The NFL gave Columbus Browns and Bengal fans a gift.

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NOTE: Monday on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I projected a complete 1st round mock draft.

Last year the NFL forgot that Central Ohio fans of the Browns and Bengals have a unique disadvantage. Because both teams are in the AFC, the fans needed to get Sunday Ticket to see more than half of their favorite team’s games. While most people in Columbus believed it was a ploy to sell more subscriptions, the NFL doesn’t really need the money.

The late season network flexibility helped because Fox covered some games that would have been blacked out due to the local CBS affiliate WBNS having to choose one team or the other. There was some flack including a major complaint here on FPS.

The NFL took the Central Ohio issue into account this season with the schedule. Based on my calculations, Browns fans should be able to see 13 of the 16 regular season games. That is both a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing because the fans will be able to see their team. The curse is that the Browns still don’t have a starting quality QB on the roster.

The Bengal fans should be able to watch 12 games on free TV. The NFL has not indicated if they will allow the same flexibility to local affiliates this season that they did late last season. It affects Central Ohio the most because other cities with 2 teams in a single metro area are in different conferences.

It could be a L O N G season for Browns fans. But there is always next year and next year’s draft. I believe the plan is simple: Crash for Cardale!

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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Maybe the Browns should listen to the NNR Pod shows.

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Maybe the Browns should listen to the NNR Pod shows.

NOTE: Today on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I projected a complete first round mock draft. It is up on fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Friday we break down the Browns schedule.

In 2011 I recommended the Browns take Colin Kaepernick to solve their QB issue. He was available in the 2nd round. They didn’t listen and Colin took the 49ers to the Super Bowl and 3 NFC championship games.

In 2012 I was pounding the desk for the Browns to take Russell Wilson. He was available in the 3rd round. But they didn’t listen and all he did was set the record for the most wins by a rookie QB and win 1 Super Bowl and but for the worst play call in SB history almost win a 2nd straight.

In 2014 I was calling for the Browns to take Teddy Bridgewater. He was available at pick 22 but the Browns took Johnny Manziel. While he didn’t take a bad Vikings team to the Super Bowl (no one could have), he had a good season. Even late I recommended they take Zach Mettenberger. He had the best arm in the draft and was available in the 6th round. Again they didn’t listen.

It is not like the Browns are waist deep in quality QB candidates. But they don’t listen and probably never will. But I have been studying the draft since 1960. I have seen a lot of QB prospects come and go. This year I would like to see the Browns take either Brett Hundley from UCLA or Bryce Petty from Baylor. Both have better arms than any of the so called QB candidates on the roster now. Hundley threw to receivers running pro route trees (for the most part). Petty has a remarkable easy delivery.

However don’t hold your breath. The Browns won’t listen to me or you or anyone for that matter. If they start either Johnny or former TB QB Josh McCown they will be at or close to the 1st overall pick in the 2016 draft. Looks like a plan to “Crash for Cardale” to me.

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 Fri days 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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Today a double dose of NFL Draft on NNR Pod.

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NOTE: Today on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I talk about the possible undrafted free agents the Browns could sign and discuss some of the draft rumors floating around during “Silly Season.”

Then tonight on NNR I am joined by Ken Becks owner of http://www.1stdownscouting.com/ to talk our favorite players and what the Browns might do. The podcasts will be up on fryingpansports.com/radio-show .

There are two times when we hear people lie the most on TV. One is during a Presidential Election cycle. The other is the time leading up to the NFL Draft. Welcome to the “silly season.”

You can discount almost everything that most GM’s or head coaches say. They have no desire to let their fellow drafters or the public know what they are thinking. Usually after the draft, the fans wonder not what those in charge of their favorite team were thinking but if those drafting were capable of thought.

So don’t worry about what you hear. It won’t matter because they never do what they say. Exhibit A: the Browns spent $100K on a study to see which QB was most likely to succeed. The answer was Teddy Bridgewater. Then they moved up to draft Johnny Manziel.

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 Browns draft needs this year.

