The NFC South was not as wide open in 2011 as it was the year before. Despite Cam Newton's early dominance, everyone knew the division title belonged to either the Atlanta Falcons or the New Orleans Saints.
This assumption proved true. Both teams made the playoffs only to be knocked off in disappointing fashion to set up the 2012-2013 season.
While the Falcons and Saints look primed to return to playoff form, the Panthers need to shove more coal into the Cam-Tram if they want to continue to improve. They are a few big offseason pickups away from being a threat for the division title.
Then there are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are still unsure how they went from 10-6 in 2010 to 4-12 in 211. They appear to be a few years removed from anything resembling competitive play.
This slideshow will highlight the free agent each NFC South team should target.