NFL TV Ratings; A Sign Of Things To Come?

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Sunday for many people is a special day. Filled with family, friends, and possibly some yelling at the television. Football has been a large part of people’s Sunday traditions, but with things being the way they have been lately, many are wondering when the focus will return to actual football. It seems less has been made of the game, and more is being made about what President Trump has tweeted out about something or which players have decided to take a knee for the National Anthem.

Regardless of your personal feelings on these subjects it does come across as slightly foreboding when you couple that with the fact that across the whole board NFL’s TV ratings are down. Some might say that this is attributed to the ongoing spectacle sideshow that the NFL has turned into. Commissioner Goodell has not ended the stalemate with the player‘s union about proper procedure for pre-game policy, and continually rides the fence on the issue. This has further dragged on with President Trump now taking to the keyboard to weigh in his two cents worth.

The cold hard facts remain though that viewer ratings are down for every game except for the one o’clock slot. It might stand to reason that the games in that hour block did well because they were full of tough rivalry showdowns, or it could also mean that it is, generally speaking, a very boring time for television. Either way the games are getting less views, and you can be sure that trend will continue unless an agreement in procedure can be reached. Until then, we get to deal with a circus sideshow and the clowns in it.

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Roger Goodell’s NFL Wheel of Misfortune!

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Ryan Neiman of Sports District Radio is our guest on NNR tonight 6 PM EDT on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

“Hi I am Roger Goodell and welcome to my NFL Wheel of Misfortune show! Johnny who is our first victim?”

“Well Roger, it is Arizona Cardinal linebacker Daryl Washington come on down! Daryl has been a bad boy that has been caught taking PED’s for a third time.”

“Well Daryl spin the NFL Wheel of Misfortune!”

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“Too bad for you Daryl you get indefinite suspension. That is the worst penalty we give out. It means you have to sit out for 12 months from today and petition for reinstatement. Then Daryl, if I feel like it and you have been a very good boy I might let you back in the league. Of course I might not let you back in too if I am having a bad day. Daryl would you like to appeal the penalty and spin again?”

“Yes please.”

(Buzzer sounds)

“Too bad Daryl. I decided your appeal is denied and you get the indefinite suspension. All in all Daryl that will cost you at least 3 million dollars. Please take our home version of the game as a cancellation prize. Johnny who is our next victim?”

“Well Roger, we welcome Brandon Browner cornerback for the Pats. Brandon come on down!”

“OK Brandon, spin the NFL Wheel of Misfortune! Brandon has been a bad boy as well taking things that are on our banned list.”

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“Well Brandon you got lucky. You got just a 4 game suspension! Congratulations. Johnny who is our next victim?”

“Ray Rice, running back of the Baltimore Ravens, come on down! Ray was caught on video knocking his girl friend out cold in a casino and dragging her unconscious out of an elevator.”

“Ray welcome of NFL Wheel of Misfortune. Spin the wheel.”

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“Ray, you win the game with just a 2 game suspension! The down side is you will have to marry her to keep her from testifying against you. In the long run that will probably cost you more than a long suspension. You can appeal and spin again if you want.”

“No, that is fine I’ll take it.”

“OK Johnny who is next?”

“Josh Gordon wide receiver for the Browns come on down! Josh has been a good boy that has passed 70 tests but he was a bit over the limit on a test for weed. Josh says it was because he was around people smoking weed.”

“Welcome Josh. Spin the wheel!”

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“Sorry Josh but it looks like the wheel still spinning. I also have a shout out to a shut in player Jags wide receiver Justin Blackmon. Justin, we are sending you a home version of our game. Well folks, that is going to do it for this edition of Roger Goodell’s NFL Wheel of Misfortune. But tune in soon here on the NFL Channel to find out how Josh Gordon does and the penalty for Colts owner Robert Irsay.”

“Roger Goodell’s NFL Wheel of Misfortune is a production of Roger Goodell and the NFL.”

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, Wednesday and Thursday 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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QB Controversies can be hazardous to a coach’s employment.

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One of the things that head coaches at all levels of sports fear the most is a QB controversy. That is particularly true in the NFL. This preseason there are a number of them around the league. However, the analysis of each will be the fodder for future articles.

The point of this posting is the danger that they pose for the continued employment of coaches around the league. Despite what you have heard about pro players there is one thing you should know—players know which QB gives the team the best chance to win. If the coaching staff make the right choice everyone has a decent chance of holding onto his job. If not, the coaching staff will appreciate the extended unemployment benefits the federal government now provides.

The biggest risk of making a job threatening mistake is in the hands of Rex Ryan. The Jets have said that there will be a true competition between Geno Smith and Mike Vick. The staff wants Smith to win the job but based on what I have seen Vick gives the team a much better chance to win now. However I suspect that unless Smith stinks the place up so badly that the Jets need to call in the EPA Super Fund to clean up the mess, he will keep the job.

The problems for any coach that selects a QB that the team sees as second best involve losing games, and worse yet losing the locker room. A QB that loses his team can get it back with great play. It is almost impossible for a coach to get a lost locker room back. When he loses the locker room, the players tune him out. They no longer feel they can win. They refuse to take coaching. And they are willing to pad their own stats than do what is best for the team. When those things happen ownership needs to find a new staff.

So watch the preseason games of teams with a QB controversy. If nothing else, they will be fun to watch. THAT is truly “reality TV.”

