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Top 5 questions facing NFC South teams

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AT       5 Can the run game become a force to balance the O?
4 Can HC Quinn get AT to play more physical FB?
3 Can Matt Ryan have another Super Bowl season?
2 Can Quinn get the D cover anybody or was the SB game an indcation they are overmatched?
1 Can AT mentally  overcome the Super Bowl Loss?
CR      5 After a bad 16, can CR get back to the playoffs this year?
4 Can the CR run game help balance the O with someone other than Newton carrying the load?
3 Will the O line be able to protect Newton better than last year?
2 Will the D get back to playoff level play? Pass D was at the bottom of the league last year.
1 Can HC Ron Rivera get QB Cam Newton‘s head out of his posterior?
NO      5 Did NO do enough to help the pass D by adding CB Marshon Lattimore & S Marcus Williams?
4 Will Brees have anyone to throw to with Cook traded?  Michael Thomas, Willie Snead, Brandon Coleman,
3 Is this the year that RB Peterson rolls over and plays dead?  MN thought so and let him walk.
2 Can NO fix the O line?  C Max Unger is the only solid starter & LT Armstead is out for 4-6 months.
1 Can DC Dennis Allen get the run D back to being competitive again?
TB       5 Is TB a contender for wild card?
4 Will the rebuilt O line be better? Sweezy was hurt, Smith was the only solid T.
3 Will RB Doug Martin be healthy again in 17 or be hurt like 14 & 15?
2 Will TB get the D  competitive again by adding FS J.J. Wilcox & keeping SS Chris Conte?
1 Will QB Jameis Winston continue to turn over the ball (18 picks & 6 lost fumbles)?
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NFL Coaches on the hot seat in 2017

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Coaches on the hot seat in 2017

 

1 Jets Cuts of all the vets won’t help the win totals and cost the coaches their jobs.
 

2

Browns After a 1-15 season, they better get at least 6 wins to keep their jobs
 

3

Bears After a 3 win season, they better get at least 6 games or Fox & company are gone
 

4

Colts Bad ownership & GM will cost HC Chuck Pagano his job.  Part of the blame is on him and his staff.
 

5

Bengals had better get to the playoffs & win a game or Marvin Lewis cpuld be history
 

6

Panthers need to get control of QB Cam Newton or Rivera may be history.
 

7

Jags better get more than 3 wins or Bye Bye. Doug Marrone has failed before could fail again.
 

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LA Chargers Moves are always hard. GM has not done the Coaches any favors.
 

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The Vikes may have to get back in the playoffs or Mike Zimmer could be in trouble. Injuries have plauged the Vikes
 

10

Ravens HC John Harbaugh is not in serious trouble but OC Marty Morinwheg is not helping him. Playoffs or MM is out

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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News, Notes & Rumors for week 9

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NOTE:  Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on The Bill Smith Radio Show or the archive of the shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.  On Monday Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discuss the Browns game and the results of the weekend.  On Friday Tony Williams Giants beat writer for Metro New York joins Samantha and me to preview the upcoming games.

 

News:

By far the biggest news of the weekend was the Monday night injury to QB Aaron Rodgers.  The latest report indicates that he has a break in his collar bone.  Without Rodgers the Pack has little chance to make the playoffs.

 

Our thoughts go out to two NFL head coaches with health issues.  FPS staff wishes both John Fox and Gary Kubiak a fast complete recovery.  The job of an NFL coach is a 20 hour a day 52 week a year sentence.  Those that take the job understand the physical demands that come with it.  However, they do it for the love of the game.

 

Season ending injuries are way up this season.  If the trend continues this season will set an all time record for such injuries.  Many of the injuries are to the legs and knees.  This is an unexpected result of the focus on concussions.  Defenders are hitting lower causing the knee injuries.  If the league tries to legislate low hits it will make tackling almost impossible.

 

 

Notes:

Jets 26 Saints 20 – The Jet D line kept pressure on Saint QB Drew Brees all day.  The two interceptions by Brees were both tipped balls caught by the Jets’ DBs.  The D held the Saints to 3 of 11 3rd down conversions.  Former Saint RB Chris Ivory burned the team that traded him by running for 139 yards on 18 carries for a 7.7 average with a TD.  Jet QB Geno Smith was just 8 for 19 for 115 yards with no TDs and no picks.

 

Eagles 49 Raiders 20 – Eagles QB Nick Foles tied an NFL record throwing for 7 TDs.  He burned the Raiders D for 406 yards with a 14.5 average per attempt and no interceptions.  Raider QB Terrelle Pryor had a bad game going 22 for 41 for 288 yards but no TDs and 2 picks.  The Eagles D sacked Pryor three times but ran for 94 yards on 10 attempts.  He hurt his knee but may be able to play next week.  Foles performance may put an end to the Eagles career of Mike Vick.

