Here are several whispers we're hearing from around the NFC South:
• A Saints observer said the offensive line's performance, particularly its run blocking, was one of the more disappointing aspects of the team's first half. Jermon Bushrod, now in his second season as a full-time starter, hasn't shown much improvement in 2010, and he's still trying to prove he can be a long-term answer at left tackle.
• Buccaneers RB Cadillac Williams' role has diminished since the season started, thanks to his limited production and the emergence of RB LeGarrette Blount. We're told Williams is not complaining about losing playing time to the rookie, however, and his handling of the situation has only endeared him more to an organization that already had great respect for him. Williams will be an unrestricted free agent after the season, but we hear the team would be interested in re-signing him to a short-term deal at a low-to-moderate price. Depth at running back figures to be a need for the Bucs in 2011, and they value his dedication and maturity.
• Panthers head coach John Fox said he didn't have "a lot of doubts" about who his starting quarterback would be in Week 10, but he took his time before informing Jimmy Clausen that he would get the nod. Fox didn't have any other decent options to turn to with Matt Moore on injured reserve, and he ultimately ruled out rookie Tony Pike, although we hear Pike did get some consideration for the start.