In every season since it's young existence no NFC South team has won back to back NFC South titles. Will the trend continue this season? I know it's early but let's take a way too early look at the division.
Least Improved: These teams are the least improved through free agency this year is Carolina. Yes Carolina is the least improved team this off-season as Carolina failed to address their receiving core problems. Letting most of their decent receivers go, Carolina brought in Tiquan Underwood and the old man Jericho Cotchery to revamp that passing attack. Yeesh, that might be the worst receiving core in the NFL. The Panthers will also face the task of strengthening their weak secondary. After letting Captain Munnerlyn and Mike Mitchell go the Panthers defense is significantly worse. Carolina really didn't do much to make their team better. Most of their money is going to their average running backs.
The Atlanta Effect: Atlanta's season was just awful last year. No one predicted that to happen. Being the past NFC South champions, everyone predicted Matty Ice and the Falcons to take that next step in the postseason. The team really didn't lose anybody. Boy did the Falcons fall off track. Steven Jackson didn't pan out, and their offensive line was so-so. This offseason Atlanta didn't make any crazy leaps or bounds, but maybe they didn't need too. Atlanta just suffered a bad season. The Talent is there, maybe leaving the roster alone is for the better for them, and maybe they'll be back on track in this wacky division of the NFC South.
New Orleans in the middle: The Saints showed how easy it is to bounce back in the NFC South. Suffering from bounty gate and no coach in 2012, the Saints came back with style in 2013. They won a wildcard game and ultimately had a great season. The Saints let their sparkplug go this offseason though and many people don't know how the offense will fair after this. The Saints offense wasn't their problem last season though, it was the defense. The Saints kind of addressed that by signing Jarius Byrd. Byrd was the only player they signed though and it begs the question will that defense be better?
A Lovie Smith Overhaul: Tampa Bay went out and completely changed their team this year. Getting rid of Greg Schiano was only task one. We signed a reliable quarterback, signed some great defenders, and got Lovie Smith and he's own coaching staff as our coaches. Tampa Bay should be a completely new team this season, but this has happened before. Tampa Bay has gotten preseason hype before and not lived up to expectations. Will it happen again? Or will they go from worst to first?
Probably the strangest thing is you can really see any one of these teams finishing first, or last in the division. This division is truly crazy. I know it's early but this division has a shot at being one of the best in the NFL this season.