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FOX NFL Sunday Roundtable: Who rules NFC South?
Every week, the experts of FOX NFL Sunday will candidly reveal their observations and make their opinions known as they prepare for their top-rated pregame telecast seen each Sunday at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT. We'll share with you some of the highlights and observations from Curt, Terry, Howie, Jimmy and Strahan grabbed from their weekly conference call with insider John Czarnecki and pregame show producer Scott Ackerson.
This week, Czar probes FOX NFL Sunday on the new favorite in the NFC South, where the wildcat offense will go in 2009 and whether or not Brett Favre got pushed too far in New York last season.
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Czar: "OK, we're going to pick all the division winners on Sunday. Who do we like in the NFC South?"
Terry Bradshaw: "I like Atlanta a lot. First of all, I like Matt Ryan. He played solid all year long as a rookie a year ago. Carolina does nothing for me, New Orleans always breaks my heart, and Tampa Bay changed all their coaches. I know Howie's family really likes Carolina, but I think Jake (Delhomme) makes too many mistakes. Atlanta has a better balanced attack with Michael Turner."
Czar: "Brett Favre said this week that maybe he shouldn't have played at the end of last season because his arm was killing him. Do you believe the Jets made him play hurt?"
Czar: On Sunday's show, Jimmy is going to break down the success of Miami's wildcat offense and its growing popularity. Where is this offense heading in '09?
JJ: "I really like this offense, and Miami had a lot of success with it last season. I think 17 NFL teams ran it once or twice last season and think even more will try it this season. It forces teams to practice against it, and that's why we will see it more and more this season."
TB: "How dangerous would the wildcat be if teams could actually find a running back who could throw the heck out of the football?"
JJ: "Terry's right. Most running backs are very limited in the passing game and are very average throwers. But defenses also can't play coverage against it, and it leaves the passing game wide open. Michael Vick will be interesting in it, but watching him in preseason, he's a world away from being the player I thought he'd be. He's so far away. It may not work in Philly until maybe toward the end of the season. Still, this is going to be the greatest thing for Donovan McNabb and the regular offense. Teams getting ready to play the Eagles will only have so much time to prepare against McNabb and his conventional pro style offense because they will be spending so much time on Vick and the wildcat."
TB: "The next thing we will be seeing is coaches looking for running backs who can really throw the football. If they can find one, it will drive other teams crazy."