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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:

Eagles Coach Chip Kelly’s offense has now gone 8 quarters without scoring a TD.  The team is now 3-5 and have lost 2 in a row.  Kelly has been forced to slow down the super speed O because of injuries and turnovers.  The only thing keeping the Eagles in the race for the NFC Least title is the bad records of the other teams in the division.  The future of this O is still very much in question.

 

Cowboy WR Dez Bryant went off on the sideline during a loss to the Lions.  He is right that he is the most talented receiver on the team and needs to get the ball more often.  QB Tony Romo is struggling this year to get the ball out.  If they want to win they had better find a way to get the ball to Dez.

 

Bengals OT Andrew Whitworth suffered a knee injury and will have an MRI this week.

 

Cardinal WR Larry Fitzgerald is the youngest player ever to amass 800 passes in his career.  He will be a first ballot Hall of Famer as soon as he is eligible.

 

Lions WR Ryan Broyles has a ruptured Achilles’ and will be lost for the season.  He has struggled with injuries in his brief career.

 

Pats RT Sebastian Vollmer was carted off the field with a knee injury.

 

Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson suffered a knee injury and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

 

 

 

 

Notes:

Giants 15 Eagles 7 – The G-Men kicked the Eagles to a win with 5 field goals.  The Giant D was not the key.  The Eagle O was totally inept and did not score a point.  The lone TD of the game came on a fumble recovery and return by the Eagle special teams member Najee Goode.  The O converted only 3 of 12 third down attempts and turned the ball over 3 times.  QB Mike Vick left the game in the first quarter with a hamstring injury but it did not matter.  He was 6 for 9 for 30 yards and a pick.  QB Matt Barkley threw only 1 interception and a fumble lost.  But behind Barkley the team was not close to getting the ball into the red zone let alone the endzone.  The Eagles had just 48 yards on 19 rushing attempts.  Giant QB Eli Manning threw for 246 yards and did not have a pick.

 

Broncos 45 Redskins 21 – Neither team could give the ball away fast enough.  The teams combined for 9 turnovers including 3 interceptions thrown by Payton Manning.  But Manning also threw 4 TDs and the combination of Robert Griffin and Kirk Cousins together threw only 1 TD.  Griffin was hurt again and replaced by Cousins.  The Broncos overcame the turnovers to dominate the fourth quarter and the final score.

 

Patriots 27 Dolphins 17 – The Dolphins were up 17-3 at half time.  Pats QB Tom Brady threw for 116 yards with a TD and a pick.  Brady’s throwing hand was badly swollen.  Most would expect the Pats lost but the D came through with 6 sacks and 3 turnovers.  The key adjustment in the second half was the Pats began to blitz often.  That stopped the Fish’s O cold.  The Pats scored 24 straight points in the 2nd half to put the game away.  The Pats ran for 152 yards.  Despite the injuries the Pats just find a way to win.

 

49ers 42 Jaguars 10 – The people of London have not seen such a one sided affair since they had to evacuate their troops from Dunkirk.  49er QB Colin Kaepernick ran for 2 TDs and threw for another.  RB Frank Gore ran for a pair of scores as well.  Jags QB Chad Henne did his best throwing for 228 yards with a TD and no interceptions.  But the Jags converted just 4 of 14 third down opportunities and the 49ers only faced 3rd down 9 times.  They converted 6 of the 9.  The Jags need a QB and will likely get the first pick in the 2014 draft to select one.

 

Raiders 21 Steelers 18 – Raider QB Terrelle Pryor opened the scoring with a 92 yard run for a TD.  RB Darren McFadden added 2 rushing TDs.  The Raider D held the Steelers to just 35 yards rushing on 19 carries and allowed just 4 first downs on 15 tries by the opponent.  Ben Roethlisberger threw the ball 45 times and was picked twice with 5 sacks.  After two consecutive wins it looked like they had turned things around.  But the loss to the Raiders showed there are still a bunch of issues in Pittsburgh.

