If Black lives matter, why don’t those killed in Chicago matter?

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Black lives matter 

Understand that I believe any death of an innocent person is tragic.  But I think that Colin Kaepernick and others (black lives matter) are wrong about what is preventing them from standing at the National Anthem.  If they were being honest, they would realize that the number of police shootings of innocent Black men is very small compared to the number of Black men, women and children gunned down in our inner cities like Chicago.

The number of killings of Blacks in Chicago so far this year has topped the total of last year in just over 9 months.  By far the majority of killings of Blacks in Chicago and other major cities in the US are done by other Blacks.  If Kaepernick and others were protesting that, I would be supporting them.  Those people are the ones that are suffering the loss of members of their families.  Those are the families I feel sorry for.

There are many reasons why that is happening in our major cities but that is not the point here.  The point is this—Black lives do matter no matter who causes the death.  That is something that I believe every American could get behind.   Let’s not forget the genocide going on in far too many inner cities.  That has to be the primary focus of all of us.

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

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Browns Announce Five Captains For 2016 Season

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The Browns announced who their five captains will be on Wednesday. They decided to go with Robert Griffin III, Demario Davis, Joe Thomas, Tank Carder and Joe Haden.

The 2016 season looks like it is going to be a fantastic once for the Browns. Joe Thomas is the chosen left tackle, and Joe Haden is the chosen cornerback. Demario Davis is going to be the quarter back, and Griffin will be a linebacker. Tank Carder is going to be the special teams standout. The Browns seem to have a mix of champions going on.

The Browns will have these captains for an entire season. This is the first time in Browns history that they have done that.

The head coach, Hugh Jackson, said that he was excited about having these gentlemen chosen as the five captains. He said that he knows they will change the culture, and he looks forward to it. Jackson also looks forward to changing the team’s fortune.

Griffin is going to have an amazing time, as he has not started since 2014. He is coming from spending our wonderful seasons with the Redskins.

Griffin said that he was proud that the coach and players trusted him enough to put the Cleveland letters on his jersey.

Haden has had seven glorious seasons with the Browns. He says that he is extremely excited about being a captain. It’s an important role to him that he cherishes and wants to continue to grow and lead the team by example.

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An Unforgettable Night For Robert Griffin III As Browns Lose, Fantasy Value Set To Peak

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Robert Griffin III was at his stellar best in the second week of preseason matches. Now, let’s take a peak into what this means for the fantasy league.

The quarterback for Cleveland Browns gave a plausible performance despite them losing 24-13 to the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday evening. What better way to extend his recent form than to score two touchdowns, and complete 6 out of 8 passes from 96 yards out. Three scrambles rushed for 36 yards without a single turnover was a considerable improvement from the first preseason week. At the beginning of the first quarter he proved why he is one of the highlights of the forthcoming season by throwing a flighted deep ball to get Terrelle Pryor for a 50-yard touchdown. Almost soon after he topped that off with an elegantly executed touchdown throw for Gary Barnidge from 29-yards.

Hue Jackson –the Brown’s coach- has shown immense dedication towards RGIII, and it paid off two-fold as the team morale was boosted. On the flipside, seeing flashbacks of the prominent rookie RGII once was reminded the team of how his new-found form could propel their prospects for the upcoming season. But RGII Achilles Heel is of course, inconsistency. So expect him to be quarterback option 2 at present.

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Cleveland Browns Starter Robert Griffin III

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Robert Griffin III has recently been named the new starter for the Cleveland Browns, and now comes the time to prove himself on the playing field. Griffin has been the top choice for starting quarterback for a while, and it has simply been a matter of whether the team’s head coach would choose to make this decision.

Hue Jackson, the coach, announced on Monday that Griffin was the second pick for starter, and now he’s become the 25th different quarterback for Cleveland’s team since 1999. Griffin has previously been named the Washington Redskins’ rookie of the year on the offensive side. In the wake of him being named starting quarterback, questions and some doubts have come up about whether he’ll be able to recapture the glory of his earlier years as a rookie player for the Redskins.

Time will tell if this decision to name Griffin as quarterback will be a positive one, since the team has seen several downturns in recent years. Coach Jackson has released a written statement that Griffin has earned the right to be named to this team position, and he will be more than willing to perform every action needed to fulfill this role. Griffin has gained the respect of his teammates and of the coaching staff through this entire process, and all are confident he has good chances of success in upcoming NFL seasons. Probably the best indicator of Griffin’s success will be his willingness to trust in the coaching decisions of Coach Jackson.

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5 biggest questions facing the AFC South & West

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AFC South & West

 

 

 

 

AFC South

Texans

5 Can the pass D hold up to get the Texans deep into the playoffs?

4 Will Jadeveon Clowney provide the pass rush opposite Watts?

3 Will either WR Will Fuller or Braxton Miller take pressure off WR Hopkins?

2 Can the Run game recover without RB Foster.

1 Will QB Brock Osweiler become a quality NFL starter?

Colts

5 Can Indy survive the new Luck deal?

4 Can the run D ever stop anyone?

3 Can Indy build a run game to take pressure off Luck?

Will Frank Gore continue to run like Al Gore?