 

Titans 28 Rams 21 – This was a battle of runners.  RB Chris Johnson finally began to earn his big check Sunday.  In his biggest game this season he got 39 yards.  Against the quality Ram D Johnson ran for 150 yards on 23 carries.  Rams RB Zac Stacy ran for 127 on 27 carries.  Both scored twice.  The game was even deep into the 4th quarter.  Kelllen Clemens was sacked and fumbled with 2:54 left.  The Titans recovered on the Ram 19 and scored the final TD.  The Rams got the ball back twice but could not recover.

 

Redskins 30 Chargers 24 OT – The Chargers defense scored first on a pass from the endzone being blocked and intercepted for a TD.  The Redskins had balance on offense and got one more interception than the Chargers got.  Redskin QB Robert Griffin threw for 291 yards and the team got 209 more on the ground.  The Chargers depend on QB Phillip Rivers’ arm because they left the running game at home.  RB Robert Mathews had two 100+ games coming into the game but got only 7 carries for 34 yards.  Rivers threw a 19 yard pass for a TD and the Chargers kicked a field goal to tie the game with just 3 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 24.  But the Skins got the ball first in OT and Griffin drove the team down the field for the TD that ended the game.

 

Seahawks 27 Bucs 24 OT – Tampa forced 3 turnovers including two interceptions and they built a 21-0 lead.  Buc QB Mike Glennon was outstanding throwing for 2 TDs without a pick.  But Hawks’ QB Russell Wilson and RB Marshawn Lynch brought the team back.  Tampa’s defense harassed Wilson all day.  He had no time to read the D and throw.  A TD pass from Wilson to Doug Baldwin tied the game with just 1:51 left in the 4th.  Then Wilson and Lynch drove the team to a winning field goal on their first possession in OT.

 

Colts 27 Texans 24 – The Texans had a 21-3 lead at half time. Then Coach Gary Kubiak collapsed leaving the field and the team seemed to lose focus.  The team supports the coach despite the struggles of this season.  The Texans played their best game of the year but the loss of their coach took the air out of the team and the crowd.

 

Panthers 34 Falcons 10 – The Falcons’ season is officially done.  QB Matt Ryan threw 3 picks and lost a fumble.  Panther QB Cam Newton did not play all that well but the D was solid enough to win.  With the loss by the Saints, the Panthers are only a game behind and in good shape to make the playoffs.

 

Browns 24 Ravens 18 – The Browns beat the Ratbirds for the first time in 12 games.  It was a big game for both teams and the Browns found a way to win.  For more on this game check out Browns Ravens Live Game Notes on http://fryingpansports.com/ and the radio version of NNR with Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports covering the game on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

 

 

Rumors:

 

The Redskins are protecting QB Griffin by not allowing him to run as much.  He did run 6 times but most were because the pass protection broke down.  He averaged only 2.8 yards per carry.  He is fearless running the ball.  The Skins are using option plays to replace his rushing yards with the TE or WR carrying the ball.  But even on those plays Griffin will get hit.  The team gave a lot to get RG3 and they need to protect their investment.

 

The Seahawks are going to get QB Russell Wilson killed because the O line is in shambles.  I pointed this out in week 1.  He is running for his life on almost every snap.  If he gets hurt the season is ruined.  It is the major failure of Seahawk management to fail to insure adequate pass protection.

 

The Bucs have to be heart sick having played as well as they did for four quarters in Seattle only to lose in OT.  The team is playing hard but it has way too much talent to be 0-8.

 

Don’t assume the Texans will be in the first round QB derby in the 2014 draft.  The organization believes that undrafted QB Case Keenum has shown enough to be a candidate for the job next season.  He has thrown 4 TDs without a pick.  He did fumble twice.  The O moved much more efficiently under Keenum than under Matt Schaub.  Keenum also helps attendance since he played at Houston.  This means that Schaub will be elsewhere next year.  The team may still draft a QB but it will likely be in the 2nd or 3rd round rather than round 1.

 

 

 

 

That’s what I think.  Tell me what you think.

 

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/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on The Bill Smith 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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Fantasy Football Quarterbacks

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Fantasy Football Quarterbacks

Having a good quarterback is a key to success in fantasy football. Every year, the league is based more around passing than running. A lot of teams will throw to their running backs almost as much as they hand them the ball. When you are drafting, you should consider the following three QBs to be at the top of the list.