 

Lions 31 Cowboys 30 – The Boys kicked a field goal with 1:02 left in the 4th to take the lead to 30-24.  Then they let Lions QB Matthew Stafford drive the length of the field to score the winning TD with 12 seconds on the clock.  The issue was the scheme.  The Boys doubled the TE and left Calvin Johnson man to man.  Stafford hit him with the pass that setup the final score.  Stafford threw for 488 yards including 14 catches for 329 yards to Johnson.  The Boys had a 20-10 lead with 11:32 left in the game but could not hold on.  The Cowboy pass defense is a mess.

 

Bengals 45 Jets 9 – The Bengals D made Geno Smith look like a rookie.  They sacked him 3 times and picked him off twice.  In the first quarter the Jets netted 1 yard on 9 plays.  The Bengals played long ball against the Jets defensive backfield.  The line gave Bengal QB Andy Dalton time and he threw a career high 5 TDs.  The Bengal D contributed 2 pick 6’s.  The over hyped Jets D looked slow and confused by the young Dalton.

 

Saints 35 Bills 17 – It was just another day at the office for Drew Brees.  He threw 5 TDs and passed for 332 yards and no interceptions.  The Bills were totally overwhelmed and looked like they would rather be anywhere other than the Super Dome.  Bills QB Thad Lewis was OK.  He went 22 for 39 for 234 yards with a TD and a pick but also lost 2 fumbles.  The Bills can’t compete against a top level NFL team.

 

Chiefs 23 Browns 17 – QB Jason Campbell is the 20th guy to start a game for the Browns since the team came back in 1999.  At least the Browns did not trade him in the middle of the 3rd quarter like they did Charlie Frye on his start game 1 against the Steelers in 2007.  For my complete analysis of this game check out Browns Chiefs Live Game Notes here on http://fryingpansports.com/.

 

 

Rumors:

With the trading deadline this Tuesday at 4PM EDT, the rumors this week revolve around possible trades.  Normally there is a lot of talk and very little action around the NFL trade deadline.  This season could be different because of the large number of injuries that have occurred.

 

WRs seem to be the most needed addition to teams looking toward the playoffs.  The Colts are interested in trading for one as are the Packers.  The Colts have already traded their first pick in 2014 to the Browns for RB Trent Richardson.

 

The Browns have the for sale sign out on just about everyone.  According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports they are willing to trade TE Jordon Cameron as well as WR Josh Gordon.  The 49ers are looking to move both WR Jonathan Baldwin and CB Nnamdi Asomugha.

 

The Falcons may consider trading TE Tony Gonzalez after their loss to the Cardinals.  They would ask him if he wanted to be traded first.  He resigned this year only to try to get a championship ring.  Now that the Falcons are 2-5 that is not likely to happen in Atlanta.

 

The Jags have the for sale sign out but have very few players that would attract interest.  DE Jason Babin is the one player in which a contender might have interest.

 

The Giants are willing to trade DE Justin Tuck according to La Canfora.  He also believes that the Vikes are trying to move DE Jared Allen and the Raiders could be willing to trade RB Darren McFadden.  With the emergence of RB Andre Ellington, the Cards might trade RB Ryan Williams.  The Saints would like to trade former 1st round bust RB Mark Ingram.

 

The Cards will have to trade WR Larry Fitzgerald or restructure his contract because of a very large base in 2014.

 

The salary cap issues are going to force the Cowboys to make some serious moves next season.

 

 

 

 

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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News, Notes & Rumors for week 3

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News:

There is trouble in 49er land.  The passing game has gone south because the O line can’t protect Colin Kaepernick and the receivers can’t catch, the running game has disappeared and the D can’t get off the field.  Now LB Aldon Smith’s locker has been cleaned out and the team reports he has been given a leave of absence indefinitely while he goes to a rehab facility.

 

The Giants and Redskins are equally miserable.  Both are 0-3 but for different reasons.  The Giants can’t run the ball and QB Eli Manning throws as many to the other team as he does to his own.    The Redskins are waiting for Robert Griffin III to get back to where he was last year.  He is getting better every week but needs his receivers to catch the ball.  The Redskin defense stinks.  Neither team is getting into the post season but the Skins have hope.  The Giants do not.

