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My thoughts on week 12 games in the NFL.

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NOTE: On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the news of the day, injuries from the previous week, and previewed all of this week’s games.

CH GB-8.5 CH HC Fox has a lot of work to do to turn this team around. Cutler & O line will not be back.

4-6 7-3 D is for Disaster. That is what this D has been.

GB Rodgers has not been good & WRS don’t get separation. This team needs more weapons.

Run game needs to get back to 140y/g level. Lacy can do that when he is motivated.

D has been very inconsistent. Pass rush was better last week. That is the key.

OK-1,5 TN OK Carr struggled against the rush last week. Not a problem because TN does not have one.

4-6 2-8 Run game has to support the pass. That is not only on Murray but the O line as well.

D is getting better but HC Del Rio needs more play makers.

TN Mar iota has struggled as most rookies do but he has not had a lot of help.

The D is top 6 in yards but 18th in points per game (23.3).

BF KC-4 BF Taylor has been solid but BF needs to give him more planned runs.

5-5 5-5 Run game works when McCoy is healthy. Need to keep him in the game.

BF used an amoeba D to confuse the NE O line Monday. This worked well & could be used the rest of the season.

BF stopped NE run as well. D is very solid & should get DT Kyle Williams back soon.

KC Smith without RB Charles is like a PBR sandwich without peanut butter or bread.

KC is down to their 3rd RB Spencer Ware after #2 West was hurt.

D has been good but they need to be more consistent with the pass rush.

TB IN-3 TB Winston has been good in the last few weeks but let’s wait to put him in the HOF.

5-5 5-5 TB D is 26th in points allowed. DT McCoy & LB David are outstanding but they are about all they have.

IN Hasselbeck is in & been decent but run game & O line stink.

D stinks too. It is a disaster. They are 19th in pts allowed but have been worse than that recently.

NG-2.5 WA NG Eli has been consistent & O is 4th in scoring but run game has disappeared. NG is 26th in rushing.

5-5 4-6 D ranks 32nd against the pass. That is a major reason the NG are 5-5.

WA Cousins has been barely decent (15TDS 10X) & the run game has gone south due to injuries to the RBS.

O is 20th in scoring & pass yards & 25th in rushing at just 95y/g

D is even worse ranking 25th in scoring & 30th against the run. This team is a dumpster fire on both sides of the ball.

NO HO-3 NO Despite a fire sale on O that side has not been the problem. 8Th in scoring 3rd in yards & 2nd in passing.

4-6 5-5 The problem has been the D. Last in pts against, & yards, 31st vs the pass & 29th vs the rush.

That is why DC Ryan got fired.

HO Hoyer will start for HO.

HO has no O, no QB, & no run game. Other than that they are fine.

The O has moved the ball between the 20s but can’t get in the endzone.

The D has not been as good as expected. 15Th in scoring & 20th against the run.

MN AT-2 MN Took a hard loss vs GB last week. The O line let GB sack Bridgewater 6 times & hold Peterson to 45y on 13 att.

7-3 6-4 Peterson & Bridgewater need better blocking. MN O would be much better.

The D has been an under-reported story. It is 3rd in PPG allowed at 18.4 just .2 ppg behind NE.

AT This team has fallen & can’t get up. The problem has been more on O than D.

Ryan needs more help.

D ranks 12th giving up 21.4 ppg but that is up in the last 4 losses.

21-7 before the IN scored 17 unanswered points in part due to a Ryan pick6.

ST CN-8.5 ST The trade for Foles has been a disaster. ST ranks 31st in scoring. The good news is Bradford was benched too.

4-6 8-2 The D has been good but as good as expected. It ranks 10th giving up 19.9 ppg.

CN Can CN come back from 2 straight losses? The D can but I wonder about Dalton.

O scored just 6 pts against HO 2 wks ago. Last week the 31 vs AZ was much better.

D gave up the critical drive vs AZ, That has to stop if CN is going to win in the playoffs.

SD JK-4 SD SD O line & D has already left for LA mentally. Rivers is expected to win games on his own. That is why they have 2 wins.

2-8 4-6 O is 22nd in ppg. The problem has not been Rivers. He is 2nd in pass yards without a run game or O line.

SD D ranks 31st in PPG allowed at 28.2. It could not be more giving.

MI NJ-3.5 MI Tannehill got Franchise $ but has yet to produce that kind of O. He is 21st in pass yards & has 17 TDS 10 picks.

4-6 5-5 D has been a disappointment as well. 20Th in ppg, 26th in ypg & 31 vs run.

NJ NJ needs a QB–any QB. It is 14th in ppg but that has been because of the run game (14th)

Pass game is 19th 2 QBS have 18TDS but 12 picks.

D has been less than expected in part because of injuries. It is 11th in ppg & pass yards.

With the $ spent on DBS, that has been disappointing.

AZ-10 SF AZ Palmer has been spectacular (27TDS 9X). AZ is 1st in PPG & ypg.

