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  • Published: Jan 23rd, 2015
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The Browns chose wisely for their OC.

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John DeFilippo

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Yesterday the Browns introduced John DeFilippo as their new offensive coordinator. In my judgment, that was an excellent choice. He had been the QB coach of the Raiders. But what I like best about him is he brings a history of fixing broken QB mechanics. If the Browns are ever going to get anything out of their 1st round pick of Johnny Manziel, DeFilippo is going to have to do major surgery on Johnny’s mechanics and attitude.

As QB coach for the Jets in 2009, he faced a difficult problem. The team drafted rookie Mark Sanchez who had started just 1 year for USC. It was DeFilippo’s job to turn Sanchez into an NFL starter. He was able to help Sanchez lead the Jets to the playoffs with a 9-7 record.

As QB coach for San Jose State, he molded Jordan La Secla into a serviceable QB that threw for 2860 yards and a QB rating of 125.8 in 2010. The next season he helped Matt Faulkner throw for 3149 yards and a QBR of 131.6.

In 2012 he was named QB coach for the Raiders. He turned Terrelle Pryor from a runner to as much of an NFL QB as was possible. Pryor ended up with a 70.8 QBR in 12 and 69.1 rating in 13. Pryor’s mechanics improved dramatically in the two years he spent with DeFilippo. It is not easy to turn a spread QB with run first mentality into anything approaching an NFL QB.

When Pryor went down in 2013, DeFilippo’s work with backup rookie Matt McGloin was obvious. McGloin became a serviceable QB and ended with a passer rating of 76.1.

This past year DeFilippo converted another rookie spread QB, Derek Carr, into a viable NFL starter. While the team did not win many games, it was not because of Carr. Carr threw for 3,270 yards and 21 touchdowns.

DeFilippo is an open minded OC that will be willing to adjust his system and terminology to match what the Browns used last year as much as possible. If he turns Johnny into a decent starter, DeFilippo deserves a metal.

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/.

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  • Published: May 8th, 2014
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10 Things to look for in the 2014 NFL Draft

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NFL Draft (2)

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Here are some of my thoughts as the 1st round approaches. Enjoy the draft and GO BROWNS!

1. Draft day trade downs will not provide the bounty of picks that they have in the past. The Cowboy draft trade chart is history. Last year Oakland moved from 3 to 13 for just a 2nd round pick. That will be the norm rather than an exception.

2. Look for several trades in the first round. The new CBA makes moving up in the draft financially affordable. The lower cost in terms of picks makes getting your guy easier.

3. Several quarterbacks will be drafted particularly late in the first round. The new CBA gives teams a 5th year option on players selected in the 1st round. That makes a QB cheaper longer due to the lower rookie pay chart. Teams high in the 2nd round that passed on a QB with their 1st pick will want to trade back into the 1st to get their guy.

4. The Texans will not get 3 1st round picks for the #1 overall choice. They have been asking for that thinking they could get an RG3 type bounty for the choice. They will have to reduce their asking price significantly or keep the pick.

5. The NFL is a passing league. 7 wideouts will go in the 1st round.

6. Odell Beckham Jr. will be the 3rd WR off the board.

7. Teddy Bridgewater is much better than Derek Carr but will be pushed down the board due to a poor pro day. All I have to say is watch the game tape!

8. Derek Carr will go much higher than he should. I cannot explain that but he will. There are always teams that don’t do their homework.

9. Justin Gilbert will be the 3rd CB off the board. Both Kyle Fuller Virginia Tech and Darqueze Dennard Michigan State will go before him.

10. The “usual suspects” will make the same kind of dumb picks they have in the past. The biggest reason that some teams are constantly drafting in the top 10 is they make stupid moves. History will repeat itself again.

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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  • Published: Apr 18th, 2014
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Beware of the Workout Warrior QB prospect.

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NFL Draft

Note: Due to Good Friday, there will be no NNR show tonight. From all of us at FPS and NNR, have a wonderful Easter. We will see you Monday.

Scouts raved about the pro days of Johnny Manziel, Derek Carr and Blake Bortles. Buyer beware. What you see is not necessarily what you get.

Manziel is short. OK, he is very short. He does not have the patients to stay in the pocket and look through the trees to find an open receiver. If he does not see his first read open, he leaves the pocket to throw or more likely run.

A comparison is often made with Russell Wilson. That is totally false. Wilson moves to pass. Manziel moves to escape and most likely run. Wilson is a pocket passer that has the speed to run if necessary. Manziel is an out of the pocket guy that moves to run as often as he does to pass. Wilson protects himself when he runs. Manziel will have to learn to do that or get hurt often.

The biggest question about Manziel is can his game translate to the NFL? While he was able to get out of the pocket in college, the pro edge rushers are stronger and much more athletic than those he faced even in the SEC. In the games where the defense kept Manziel in the pocket, he struggled badly. A pro day that involves a broom is not a sport. It is a cleaning activity.

Wilson is also a football player first that spends the time to study tape to improve. Manziel is a star first that enjoys the trappings of being the BMOC (Big Man On Campus). Often the difference between a good QB and a great one is the willingness to spend time studying film.

Derek Carr is another example of buyer beware. He looked great on his pro day. But that did not show Carr’s greatest weakness. Like Brandon Weeden, Carr panics every time he is rushed. Some say his bad bowl game against USC was a fluke. But watch either his game against San Diego State or San Jose State and see how even bad defenses with a little pass rush hurt Carr’s game. Carr forgets about his mechanics against a rush. The result is bad throws many of which will become picks in the NFL. Carr is my 256th best QB prospect in this draft and there are less than 200.

Blake Bortles’ biggest issue is his footwork. Accuracy depends upon solid footwork. His pro day showed that Bortles has worked hard on correcting some of those issues. However, without a rush it is easy to have good footwork. Bortles did not climb the pocket in games. He has to do that and trust his line to keep the pocket clean. While it is a positive sign that he did better in his pro day, I have to wonder if that improvement will continue when he gets rushed. I doubt it.

Overall, I discount pro days. They are scripted exhibitions against air. While I think Teddy Bridgewater was stupid for not wearing his glove on his pro day, he is still my top QB prospect. His body of work stands for itself. He is the most NFL ready QB in the draft.

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

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 NFL draft 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 .

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

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