 

The Browns traded RB Trent Richardson who was the third pick overall in 2012 to the Colts for a 2014 1st round pick.  For my thoughts on the  trade check out my editorial The Browns’ 2013 season has just been “Bannered” right here on FryingpanSports.com.

 

Notes:

Bengals 34 Packers 30 – Bengals founder Paul Brown once said “I would rather be lucky than good.  Goot teams lose.”  While the Cincy D played great, the offense did its best to give the game away.  In the 2nd quarter alone QB Andy Dalton and the Bengals gave the ball away four straight times inside their 40 yard line.  The Pack took a 30-14 lead in the 3rd quarter but Dalton led them back to the win with some help from Packers’ turnovers.  While the Bengals are 2-1 they are not that good.  The Pack was driving for the clinching TD when rookie RB Johnathan Franklin fumbled and DB Terence Newman returned it 58 yards for the winning TD.  QB Aaron Rodgers drove the Pack down to the Bengal 20 but the 4th down pass was deflected.  The Pack at 1-2 needs to watch out for the Bears 3-0.  But the Pack O will be OK in the long run as long as they can protect Rodgers.  Their D is a serious issue.

 

Bears 40 Steelers 23 – In the second half the Steeler offense started to gel but they were too far behind to finish the comeback.  The Bears D scored two TDs off of pressure on Steeler QB Ben Roethlisberger.  The O line is a disaster and there is no running game.  The D still plays hard but do not get the turnovers they did in previous years.  The Bears are doing OK on O but depend too much on scores from the D.  QB Jay Cutler is spreading the ball around more than last year and is having a good season.  But he has O line issues too that have not yet cost the team.

 

Colts 27 49ers 7 – Kaepernick had a bad game but so did the O line and the defense.  Kaepernick does not have his TE.  The opponents are doubling WR Anquan Boldin and the other WRs were not getting open.  The running game with Frank Gore looks old and slow.  With no running game the play action was ineffective.  The WRs are not getting off press coverage.  In game 1 vs. the Packers, they used the bunch formation and used a lot of motion.  They did not in the last two losses.  I wonder why?

 

The D could not get off the field on 3rd down and Smith did not have a sack.  The 49ers are no longer as physical as they were last year on both the O and D lines.  Part of that is the poor season Gore is having.  But Kaepernick is not running effectively either.  Defenses have solved the read option to some degree.  When the up the gut running does not work, the read option will fail as well. The Colts played well but the win came from the poor play of the 49ers.  QB Andrew Luck is outstanding. The 49ers will get better and so will the Colts.

 

Panthers 38 Giants 0 – Manning was punished by the Panthers D line with 7 sacks and a bunch of hits.  The O line is struggling badly and the running game has disappeared.  They are -9 in turnover ratio.  The team is in disarray.  I doubt Coughlin can get it turned around any time soon.  The Panthers are OK but not outstanding.  QB Cam Newton has had an up and down season so far but the Giants D made him look great.  He led the team to their first win.

 

Browns 31 Vikings 27 – The Vikes were so bad the city has traded them to London.  The team will play the winless Steelers there next week and that will be a LONG flight.  Check out my Live game notes right here on http://fryingpansports.com/.

 

 

Rumors:

There are rumbles that the Giants management is not at all happy with Coach Coughlin.  HC Tom Coughlin is in serious trouble.  It looks to me like the team has tuned out the coaching staff.  The pass rush is missing in inaction and the O line is a mess.  There is no running game and Manning is getting pounded.  The front office is in part to blame for the issues.  They have allowed key players to walk away in free agency.  If someone becomes the fall guy it could be the coach and the GM.  That is something to watch.

 

Mike Florio of NBC Sports reports that the NFL is quietly pushing the NFLPA for the 18 game regular season.  Most stadium leases require at least 10 games.  The league would not cut the preseason to 2 games without the agreement of the union to go to 18 regular season games.

