Drafting QB Kizer was a good First step BUT…

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 DeShone Kizer was my top QB in a very weak class.  Clearly what happened to the Notre Dame program had a lot more to do with very bad coaching, even worse recruiting, and a brain-dead staff than what Kizer did or didn’t do.  But there are a bunch of issues that the Browns will have to address.

The first issue is Kizer’s mechanics.  A combination of a very pathetic O line, the lack of a consistent run game, and a group of wide receivers that couldn’t catch a cold standing naked in a sleet storm on Lake Michigan, his mechanics went south in a hurry.  But we saw him in 2015 and he as much better.

The question is can the Browns coaching staff get him back to his 2015 throwing motion and footwork?

The personnel department did a good job fixing the O line issues (except for RT) in free agency.  That was a good move because the O line in the draft was below average.  Kizer or whoever starts for the Browns will have better protection than last year.  That should also help the running game.  But this will be as difficult a test for the coaching staff as any they have faced last year.

If the staff can fix Kizer’s mechanics and footwork, he has the physical gifts to be an above average QB in the NFL.  If not, a new staff will have a chance next year to help him.  A 1 win season gives very little cover for this staff.

My last piece of advice for the Cleveland Browns coaching staff and personnel department is this:  Win some games BEFORE the London trip or you may be unemployed when you get home.

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/.

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The Browns personnel staff is GUTLESS!

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Memo to EVP Brown:  You and your staff are GUTLESS.  They won’t pick a QB in fear they will screw it up.  I hope you are GONE before the next NFL Draft.

Too cute for your own good.

While the 1st pick should have been a no brainer, someone in the Browns “brain trust” was leaking comments about taking a QB with that pick.  All Browns fans now know that was a bald-faced lie.  This group DOESN’T HAVE THE GUTS TO TAKE A QB!

If you think the clock doesn’t start until you take a quarterback, YOU ARE WRONG!  Thanks to your blunders and bad draft picks, we fans suffered through a 1 win season!  Watson was graded below last year QB Myles Garrett that you gave to the Eagles.  He then beat you in the 1st game of the season.

This year you not only bailed the Texans out of a HORRIBLE contract they gave to Brock Osweiler, but then you gave them their new QB in Deshaun Watson.  The Texans will make EVP Brown their MVP of the season.  The down side is the Browns will face the Texans the week before they go to London.  If they lose to another QB they passed on, don’t expect to still be the EVP on the trip home.

I have no animosity toward you and wish you the very best.  I pray it is not as the Browns EVP.

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/.  

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What will the Browns do in the draft

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NOTE:  On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, Tony Williams of Metro NY and I discussed the news of the day and the NNR Mock draft on fryingpansports.com/radio-show.

My view of the world tells me past actions are a good indication of future events.  That does not bode well for Browns fans.  The Browns have had more 1st round picks than any team in NFL history over the last several years.  And for the most part, those guys are not on the roster.  That is what happens when you put a lawyer in charge of the draft.

Part of that was due to the failure of the top draft people to go to the pro days.  When you go to a player’s pro day, you get to talk to those around the player.  A perfect example was the 2014 draft.

In that draft, the Browns had 2 1st round picks.  With the 8th overall pick they selected Justin “No tackle” Gilbert.  Had they gone to his pro day, they would have heard him say “check my film” when someone asked him to catch some punts.

At #22 they selected Johnny “Wreck this league” Manziel.  Had they gone to the Texas A&M pro day, they might have found out he was a heavy drinker and decided against him.

So, I ask the question again.  What will the Browns do in the draft?  From a Browns fan since 1954, I have to guess that they will find a way to screw it up again.

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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Boston Celtics in the playoffs.

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After the Celtics went down 2 games in the 2017 NBA playoffs I tweeted this:

“TO Celtics-Thanks for playing. Pick up a home version of the game on your way out of the playoffs.”

