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Something is rotten in Denver.

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Note: On NNR yesterday Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports & I reviewed the Divisional NFL Playoff games including the issues of calls and the Bills naming a coach. The podcasts are on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

The loss by the Broncos was a wake up call for the team, team ownership and their Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning. Some difficult decisions will have to be made over this off season by both Peyton and team management. The biggest problem for the Broncos is that those decisions will be made by John Elway.

Elway’s first order of business was to get rid of a coaching staff that took the defensively challenged Broncos to the Super Bowl last year and won four straight division titles. But why was the team defensively challenged? Elway felt that bringing in Manning would solve all the issues of the team. But the neglected D allowed the Seahawks to blow out the Broncos. This year Elway did add some better players on D but the O line was thin. When injuries occurred the O line became the problem. An already fragile 38 year old QB suffered an injury that ended the Broncos season.

On Peyton’s side the issues were about how he feels and what are the risks of playing in 2015. But now with the dismissal of the coaching staff, he has very little incentive to return. On the Manning Mystery Tour in the 2011-12 off season, the attraction to Denver was in large part the coaching staff. Now that group is gone and Elway will want Manning to take a HUGE pay cut from the 19 million that his contract calls for. It will be interesting to see how Elway and the Broncos do with a new coaching staff and the gangly Brock Osweiler under center.

Fox will have a job as soon as his plane lands in Chicago. The Bears appreciate extended playoff runs.

So the decisions of Elway will be interesting. Bronco owner Pat Bowlen would not have dismissed Fox so quickly. But with his illness, it is Joe Ellis, the Broncos’ team president, and Elway are in control. With a likely 5-11 season next year with out Manning and Fox, I suspect that Elway may find his way to the hot seat.

Congratulations to the Ohio State Buckeyes for winning the national championship. The Bucks win proved that the Oregon clothes do not make the man. By the way, ESPN, IT IS 8 TOTAL TITLES NOT 6. Get it right.

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 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 07/18/14

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Monday on NNR we will present the results of my Browns Season Simulation. Please join us at 6 PM EDT on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

News:

Saints TE Jimmy Graham got his money. He is a first round pick in any fantasy draft.

Browns WR Josh Gordon did not help his cause with a 2nd legal issue since he appealed his indefinite suspension. Both issues show he has major issues. After failing a test for weed, he was caught speeding with a friend smoking pot. Then he was arrested for DUI. At this point I doubt he can stay clean for a year to qualify for reinstatement. He may never play again.

49er RT Alex Boone says he won’t attend training camp unless he gets a new deal. The way he played in 2013 he should be more than happy with his salary. He missed way too many blocks to get a raise.

Flying J/Pilot President Jimmy Haslam signed an agreement with the fed. It will cost the company 92 million dollars. All Browns fans should buy as much gas as possible because Haslam needs the money.

Panthers DE Greg Hardy was found guilty of assaulting a female and communicating threats. It is likely he won’t suspended any time soon. He has filed an appeal of the conviction and it is doubtful that the appeal will be heard before the end of the season.

The Cowboys cut backup QB Kyle Orton. That allowed him to keep the 3 million dollar portion of his signing bonus. The upside for the Boys is a 3 million dollar cap savings. The down side is that former Browns QB Brandon Weeden will now backup Tony Romo who is recovering from 2 back surgeries this off season.

Notes:

The Broncos want to resign TE Julius Thomas but not at Graham money. Thomas profited greatly from having Payton Manning at QB. Thomas is not at all close to Graham in talent and would be average on most teams.

USC has done the right thing for its football players. Nearly all schools grant scholarships a year at a time. If a player gets injured or wants to quit football, the scholarship is not continued. USC has changed its policy to grant 4 year scholarships that are guaranteed regardless of the player‘s status.

Rumors:

Most people believe that Haslam is safe from prosecution. For my opinion check out my editorial “What does the Pilot/Flying J settlement mean to the Browns?” on http://fryingpansports.com/#5yjPTbKkRpqXMmsO.99

The rumor is that the Panthers might cut Greg Hardy but don’t believe it. He is way too talented to cut and the team needs the D because the offense is hobbled by a lack of quality receivers.