 

Could the Vikings be tanking to get a QB in the 2014 draft?  There is little doubt that the one thing holding the team back is the poor play of QB Christian Ponder.  The team needs to fix the situation quickly because the key players on the defense are near the end of their careers.

 

The Steelers are in deep trouble and there is no help in sight.  The O has struggled because of injuries but also because the team has drafted poorly.  QB Roethlisberger has been beaten often and has no running game to fall back on.  He also misses Mike Wallace’s speed to stretch the D vertically.  The D has struggled badly as well.  It has gotten old and fragile.  It no longer forces turnovers.  The team is in freefall and there is no quick fix to their issues.  Again the front office has to take a lot of the blame for the team’s fall.

 

The Browns are reportedly taking offers for WR Josh Gordon.  That is not because they don’t want him on the team.  The team is worried about another off the field issue that could cause the league to suspend him for a year.  While that is a risk with a player in the drug program, the team needs to spend more time helping him stay clean.

 

 

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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Joe Reedy, Bengal beat writer for the Enquirer joins us to preview the Browns Bengals game.

Doug Upstone of Sports-Watch.com joins us to preview the top college games.

Tony Williams, Giants and Knicks beat writer for the Metro New York Paper joins us to relive the pain of the loss to the Giants.

Tim Bielik, OSU and Browns beat writer for the Loraine Morning Journal joins us to preview those teams games.

Samantha Bunten joins us to talk Browns and maybe a little Indians.

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Browns vs Ratbirds (RB) Week 4 in game notes.

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Nice run on the first play but the O died due to a bad play call and no blocking against the blitz.

Again a weak punt gives the RBs nice field position.

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Got some pressure on Flacco and the pass was wide

Jauron has a plan to cover Rice. It worked on 2nd down.

Skrine with good coverage on the WR

A great job by the front 4 so far against the run and the pass.  Stopped Rice on 3rd and short.

The ruling on the Cribbs fumble is WRONG.  The play is dead when the helmet comes off.  It is impossible to recover a dead ball.  The ball should have been given back to the Browns because they were the last team to legally possess it prior to the ball  becoming dead.

The new helmet rule has confused both the rule makers and the “real” refs.   The rule may have to be updated to prevent a fumble being caused by a legal hit recoverable.  Again, you can’t recover a dead ball.

Great pick by Robertson.  He saved the league and the refs.  He should be the starter because he has the speed and instincts to do the job.

Thomas has had a tough season.  There have been WAY too many holding calls.

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DQ is playing better this year.  Nice read on the run.

—– end of the 1st Quarter

Brown gives up 39 yards because he is S L O W.

Skrine gives up a 34 yard pass because he is short.

DT Winn is really playing well.  I predicted he would beat out Hughes and he did.

The zone D broke down on the TD pass to Smith.

But because they missed the EP we are only 2 Dawson FGs behind.

-BA 6 CL 0

Weeden has small hands.  That is an issue in rain.

Richardson is running very hard.  When you carry Nota on your back for 3 yards, you are running VERY hard.

Weeden misses again and the Browns are 3 and out.

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Another special teams gaff and the game is getting away from the Browns.

Patterson is solid in covering Smith in the endzone.

Long FG is good.  Now we are 3 field goals behind.

–BA 9 CL 0

No blocking on a great 3 yard run.  TRich is outstanding.

The right side of the line collapses for a sack and the Browns go 3 and out again.

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Our O does not work in the rain, or the sun, or the snow, or …

Little with a nice catch.

Then Weeden throws into triple coverage.

Two more nice throws take the team down to the goal line.

Richardson shows his speed getting to the corner for a TD.

=BA 9 CL 7

The new Ratbird O is built for quick strikes.  The Browns need to stop this drive to have a chance.

The D got the stop but then 3 and out.

Hodges punts the ball 32 yards again.  Another special teams gaff.

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Second half

Great run by Rice.

The Ratbirds use Bolden to drive down the field and score.  That is what half time adjustments can do.  Of course the Browns spend half time giving orange slices to the players.

