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  • Published: Apr 10th, 2015
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The NFC improved more than the AFC in free agent signings and trades.

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NOTE: Today on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I analyzed the Free agent signings in the NFC and the recent signing of TE Rob Housler by the Browns.

While some AFC teams did fairly well in free agency and trades this off season, the majority of NFC teams got stronger while the AFC lost ground.

Winners:

Seahawks – While the Hawks did QB Russell Wilson no favors in his protection, they finally got him a reliable weapon in TE Jimmy Graham. Chances are good we will not see a goal line inside slant pass this season. They also helped the defensive backfield by signing CB Cary Williams and Will Blackmon.

Rams – The signings of LB Akeem Ayers and DT Nick Fairley will help the defense. The trade of QB Sam Bradford to the Eagles for Nick Foles is understandable given Bradford’s injury history.

Redskins – The Skins may not be certain about who will play QB but they helped the defense significantly with the signings of DT Stephen Paea, DT Terrance Knighton, and CB Chris Culliver.

Losers:

Lions – Poor planning by the front office allowed both DT Ndamukong Suh and DT Nick Fairley to leave in the same year. The signing of FA DT Tyrunn Walker and the trade for DT Haloti Ngata will not make up the loss. Ngata is will past his “use by” date and Walker is a “never was.”

Eagles – No matter who plays QB for the birds, the loss of weapons will hurt. In the last 2 seasons they have traded away their top 2 WRS and top running back. The history of running backs with over 400 touches doing well the following year is not positive. To make the issue worse, both signed RB candidates DeMarco Murray, and Ryan Mathews have a bad injury history.

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: Mar 11th, 2014
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Derek Carr is Weeden-lite!

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NFL DraftThe Browns have made some good moves bringing in strong safety Donte Whitner and inside linebacker Karlos Dansby. Whitner is much better in coverage than T.J. Ward was. Dansby makes plays in the backfield rather than 5 yards down field like D’Qwell Jackson did. The problem is that while the signings filled holes, they were holes that the Browns had created.

Now there is a lot of talk about the Browns getting a WR with the 4th overall pick and waiting until the 26th pick to get a QB. I hope that QB is not Derek Carr of Fresno State. Carr is Weeden-lite.

 

Carr played in a conference that have no idea what defense is all about. When he finally got a chance to prove himself against a team with multiple defensive NFL prospects, he had a complete meltdown.

 

He has very little experience dealing with a crushing pass rush. He panics at the first flash of opponent color and stops looking down field to make a play. He has very little pocket presence or feel and can not deal with tacklers around his feet. I call him Weeden-lite because Carr lacks Brandon Weeden’s arm strength. Carr does have all of Weeden’s faults however.

 

The bottom line is this. A coach can fix a QB’s footwork or a loop in his delivery. Film study can help a QB make better decisions. However, a coach can not fix a QB that wets himself every time he gets rushed. Carr might survive behind a top O line but the Browns do not have one. In my opinion the choice of Carr would be disastrous for the Browns.

 

 

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

 

NOTE: Thursday March 13th I am joined by David Kay head basketball writer for walterfootball.com to preview the NCAA tournament. Nobody watches more college basketball than David does. Please join us at 6 PM EDT.

 

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/. Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I discuss free agency, the NFL Draft and the news and rumors of the day. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

 

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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Browns post season special tonight on NNR

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Browns post season special tonight on NNR

Samantha Bunten will join us to talk about the Browns season and coaching change pending.

Cleveland Sports legend Bob Karlovic will join us to talk about the season, the potential coaches and the draft and free agent needs in the off season.

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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/.

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Tonight on the radio version of News, Notes and Rumors

Cleveland sports legend Bob Karlovec joins us to talk about the Browns, Cavs and Indians.

Evan Silva, Pro Football Talk/NBC Spots joins us to talk about NFL free agency and how the league and agents look at the Cleveland franchise leadership.

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Join Mr. Moohead  on http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/ after early Cavs games for his post-game chat.

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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 and was a senior writer for .  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

He edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.  

 

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Tonight we continue our swing around the NFL talking to the beat writers that know their teams the best.

Tania Ganguli the beat writer for the Jaguars for the Florida Times-Union paper joins us to talk about the Jags draft needs and plans for the off season.  The Jags have the 7th pick.

Cleveland Sports legend Bob Karlovec joins us to talk about the Browns inability to get RG3 and what they will do now in the draft and free agency.

Jason Clary, beat writer for the Dolphins for the Knightcast Network joins us to talk about the chances of the Fish to get Peyton Manning and their draft needs and free agent plans.

Brian Silberberg, beat writer for the Broncos, joins us to talk about the chance of Denver to get Peyton Manning as well as their off season needs and plans for the draft.

Please join us.

NNR at 6PM EST follows the Moohead show at 5PM on http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/.  Press the Green arrow at 6 for NNR.

Join Mr. Moohead  on http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/ after early Cavs games for his post-game chat.

The archive of the show is available the following day at http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

Be part of the show by calling our SportSims.com hotline at 216-539-0607.

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 and was a senior writer for .  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

He edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.  

 

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