Despite what WR A.J. Green thinks, the Bengals are not likely to give QB Andy Dalton a big dollar extension any time soon. The team is concerned about his inability to win playoff games. He threw 1 TD with 7 interceptions in his 3 playoff losses.

Cowboy backup QB Weeden has looked good in OTA drills. But when he is pressured by a D line, he falls apart.

The Timberkitties are insisting on any trade with the Cavs for Kevin Love including Andrew Wiggins the 2014 overall 1st pick. LeBron James wants Love and the Cavs will probably give in. If they were willing to wait the pressure on Minnesota will grow exponentially. The value of Love will decrease with each passing day. No team is willing to give their top star for a 1 season rental.

Love can facilitate the deal if he said publicly he would only sign an extension with the Cavs. If he did the Timberkitties would probably settle for PF Tristan Thompson, SG Dion Waiters and a 1st round pick or 2.

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

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk football with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

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 .

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

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

News, Notes & Rumors for 07/18/14

Monday on NNR we will present the results of my Browns Season Simulation. Please join us at 6 PM EDT on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.
News:
Saints TE Jimmy Graham got his money. He is a first round pick in any fantasy draft.

Browns WR Josh Gordon did not help his cause with a 2nd legal issue since he appealed his indefinite suspension. Both issues show he has major issues. After failing a test for weed, he was caught speeding with a friend smoking pot. Then he was arrested for DUI. At this point I doubt he can stay clean for a year to qualify for reinstatement. He may never play again.

49er RT Alex Boone says he won’t attend training camp unless he gets a new deal. The way he played in 2013 he should be more than happy with his salary. He missed way too many blocks to get a raise.

Flying J/Pilot President Jimmy Haslam signed an agreement with the fed. It will cost the company 92 million dollars. All Browns fans should buy as much gas as possible because Haslam needs the money.

Panthers DE Greg Hardy was found guilty of assaulting a female and communicating threats. It is likely he won’t suspended any time soon. He has filed an appeal of the conviction and it is doubtful that the appeal will be heard before the end of the season.

The Cowboys cut backup QB Kyle Orton. That allowed him to keep the 3 million dollar portion of his signing bonus. The upside for the Boys is a 3 million dollar cap savings. The down side is that former Browns QB Brandon Weeden will now backup Tony Romo who is recovering from 2 back surgeries this off season.

Notes:
The Broncos want to resign TE Julius Thomas but not at Graham money. Thomas profited greatly from having Payton Manning at QB. Thomas is not at all close to Graham in talent and would be average on most teams.

USC has done the right thing for its football players. Nearly all schools grant scholarships a year at a time. If a player gets injured or wants to quit football, the scholarship is not continued. USC has changed its policy to grant 4 year scholarships that are guaranteed regardless of the player’s status.
Rumors:
Most people believe that Haslam is safe from prosecution. For my opinion check out my editorial “What does the Pilot/Flying J settlement mean to the Browns?” on http://fryingpansports.com/#5yjPTbKkRpqXMmsO.99

The rumor is that the Panthers might cut Greg Hardy but don’t believe it. He is way too talented to cut and the team needs the D because the offense is hobbled by a lack of quality receivers.

Despite what WR A.J. Green thinks, the Bengals are not likely to give QB Andy Dalton a big dollar extension any time soon. The team is concerned about his inability to win playoff games. He threw 1 TD with 7 interceptions in his 3 playoff losses.

Cowboy backup QB Weeden has looked good in OTA drills. But when he is pressured by a D line, he falls apart.

The Timberkitties are insisting on any trade with the Cavs for Kevin Love including Andrew Wiggins the 2014 overall 1st pick. LeBron James wants Love and the Cavs will probably give in. If they were willing to wait the pressure on Minnesota will grow exponentially. The value of Love will decrease with each passing day. No team is willing to give their top star for a 1 season rental.