–BA 16 CL 7

The Browns OGs are getting pushed around by the D.  Pinkston shows some potential but Lauvao is hopeless.  In my opinion he does not have the feet to play at this level.

Richardson is a weapon.  Nice throw and great YAC .

TRich is also a great blocker.  On the long pass to Watson, TRich leveled the blitzing LB.

The second throw to Norwood was way too hot.

51 yard FG by “Mr. Automatic” Dawson.

=BA 16 CL 10

The D front line is starting to wear down.  It will be much better when we get Taylor back.  We will be able to rotate more often.

The sack by Hughes was due to coverage.  Flacco had nowhere to throw.

Again coverage is so good Flacco had to hold the ball.

The penalty for hands to the face was caused by coverage as well.  The RB O line is struggling to keep Flacco upright while he looks for a target.

The zone D of Jauron is holding up well.

The 47 yard FG is NG.

Cameron with a great catch.

The RBs had seen the reverse and reacted to it well.

The pick was due to Weeden not throwing the ball on time and throwing behind the WR.  Williams was sitting on the route and had time to get to the ball.

=BA 23 CL 10

The Browns throw another 2 yard pass.  THAT is not going to get it done.

A swing pass to TRich netted 20 yards all yac.

Weeden was 4-4 as the Browns moved the ball down the field but missed an open Cameron on 1st down.  Then the Ravens ran 2 blitzes and the drive stalled.  Another great kick by Dawson for 50 yards.

=BA 23 CL 13

Quick slant to Bolden has been open all game but now the RBs are using it.

Rice continued to run well

Lavauo is really not NFL material.  He does not have the feet to play G.

More pressure on Weeden caused another 3 and out.

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Fuj actually chased down Flacco.  I didn’t realize Flacco was that slow.

On 3rd and 9 Skrine got a knockdown to force a punt

Great 38 yard punt return by Benjamin that was allowed by two nice blocks.

Another blown block by the O line caused the grounding.

Then the Bench got a penalty for another 15 yards. 2nd and Washington DC.

Another drop by Little after Weeden got the ball out against the blitz

Dawson gets a 52 yard FG.

=BA 23 CL 16

Bolden again hurts the Browns with another great catch for a 1st down.

After the holding penalty the rookie breaks out for 16 yards

A penalty against Skrine gave the Ratbirds the 1st

Good play by Sheard forced a punt and a chance for the Browns

Good job by norewood to prevent the pick on his slip.  We need more of that kind of effort to help out our QB.

Great effort by Weeden to get the ball down the field.  We had a shot but yet again came up just a little short.

 

OVERALL THOUGHTS

The Browns played much better than they did against the Bengals.  If they had put out this effort last Sunday, we would have won.  That is not unusual.  Young teams lack the consistency that you want.

 

The O was better.  The RBs focused on stopping Richardson.  That allowed more single coverage on our receivers than usual.  Weeden shows a lot of guts standing in against the rush and keeping his eyes down field.  He took a lot of hits and threw for more than 300 yards for the 2nd time in 4 games.  Any rookie QB will make misreads like the pick.  But keeping him in will make him a much better QB for the next coach.

 

The O line is struggling.  RT Schwartz has yet to show he was worth the high 2nd round pick.  He has potential but has not shown as much progress as I had hoped.  Lauvao has to go.  The Browns need to bring in a RG to replace him or a UFA LG and move Pinkston.  The running game will never be what it should because our guards are not able to get to the 2nd level.

Thomas is playing hurt and it show.  He has a leg issue and cannot move his feet quick enough.  That causes him to hold.

 

The WRs are bad.  MoMass is at best a 3rd WR and is always hurt.  Neither Little nor Gordon can catch on an NFL level.   They also struggle to run accurate patterns like the WCO requires.   I like Norwood but he is thin as tissue paper.  The Cribbs experiment is over but the coaching staff has yet to realize it.  He is too slow and too small to be a WR.  Benjamin is 3 feet tall.  While he has great speed, he is used too often down the sideline.  He gets picked by a taller CB.  They need to keep him in the middle like Welker for the Pats.

