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The Eagle D is coming around

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The Eagle D is coming around.

NOTE: On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the news of the day, injuries from week 6, our views of all week 6 games including the Browns/Broncos.

On Monday night the Giants scored a TD on their 1st possession. But then the Eagle D shut them down. While the Eagle O is still trying to fit all the new gadgets into the game, the D has figured it out and is playing very well. The early issues on defense were primarily caused by the lack of rest. When the O can’t convert 3rd downs in a no huddle O, the D is on the field a lot.

The team has missed ILB Mychal Kendricks for a couple of weeks. Despite that the D is playing aggressive defense. Rookie 3rd round pick Jordan Hicks has been outstanding. He has helped the D continue to improve. His instincts are outstanding.

Two early interceptions, one of which was a pick 6, made Giant QB Eli Manning tentative. That combined with WR Odell Beckham Jr. being the primary target made the job of the Eagle D much easier. The D would have been better had they not committed so many penalties. That is still a problem for the Eagles.

The problem with the offense is that the players that the Eagles brought in do not fit what HC Chip Kelly is running. One example is QB Sam Bradford. While he ran a no huddle O in Oklahoma, several injuries have limited his mobility. He struggles to make stretch hand offs and even more to run the read option.

Another addition, running back DeMarco Murry, is also a bad fit. First of all any back in the NFL that had nearly 500 touches the previous year has never done well the following year. Add Murry’s injury history and this was a bad signing from the start. At Dallas Murry ran down hill. But the Kelly O has him running east/west to get to the hole. As a result Murry has not been productive.

The key to the rest of the Eagle season is the offense giving the D some rest between possessions. If they do, there is a good chance that the Eagles could win the NFC Least.

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 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.  

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

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

 

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Eagles Looking Strong in 2011/2012

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Preseason is over, but the war has just begun. Football fans have been coming out of summer hibernation to support their favorite teams with fervor, body paint, beer, air horns, and dreams of the Super Bowl dancing in their heads. Many teams are already proving their worth in the pre-season, and the Philadelphia Eagles are one of them.

Football fans alike are excited for what the season and these teams will bring, and Eagles fans think that the Eagles may have what it takes this year to make it all the way to the Super Bowl in 2012.

“They signed a bunch of free agents that just makes them incredible,” Dr. Ken Siegel, a dentist and die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan comments. “Besides having Michael Vick, they signed a bunch of free agents that are just kick-ass!”

The Eagles are packing a hefty roster balanced on one hand with well known and fantastic players, and on the other with rookies, and really cleaned up during the Free Agent acquisitions. Couple that with their 3 to 1 winning streak during preseason, and this may make the Philadelphia Eagles the team to beat this season.

Key Players That Could Lead to Victory

The Eagles are looking more fresh and alive than ever this season, and hopefully this overhaul will lead them out of their 51 year slump. The team recently signed on a number of key players, which is in itself revitalizing the already die-hard fans of the football team, and many fans are already picking out their player of choice that will make the most difference in rising this team from the ashes, especially during their rival game against the New York Giants.

Tom Jackson at Eagle’s Eye Blog (www.eagleseyeblog.com) is throwing most of his cards in with former Green Bay defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins, who he believes will be the biggest game changer for the season. “Jenkins has brought a huge dimension to the Eagles’ defensive line—a huge guy who can really move. This guy not only gets pressure on the QB pocket, he bats down passes, forces fumbles and blocks kicks. I think he is a potential game changer against the Giants, and not many fans outside Green Bay really know that much about them.” The element of having a defensive lineman that is the equivalent to a refrigerator heading down a steep hill can really give the Eagles an edge against the Giants’ offense seeing that Eli Manning has been somewhat off his game and out of sync with his receivers during the preseason games.

Along with Cullen Jenkins, Jackson thinks that cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, defensive end Jason Babin, back-up running back Ronnie Brown, and back-up quarterback Vince Young can lend great things to his beloved Philadelphia Eagles.

Look Out New York Giants…

Eagle’s fans are biting their nails in anticipation for the big game against the New York Giants, scheduled for September 25th. Gauging from last year’s intense games against New York, along with the teams new roster, the Giants has better show up with their game faces on.

“Last year the Giants were in first place and their downfall came right after the Eagle’s game,” Dr. Siegel recalls, “They were up by like four or five touchdowns and the Eagles came back and beat them.”

Though the rivalry was won by the Eagles in 2010, this year can always prove to be a different outcome. Most fans believe that the Giants are going home with their tails between their legs and the Eagles will taste sweet victory once again, but the probability of an Eagles win may be too close to call.

