s well-respected. I know what he brings to this type of room and I think his personality will mesh well with the guys that we have in there.”


Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner says that the drama from earlier this offseason involving QB Russell Wilson was “overblown.”

“I think, honestly, it’s part of how the league works,” Wagner told Nate Davis of USA Today Sports. “If you lose and don’t go to the big game, they always try to figure out what went wrong, what happened, and so I think after Russell made a couple of those comments, I think it was an opportunity for a lot of people to run with it. I definitely feel like it was a little overblown, but it’s all water under the bridge now.”

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