Most fantasy football players draft quarterbacks early, but not as early as they draft their running backs and wide receivers. That’s in spite of the fact that fantasy football quarterbacks will consistently score more points for a team than a running back or a wide receiver. The difference is that you can only start a single quarterback, but you can almost always start two running backs and two wide receivers.

That being said, quarterbacks are important, and here are some tips and suggestions about some quarterbacks to keep an eye on in 2011.

1. Tom Brady

Last year, he got the ball to Danny Woodhead, a Division Three, undrafted rookie, and two rookie tight ends. He got no help from Randy Moss and had to throw to Deion Branch, who is well out of his prime. He still threw for a nine to one touchdown to interception ratio. With Ochocinco in the lineup this year, he will be unstoppable.

2. Aaron Rodgers

All he did was win the Super Bowl, and he will have more talent this year with the return of both Ryan Grant and Jermichael Finley.

3. Philip Rivers

Rivers just puts up numbers. Even when the Chargers lose, he throws for two hundred and fifty yards. With Vincent Jackson returning, he will have a huge year.

4. Tony Romo

People like to make fun of Tony Romo, and maybe he deserves some of this derision. But with starters like these, Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, and Jason Witten, he’s going to put numbers on the board this year for sure.

5. Matt Schaub

Schaub would be higher on this list, but the running game on his team is going to reduce the number of passes that he’s going to throw. That’s going to affect his fantasy football performance. He’s still a good pick, but he’s not as good as some of the other quarterbacks on this list.

6. Matt Ryan

He’s been playing long enough to consider him a veteran. He could be a great value pick in your league this year, because he usually goes late. So keep your eye on him.

7. Matthew Stafford

If he can avoid getting injured, he should be able to put numbers on the scoreboard for you.

There are a few QBs not mentioned that could contend for these spots, including Peyton Manning.

John Clifton has written more about fantasy football quarterbacks at FantasyFootballTips.org.

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The Biggest Questions For the 2011 Fantasy Football Season

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It looks like the new collective bargaining agreement is going into effect sometime today (7/25/2011) and we should start seeing action all over the pro football realm. This means the 25 million or so fantasy football players can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Fantasy football will be played, trades will be made, and trophies will be be won. There is a controversial question that has been hotly debated over the past few months, really since the end of last years fantasy season. Should Michael Vick not only be the #1 quarterback drafted but the #1 overall pick? There are millions of fantasy owners on both sides of the fence. Is there a right answer. I for one am not quite sure there is, but let’s see if we can find it.

Argument(s) For Vick Being The #1 Overall Pick

The main argument for Vick being the #1 overall pick is that he is the most unique and dynamic player in fantasy football. When that fantasy football draft board goes up should he be the #1 pick? Here is what proponents say about that question.

Vick is a risk/reward player but the reward far outweighs the risk. Vick in addition to being dynamic is by far the most dangerous dual threat in the league. He is in a high powered offense where he can pass to any number of highly skilled options. If needs be he can take off and run if things break down. He is as dangerous a player on the field as there ever has been and if you need any proof just go back and look at the numbers last year against Washington and the New York Giants. Only Vick can put up these types of numbers. Sure a running back here and there rushes for 200 yards and 3 scores like Arian Foster did last year but Vick can put up 333 yards passing with 4 passing touchdowns and 80 yards rushing with 2 rushing tds like he did on Monday night against Washington. That’s at least 49 fantasy points in a standard league. Oh well that’s just one week he didn’t do that every week. No he didn’t but Vick did average a ridiculous 27 points a game. The next closest QB was Aaron Rodgers and he averaged right at 20. In standard leagues when Vick played a full game he only once scored “Below” 20 points and that was a 19 point outing against the Giants. The next time he played the Giants he scored 38. Proponents will argue there is no other player that has even close to this type of potential for scoring and anyone would be out of their mind not to draft him first. He is by far the best option to win you multiple weeks by himself and is probably the safest bet to provide you with double digit fantasy points week in and week out. It’s a no-brainer ladies and gentleman, Vick should be the first pick.

Arguments Against Vick Being the #1 Overall Pick

If you want to win your league’s fantasy football trophy, opponents will argue drafting Vick #1 overall would not be a wise choice. Here is what arguments are against Vick going #1 overall.

