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What to expect from Shaw at QB vs. the Ravens

Note: On NNR today Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports & I preview the Browns Ravens game including my advice picking against Week 17 point spreads. The podcast is on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

For the 7th time in the last dozen years, the Browns will start their 3rd string QB in the final weeks of the season. This time it is Connor Shaw, undrafted rookie from South Carolina. He will become the 22nd QB to start a game for the Browns since the team was reborn.

Shaw has an arm roughly equal to that of Brian Hoyer. It is not particularly strong. But unlike in recent games, Shaw’s mechanics are good. He is accurate in the short and medium game even against a blitz or serious pressure. He can throw long but those passes hang in the air for too long to be effective in the NFL.

He has the courage to stand in against a hit and make an accurate throw. He will run if he can’t find an open receiver but is small and is not able to survive big hits. He lost the last few games at SC last year due to an injury. He can move in the pocket to avoid rushers and has good pocket awareness.

He is not NFL ready and took very few snaps under center. His pre-snap reads were made by coaches on the sideline. He also does not show much ability to anticipate receivers coming open. The SC offense was based on the QB working half the field with a couple of simple predetermined reads. He has little experience in reading defenses particularly complex defenses that combine man and zone concepts.

He has some background in read option and that will likely be a part of the Browns offense with Shaw. But the O line will have to make a better effort to block it if the read option is going to work.

A big question is what will we see when the Browns take the field against the Ravens? Perhaps a bigger question is what happens if Shaw moves the ball better than Johnny Manziel? It is quite likely that Shaw will play better than Manziel because his mechanics are better. The most likely result of Shaw looking better will be more questions about the 2014 Browns draft. Given the play of both 1st round picks in 14, those questions will only add to the pile that already exists.

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

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The Browns played well against the Ravens but the game pointed out several areas that are not good enough to win games.

The sad part of the loss to the Ratbirds is that the Browns played well enough to win this game. But two special teams errors and breakdowns on both offense and defense late in the game prevented a win.

Offense:

QB Brian Hoyer was efficient and for the 3rd game this year did not throw an interception. He has the 2nd most consecutive throws without a pick. But there are issues. Hoyer missed a couple of open receivers either of which could have made the difference in the game. He is getting the ball out on time and sees the field even in the face of a rush. He was able to overcome penalties which is something that has not happened often since 99. Some have had issues with Hoyer’s arm strength but he has enough to throw the ball 40+ yards with accuracy as he did Sunday.

The running game was OK but I can not understand why Isaiah Crowell is not the primary running back for the Browns. He runs harder, has better vision, and makes better cuts to the hole. This is a coaching error that must be corrected.

The O line did a decent job blocking the run. But the line still struggles to pass protect. While the left side is usually solid, RT still is an issue.

The play calling was solid except in the 4th quarter. The last two possessions were poor calls. The Browns should have run on all three downs on both late game possessions to take time off the clock. Crowell should have been the back in at the time. He breaks tackles.

WR Andrew Hawkins deserves special mention. He is among the leaders in catches and had over 80 yards in receptions. His young running mate Taylor Gabriel only caught 2 passes but was also over 80 yards in receptions.

Defense?:

The preseason talk was about a D that would be top 10. Instead it ranks 31st overall. The D can’t even slow down the run let alone stop it. A perfect example was the 31 yard run by Ratbird RB Lorenzo Taliaferro early in the 2nd quarter. The D line had a game on where NT Ahtyba Rubin was supposed to slant to the RG spot. He never got there and the result was a long run. The run D is not getting off blocks, taking bad angles to the run, and is slow in recognizing the play. The front 7 failed to get much pressure on QB Joe Flacco.

The preseason chatter said the D would be blitzing from every direction and pressuring the QB often. We have seen very little pressure on the QB in the regular season.

The pass D has not been any better. All pro CB Joe Haden has not come close to his level of play in prior years. The 8th pick overall in 2014 draft, CB Justin Gilbert, has been targeted over and over successfully by the opponent. Gilbert either gives up a big play or causes a flag for a spot foul.

The D gave up nearly 5 yards per attempt rushing and 7 yards per pass attempt and had no sacks. It did get a pick and had an outstanding goal line stand early in the game.