Jackson says, “The Giants and the Eagles always play tight pressure-packed games. The Giants have their injury problems right now. But in another month it could be the Eagles with key injuries and the Giants may have made all the right adjustments. I’ve seen it work like that a lot in the past.” Instead of a victory, Jackson is predicting a narrow defeat on September 25th for the Eagles, figuring that the Giants are probably due a win after so many losses in recent history. “I’m getting a feeling that the G-Men beat the Birds in a tight one on September 25th, which will set up a huge showdown in the return match later in the season. If I were writing a script based on probability, that’s how it would go.”

Super Bowl 2012 Champs?

The Philadelphia Eagles don’t have a great track record when it comes down to Super Bowl appearances, but fans are even more hopeful that this year will be the year to break their dry streak.

“I think they’re a front runner,” Dr. Seigel says. The Philadelphia Eagles have a lot going for them so far, and there are a lot of games to be played between now and February. It can be anyone’s ball game at this point.

Jackson thinks that it’s too soon to tell whether the Eagles have a shot at the Vince Lombardi trophy, and there are a lot of factors involved that could make or break the possibility before the Eagles can even think about the championship. “The real Super Bowl question in my mind is: can they win the Eastern division of the NFC? And if so, can they get home field advantage and a bye in the playoffs? If the answer to either of these questions is ‘No’, then the Eagles will not even be in the Super Bowl, let alone win it.”

It may very well be too soon to tell, but Eagles fans all over are still excited for the prospects of the season and await the next game against the Jets.

“I plan on trying to get as many tickets as I can,” Dr. Siegel explains. “It can be tough because they’re always sold out. You have to either know someone who has tickets that are not interested or buy them on eBay.” Eagles tickets sell for top dollar on sites such as eBay and Craigslist, as the team has some of the most dedicated followers in America.

So if you are waiting to get into an Eagles game, jump on the opportunity before it’s too late. You might end up watching Sportscenter in your living room if you wait too long.

Shanna Laub writes for Off-Topic Media. Tom Jackson is a football blogger at Eagle’s Eye Blog. Dr. Ken Siegel is a Philadelphia TMJ dentist. He can be reached at:

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Mock Draft by Davie in Lakewood

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1. Carolina    Cam Newton QB Auburn…. They are forced to select a QB because they lack a second round pick.
2. Denver       Marcell Dareus DT Alabama… opposite Dummerville helps defense
3. Buffalo       AJ Green Wr Georgia… They believe Fitzpatrick is there future QB and giving him a top flight wr will help them compete in their division.
4. Cincinatti  Julio Jones WR Alabama because Chad Johnson has tweeted out his welcome with Marvin Lewis
5. Arizona    Von Miller   DE/OLB Texas A&M
6.  Titans  Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri With no free agency Titans are deseperate and id against Minnesota to trade with Browns, surrendering a second round pick to keep Minnesota from grabbing their QB.  I want Peterson here but Heckert will trade down unfortunately.
7. SF Patrick Peterson CB LSU  Harbaugh runs up card and maybe decides to wait for Andrew Luck in 2012.
8. Detroit Prince Amurkamara CB  surrenders a second to get a cb they so deseperately need
9. Dallas Tyron Smith OT, USC  Even Jones wakes up because his line play cost him Romo for the season last year.
10. Seattle Jake Locker QB  Washington  Seattle trades up with Washington to steal Minnesotas dream pick
11. Houston Texans Cameron Jordan DE/DT Cal  another blow to the Minnesota Vikings is the roof caving in again on their dreams
12. Minnesota JJ Watt DE Wisconsin might become their Brian Urlacker to combat their division Bears
13. Browns Robert Quinn DE NC this is the right spot and the right value to pick Quinn at and minimalize the risk plus capture two second rounders in a Belicheck/Reed nimble movement down the draft board.
14. St Louis Torrey Smith WR Maryland might be a reach but they need a target for Bradford and he wont be there in the 2nd round.
15. Miami Dolphins Mark Ingram RB Alabama they have no running backs on their roster and this need is a forced pick
16. Jacksonville Aldon Smith DE/OLB Value dictates this pick
17. New England Patriots Da’Quan Bowers DE Clemson  Belicheck will catch the top ten player falling down the board like he did the tight end last year with injury concerns
18. San Diego Anthony Castanzo OT addresses tackle need
19. New York Giants Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin solid pick to keep Eli Manning upright in the pocket
20. Tampa Bay Ryan Kerrigan DE, Purdue  nice pick at right spot
21. Kansas City  Nick Fairley DT Auburn  Romeo Crennell love Shaun Rogers why not draft his twin for the empty stationary bike
22. Indianapolis Nate Solder OT Colorado an aging Manning can’t take many more multiple sack games against opponents or he’ll turn into Papa Manning before our eyes.
23. Philidephia Derek Sherrod OT  Better get one now before they are all gone.
24. New Orleans Jimmy Smith CB Colorado
25  Washington Ryan Mallet QB Arkansas perfect risk for Shanahan who loves the rocket arm
26 Baltimore Ravens Akeem Ayers DE/OLB pick pockets Belicheck and knows Ray Lewis is prob retiring after next season.
27. Atlanta Falcons Kyle Rudolph TE Notre Dame with their all pro tight about retire this makes sense.
28..Cincinatti  Christain Ponder QB Florida State Leap frogs back into first in order to replace Carson Palmer
29. Chicago Bears Mike Pouncey G Florida   sorry Pittsburgh fans how does it feel to have your dreams of the brothers crushed.
30. NY Jets Johanathan Baldwin, WR Pitt is Rex Ryan dumping Braylon Edwards for his twin?
31. Pittsburgh Ben Ijalana OT/G Vilinova  I don’t like this pick so i gave it to the steelers take that this is a Cleveland doing the draft
32. Green Bay Muhammad Wilkerson DE/DT Temple Need help on the defensive line