Fantasy is all about minimizing risk, especially with the first pick. Vick is much to risky of a pick to take first overall. Especially since you only need to start one qb in standard leagues and your next pick in a 10 man league isn’t until pick 20. Take a safe running back instead and wait on a qb. You can likely get Tom Brady or Peyton Manning with your next pick if you wait. Vick has only really had one other season similar to last years, and that was way back in 2002. Brady and Manning have been consistent for a decade. Vick in 2002 still scored less points than he did in 10′ and played 15 games where-as last year he played 12. Last year was an anomaly and not likely to be repeated. He had 9 rushing tds last year and 8 in 2002. The next 15 game season for Vick was 2004 and he only had 3 rushing tds. It’s hard to repeat that type of rushing td performance from year to year, even if you are Michael Vick. In 2003 after the big 02′ season he only played 5 games because of injury. Speaking of injury this is the next argument. Vick is one of the most dangerous weapons on the field, but also one of the most dangerous options to have as your quarterback due to injury. He only played in 12 games last year and took a large # of hits. He no longer is in his 20’s and the hits take a heavier toll in their 30s. If you look at his last 5 or 6 games defenses started blitzing him relentlessly and Vick took a beating. He had to sit out week 17 as a result and really didn’t look in perfect health against the Packers in the wild card round. His style is too dangerous, and injury is too big a concern. If defenses decide from day 1 the only way to stop him is to blitz him, and hit him, until they crack his armor (or worse ribs), then he is going to take a beating. Do you want to waste your #1 pick on a player that will likely miss games due to injury? Take A.P. instead and thank us for it later.

I could keep going with arguments for both sides but these are the main arguments that each side has. One of the great things about fantasy football is that there are arguments like this to be had. Truth is nobody knows the right answer until the season is complete. Vick will either be a fantasy juggernaut and help multiple teams win their championships, he will come back down to earth and score closer to his peers, or he will take a beating, be injured half of the year and be a nightmare for owners who drafted him first. If you really want him and you have the first pick your only option is to take him because he won’t be there when it’s your turn again.

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Super Bowl 2011: A Commentary

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Another NFL season has passed, and another Super Bowl is in the books as the Green Bay Packers were crowned the leagues best by defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers. Aaron Rodgers had another great game, and in doing so, cemented himself as perhaps the league’s premiere quarterback. However, we already knew he was a great quarterback, and there was one more important thing we learned from this game.

Respect

The Packer defense has been near the top of the league in many categories over the last few seasons, yet they have never been considered among the league’s elite. That moniker has been bestowed on teams like Baltimore, San Diego, and of course the Steelers. It happened throughout the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. We heard more than we ever wanted to about “Blitzburgh,” and Dick Lebeau, Troy Polamalu, James Harrison, etc.

The only Packer on the defensive side of the ball you ever heard about was Clay Matthews. He may as well have been on the field alone, as you never heard a word about anyone else. It may have been Aaron Rodgers who climbed out from under Brett Favre’s ghost and led the Pack to a 31-25 victory at Cowboys Stadium, but the Packer defensive players were the ones who brought the Lombardi Trophy back to its birthplace.

In Titletown

You may be one of the handfuls of people who missed this classic and attempted to catch up by just reading the box score. You probably looked and saw that your defense allowed 25 points and 387 yards of offense. Well, that doesn’t seem all that impressive, right? The Steelers may feel differently. The Packers employed a strategy that all winning teams do, bend but don’t break. They made every big play that they had to, and turned three Steeler turnovers into 21 points.

You could make the argument that the Steelers mistakes were their own fault, and that Ben Roethlisberger’s first quarter interception returned for a touchdown by Nick Collins is completely on Ben’s shoulders. That couldn’t be further from the truth. This was just one of many great plays made by the Green Bay defense on this day. This particular play was made possible when Howard Green steamrolled Chris Kemoeatu to force Roethlisberger into an ill-advised throw.

Roethlisberger did his best to recover

Ben tossed another pick before halftime that would lead the Packers to an 11 point lead at the half. However, give the Steelers credit as they made a game of it. The Black and Gold had the momentum on their side after Rashard Mendenhall trampled the Packer defense during an 8 yard touchdown scamper to cut the deficit to 21-17. Roethlisberger led the Steelers onto the Packer side of the field looking to take the lead, but Clay Matthews forced a Mendenhall fumble with a big hit to negate that opportunity.

Rodgers would then lead the Packers down the field and toss a touchdown to Greg Jennings to extend the lead. Even so, Pittsburgh climbed back to within six at the two minute warning, and it was setting up as another memorable Roethlisberger comeback. The Packers wouldn’t allow it though, as Tramon Williams knocked down a 4th and 5 pass to ignite the celebration across Packer nation. The day was owned by the Packer defense, and this was a fitting ending.

 

Most of these players have Twitter profiles. You can use some people search engines to find and follow them!

 

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