Special teams:

The special teams cost the Browns the game. There was a high snap on the first field goal attempt that contributed to the kick bouncing off the left upright. A major leak in kick protection caused the 2nd FG attempt to be blocked. Either of those kicks would have forced the Ratbirds to score a TD to tie the game. Bad special teams play has haunted the Browns for years, several of which were under current position coach Chris Tabor. This is not the first time I have criticized Tabor and I am sure it will not be the last. But when the snap has cost the team an extra point in the last game and a FG in this game, it MUST be addressed. Nothing seems to change under Tabor.

Coaching:

There have been a number of 12 men on the field on defense. While the 4-4-4 D is effective, it is also illegal. The coaching staff has to get it together and get the right 11 guys on the field for each play.

The play calling late in the game was questionable. Not only was the wrong RB in the game but the attempt to pass on 2 of the 3 downs was inexcusable. Run the ball and punt if you have to but get as much time off the clock as possible.

The Bottom line:

The Browns are better than last year. But to win those close games in the AFC North, you have to win the 4th quarter. They have not yet figured out how to do that yet. The win over the Saints was a very positive step. But this is the Nasty North. To win here you have to run the rock and play solid run D. So far that has not happened. They managed to lose two games where they had the lead with 10 seconds left. There are no moral victories in the NFL. The Browns are better but not good enough.

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 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 .

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Goodell: Some men are a little more Equal than others.

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An owner of an NFL team died and went to heaven. There was a long line to get through the Pearly Gates. He went to Saint Peter and complained.

“I am a very important person. I can’t be waiting here in line to get in.”

“I am sorry sir, but you have to understand that here in Heaven, everyone is equal.”

When the owner got in it was time for lunch. Again there was a long line. Just as the he was ready to get his tray some guy in a suit with an NFL pin on his lapel jumped in front of him grabbed a tray and got his lunch. The owner was furious and complained to St. Peter.

“Well you have to forgive him. That is God and he thinks he is the NFL Commissioner.”

When a player or an owner for that matter makes a huge mistake, Commissioner Roger Goodell is more than ready to hand out suspensions and fines. What we saw on Friday was an admission that Goodell blew the suspension of Ray Rice and blew it badly.

That is not the biggest issue with which the NFL and the fans have to deal. It is claimed by ESPN Outside the Lines that even though the Raven management knew what had taken place, they virtually begged Goodell to go easy on Rice. The original two game suspension was the result.

Only now that the excrement has hit the fan, do we see everyone doing the butt cover dance. During his Q&A Friday, Goodell threw his security unit, the secretarial pool, and his legal team under the bus in an attempt to save his own job. There are many questions that need to be asked and answered. I am certain that former FBI director Robert S. Mueller will get to the bottom of who knew what and when they knew it.

Here are a few of my fearless predictions:

  1. Mueller will find that Goodell knew exactly what happened in the elevator whether or not he saw the video PRIOR to the 2 game announcement. That will be the end of the Goodell rule. The NFL owners can not stand the storm of advertisers that will want to bolt if that is the case.

  2. Mueller will also find that the top management of the Ravens knew exactly what happened. That will result in a compete house cleaning of the top management of the team. The new NFL Commish will fine and suspend the Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti.

  3. The Commissioner will never again have the power to judge the appeals of suspensions. That is too much power for any single person.

  4. Ray Rice will be suspended for whatever time the new committee decides a first violation of domestic abuse should be but then will not get a new job in the NFL. If he causes the Commish and management of his former team to be fired, he will be seen by NFL owners and staff as radio active.

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 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 .

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In my opinion it is useless to grade a draft before the players have spent 3 seasons in the league. As a result, here are my grades for the AFC North in the 2011 draft.

Cleveland A

While the Browns ended up with a number of keepers, only one was a pro bowler.

21 Phillip Taylor DT Baylor – Solid starter that needs to get in better shape.

37 Jabaal Sheard DE Pittsburgh – Starter but suffered due to the change to a 3-4

59 Greg Little WR North Carolina – Starter that drops a lot of balls and should be replaced.

102 Jordan Cameron TE USC – Pro bowl starter

137 Buster Skrine DB Tennessee-Chattanooga – Undersized nickle back.

150 Jason Pinkston T Pittsburgh – Decent starter with a recent history of injury.

Cincinnati B+

The Bengals had fewer players make the team but they became part of a 3 time playoff team.

4 A.J. Green WR Georgia – All pro and one of the best in the league.

35 Andy Dalton QB Texas Christian – Under achiever that did lead the team to 3 playoffs with no wins.

101 Clint Boling G Georgia – Decent starter that could be replaced by 14 pick Russell Bodine.

Baltimore C

The Ratbirds got a couple of starters and some solid backups from the 2011 draft.

