NFC Notes: Falcons, Panthers, Saints


  • The Falcons are retaining WR coach Dave Brock, who has a prior relationship with new HC Arthur Smith. (Jason Butt)
  • Tom Pelissero reports that the Falcons are expected to hire Louisville OC Dwayne Ledford as their next offensive line coach.
  • Atlanta officially hired some position coaches on Friday, including LBs coach Frank Bush, QBs coach Charles London, and OL coach Dwayne Ledford.
  • Danny Breyer was also retained as an offensive assistant. (Jason Butt)


  • Regarding the Panthers’ recent hire of new GM Scott Fitterer, owner David Tepper said he and HC Matt Rhule were always on the “same page” in the searching process. (David Newton)
  • Tepper mentioned that Rhule will control the Panthers’ game-day roster, while Fitterer will have more power in the personnel department. In the end, Carolina’s roster development will be a “collaborative” effort. (Newton)
  • When asked about the possibility of the Panthers being in the trade market this offseason, Fitterer intends on Carolina being included on “every deal” but they must evaluate their own roster: “We’ll be in on every deal. … But before we do anything outside, I need to find out who we have here.” (Joseph Person)
  • Rhule said he is looking forward to having Fitterer around to critique his work as a head coach: “I want someone to argue with. … I want someone who’s going to come in and say, ‘Why aren’t we playing so-and-so at free safety?'” (Person)
  • As for other teams around the league being amused by the Panthers hosting 13 different external candidates in its search for a new general manager, Rhule believes it was beneficial for him to interview personnel executives from winning teams around the league: “I thought it was brilliant.” (Person)
  • The Panthers are bringing in TE/DE Stephen Sullivan for a visit this week. Field Yates mentions that Carolina’s new GM Scott Fitterer selected Sullivan in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft for the Seahawks. 


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