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Scouting CB: Size vs Speed.

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As wide receivers get bigger and bigger there are some that only want cornerbacks that are 6 foot and taller. But others want the 4.3 guys that generally are under 6 foot tall. Which is right depends a lot on what kind of defense pass coverage a team uses.

NFL teams that play mostly zone coverage can use corners that are a little slower. The reason is that a corner covers a relatively small area of the field that limits the need for top speed. That allows those teams to take taller corners that run 4.4 or 4.5 40’s.

Teams that play mostly man coverage require their corners to have more speed. If that means that their corners are a little shorter so be it. The speed is necessary because they have to cover receivers all over the field.

Despite what Browns GM Ray Farmer believes, the league relies more and more on tall fast receivers. That puts a lot of pressure on defenses in general and corners in particular.

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

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5 Biggest Stories/questions going into Browns training camp.

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NOTE: Today on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the news of the day and projected what the 2015 NFL season could be if the Browns had drafted Teddy Bridgewater rather than Johnny Manziel.

5 QB turned WR Terrell Pryor

Without question Pryor is best served by changing positions. He can become an outstanding WR/RB due to his quickness and overall speed. The only question is does he have good enough hands to catch the ball and can he hold onto it after a big hit. I have questions about that but it will be something to watch.

4 Will CB Justin Gilbert ever be an effective starter?

I doubt Gilbert will ever justify his top 10 1st round selection. If a CB can’t tackle in college, he will never be able to do that in the NFL. If both Gilbert and JFB end up busts, it should cost GM Ray Farmer his job.

3 Will QB Johnny Manziel ever develop into a decent backup?

I said in my 2014 pre-draft QB analysis that I wouldn’t touch Manziel with a 40 foot poll with a 10 foot extension. I had Teddy Bridgewater as my top QB. But as usual the Browns didn’t listen to NNR and took Manziel anyway. That alone should cost Farmer his job. Even if the owner tried to force me to take a guy I knew would never make it, I would quit rather than destroy my reputation as a talent evaluator.

2 Can the WR corps become decent?

The combination of Farmer’s refusal to draft a WR and the team’s inability to get a UFA WR to sign (except one that had as many TDs last year as I did) has left the team with a very questionable WR corps. He finally took one late in the draft this year. The lack of a starting quality QB has made recruiting WRs harder.

1 Can QB Josh McCown lead the team to 7 or 8 wins?

The answer to this question is NO WAY. McCown was handed the starting job by Lovie Smith and showed his appreciation by leading the Bucs to the 1st pick in the draft. Maybe Farmer is hoping that McCown can do that again. Even if McCown leads the Browns to the 1st pick overall, I have little confidence that Farmer can find a quality QB.

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

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Browns are somewhat guilty for the Gordon suspension.

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There is no question that WR Josh Gordon has a major problem. Time and time again he has put his career at risk from pot or in the latest case alcohol. He has cost himself a couple of million dollars because he does not have the self control to stay away from those things that can get him suspended.

The common belief is that Gordon is suspended for a year. That is not the case. Under NFL rules, it is an indefinite suspension. He will continue to be tested during the suspension. He must stay violation free for at least a year to apply for reinstatement. 

But in my opinion the Browns are nearly as guilty as the player. When Dallas had problems with the player formerly known as Pacman, they hired a guy to keep him out of trouble. While the babysitter did not solve the issue for the Boys, it could have with Gordon. Gordon has shown no violence tendencies.

Had the Browns done that after Gordon’s career season of 2013, he might still be a productive member of the team. That could have significantly impacted the 2014 season and the team’s chances for the playoffs. The Browns vertically challenged receivers did well early in the 14 season. The 2013 Gordon would have made a big difference. But after yet another suspension, the 2014 Gordon clearly did not have the same mindset as he did in 13. During the 14 suspension, Gordon was allowed to attend meetings only because it was reduced from the indefinite suspension to a 10 game ban. Even then he violated his reinstatement terms just after the Browns season concluded.