27 Jimmy Smith CB Colorado – Decent starter with 3 train car loads of baggage.

58 Torrey Smith WR Maryland – Starter with speed that continues to develop.

85 Jah Reid T Central Florida – Hanger-on backup LG that has yet to contribute.

164 Chykie Brown DB Texas – Part time starter/nickle back that needs to be replaced.

165 Pernell McPhee DE Mississippi State – Borderline backup outside linebacker.

180 Tyrod Taylor QB Virginia Tech – Seldom used backup QB who may lose his job to 2014 pick Keith Wenning.

Pittsburgh C-

The Steelers got a couple of starters and a backup..

31 Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State – Solid starter.

63 Marcus Gilbert T Florida – Decent starter at RT.

128 Cortez Allen DB The Citadel – Dime back that plays OK.

162 Chris Carter LB Fresno State – Substitute starter that needs to be replaced.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

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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 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 .

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It is not a good idea to come to play the Ratbirds on the day they unfurl their championship banner.

The Browns deferred the choice to the second half.  They must be confident that the game will not be beyond reach at half time.

 

Penalty on Taylor is not a good start.  First and 10 vs. 3rd and 13.  They don’t need the help.

Nice pass defended by Haden

Great run by Rice.

Skrine drops the pick.  There is a reason some are DBs.

The Browns LBs are dropping too far and the Ratbirds are completing passes under them for first downs.  Must be a little more aggressive than that.

Mingo with the sack on his first play

Blitz fails to get there and the Browns are lucky the pass was a little long to the endzone.

50 yard FG attempt NO GOOD.

Good vision by Weeden to find Cameron wide open for 53 yards.  There are holes in the Ratbird DB group.  Greco should have been flagged for holding on the play.  Weeden got out of the rush effectively.

No blocking by the O line.  Two runs by TRich get just 4 yards.  Cousins pulled and got stuffed in the line.

Browns are slow getting the play and personnel in and have to call TO.  Not looking so smooth on O.

Weeden does not trust his protection to hold the ball long.  He saw his primary receiver doubled and threw it away.

CL 3 BA 0.

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Browns are holding the running game to small gains but not the pass.

On 3rd and 6 Flacco misses the wide open receiver.

Nice return by Benjamin for 18 yards.

Again Weeden stares down his receiver.

Nice YAC by TRich.

Barnidge had a nice block

3rd and 2 goes to 3rd and 7 with a delay because the personnel doesn’t get in quick enough.

The Browns blow a 3rd and 2 again.  Bad coaching and execution.  That is inexcusable.

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Crossing routes continue to baffle the pass defense.  Not sure why.

Mingo fails to bring Pierce down behind the line and he gets 4

Flacco has some pressure and throws long for Smith.

Bryant forces Flacco to run.  The pass in incomplete.

Browns get the ball back at the 4 after a holding penalty on 24.

Two good runs brings the ball to 3rd and 3 at the 11

Good call pass to Bess gets the first.

Immediate pressure on Weeden so he threw it away.

3RD 6 pass short of the LTG again.

Browns miss 4 tackles on the punt return.

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On 3rd and 2 good pressure by the Browns.  Sheard finally gets Flacco for a sack.

Benjamin with a nice catch and run for a 1st.

Weeden extends the play and Little comes back to the ball on a nice catch vs. pressure;

Bess catches the 3rd down play for a 1st.  Good drive.  It did flip the field.

Suggs gets the sack.

Dumerville sacks Weeden because Schwartz is NOT a quality OL. Dum ran right around Schwartz.  This O line is bad.

Week punt only 29 yards from the 50.  That is not acceptable.

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Groves gets Rice behind the LOS for a loss.

Mingo uses his speed to get Rice on the screen

Skrine nails Smith short of the LTG.

I wonder if Weeden is allowed to audible.  The LBs crept into the line and TRich ran the ball right at them.  That can’t happen.  When the backers are up the play needs to be changed to a slant or flair pass.

TRich catches the pass and works hard to get 4 yards.

Dumervil sacks Weeden and the Browns will punt again.

Lanning gets just a 36 yard punt.  The D is playing well enough to win but the O is “Owful.”

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The Browns are not containing Flacco.  He runs for 9 yards. 1:03 left.