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, Wednesday and Thursday 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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News, Notes & Rumors for week 2

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News:

Injuries hit key players in the NFL again.  Ray Rice RB (BA) has a hip flexor.  WR Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) reinjured his hamstring but plans to play next week.  RB Reggie Bush (DT) has a knee sprain.  OT Ryan Clady (DV) has a Lisfranc strain and will be out several weeks.  WR Andre Johnson (HO) had a concussion but is expected to play next week.  RB Maurice Jones-Drew (JK) has an ankle sprain.  RB Eddie Lacy (GB) suffered a concussion. WR Malcom Floyd (SD) was carted off the field with a neck injury and is not expected to play any time soon.  NT Ian Williams (SF) broke an ankle and is out indefinitely.  S Eric Reid (SF) suffered a concussion.  S Tyvon Branch (OK) hurt his ankle and S Charles Godfrey (CR) is out for the year with an Achilles tear.  QB Brandon Weeden (CL) has a sprained thumb on his passing hand.

 

This Given Sunday site reports that three teams are in line for the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.  Those teams are 3) Tampa Bay 2) Cleveland and 1) Jacksonville.  The first pick will likely be QB Teddy Bridgewater QB of Louisville.

 

Another well known college QB  Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, is undraftable according to Peter King.  I tend to agree with King.  I would not draft him at this point because he looks a lot like Ryan Leif to me.  Leif was a head case with a sense of entitlement he had not earned in the NFL.  Manziel seems to have that already in college.

 

The Seattle fans broke the world record for stadium noise level at 136 decibels.  That is similar to a jet engine.

 

An Orlando TV station apologized Sunday for broadcasting the Jaguars game rather than Manning vs. Manning.  By NFL rule they had to televise the local team.

 

 

Notes:

Chargers 33 Eagles 30 – SD won the game by holding the ball for over 40 minutes.  The Charger defense did a great job tackling which is the best way to slow down the Eagles.  The Eagle D got tired.  The Eagle O got back in the game and tied it late.  But the tired D gave up a long drive with less than 2 minutes remaining and the field goal to win it for SD.  Their primary issue on Defense seems to be blown coverages against the pass.

 

Raiders 19 Jags 9 – Raider QB Terrelle Pryor was solid again.  That opened the running lanes for the backs.  Jags have the worst O in the league (yes ever worse than the Browns).  The game between Cleveland and Jacksonville may determine the 1st overall pick.

 

Packers 38 Redskins 20 – It is clear to me that Robert Griffin III is not healthy.  He is not stepping into his throws.  That limits his power to just his arm and shoulder.  The Packers jumped out to a 24-0 lead and never looked back.

 

Bills 24 Panthers 23 – This game was back and forth until the Panthers lost 3 of their starting DBs.  Bills QB EJ Manuel drove the Bills down the field to win the game late.  The Bills D is really starting to come around.

 

Seahawks 29 49ers 3 – My pick of the 49ers+3.5 did not go well.  Colin Kaepernick could not get the O going.  But it was the running game that failed the team.  Gore and company did nothing and Kaep had to carry the load.

 

Ravens 14 Browns 6 – The issues with the Browns are the O line, QB, and D secondary.  Brandon Weeden was sacked 5 times and hit a bunch more.  For the details on this game check out my posting yesterday here on Fryingpansports.com.

 

 

 

Rumors:

I mentioned last week about the nasty jawing between teams going on around the league.  The NFL noticed that too and issued a “point of emphasis” on that issue.  We will see if that does any good.

 

The Bucs are in disarray.  At 0-2 it is unlikely that QB Josh Freeman will be back.  He and head coach coach Greg Schiano are not getting along.  The HC reportedly never liked Freeman.  The Bucs drafted QB Mike Glennon in the third round in 2013.  Freeman wants a trade but few teams will be interested in giving up a draft choice for a guy that will be a street free agent at the end of the season.  The Bucs players are getting tired of Schiano’s tactics and tough love.  There was the attempt to tackle the QB against the victory formation last year.  The bottom line is the team is 1-7 in their last 8 games.  A history of winning is necessary to make the players accept the tough coach approach.

 

The Browns may be looking for an excuse to bench Weeden in favor of either QB Jason Campbell or Brian Hoyer.  The Weeden injury will give the team a reason to make a change.  If nothing improves when Weeden is “healthy” he can start again.

 

According to ESPN there is a movement by the Jags fans to sign QB Tim Tebow.  The GM has said he is not interested in the free agent.  The movement was scheduled to start at 3:16 PM Monday.

 

 

 

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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Life After the Game: Keys to Post-NFL Success by Don Davey

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Our friend, Don Davey is an ex-NFL player and champion for retired NFL players.  Don played 8 seasons for the Packers and Jags.  He will join us on the News, Notes and Rumors show on Tuesday June 12 at 6:00 PM EDT.  Here is an article I felt was important to share with you from Don.

Life After the Game: Keys to Post-NFL Success

By Don Davey

I spent nine wonderful seasons in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville Jaguars until retiring with a knee injury in 2000. I have spent the past twelve years re-defining myself as an entrepreneur, husband, father, friend, brother, son, athlete, and philanthropist. This transition has challenged me financially, emotionally, socially, intellectually, physically, and spiritually. I freely admit that I struggled with it for a long time and, truth be told, even after twelve years, I still struggle from time to time.

During this time I have watched literally hundreds of my former teammates and opponents go through the same transition. Some have handled it very well…but most have not. Below is a list of the most common mistakes I have witnessed over the years, some of which I have made myself:

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