Love can facilitate the deal if he said publicly he would only sign an extension with the Cavs. If he did the Timberkitties would probably settle for PF Tristan Thompson, SG Dion Waiters and a 1st round pick or 2.

 

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

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk football with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

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 .
He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.
To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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 Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and Tony Williams Giants beat writer for Metro New York join me to recap and analyze the Super Bowl. Please join us.

 

 

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Monday Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discuss the results of the weekend. Thursday shows alternate between NFL Draft and basketball. On Friday Tony Williams Giants beat writer for Metro New York joins Samantha and me to preview the upcoming games.

 

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 .

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

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

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NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Monday Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discuss the results of the weekend. Thursday shows alternate between NFL Draft and basketball. On Friday Tony Williams Giants beat writer for Metro New York joins Samantha and me to preview the upcoming games.

 

Join Tony Williams, Giants beat writer for Metro New York, Kelron Sykes former NFL scout and me for a unique Super Bowl preview. It is live on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

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You can listen to the podcasts at http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and hear NNR Live Mondays and Fridays at 6PM Eastern time on . The Monday show is a review of the previous week and the Browns game. The Friday show previews the upcoming games.

 

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 .

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

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

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Brady & Manning vs. Otto Graham and Bart Star

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With the AFC Championship between the Patriots and the Broncos, we saw the 15th game between Tom Brady and Payton Manning. Because of that we heard from every sports talk show the ranking of the “5 greatest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL.” Nearly every one was filled with quarterbacks that have played in the last 15 years. There is a MAJOR issue with that. The game has changed more than any other professional sport over the last 60 years. This is not comparing apples to oranges. It is closer to comparing apples to atom bombs.

 

Forget looking at passer ratings or touchdowns thrown. When Otto Graham and Bart Star played, the head slap of an offensive lineman by a defender was legal and anything short of hitting a wide receiver over the head with a folding chair was acceptable. In the current game infected by political correctness a defender will get an pass interference flag for scowling at a receiver. It is not even a fair comparison to look at wins and losses. The NFL of Graham and Star was not diluted with bottom dwellers like it is now.

 

Otto Graham was involved in 10 straight league championship games. While four of those were in the All-America Football Conference, six were in the NFL. He led the Browns to 7 wins in those 10 games including his first season in the NFL in 1950.

 

Bart Star spent his first four years riding the bench. But in 1960 he led the Packers to the division title. From that point Star led his team to five NFL titles and two Super Bowl championships. Neither Manning nor Brady can match those ultimate results.

 

These two men were certain Hall of Fame quality players early in their careers. So when people talk about the greatest QB list based on recent players, they should recognize the differences in the game. While I have no issue with putting both Manning and Brady into the greatest list, that list includes only recent players. Both Graham and Star belong in the “greatest ever” list regardless of what parameters are used.

 

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

 

You can listen to the podcasts at http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and hear NNR Live Mondays and Fridays at 6PM Eastern time on . The Monday show is a review of the previous week and the Browns game. The Friday show previews the upcoming games.

 

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 .

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

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

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News, Notes & Rumors Week 1

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News:

The running game in week 1 was WAY down in part because lots of NFL teams have major O line issues.  The Seahawks struggled to score 12 points against the Panthers.  The Browns could not run or pass in a loss to the Dolphins.  The Steelers lose their C Maurkice Pouncey and score only 1 TD.  There was only one RB that got 100+ yards (Shane Vereen of the Pats). and he has a broken bone in his wrist.

 

Colin Kaepernick QB of the 49ers was outstanding against the Packers.  He was 27-39 412 yards with 3 TDs and no picks.  His new best friend is former Raven WR Anquan Boldin who caught 13 passes for 208 yards and a TD.  Despite only running for a total of 90 yards the Niners beat the Pack.   Jim Harbaugh is going to owe brother John a REALLY nice Christmas gift for the trade of Boldin.