2 Did Indy do enough to rebuild a pathetic D?

1 Can the rebuilt O line protect QB Luck?

Jaguars

5 How soon can 1st round pick CB Ramsey and 2nd round pick Miles Jack be healthy & ready to play?

4 Can the rookies on D improve the preformance of the defense?

3 Will RB Chris Ivory finally provide a run game?

2 Can Kelvin Beachum and Mackenzy Bernadeau protect Bortles better than last year?

1 Will QB Blake Bortles continue to grow or level off?

Titans

5 Can TN find a RB that can gain 1000 yards? Started Cobb & Anderson last year.

4 Can any WR Catch the ball? Green-Beckham green as new peas & WR Wright coming off injury.

3 Can HC Mike Mularkey overcome the loss of LB Brown & improve the D?

2 Can the reshuffled O line protect QB Marcus Mariota?

1 Will Mariota become the QB TN hoped he would be?

AFC West

Broncos

5 How fast can Elway get QB Paxton Lynch ready?

4 Can Run game be top 5 this year? It will have to be.

3 Can DV D overcome D losses of DE Jackson & IB Trevathan?

2 Can DV get Von Miller’s signature on a contract? Forge it?

1 Will DV REALLY start ButtFumble Sanchez?

Chiefs

5 Can KC resign FS Eric Berry? Tendered Franchise player 10M

4 Can KC rebuild an O line after losing 2 starters?

3 Can Smith find anyone to catch the ball? Maclin, Albert Wilson???

2 Will QB Smith ever be a playoff quality qb?

1 Can RB Charles regain his form after his injury in G5 last season?

Raiders

5 When will S Reggie Nelson and Karl Joseph return to work?

4 Can RB Latavius Murray avoid injury & get 1300 yards this season?

3 Can anyone on OK catch a pass other than WR Amari Cooper?

2 Can OLB Irvin give OK Pass rush opposite DE Mack?

1 Will QB Derek Carr avoid late season swoon this year?

Chargers

5 Can SD survive having 6 UFA TE’S?

4 How big an error was it to take Joey Bosa with their 3rd overall pick?

3 Will Melvin Gordon be better this year?

2 Can SD D survive without FS Eric Weddle?

1 Can SD O line protect QB Philip Rivers?

 

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 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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5 Biggest issues facing teams in the AFC East & North

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AFC East

Bills

5 Will the Bills get the new stadium they need?

4 Can Rex Ryan survive another losing season?

3 Will the D be as good as in 2014 as it gets older at key positions like NT?

2 Can BF get a run game going with retread RBS and a rebuilt O line?

1 Can the offense offer the kind of passing game to truly contend in the AFC?

Dolphins

5 Can MI really challenge NE for the AFC East title?

4 Can the rebuild O line protect Tannehill?

3 Will the high priced D finally live up to their salaries?

2 Can MI get a run game going without RB Lamar Miller?

1 Can Adam Gase push Ryan Tannehill to the next level?

Patriots

5 Is Jimmy Garoppolo a decent 2nd team QB?

4 When will TE Gronk be healthy & can he survive a complete season?

3 Will the pass D be able to survive in the playoffs?

2 Can NE survive 4 games without Tom Brady?

1 Will a pass-rush-by-committee be enough to earn one for the thumb?

Jets

5 Will NJ sign DE Muhammad Wilkerson or will he play under the Franchize tender?

4 Can the D get back to near championship quality?

3 How many games can Geno Smith win if Fitzpatrick is not resigned?

2 When will the staredown with the Amish Rifle end?

1 Will QB Fitzpatrick continue to improve or fall back to normal?

AFC North

Ravins

5 Will the Run D regain its 2014 level of play?

4 Will the rebuilt O line protect Flacco better than last year?

3 Will WR Brent Perriman be able to play this year?

2 Will the pass defense hold up?

1 When will quarterback Joe Flacco be healthy?

Bengals

5 Can a banged up and aging D compete with PT & BA?

4 How much heat is HC Marvin Lewis feeling this year?

3 Can RB Jeremy Hill hold onto the ball this year?

2 Can Rookie WR Tyler Boyd take pressure off A.J. Green?

1 Can Andy Dalton the reverse vampire) ever win a playoff game?

Browns

5 Will WR Gordon ever play again for the Browns?

4 Can the coaching staff get the rookie WRS corps to produce?

3 Can the D ever figure out how to stop the run?

2 Can CB Joe Haden play up to his 2014 level or is he done?

1 Will RG3 Ever be a starting quality QB?

Steelers

5 Can the D hold up this year better than in 2015?

4 Has the coaching staff realized that PT is now an O based team?

3 Can the rebuilt D Backfield hold up against the AFC North?

2 Will Le’Veon Bell retake his RB throne?

1 Can the rebuilt O line protect Roethlisberger?

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