Scouting CB: Size vs Speed.

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NOTE: On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the news of the day and broke down the Browns defense in detail.

As wide receivers get bigger and bigger there are some that only want cornerbacks that are 6 foot and taller. But others want the 4.3 guys that generally are under 6 foot tall. Which is right depends a lot on what kind of defense pass coverage a team uses.

NFL teams that play mostly zone coverage can use corners that are a little slower. The reason is that a corner covers a relatively small area of the field that limits the need for top speed. That allows those teams to take taller corners that run 4.4 or 4.5 40’s.

Teams that play mostly man coverage require their corners to have more speed. If that means that their corners are a little shorter so be it. The speed is necessary because they have to cover receivers all over the field.

Despite what Browns GM Ray Farmer believes, the league relies more and more on tall fast receivers. That puts a lot of pressure on defenses in general and corners in particular.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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Thank the CBA for a lot of bad NFL football.

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NOTE: On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the news of the day including details about the Brady case and broke down the Browns offense in detail. We discussed which players will make the roster and which will be cut.

The quality of play in the NFL is going down. That has nothing to do with the quality of the athletes. Every season the rookies get better and more athletic. Rather we can blame the CBA and the sloppy practice habits of NFL teams.

I have always believed that the success in the season is determined before the 1st snap of the 1st game. It is the mental and physical preparation that happens in training camp and the preseason that determines how successful the team will be.

Anyone that has watched the NFL channel training camp coverage has to be surprised at the amount of time spend just standing around. The current CBA reduces the amount of practice time dramatically. But the NFL coaches have not adjusted to the limits well.

One of the things that I have been very critical of the coaching the QBs get. One of the biggest issues is the lack of physical repetitions that the 2nd and 3rd QBs get. While “mental” reps help, there is no substitute for physical repetitions.

Back in the Dark Ages when I coached semi-pro football, we had a limited amount of practice time because everybody had jobs. Our practices would start at 6 PM two days a week and go until dark. We would set up both the first and second team offenses on each 45 yard line going different directions. With the coaches between the groups, each side would alternate snaps. That doubled the number of reps that each group got. That not only helped the QB but the WR, RB and defensive back groups as well. Meanwhile the O and D line groups were doing work elsewhere. Those groups were working back to back as well.

Given the lack of NFL ready QB prospects coming out of college football, the NFL has to do a better job giving reps and individual coaching to young players. The QB coach has to spend most of his time with the starter. Why not bring in a QB specialist coach to develop the younger guys at the position?

The NFL no longer has a developmental league. A league that generates 10 billion dollars a year should spend some of it to develop players. That would also help develop coaches and refs as well.

So when you watch NFL practices, watch for teams standing around. The more standing the less wins at the end of the season.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

NOTE: News, Notes and Rumors podcast are BACK. Check out our thoughts on Fridays about the games coming up and Monday on the results of the weekend. My co-host is Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports. Podcasts can be heard on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Thanks for your support.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

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Brady & the NFLPA risk it all by requesting an injunction.

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NOTE: Today on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the news of the day, discussed the NFLPA’s chances of winning in court and broke down the Browns offense in detail. We discussed which players will make the roster and which will be cut.

Tom Brady and the NFLPA are risking a lot by requesting the court to issue a preliminary injunction. First, the burden of proof falls totally on those requesting the injunction. They have to prove that Brady will be irreparable harm unless the injunction is issued. In addition they have to prove that they will likely win the case.

The problem is that even if they get the injunction they lose control over the schedule of the process. For example, if they get the injunction, it could take the court 3 to 4 months to hear the case. If the court upholds the suspension, Brady could miss 4 games late in the season or in the playoffs. The NFL and NFLPA have jointly requested that the judge make a decision before the start of the regular season.

I do not believe that the court will grant the preliminary injunction. If the court follows previous decisions, they will not take the case. The biggest issue still remains the fact that the NFLPA gave the office of the Commissioner the power to issue suspensions and hear the appeals. Federal courts have generally allowed decisions to stand when the proper procedures were followed if the process was defined in a collectively bargained agreement.

If nothing else, it will be fun to watch.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

NOTE: News, Notes and Rumors podcast are BACK. Check out our thoughts on Fridays about the games coming up and Monday on the results of the weekend. My co-host is Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports. Podcasts can be heard on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Thanks for your support.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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The NFLPA is going to court to renegotiate the CBA.

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NOTE: Monday on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the news of the day and projected what the 2015 NFL season could be if the Browns had drafted Teddy Bridgewater rather than Johnny Manziel.

Putting the current issues of Tom Brady aside, one thing is clear. The NFLPA wants it cake and wants to eat it too. When the NFLPA had the chance to take the power of the Commissioner away, the leadership chose to take the money.