I was right up to the point that Rondo broke his thumb.  Now the Celtics are back in the series because of a “Very Lucky Break.”  I don’t believe the Celtics can get past the Cavs but for now they could win this series.

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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  • Published: Apr 24th, 2017
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NNR Mock Draft 2.0

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To hear the details check out the radio show page where Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports & Tony Williams of Metro New York joined me to talk about this mock.

1 Cleveland Browns QB PR CB S OT Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M
  Clearly the best pass rusher in the draft. Motivated & ready to play        
2 San Francisco 49ers QB G CB C OLB DE Solomon Thomas DE Stanford
  2Y ST good frame & quickness but may be a pr specialist only.     West coast bias?  
3 Chicago Bears PR WR CB S T TE Jonathan Allen DE Alabama
  John Fox will love Allen’s ability to play DE or DT.        
4 Jacksonville Jaguars TE RB DT T G QB? Leonard Fournette RB LSU
  I would never take a RB in the 1st round. He is good but not 1st rounder.        
5 Tennessee Titans CB WR S ILB Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State
  1.5y st speed & size Twitchy athl that does not hold at LOS. Runs better patterns than WRs.        
6 New York Jets QB OLB CB DE Mitchell Trubisky QB North Carolina
  Takes a risk on a QB that started just 1 year. Good upside but lots of risk       Was OB Haason Reddick
7 Los Angeles Chargers S LB RB WR DE G T QB Malik Hooker S Ohio State
  1Y st Great ball, speed, & athletic ability fluid hips Lacks experience & is injured        
8 Carolina Panthers T DE RB CB Derek Barnett DE Tennessee
  3Y ST Violent hands Has everything but a great burst off the line. Needs to bulk up to stop the run.        
9 Cincinnati Bengals T G DE OLB PR RB Haason Reddick OLB Temple
  2Y st recent riser & 1y wonder 22.5 TFL in 16. Needs strength       Was DE Taco Charlton
10 Buffalo Bills CB S WR T Jamal Adams S LSU
  2Y st Smart, aggressive both @ LOS & deep coverage. Big hitter but can take bad angles to the ball.        
11 New Orleans Saints CB S OLB WR Gareon Conley CB Ohio State
  3y st Fluid hips, size & speed Good tackler & burst to the ball Good ball skills Needs better technique        
12 Cleveland Browns   O.J. Howard TE Alabama
  2Y starter on a team not TE friendly Solid receiver that can block well.        
13 Arizona Cardinals ILB WR QB DT S CB Corey Davis WR Western Michigan
  4y starter 97c 16 Good size & spd NFL body but has avg hands.        
14 Philadelphia Eagles CB WR OT ILB RB DE Reuben Foster ILB Alabama
  2Y st can play in 4/3 or 3/4 scheme Big hitter with power but short & light. Can he stay healthy        
15 Indianapolis Colts T G DE RB CB Taco Charlton DE Michigan
  1Y ST good frame & quickness long arms Miss cast in a 3/4       Was DT Malik McDowell
16 Baltimore Ravens WR OLB CB S Zach Cunningham OLB Vandy
  2Y st good play recognition & atheticism quick in latteral movement, strong but speed is a question.        
17 Washington Redskins ILB DT CB G S RB QB Malik McDowell DT Michigan St
  2Y st Gets off blocks, gets penetration, good natural gifts       Was DT Caleb Brantley
18 Tennessee Titans CB WR ILB CB Tre’Davious White CB LSU
  2y st average size & speed quick hands but has lapses in coverage. Needs tech help        
19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE DT S RB OT Charles Harris DE Missouri
  2Y ST quickness but may be a pr specialist only. Needs to get stronger & more than a speed rush.        
20 Denver Broncos T G ILB DT DE Cam Robinson T Alabama
  Pulling OT with quick feet solid vs run & pass Played LT for Bama        
21 Detroit Lions TE PR OLB WR G David Njoku TE Miami
  1y starter Good athl & decent blocker but has too many drops in my opinion        
22 Miami Dolphins DE OLB G CB S Jabrill Peppers LB/S Michigan
  2Y st Man without position. S, slot corner, LB Fluid, aggressive but lacks instincts & Hands.        
23 New York Giants LT DT CB ILB TE QB Ryan Ramczyk T Wisconsin
  1 yr @ Wisc tranfer from D2 quick to 2nd level Ath & power Hip Inj may keep him out of 1st        
24 Oakland Raiders MLB DT CB OLB RB Jarrad Davis LB Florida
  2Y st Smart powerful LB but is injury prone.Good blitzer        
25 Houston Texans QB T S OLB Deshaun Watson QB Clemson
  Accurate but trusts his arm too much. 76TD 32X       Was QB Mitch Trubisky
26 Seattle Seahawks T G CB PR DT Kevin King CB Washington
  2y starter with size but speed a ? SE likes tall CBS.        
27 Kansas City Chiefs CB S ILB RB DT DE Dalvin Cook RB Florida St.
  Good rec 3rd down back w/speed & balance. 19TDs in 15&16 Can he stay healthy?        
28 Dallas Cowboys CB S DE DT TE Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama
  2y st size & speed Solid tackler that battles at the LOS. Will be best in M2M because he has tight hips        
29 Green Bay Packers PR CB S RB Quincy Wilson CB Florida
  3y starter that lacks quick twitch. Could be CB or S.        
30 Pittsburgh Steelers PR ILB OLB TE WR T.J. Watt OLB Wisconsin
  1y st Hard worker good blood line but limited exper. 15.5TFL 11.5 sacks Not explosive limited speed.        
31 Atlanta Falcons G DE DT CB S Forest Lamp G W Kentucky
  4Y ST @ LT Will LG due to short arms. Smart & good tech & quick feet Was G Pat Elflein        
32 New Orleans Saints Curtis Samuel RB WR Ohio State.  
  RB or WR? Athl with speed but lacks prime hight & weight Great Acc & chg spd Inj Hist 15        
           
