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How I See It: NFC South Stock Watch

October 27, 2009 11:00 AM

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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Falling

1. Jake Delhomme, quarterback, Panthers. It’s over. Sad to say because Delhomme’s done a lot for this franchise through the years and there might not be a nicer guy in the NFL. But he’s not getting the job done and Carolina’s season is quickly spinning out of control.

John Fox is scrambling for his job and that means he’ll probably turn to Matt Moore or A.J. Feeley (like either of those guys will make any difference). But Carolina clearly has to do something drastic and that means benching Delhomme.

2. Brent Grimes, Chris Houston and Chevis Jackson, cornerbacks, Falcons. We’ve known since the preseason that this was a problem spot for the Falcons. They brought in veteran Brian Williams and he briefly stabilized things. But Williams is gone for the season with an injury.

It’s time for the kids to stand on their own feet, but against the Cowboys they just kept stumbling and other teams are watching the film. Think Sean Payton might have a few ideas on how he can exploit these guys Monday night?

Abraham

3. John Abraham, defensive end, Falcons. The effort is still there, so I’m not saying Abraham’s pulling a Julius Peppers. But maybe age is catching up to a guy who’s been an elite pass-rusher throughout his career.

Abraham’s not showing up very much and that leaves the Falcons without very much of a pass rush. That’s another reason why the cornerbacks are struggling.

Rising

Brees

1. Drew Brees, quarterback, Saints. Brees’ stock has been at an all-time high pretty much all season, so it’s hard to make a case that it got stronger. But that’s exactly what happened Sunday against the Dolphins. Brees added to his lore in a new way.

He started off terribly, throwing three interceptions as the Saints fell behind by 21 points. Then, he rallied his team to victory. That’s the mark of a true leader. That’s the mark of an elite quarterback. All further proof that Brees deserves to be at or very near the top in discussions of elite quarterbacks.

Sharper

2. Darren Sharper, safety, Saints. Another week, another interception return for a touchdown. It seems like this guy makes big plays every week. Has there been a better free-agent pickup than Sharper anywhere this season? I don’t think so.

At this point, Sharper has to be a strong candidate for the defensive player of the year award. Heck, he’s producing more offense than Tampa Bay’s offense.

Freeman

3. Josh Freeman, quarterback, Buccaneers. We’re not saying his stock is soaring because of anything he did in his brief debut in London. We’re just saying it’s obvious the Bucs are ready to hand things off to their first-round draft pick.

Maybe the change can provide some sort of spark for a team that has nothing positive going for it. But don’t expect this kid to come right in and be a miracle-worker right from the start. He’s got a lousy team around him.

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Grimes and Houston leave quite a bit to be desired as starting corners.

Please God let us still be in the game when the 4th quarter comes around....

And the funny thing is that Monday is my birthday. It would be nice if the Falcons could give me a win for my birthday... but I'm not counting on it.

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i think abe set the bar really high last year so people are expecting him to have another 10+ sack season. those are not easy to come by though and the LTs he plays this year are a lot better than last year. go back to last season and look at how many players had 10 sacks or more. not many.

another thing to think about is that 11 of abe's 16.5 sacks came in 4 games (3 vs DET, 3 vs TB, 3 vs OAK, 2 vs KC).

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i think abe set the bar really high last year so people are expecting him to have another 10+ sack season. those are not easy to come by though and the LTs he plays this year are a lot better than last year. go back to last season and look at how many players had 10 sacks or more. not many.

another thing to think about is that 11 of abe's 16.5 sacks came in 4 games (3 vs DET, 3 vs TB, 3 vs OAK, 2 vs KC).

I know what you're saying but Abe has not only not gotten the sacks he did last year but he is not getting the pressure he did either. If our d-line gets more pressure it will take some heat off the CB's. As much as I love Grimes heart he is just not a starting CB in the NFL... IMO. Houston could be if he could turn his head but I'm about to give up on him too. I hope Chevy, Hill, and Owens have their game face on. We may see a switch up at CB this week going by the presser from Smitty.

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I know what you're saying but Abe has not only not gotten the sacks he did last year but he is not getting the pressure he did either. If our d-line gets more pressure it will take some heat off the CB's. As much as I love Grimes heart he is just not a starting CB in the NFL... IMO. Houston could be if he could turn his head but I'm about to give up on him too. I hope Chevy, Hill, and Owens have their game face on. We may see a switch up at CB this week going by the presser from Smitty.

x2 everything you said.

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A DE's play isn't all about sacks. Look at Demarcus Ware. He has less sacks that last year but more QB pressures this year. Doesn't mean he's having a down year because he is disrupting QB timing.

Is this the case for Abe. Is he getting to the QB but not getting the sack or is he just not effective at all. From what I've seen, he isn't getting pressure at all, but I don't see as much film as you guys do.

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A DE's play isn't all about sacks. Look at Demarcus Ware. He has less sacks that last year but more QB pressures this year. Doesn't mean he's having a down year because he is disrupting QB timing.

Is this the case for Abe. Is he getting to the QB but not getting the sack or is he just not effective at all. From what I've seen, he isn't getting pressure at all, but I don't see as much film as you guys do.

He's not doing as well at times and other times he's getting a lot of attention. I was watching a replay of the Dallas game and there are 3 cowboys blocking him at one time. 3.....

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Ugh, I wanted Darren Sharper so much. I wanted him last time he was a free agent, before he went to Minny.

i thought sharper was done. i think i might've even said that to you this past offseason db.

boy was i wrong. i'm actually scared for us to throw the deep ball against the saints and i honestly can't remember the last time i felt like that.

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i thought sharper was done. i think i might've even said that to you this past offseason db.

boy was i wrong. i'm actually scared for us to throw the deep ball against the saints and i honestly can't remember the last time i felt like that.

Don't worry we will not go deep, but Brees will.

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