Poor tackling sabotages Bucs' Piscitelli

Posted Oct. 16, 2010 @ 8:38 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The following whispers from around the NFC South have crossed our radar:

• Poor tackling has been a problem for several Buccaneers defenders in recent weeks, but it continues to be a major issue for S Sabby Piscitelli. Piscitelli was miffed about losing his starting job this year to Sean Jones, and he's going to have a hard time ever being considered for it again until he does a better job of bringing down ballcarriers.

William Moore had started at strong safety for four straight games while the opening-day starter at the position, Erik Coleman, returned from a knee injury, and the Falcons made Moore's move to the first string official this week by bumping him up to the top spot on the depth chart before the Week Six game against the Eagles. Word is Coleman isn't happy about the move, and he probably realizes that, barring injury, his days as a starter in Atlanta are over. Moore, a second-round pick in 2009, has played well this season.

• The right side of the Saints' offensive line is not performing up to the potential it showed for much of last season, we hear. ORG Jahri Evans and ORT Jon Stinchcomb are not getting the push the Saints need when it comes to run blocking.

• Saints RB Reggie Bush told reporters this week that he doesn't want to return from a fractured fibula until he has his burst back and is 100 percent. A PFW source doesn't expect him to be back in the lineup until Week Eight at the earliest, although others have speculated that a return in Week Seven is a possibility.