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Davis: Panthers aiming for Super Bowl – NFL Nation Blog – ESPN

Davis: Panthers aiming for Super Bowl – NFL Nation Blog – ESPN.

It remains to be seen if Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis can come all the way back after tearing his ACL for the third time. But it sure sounds like Davis’ confidence is already at full strength.

Davis, a University of Georgia product, was in Athens on Tuesday night speaking to the Touchdown Club of Athens and he made some strong statements about how he expects the Panthers to fare this season.

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Update: Panthers confirm Steve Smith extension – Charlotte Observer

Inside the Panthers: Update: Panthers confirm Steve Smith extension.

The Panthers have locked up Steve Smith, the team’s career receiving leader, for at least four more seasons while also easing salary cap concerns.

A Panthers spokesman confirmed Smith has agreed to a three-year contract extension. Smith is expected to sign the contract Tuesday and address the media Tuesday afternoon.

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NFL: All turnovers given replay | CharlotteObserver.com

NFL: All turnovers given replay | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper.

NFL owners approved two significant rules changes on Wednesday that will take effect in the 2012 regular season.

Instant replay will include reviews of all turnovers and will not require a coach’s challenge. Previously, a coach had to challenge a turnover if he wanted the play reviewed. An official in the press box will decide if a referee should review a turnover.

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Seattle coach: Look out for Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers | CharlotteObserver.com

Seattle coach: Look out for Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper.

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has a new quarterback in Matt Flynn, the second-biggest free agent quarterback this offseason.

But Carroll spent part of his offseason – and about five minutes Wednesday morning on the final day of the NFL owners meetings – marveling at the play of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton during his record-breaking rookie season.

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Sean Payton wants Bill Parcells to coach the New Orleans Saints | Shutdown Corner – Yahoo! Sports

Sean Payton wants Bill Parcells to coach the New Orleans Saints | Shutdown Corner – Yahoo! Sports.

How do you replace a suspended Super Bowl-winning coach? By getting a man who has won two.

Sean Payton has reportedly asked Bill Parcells to become interim head coach the New Orleans Saints in 2012 while Payton sits out the year as punishment for his role in the team’s bounty program. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that the two had numerous discussions last week, some of which focused on the idea of Parcells returning to the sideline while Payton serves his suspension.

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