NFC South Notes: Buccaneers, Panthers, Saints


  • According to the Athletic’s Greg Auman, Buccaneers assistant strength coach Mike Stacchiotti has left to take the head strength coach position at the University of Pittsburgh.


  • The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue lists Panthers DE Efe Obada, LB Jermaine Carter, DE/OLB Marquis Haynes and Christian Miller, and CB Donte Jackson as young players on defense who will be evaluated to see what their role will be with the new coaching staff. 
  • On offense, Rodrigue lists WR Curtis Samuel, TE Ian Thomas, OT Greg Little, QBs Kyle Allen and Will Grier and FB Alex Armah as young players whose futures are a little up in the air. 
  • New Panthers DC Phil Snow said he has experience coaching a three-man front at Baylor and defenses have to be multiple these days to attack offenses. Snow adds the staff hasn’t decided what they’ll run in 2020, though: “Our team is not settled yet. A lot of things have to happen before we know what we have.” (Rodrigue)
  • Panthers TE Greg Olsen has a broadcast analyst job waiting for him at Fox Sports if he decides to retire this offseason. (Richard Deitsch)


  • The Athletic’s Katherine Terrell writes that while no other receiver on the Saints besides Michael Thomas had much production, New Orleans appears largely content with trying to develop younger options like Emmanuel Butler and Deonte Harris
  • Saints GM Mickey Loomis didn’t rule out adding someone at the position this offseason, though: “We’re in the business of improving our team any way we can … yet part of that is dictated by what becomes available and how do we fit it in our roster. Those are questions and answers; we’re not there yet. We got a long way to go here.”
  • Terrell mentions guard and tight end as other positions the Saints could look to draft, as starting G Larry Warford and TE Jared Cook are entering the final year of their deal. 

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