NFC South Notes: Falcons, Panthers, Saints



Falcons OC Dirk Koetter explained that they’re focused on maximizing QB Matt Ryan‘s window over the next “several” years. 

“I think Matt is playing the best football of his career. … I thought Matt was really good when I left,” Koetter said, via Pro Football Talk. “From the outside, as a head coach, I watched him and didn’t watch him as close as I’m watching him now. I think Matt is in that very top group of quarterbacks. I think he’s playing great, everything starts with him and the good players around him. We’ve just got to try to maximize this window this window Matt has for several more years.”


  • The Carolina Panthers announced Wednesday that RBs coach Jim Skipper is retiring from the NFL. 
  • Albert Breer reports that Panthers have hired Alabama assistant Jake Peetz to replace Skipper as their running backs coach.
  • Joe Person reports that Panthers LB David Mayo is recovering from sports hernia surgery.


Veteran RB Mark Ingram says he’s been in talks with the Saints about a return to New Orleans, but they’re working to find a compromise in terms of a salary.

“I’ve been talking to the Saints,” Ingram said during an appearance on “The Rich Eisen Show” last week. “It’s kind of like a thing where they say they want me back, I say, ‘I want to be back,’ it’s just can we compromise on the value? Like I said, I’ve been there my entire career. It’s very rare that someone gets to spend their career in one place, and that would be something that would be significant. But at the same time, I’m not afraid to bet on myself. I believe in my opportunity. …

“Of course, I’d love to be in New Orleans for my career, my teammates, my family. I met my wife, my children there. Like I said, I love the organization, and I hope it all gets worked out. But at the same time, I have all confidence in my abilities and all confidence in what I can do given the opportunity to be a feature guy. So I’m not scared to bet on myself. At the same time, I’d love to be in New Orleans.

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