Everyone is trying to figure out what has happened to the NFC South. The answer is very simple.
The NFC South has gone soft.
Couple that with the GM’s practices and you have a recipe for disaster.
4) Atlanta Falcons – Thomas Dimitroff and Mike Smith chose to load up on the skill players and neglect key offensive and defensive lineman.
3) Carolina – Dave Gettleman decided he was smarter than everybody else and effectively neglected to give Cam Newton a line or wide receiver to work with.
2) New Orleans – Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis out thought themselves by getting rid of Darren Sproles in a contract power-play. Now their offense is not the same and now they are talking about finding Drew Brees’ replacement.
1) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Lovie Smith got fired because he couldn’t find an offensive line to protect his QB Jay Cutler. So what does he do as soon as he gets to Tampa? He dismantles his offensive line.