Smith W I D E  open because the LBs are way off.

Pass to the endzone is doubled and incomplete.

Gibson gets Rice for 3 yards on the pass.  The ball is on the 26 in easy field goal position.

44 yard FG attempt NO GOOD.

Weeden to Cameron for 12.

Good throw by Weeden and great catch by Little on the Ratbird 36.

Weeden avoids the blitz and throws to Little for 2

51 yard FGA Cundiff Kick is GOOD

Great job by the O to go 33 yards in 23 seconds.

CL 6 BA 0.  Half time.

 

Good run by TRich for 8

Cousins laying on his back from being pushed down.

TRich breaks 4 tackles and gets 8.

Little gets to the LTG for the first.

Sweep to the left is wiped out for a loss of 3

Bess catches the ball but wipes out the Gatoraid.  Browns punt.

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Haden makes a saving tackle after Rice gets 13 yards.

Rice up the gut for just a yard.

Rice up the gut again for 3.  D line doing a good job.

Pass to Smith good to the Browns 40.

Blitz fails to get there and Flacco passes for the 1st to the 26.  Sheard was on coverage tailing the play.

Blitz fails again and Stokely beats Skrine to get the first.

Pierce runs for 9 on a cutback against the grain.  And scores on the next run.

BA 7 CL 6 Bottom of the 7th  80 yard drive with 3 for 3 in 3rd down conversions.

Suggs gets TRich behind the line on a 2nd and 1.  Cousins failed on a trap block.

Chris Ogbonnaya wide open and Weeden missed him.

Third time the Browns fail to get the play in and are penalized.

Little drops the ball on 3rd and 12.

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Leach gains 12 on a pass.

Kruger solves the Rice cutback for a 2 yard gain.

Rice fumbles and Bryant comes up with the ball.  Robertson punched it out.

Schwartz gives up another sack.  Loss of 8.

Ogbonnaya catches a ball after Weeden is hit as he throws.  But it is short of the LTG at the Ratbird 39  4th and 4.

The throw is short of the 1st Ratbird ball.  Browns challenge the spot of the ball.

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Holding on the Ratbirds takes them to 1st and 20

Sheard read the play and caught Pierce for a loss of 2 on a pass

Sheard and Mingo get good pressure on Flacco on 3rd and 22.  Sheard hits the passing arm and the ball fell incomplete.

ILB Darrell Smith just misses a ball that bounced off of Little.

Browns receivers are not getting open.  Weeden throws the ball away.

Again no separation of the receivers and Weeden is sacked.  RG Cousins is the culprit but others would have been blamed as well had D Smith not gotten him.

A special teams breakdown gives the Ratbirds the ball to the Browns 45.

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Rice is hurt on a run because Yanda runs into him.  No gain.

Mingo bats the pass back and almost got to it for the pick.

Blitz does not get there yet again and the pass gets the first down to Stokely against Skrine.

Flacco to Brown against Ownes to the 6.

Rub pattern to Brown for the TD.

BA 14 CL 6 8:57 left

Ratbirds back off and Weeden gets Cameron for 24.

Little drops another pass.

Little drops the ball for the 3RD TIME.

Another delay loss of 5

They throw short of the LTG due to pressure again.  This line is not getting the job done.

Touchback on the punt is a 30 yard net.  Why can’t the find a punter?=

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Defense is tired.  Pierce gets 7.

Pierce for the 1st.

Pierce sweep for 5.

Sheard and Kitchens make the play holding Pierce for 2 yards.

Stokely beats Skrine again for the first. 4:13 left

Punt dead at the half yard line.  THAT is a punt.

334 left Campbell replaces the injured Weeden.

PI gets the Browns out of the hole.  Ratbirds challenge.  Rulling upheld.

Pass is high to Bess Inc.

The backers gets to Campbell and it inc.

The 4th down play is a mess.  Mack was 8 yards down field as Campbell was flushed out and underhanded the ball to Cameron well short of the LTG.

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Offense??  The bad O wasted a good effort by the defense.  The offense is not working and the addition of WR Josh Gordon next week is not going to solve the problem.  Weeden was not as bad as it looked.  He suffered from an invisible offensive line.  But except for Bess and Cameron the receivers were a disgrace to that word.  Weeden is still staring down his primary receivers.  But he seldom had time to even look for a second guy due to the rush.  His accuracy is hurt by his inability to step up in the pocket as he delivers the ball.  There is just no pocket to step into.  The team does not have O linemen that can get out in a screen pass and the draw play did not work at all. The best part of Weeden’s game was the lack of interceptions.  But again penalties and a lack of protection held the team to 6 points.  Passes completed short of the line to gain on third down do not help either.