So the question is now that the horse and WR are both out of the barn, what should the Browns do?

First, there is no financial or football advantage to cutting him. His contract is frozen during the suspension and that in effect extends the Browns control of him. He will not become a restricted free agent until 2017. He will not count against the cap or roster for the year.

There may be an advantage to cut him from a team perspective. It would tell Johnny Manziel and others that despite the talent they may have, if they screw up they will be gone. Maybe that would get Johnny to study a little more. No, probably not.

The risk is that being cut off from the team there is little chance that Gordon can stay clean during the time away. The team can have no contact with him at all. That will significantly reduce his chances of staying clean.

The suspension is not certain. The NFLPA may appeal it. An appeal may reduce the term and thus allow club contact. But given the 2 reductions in suspensions Gordon has already received plus his escape from punishment for an OMVI plead, there is very little chance he will get yet another break. He has to grow up and comment to his profession. But the Browns share some responsibility for his situation as well.

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

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Here is why players signing memorabilia is a big deal to the NCAA.

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Clearly the NCAA views an athlete being paid to sign memorabilia is one of the biggest sins in any NCAA sport. When a QB steals crab legs he gets a half game suspension. When he spews obscenities in public, he gets a full game suspension. Even when a player is accused of sexual assault the NCAA seems to turn the other cheek. But when someone is paid for signing memorabilia, the NCAA comes down hard.

The answer is simple. There is no more greedy or selfish an organization in the world than the NCAA. They are so upset when an athlete is paid for anything because it takes money out of their pockets. The NCAA needs to be knocked down several pegs to become what it claims to be—the portal to allow even playing field for amateur sports. But somewhere it lost its way. It has become a focused on growing its power and income.

The growth of super conferences will eventually take the power and money away from the NCAA. The Big 5 power conferences don’t need the NCAA. The sooner they learn that the sports they play and the fans will be better off.

Until then the NCAA will continue to steal money from the colleges and universities around the country.

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

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Have a safe and happy 4th of July.

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All of us at fryingpansports.com and News, Notes & Rumors wish you a happy and safe 4th.

July 4th is a very special holiday. It celebrates the declaration of our independence from Britain. It also is a celebration of the freedoms we enjoy. Let us not forget that those freedoms were won and maintained only by the sacrifices of the men and women of our military.

Our nation is unique in many ways. One thing that has always made us different is that we are willing to go to war and put our best and bravest at risk not only to protect our freedom but also that of other nations as well.

One of my favorite stories involves a French diplomat complaining about a US foreign policy stance to the US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

Do you speak German?”

I most certainly do not, sir” was the reply from the French diplomat.

Rumsfeld replied “You’re welcome” and walked away.

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

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The NLRB vs. NCAA

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A couple of years ago I questioned if it was time for the major conferences to pull out of the NCAA. Now the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has thrown an 18 wheel semi into the NCAA mechanism.

 

Yesterday the NLRB ruled that football players at Northwestern University could form a union to negotiate terms of their “employment.” The University has said it will appeal the decision.

 

The NCAA has become a money grubbing institution which has lorded over college sports with no consistency or principle. Now the NLRB threatens the very foundation of college sports. The basic law of College football is that the University and NCAA make the money on the backs of the players that provide the product. Colleges sell jerseys with the player‘s number and names, generate millions of dollars from ticket sales and television. The students believe they deserve more than just the right to attend class along with room and board.

 

While the Northwestern players have not specified what their demands are, health issues seem to be at the heart of the suit. The concept of players forming a union would totally destroy the current system. The NCAA will try to fine any school that provides additional healthcare or payments to players. That will force big schools to leave the NCAA and form their own organization. That would be great for the schools, the players and the fans of college football. The NCAA needs to go out of business and it will without the financial support of the big schools. It is as outdated as the buggy whip and needs to change or die. I prefer the latter.

 

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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