           
Los Angeles Rams OT G CB WR      
  Minnesota Vikings OT DE DT G CB      
  New England Patriots G OLB TE      
           
rules          
  1 Dont pass up an elite QB or PR        
  2 Don’t get cute, get your guy        
  3 Get OT a round before you think they will go.        
  4 RB is the quickest position to understand the NFL game.        
         

 

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  • Published: Apr 18th, 2017
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Cavs don’t need a stinking Defense, they have it now!

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NOTE:  On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the NFL news of the day and a current topic of interest on fryingpansports.com/radio-show.

During the 2 games in Cleveland the Fans were chanting “Defense-Defense.”  The players looked at each other wondering what Defense was.

Defense has been missing all season.  While the regular season is one thing, it will be difficult in the playoffs for the Cavs to win with a D that ranked 20th overall.  Playoff games are half court affairs that depend on Defense, rebounding and free throws as much as anything.  Cavs fans had hoped that the team would “flip a D switch” and become the type of squad they were last year when they ranked 4th in points allowed.  That defensive effort helped them win the title last season.

The problem is the team does not have enough defensive players.  They signed a rim protector (Andrew Bogit) but he lasted just 53 seconds before he was hurt.  James is a solid defender but that is about all the Cavs have.  JR Smith is no longer a factor on D and Shumpert is no factor on either end of the floor.

While the D has been a problem, the offense has also been an issue.  The team has allowed teams to get back in the game all season long.  In the playoffs so far in 2017, the Cavs gave up leads of 10 in game one and 19 in game two against a very average Pacers team.  The O issue has been shot selection and cold spells particularly shooting 3 point shots.

The Cavs won both games but struggled in the 4th quarter to hold on.  The “Big three” have played way too many minutes.  For a first-round game that is not a positive.  Those minutes will wear them down in later rounds.

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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