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NOTE: Today on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I projected a complete 7 round mock draft for the Browns.

While the Browns have filled some of their needs in free agency, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done in the draft. They have 10 picks to work with including 2 in the first round. But they had 2 first round picks last year and have yet to get any benefit from them.

By far the top need is a QB. Nothing on the roster gives me any confidence in the Browns winning more than a game or two. Unless they are planning to “Crash for Cardale” they need to get someone with an arm on the roster.

They are likely not going to be able to get either of the top two QB prospects in the draft. I believe both will be gone in the first two picks. But to give the team any chance to win they need to find a young QB with arm talent to compete in the AFC North.

The second most significant need is a pass rusher. I think they would be smart to take 2 in order to have a rotation. While there are a number of good prospects in the draft, they need to choose wisely.

They also need a backup NT. Phil Taylor has worn down the last couple of years and has had injuries that kept him out of games. While he needs to increase his conditioning, they need someone to fill in for him. The key to a solid defensive line is enough depth to allow a rotation.

They need a RT and backup C. There is a good chance that Alex Mack might leave next year. They need to get someone that can fill that spot. In addition they need a RT so they can move Mitchell Schwartz to RG.

In addition they could use another CB and S.

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 NFC improved more than the AFC in free agent signings and trades.

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NOTE: Today on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I analyzed the Free agent signings in the NFC and the recent signing of TE Rob Housler by the Browns.

While some AFC teams did fairly well in free agency and trades this off season, the majority of NFC teams got stronger while the AFC lost ground.

Winners:

Seahawks – While the Hawks did QB Russell Wilson no favors in his protection, they finally got him a reliable weapon in TE Jimmy Graham. Chances are good we will not see a goal line inside slant pass this season. They also helped the defensive backfield by signing CB Cary Williams and Will Blackmon.

Rams – The signings of LB Akeem Ayers and DT Nick Fairley will help the defense. The trade of QB Sam Bradford to the Eagles for Nick Foles is understandable given Bradford’s injury history.

Redskins – The Skins may not be certain about who will play QB but they helped the defense significantly with the signings of DT Stephen Paea, DT Terrance Knighton, and CB Chris Culliver.

Losers:

Lions – Poor planning by the front office allowed both DT Ndamukong Suh and DT Nick Fairley to leave in the same year. The signing of FA DT Tyrunn Walker and the trade for DT Haloti Ngata will not make up the loss. Ngata is will past his “use by” date and Walker is a “never was.”

Eagles – No matter who plays QB for the birds, the loss of weapons will hurt. In the last 2 seasons they have traded away their top 2 WRS and top running back. The history of running backs with over 400 touches doing well the following year is not positive. To make the issue worse, both signed RB candidates DeMarco Murray, and Ryan Mathews have a bad injury history.

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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Compensatory picks are fools gold.

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NOTE: Tonight on NNR we talk linebackers in the 2015 NFL Draft with College Football Insider Kelron Sykes. The show will be up after 8 PM.

The Browns have avoided signing true free agents despite having as much money available as any team. They have passed on some guys that could have really helped the team. They seem to be focused on getting compensatory picks but those are fools gold aka Pyrite.

The problem with compensatory picks it that the highest pick will be after the 3rd round and the Browns did not lose a player that will garner that high a pick. The Browns will have 4 extra picks most of which will be after round 6 or 7. While there is some value in those rounds, I doubt that a team that blew two first round picks can find potential starters or key backups that late in the 2016 draft.

When the team is desperate for help at some critical positions, they have to try to sign the best guys they can find and not be limited to just those guys that were released.

I am pleased with the signing of WR Dwayne Bowe and TE Rod Housler. But both of them signed 1 year deals. Given the quality of QBS on the roster, there is a good chance that both of them will move on next season. Both had down years in 2014. If they have any success given the issues at QB, both will have multiple options next season.

So bring on the draft and the compensatory picks next year. Let’s just hope they choose more wisely than they did in the first round last 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/.

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

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