8-2 3-7 D is 13th in ppg 3rd in ypg. Losses have not hurt D that badly.

SF O died & was laid to rest last wk vs SE. 32nd in PPG 13.9) & YDS 30th Pass y & 18th in rush y.

Gabbert has struggled as expected with no O line or play makers on the outside.

D suffered lots of losses & is 23rd in PPG 28th YPG The team is a dumpster fire.

PT SE-3.5 PT PT is 2.5 games behind CN. Now they are on the hunt. PT will challenge CN for the AFC North title.

6-4 5-5 O is 12th in ppg (23.6) despite not having Roethlisberger or RB Bell for much of the season. But Ben is back so look out.

D is 6th in ppg (19.1) & 5th in Rush y. It has been better than expected.

SE Before the season we predicted that SE could fail to get to the playoffs unless they fixed a terrible O line.

Wilson has gotten the lead in every game he started but the D gave away leads late in the 5 losses.

SE has to win 5 games to make the playoffs.

NE-3 DV NE Pats are perfect & with Osweiler at QB that is not likely to change this week.

10-0 8-2 Brady was bothered by pressure from BF Monday. DV can do that as well.

NE is 2nd in ppg 3rd in ypg 1st in pass y but 28th in rush yards.

D is 1st in ppg but 15th in yards.

DV Osweiler will start for DV against NE. Good luck with that.

Given the issues with the O (19th in ppg 22.2) they are lucky to be 8-2.

Run game has died. DV is 27th in rush ypg.

D has kept DV in playoff contention ranking 2nd in ppg 1st in yards & passing.

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/.

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  • Published: Nov 17th, 2015
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Andy Dalton turns into a pumpkin after dark.

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NOTE: On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the news of the day, injuries from the week, and reviewed all week 10 games including the Browns/Steelers.

Admittedly the pumpkin reference was way too easy given the “Browns-lite” Bengal jerseys worn in the game against the Texans. But yet again Bengal QB Andy Dalton turned into a pumpkin after the sun went down. And this should not surprise anyone that listens to NNR or is a Bengal fan. We have seen it in every playoff disaster since he has been the starter.

Samantha and I thought it might happen in the Thursday game vs the Browns and there were signs but the Browns were so bad that no Dalton fold could have tipped the scales to the opponent.

The issue for the Texans was simple—Pressure Andy and good things will happen. They did and won the game behind a guy that had been their 3rd string QB until Ryan Mallet imploded. The Texan D pressured Andy and in perfect form Andy folded like a discount accordion. He only completed 57% of his throws for just 5.1 yards per attempt. But Dalton was not at all alone in folding after dark.

When the situation was critical after the Texans scored the only TD of the game, Dalton and his receivers caught the “yippes” at the same time. Dalton threw the ball right in the hands of TE Tyler Eifert but he could not hold on. The final blow came when Dalton hit is most reliable WR A.J. Green and he fumbled the ball ending the last chance for a Bengal win.

For all of those fans that thought or hoped that Dalton had changed I say “not so fast my friend.” The Bengals have continued to get better each year since making the playoffs. But without a playoff QB,

their chances of advancing in the playoffs are slim. You can’t change a tiger’s strips.

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/.

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What to do about Johnny?

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NOTE: On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the news of the day, injuries from the previous week, previewed all week 9 games and discussed the Browns/Bengals game.

Now that Johnny Manziel has played 2 games this season the question is what should we do about Johnny? Should the Browns go back and play veteran Josh McCown or let Manziel play the rest of the season?

To decide it is necessary to take a look at what has been learned about Manziel’s progress learning the NFL game.

What we saw in the Bengal game last night was a player that was more accurate throwing on the run. That was a good thing because he was harassed all evening because of a pathetic O line performance. He was also more able to keep his eyes down field under pressure. That allowed throws down field against the rush. That is a key ability.

He has adequate arm strength to be an NFL starter. And he is getting better at moving safeties away from his intended targets. While he does this on the move, he struggles to do it in the pocket.

All that is good. However, there are a number of things that make me believe he will never be an adequate NFL starter.

The most significant issue is Manziel’s lack of ability to throw out of the pocket. I can not believe that Coach Mike Pettine said at half time that he wanted to keep Manziel in the pocket. That is exactly what the Bengals wanted to do. They knew that to keep him in the pocket would limit his ability to extend plays.

The next biggest issue is that he does not read defensive coverages nearly well enough to be effective. While time in the film room will help fix that, it is not something that is easy to repair. The ability to learn to read coverage is not only a function of time in the film room and live snaps but also a function of his basic football intelligence and willingness to spend the time to learn his craft. So far he has said all the right things but his actions indicate he is not ready to dedicate himself to his craft.

The big plays that Manziel has made have almost always come from this ability to extend plays. The problem is that no NFL team can build an offense based on extending the play. He also lacks vision from the pocket. While some blame his lack of height that has not prevented other QB prospects from doing well. Both Drew Brees and Russell Wilson are short but see the field much better than Manziel.