 

While the Bills D played well, the Pats are clearly hurt by the loss of targets for Tom Brady.  Of course the two fumbles by RB Stevan Ridley did not help the O.  The same can be said for the Ravens losing Boldin and the Steelers losing Mike Wallace.

 

The Pats have put Vereen on the IR with designation to return list.  That means the earliest he will be back is week 8.

 

The Browns wideouts have shown their speed.  Unfortunately for the team it was in cars on the streets of Cleveland and not on the field.  Both Greg Little and Josh Gordon have been fined for speeding.

 

 

Notes:

 

Bronco QB Payton Manning looks much better to me than he did at any time last year.  Even in the middle of the 2012 season the ball speed was down from his days in Indy.  As much as the 7 TDs were outstanding, his ability to hit very small openings between defenders this year is much better than any time last year.

 

There were two rookie QBs starting and Terrelle Pryor as a new starter for the Raiders.  Bills rookie starter EJ Manuel nearly beat the Pats with a passer rating of 105.  Geno Smith of the Jets had a rating of 80.6 but at least there were no butt-fumbles.  Pryor threw for 217 yards and ran for another 112 scoring a total of 3 TDs with 2 picks.  While none of the three got starter reps from the beginning of training camp, each did pretty well.  They will only get better with more experience.

 

Robert Griffin III did not look 100% to me.  I was not as concerned about his inaccuracy in the first quarter as I was about his mechanics.  Some of that was rust from not playing at all in the preseason.  But I wonder how healthy he is.  There were no QB runs and he looked a little clumsy getting out of the way of the rush.  That is something to watch.

 

Check out my analysis of the Eagles Offense posted yesterday.  I think you will find it interesting.

 

 

Rumors:

There are a couple of teams that are hoping that the Raiders, Jets and Bills fall in love with their new QBs.  The teams that want QBs from the 2014 draft don’t need those three teams joining in the bidding war to get the best candidates.

 

We saw more fights and jawing this week than in any week in recent memory.  The players are generally in a nasty mood and are taking it out on fellow union members.  If the NFL does not get control of this issue there is going to be trouble.

 

Don’t look for Jets’ QB Mark Sanchez to start any time soon.  His injury is worse than the team will admit and management wanted Smith to start day one anyway.  Management is not convinced Smith is the QB of the future but have seen more than enough of Sanchez.  The Jet fans agree.

 

The leash on Browns QB Brandon Weeden got a lot shorter this week due to his 3 picks and many misfires.  The management did not draft him and is not happy with his lack of development.  They will likely allow him to start the next 2 games at the Ravens and at the Vikings.  By the third game WR Josh Gordon will be back from suspension.  But unless he shows significant improvement he could be out week 4.  Backup Jason Campbell would likely replace him.

 

Local media is expressing doubts about the Browns personnel decisions.  The basic issue is that with injuries to the CB and RG spots the team failed to bring in any experienced help.  Instead they brought in undrafted rookies.  There are a couple of OGs available in free agency including Brandon Moore (Jets) and Deuce Lutui (Titans).  After week one a team can bring in a veteran player without having to guarantee his total salary.

 

Giants’ coach Tom Coughlin was fuming on the sidelines after seeing his team turn the ball over six times.

 

OSU is in trouble again but this time it is Oklahoma State University.  While the full scandal found originally by Sports Illustrated is not yet uncovered, it looks really bad.  The charges include payments to players, work done for them by tutors and even recruits getting a “happy ending” from their official hosts.

 

The zebras of the NFL did not have a good week.   While we never hear about penalties by the league against officials, there will be some this week.  Way too many of the officials seem to think the fans come to the game to see them.  Get a clue guys.  You are supposed to be the rule enforcers.  I have no issue with a judgment call being missed.  There is no excuse for not knowing the rules.

 

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

 

You can listen to the podcasts at http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and hear NNR Live with Samantha Bunten of NBC News and me Mondays at 6PM Eastern time on

 

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro football 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/.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/

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