 

The passing game was affected by drops primarily by Little.  Little was tiny in the game.  He could not get open and could not catch a ball right in his hands.  He has been the most targeted WR on the team in the first two games but is allowing the ball to get to his body rather than using his hands to snatch the ball out of the air.  It is time to bench Little in favor of Bess.  Another issue is Weeden has very little confidence in his WRs.  The team needs to put Weeden’s A&M team mate Josh Cooper into the lineup as the 3rd receiver.  Weeden needs a security blanket he can depend upon beside Bess.  He knows Cooper and they have shown they have chemistry.  This offense needs all the chemistry it can get but not the chemistry that has cost the team suspensions to Gordon and last year to Haden.

 

The O line was nearly as miserable as it was last week.  Weeden suffered five sacks, a large number of hits and a sprained thumb late in the game.  Whatever is causing Cousins’ inability to block is contagious because the rest of the line has caught it.  Cousins is getting beaten on nearly every play.  He lacks the footwork to anchor correctly.  Schwartz was horrible.  He was slow off the ball and let OLB Dumervil get the sack before Schwartz got his hand off the ground.  LG Greco is lucky he got his extension before the season because he has played like the walking dead in the first two games.  He does not get low enough and is pushed back into the QB on a regular basis.  He is not a starting quality OG.  Even all pro LT Thomas has not played up to his normal level this year.   The team is waiting for Shawn Lauvao to return from injury.  That is not going to help much.  Lauvao is at best a backup quality OG.

 

The running game is missing totally.  The lack of blocking has caused Richardson to dance behind the line.  This is not unusual.  He is desperate to the smallest crack to run through.  He averaged only 3.2 yards per attempt.  The O line is not getting to the second level of the defense.  Even if they move the front 3 or 4 the linebackers are clean to attack the run.  If the lack of blocking continues Richardson may never become the back the Browns wanted.  He is not only the best runner on the team he is also the most consistent receiver in the backfield.  Before he is ruined by the lack of blocking the O line has to be improved.

 

Four times the team either was flagged for delay or had to spend a time out because the O was not able to snap the ball in time.  That too is not acceptable.  The injury to Weeden is going to be an issue next week.  Campbell is a decent backup QB but does not succeed when under a lot of pressure.

 

There is a number of quality OGs available in free agency.  The team needs to spend some of the 26 million plus dollars under the cap and bring one in.

 

Defense:  An NFL team that holds the opposition to 16 or less points expects to win.  That does not apply to the Browns.  The D held the Ravens scoreless in the first half with a lot of help by K Tucker missing 2 field goals.  In the second half the Browns offense could not sustain drives leaving the D to handle the onslaught.   They did not handle it well.

 

The front 7 shut down the run effectively.  The Ravens averaged 2.8 yards per rushing attempt.  But again the lack of an NFL quality CB opposite Haden hurt the team badly.  While Haden held WR Smith pretty much in check, the Ravens abused both Skrine and Ownes consistently.  The safety play was also an issue.

 

The key statistic is the third down conversion.  The Ravens were 8 of 16 on third down.  The Browns were not able to figure out the crossing patterns and the linebackers were playing too deep in zone coverage to prevent the first down.  The D struggled to get off the field on 3rd down.  That has to get better if the team is going to win consistently.

 

 

The Bottom line:  This team is not going to get any better until the talent is upgraded.  This team needs four veteran NFL quality players to compete.  Now that the week 1 is played, they can sign a player without having to guarantee his salary for the season.  The Browns need 2 guards, a corner and a safety.

 

On the radio version of NNR last Monday I listed names of players that could be signed and improve the team.  Frankly the team owes the fans better ball than has been played this year.  The fan base has waited far too long to be subjected to yet another 4-12 or 5-11 season.  The way the offense is struggling, that record may well be out of reach for this team.

 

 

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.  

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Cleveland sports legend Bob Karlovec joins us to talk about the Browns loss to the Ratbirds.

Dave Kay basketball writer for Walterfootball.com joins us to talk Cavs.

Mike Kirby NFL Draft writer for the Enquirer.com and Mockingthedraft.com joins us to talk 2013 NFL Draft.

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/.

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