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Critical questions you must answer about a draft choice.

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By Bill Smith

The draft like life is based on rules. In both, it isn’t how much you know, or who you know that gives you the power to succeed. It is how much you know about who you know that gives you power.

The secrets to a GM keeping his job is simple—avoid draft busts and don’t trade the barn for someone else’s head cases. We will discuss trade theory later. Now I want to review the questions that scouts and GMs MUST ask about players before they take the plunge to draft them.

Because of the controversy about the Lions taking a QB or OL, today we will look at that position. We will look at critical questions on other positions later in the week.

Over the last 30 years, more QBs taken in the first 2 rounds have failed than have been at least serviceable. While a good number of those guys have gone to really bad teams, that does not explain the high rate of failure. As a HC or GM, you can survive a QB bust taken in round 3 or 4. You probably won’t survive a bust at QB taken in the first round or early second.

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Has this guy done as well on the road against a tough team as he has at home against Whats-a-Matta U? If a QB, RB or WR has built up stats against cream puffs at home but struggled on the road against good competition, he won’t be a consistent producer in the NFL.

Does he want the ball when the game is on the line? Winners do and busts do not.

Can he lead the team back to win when the rest of the game has gone badly? Being a Browns fan, I HATE JOHN ELWAY! But you have to give him credit for being able to pull out the tight game against a good team in the 4th quarter.

What was his Wonderlic score? Remember, the goal here is avoid a bust. Vince Young got a 6 on his first test and Matt Stafford got a 38 out of 50 possible points. That doesn’t mean that Stafford is the next Payton Manning but it does raise a red flag the size of the Atlantic Ocean about taking Young in the first round.

How does he do answering questions at the chalk board? Can he explain the best routes against a rotating zone vs against a combination man/zone coverage? If not, he will never be able to make the correct reads and the throws against live pass rush in the NFL.

What kind of competition did he play against on the road? If he played in division 2, he had better have dominated it. There is a reason that so many successful QBs that come from the Mid American conference—every big game against BCS conference teams is on the road. The more starts he has against top college talent, the better are his chances of succeeding in the NFL.

Is he a bad loser? With all respect to good sportsmanship, I don’t want a QB or any player that takes a loss well. I want them to do what Tim Tebo did when Florida lost to Ole Miss last year—promise to carry the team on his back and then do it.

Does he develop “happy feet” under a tough pass rush? You can tell a lot about a QB by watching his feet when he is under pressure from a good pass rush. Does he shuffle his feet in a way that would qualify him for a spot on Dancing with the Stars or is he solid in the pocket moving just enough to find a passing lane?

Where are his eyes when the pocket is collapsing around him? If he is looking down field despite the heat, he is a keeper. If he is looking at the pass rush in college, he will be spending a lot of time on his back in the NFL.

Are more than 20 percent of his passes thrown to backs rather than to a WR or TE? If he panics and uses the safety valve more than 20 percent of the time in college, he will never have the confidence to throw down field in the NFL.

After asking yourself all these questions, do you still want to take a QB with the first overall pick and give him 75 million in guarantees? I didn’t think so.

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 is a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .

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