The TEs are just OK.  Cameron has iffy hands.  Watson will be on IR soon.  He is as fragile as fine china.  Smith is a blocker but not much of a down field threat.  He also is not much of a running back.

 

The D has played well overall.  It suffers when the O goes 3 and out so often.  Jauron has put in two of the best game plans we have seen since 1999.  The Eagles and Ratbirds game plans were brilliant.  However, both Maiava and Fuj need to be benched.  We need to develop Johnson (when he gets healthy) Fort and Robertson.  They are the future at OLB.

 

No question that Haden’s suspension has really hurt the team.  He let his fellow players down.  We need a solid CB opposite him.  Skrine is a nickel at best.  Patterson is smart but does not have the speed to be effective.  Brown is 3 years past his expiration date.

 

The book is still out on Ward.  While he is a big hitter, he takes bad angles too often and struggles to cover in space.   The Browns do not have an NFL quality FS.  Hagg has potential but is green as baby peas and is athletically limited.  Young is a stop gap at best.

 

The special teams are horrid except for the star of the team Dawson.  If I was the GM or head coach both Hodges and Special Teams coach Tabor would have to find their own way back to Cleveland.  They both would have been fired on the spot.  Tabor would have lost his job after the debacle in Oakland last year.  We have not had a regular season punt blocked since the early 90’s.  It will happen this year if Hodges is not cut.

 

I will comment on head coach Shurmur in a separate article.  I will say that I would much prefer to see Childress call plays.  Shurmur as the OC is frankly offensive.

 

That’s what I think.  Tell us 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/.

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Browns vs Bengals: The Browns fans finally have hope for a brighter future for the team.

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Last week you had to take a number because there was a long line waiting to jump off the I90 bridge after the Browns lack of offense.  In that line were several of the Browns defensive players and coaches.

Week 2 took the team to Cincinnati to face the division foe Bengals.  The offense looked much better.  While the team ended up losing the second straight game, both QB Brandon Weeden and RB Tony Richardson showed the talent you hope every first round draft pick has.

The lack of coverage by the defense allowed the Bengals to win the game but for the first time in a long long time there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  And I do not believe it is an oncoming train.

The first great sign is the new owner Jimmy Haslam.  One of the things that I have talked a lot about on my radio show is the organizational lack of urgency to win.  My Dad was a smart guy.  One of the early lessons he taught me was there is a fine line between being laid back and laid out.  And you better know which side of that line you are on.

I am sure that Holmgren is a great guy.  But he has never proven his ability to lead an organization to win.  He was hired by the Seattle Seahawks as the GM and head coach.  He was relieved of his GM responsibilities due to a poor record of drafting quality players.  Before he was hired in Cleveland as team President, I warned my readers about his lack of success as anything other than head coach.

I believe that Mr. Haslam will inject the entire organization with an urgency to win.  That will be a gift to the long suffering Browns fans.

Weeden looked a lot better against an under rated Bengal defense.  He threw for more than 300 yards for 2 TDs and no interceptions.  He still makes great throws that get dropped by the young wide receiver corps.  But both the QB and the WRs are getting better.  With good coaching, Weeden has the talent to become a good NFL QB.

RB Richardson has extraordinary talent.  When I rated him as a potential draft choice, he ranked just behind Adrian Peterson overall.  Sunday, he gave us a glimpse of that talent.  He caught the ball, made tacklers miss and got into the endzone twice.  He also provided a running threat.  The West Coast Offense depends a lot on play action.  With no running threat last year the opponent linebackers laughed when Browns’ QBs faked to the RB.  Now they have to respect the running game.  That allowed the middle of the field to open up for Weeden.

So while the Browns are 0-2, there is for the first time hope of brighter days ahead.  Give the new group a little time to get things turned around.  It looks like we are finally headed in the right direction.

That is what I think.  Tell me 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 and was a senior writer for .  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

He edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.  

 

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