Now, they want the court to correct that mistake in the Brady case. This should be totally rejected by the court. In most cases, the court defers to a collective bargaining agreement in cases like this. The fact that the NFLPA agreed to allow the Commissioner to be the final arbiter of suspension cases should give the court all it needs to refuse this case.

But this is far from the only time that the NFLPA has fought for money for the current players over the interests of others. They turned their backs on the retired players, those guys that built the league to the point that the current players can get such big dollars.

Don’t forget that the previous losses that the NFL has had suspensions reduced were topics not covered by the CBA. And there the court reduced the suspensions because the offenses occurred at a time were a lesser penalty was the norm.

While I have been shocked by what the courts have done recently, I believe that the NFLPA will not be successful in getting either an injunction nor in getting a reduction or elimination of the penalty. The NFL has made a preemptive strike by filing a confirmation law suit in Manhattan Federal Court. That will give the league a shot at getting the case away from Judge Dody.

There is little potential for Brady’s chances for a defamation suit against the league. Because he is a “public” figure, he needs to prove not only that the claims of the NFL were wrong but that they were made with malice. That is a very hard thing to prove.

I hope the court does the right thing and tells the NFLPA to pound sand. That is what should happen. But we will see. An activist court is a dangerous thing.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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NOTE: Today on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the news of the day and projected what the 2015 NFL season could be if the Browns had drafted Teddy Bridgewater rather than Johnny Manziel.

5 QB turned WR Terrell Pryor

Without question Pryor is best served by changing positions. He can become an outstanding WR/RB due to his quickness and overall speed. The only question is does he have good enough hands to catch the ball and can he hold onto it after a big hit. I have questions about that but it will be something to watch.

4 Will CB Justin Gilbert ever be an effective starter?

I doubt Gilbert will ever justify his top 10 1st round selection. If a CB can’t tackle in college, he will never be able to do that in the NFL. If both Gilbert and JFB end up busts, it should cost GM Ray Farmer his job.

3 Will QB Johnny Manziel ever develop into a decent backup?

I said in my 2014 pre-draft QB analysis that I wouldn’t touch Manziel with a 40 foot poll with a 10 foot extension. I had Teddy Bridgewater as my top QB. But as usual the Browns didn’t listen to NNR and took Manziel anyway. That alone should cost Farmer his job. Even if the owner tried to force me to take a guy I knew would never make it, I would quit rather than destroy my reputation as a talent evaluator.

2 Can the WR corps become decent?

The combination of Farmer’s refusal to draft a WR and the team’s inability to get a UFA WR to sign (except one that had as many TDs last year as I did) has left the team with a very questionable WR corps. He finally took one late in the draft this year. The lack of a starting quality QB has made recruiting WRs harder.

1 Can QB Josh McCown lead the team to 7 or 8 wins?

The answer to this question is NO WAY. McCown was handed the starting job by Lovie Smith and showed his appreciation by leading the Bucs to the 1st pick in the draft. Maybe Farmer is hoping that McCown can do that again. Even if McCown leads the Browns to the 1st pick overall, I have little confidence that Farmer can find a quality QB.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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What I look for in a college QB.

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What I look for in a college QB.

NOTE: Monday on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I looked at the teams that did not make the playoffs last year and what 5 things they had to do to get in this season.

1. Work ethic – It doesn’t matter how physically gifted a college QB might be. The NFL game for a QB is 70% mental and 30% athletic. There is no college QB that is mentally ready to play in the NFL. As good as Andrew Luck was at Stanford, he was not ready to read NFL defenses. It took a lot of film study to get him ready. When a QB has a reputation of being a party guy it is an indication that he does not take his game seriously enough.

2. Ability to convert film & playbook learning to the field – One of the reasons I was so high on Russell Wilson was his ability to step into Wisconsin and lead the team on the field. A QB has to totally internalize the playbook. He not only has to know what he is doing but what every other player on the field needs to do as well. Any NFL player can tell in the huddle if a QB knows the playbook or not. If not the team will loose respect for him and let down.

3. Arm Talent – This is not only arm strength but also accuracy and throwing motion. If I have to choose between accuracy and arm strength I select the former. The faster and smoother the throwing motion the better the chances of a QB succeeding at the NFL level.

4. Ability to stay healthy – This is much more than the ability to avoid the rush. It includes being smart about getting down or out of bounds to avoid a big hit. Wilson knows how to avoid the rush and can run but takes care of his body by running smart. Robert Griffin III has no feel for the rush and puts his body at risk every time he runs.

5. Leadership – While some downplay the leadership issue, it is critical for success at the NFL level. The QB must be the leader of the team.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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