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  • Published: Mar 9th, 2018
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Josh Cribbs Joins Browns As An Intern Coach

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Josh Cribbs

Josh Cribbs

While many Browns fans expected Josh Cribbs to play for Cleveland, it looks like he will instead be coaching the Browns. He’s joined his old team once again, having left the organization back in 2012. This time, though, he’ll be a special teams coaching intern working under Hue Jackson.

Jackson said that he wants to put Cribbs in a position where he can be successful and learn more about what it takes to coach players on a professional team. He was impressed with the way that Cribbs wants to strengthen the Browns organization. Having been a successful return man, it looks like Cribbs has plenty of personal experience that he can apply to his new career as a special teams coach.

Cribbs originally applied to be an assistant, but the job was already filled by veteran coach Sam Shade. Jackson didn’t want to let the three-time Pro Bowler slip through his fingers, though, and it looks like the new deal should benefit both of them as well as the team. Jackson warned Cribbs about how long the hours are when you work as a coach, however.

Not everyone is cut out for the grueling schedule that coaches suffer through, but Cribbs has enough experience as a player as well as an analyst to know what that’s like. He provided commentary for the Browns on WOIO TV 19 last year, and he’s tied for the most kickoff touchdown returns in NFL history. Josh Cribbs joins Browns greats like Gerald McNeil and Dino Hall on a short list of the greatest special teamers the organization ever had, so he should be up for the challenge. If nothing else, then he should certainly find that he has an attentive ear from second-year kick returner Jabrill Peppers.

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  • Published: Jan 4th, 2018
  • Category: NFL Football
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Is Jackson still the Browns head coach because GM Dorsey wants a scapegoat?

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GM John Dorsey

NOTE:  On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the news of the day and analysis of week 17 on fryingpansports.com/radio-show.

Many in the media and a lot of Browns fans are wondering why Jackson is the head coach with a 1-31 record in the last 2 years.

There is no chance of a trade to the Bengals.  Teams this year have fired coaches with much better records than Jackson’s.  So that is still a HUGE question.

Could the answer be that Dorsey wants a scapegoat if the Browns are not significantly better next season?  As a LONG time Browns fan, I hope that is not the case.  But it is worth thinking about.

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

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  • Published: Dec 14th, 2017
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What should Browns GM John Dorsey tell ownership to do with Jackson?

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John Dorsey

John Dorsey

 

NOTE:  On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the news of the day and Analysis of week 14 on fryingpansports.com/radio-show.

On NNR, I said several weeks ago that if I had the power, I would fire everyone in the building including the cleaning staff.  Now that the “Cleveland Tans” are facing the possibility of 2 seasons with a single win and so many fans showing up dressed as empty seats, it is time to ask the hard questions.

  • How do you get the most loyal and long-suffering fans in the league to buy season tickets for a team that has lost 31 games in 2 seasons?
  • How do you bring back a head coach that has had so many brain cramps and has lost all but 1 game in two years?
  • How can Dorsey keep the scouting staff that did not have the guts to take a QB when they were still on the board at the Browns pick?
  • What makes us think that QB coach David Lee can develop a rookie QB when he has not done much to Kizer develop at all this year?
  • How can Dorsey keep a Defensive staff that has 1 DB in the next county but gives up more long plays than any other NFL team this season?
  • How can any fan accept a baseball guy as the Chief Strategy Officer?

No question that Dorsey faces a lot of very hard questions but replacing a lawyer with a real football guy is a great start.

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 front office must go!

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There is a lot of conversation about whether Kizer is franchise QB the team has needed for so long.  He might be exactly what the Browns need at the most important position in the game.  But it is hard to tell when so many throws that are right on target are dropped by a receiver group that is worse than 2 teams I coached in semi-pro football.

The brain-dead people making draft picks have given HC Jackson a team that is green as baby peas.  They let the 1 WR that had 1000+ yards and was new to the WR position go but brought in a guy that could not catch a cold standing naked on the edge of Lake Erie in a sleet storm.  He also has 1 1000 yard season but has been in the league for years.

They also passed up 2 other QBs that could have started the “rebuild” much earlier and given beaten down Browns fans some hope.  If this group made good choices with those extra picks I might agree.  They do not and the proof is the 1 win we have seen in the two years that they have been in control.

If Jet QB Josh McCown comes back to Cleveland and beats the Browns, there will be hell to pay.  He is better than most people think and could pull it off.  At least he has led the Jets to a 2 and 2 season so far.

After a 1 and 15 season, the stands will be filled with a lot of empty seats.  That has to concern Browns ownership.  Tickets for the last home game were selling for $6.00.  A few more losses and season ticket holders will not be able to give their tickets away.

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/.

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

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  • Published: Oct 6th, 2017
  • Category: Baseball, NFL Football
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The Cleveland Indians Have a Fan In QB DeShone Kizer

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With so much going on in the world of football it has to be hard for players to find the time for anything else, but rookie QB DeShone Kizer has found some time to help root on his city. Sure, the Browns are not starting off so hot this season, but that does not mean that Kizer has forgotten the things he loves to do.

Kizer was recently quoted as saying he, “loves the camaraderie they have in the locker room” about the Cleveland Indians. He is hoping to have enough time to attend a game or two this postseason and expressed sheer excitement about their upcoming games.

The Indians are certainly a bright spot for Cleveland right now since the Cavs are just getting the season started. Hopefully, for the city of Cleveland, they can have a deep run into the playoffs and then jump right to the Cavs continuing last season’s dominance.

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  • Published: Sep 27th, 2017
  • Category: Football, NFL Football
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NFL TV Ratings; A Sign Of Things To Come?

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Sunday for many people is a special day. Filled with family, friends, and possibly some yelling at the television. Football has been a large part of people’s Sunday traditions, but with things being the way they have been lately, many are wondering when the focus will return to actual football. It seems less has been made of the game, and more is being made about what President Trump has tweeted out about something or which players have decided to take a knee for the National Anthem.

Regardless of your personal feelings on these subjects it does come across as slightly foreboding when you couple that with the fact that across the whole board NFL’s TV ratings are down. Some might say that this is attributed to the ongoing spectacle sideshow that the NFL has turned into. Commissioner Goodell has not ended the stalemate with the player‘s union about proper procedure for pre-game policy, and continually rides the fence on the issue. This has further dragged on with President Trump now taking to the keyboard to weigh in his two cents worth.

The cold hard facts remain though that viewer ratings are down for every game except for the one o’clock slot. It might stand to reason that the games in that hour block did well because they were full of tough rivalry showdowns, or it could also mean that it is, generally speaking, a very boring time for television. Either way the games are getting less views, and you can be sure that trend will continue unless an agreement in procedure can be reached. Until then, we get to deal with a circus sideshow and the clowns in it.

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