He also has issues with putting touch on the ball when needed. Another factor involves his speed. Is he fast enough to get out of the pocket and escape pressure? Again I doubt he does.

Another issue is his ability to physically survive an entire season. He is not nearly as thick as Wilson and is more likely to be injured.

In my opinion with 55 years of watching college and pro football and studying the draft, Manziel is not ever going to become a quality NFL starter. It is time in my opinion to start Austin Davis to whom the team has given an extension. Regardless if he is successful or not the team should draft a QB of the future and let him develop behind Davis for a while. Despite what GM Ray Farmer believes, the NFL is now a passing league that requires a quality QB and tall fast WRS.

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/.

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Thank the CBA for a lot of bad NFL football.

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NOTE: On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the news of the day including details about the Brady case and broke down the Browns offense in detail. We discussed which players will make the roster and which will be cut.

The quality of play in the NFL is going down. That has nothing to do with the quality of the athletes. Every season the rookies get better and more athletic. Rather we can blame the CBA and the sloppy practice habits of NFL teams.

I have always believed that the success in the season is determined before the 1st snap of the 1st game. It is the mental and physical preparation that happens in training camp and the preseason that determines how successful the team will be.

Anyone that has watched the NFL channel training camp coverage has to be surprised at the amount of time spend just standing around. The current CBA reduces the amount of practice time dramatically. But the NFL coaches have not adjusted to the limits well.

One of the things that I have been very critical of the coaching the QBs get. One of the biggest issues is the lack of physical repetitions that the 2nd and 3rd QBs get. While “mental” reps help, there is no substitute for physical repetitions.

Back in the Dark Ages when I coached semi-pro football, we had a limited amount of practice time because everybody had jobs. Our practices would start at 6 PM two days a week and go until dark. We would set up both the first and second team offenses on each 45 yard line going different directions. With the coaches between the groups, each side would alternate snaps. That doubled the number of reps that each group got. That not only helped the QB but the WR, RB and defensive back groups as well. Meanwhile the O and D line groups were doing work elsewhere. Those groups were working back to back as well.

Given the lack of NFL ready QB prospects coming out of college football, the NFL has to do a better job giving reps and individual coaching to young players. The QB coach has to spend most of his time with the starter. Why not bring in a QB specialist coach to develop the younger guys at the position?

The NFL no longer has a developmental league. A league that generates 10 billion dollars a year should spend some of it to develop players. That would also help develop coaches and refs as well.

So when you watch NFL practices, watch for teams standing around. The more standing the less wins at the end of the season.

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: Jul 31st, 2015
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Brady & the NFLPA risk it all by requesting an injunction.

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NOTE: Today on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the news of the day, discussed the NFLPA’s chances of winning in court and broke down the Browns offense in detail. We discussed which players will make the roster and which will be cut.

Tom Brady and the NFLPA are risking a lot by requesting the court to issue a preliminary injunction. First, the burden of proof falls totally on those requesting the injunction. They have to prove that Brady will be irreparable harm unless the injunction is issued. In addition they have to prove that they will likely win the case.

The problem is that even if they get the injunction they lose control over the schedule of the process. For example, if they get the injunction, it could take the court 3 to 4 months to hear the case. If the court upholds the suspension, Brady could miss 4 games late in the season or in the playoffs. The NFL and NFLPA have jointly requested that the judge make a decision before the start of the regular season.

I do not believe that the court will grant the preliminary injunction. If the court follows previous decisions, they will not take the case. The biggest issue still remains the fact that the NFLPA gave the office of the Commissioner the power to issue suspensions and hear the appeals. Federal courts have generally allowed decisions to stand when the proper procedures were followed if the process was defined in a collectively bargained agreement.

If nothing else, it will be fun to watch.

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

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  • Published: Jul 29th, 2015
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The NFLPA is going to court to renegotiate the CBA.

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NOTE: Monday 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.

Putting the current issues of Tom Brady aside, one thing is clear. The NFLPA wants it cake and wants to eat it too. When the NFLPA had the chance to take the power of the Commissioner away, the leadership chose to take the money.

Now, they want the court to correct that mistake in the Brady case. This should be totally rejected by the court. In most cases, the court defers to a collective bargaining agreement in cases like this. The fact that the NFLPA agreed to allow the Commissioner to be the final arbiter of suspension cases should give the court all it needs to refuse this case.

But this is far from the only time that the NFLPA has fought for money for the current players over the interests of others. They turned their backs on the retired players, those guys that built the league to the point that the current players can get such big dollars.

Don’t forget that the previous losses that the NFL has had suspensions reduced were topics not covered by the CBA. And there the court reduced the suspensions because the offenses occurred at a time were a lesser penalty was the norm.

While I have been shocked by what the courts have done recently, I believe that the NFLPA will not be successful in getting either an injunction nor in getting a reduction or elimination of the penalty. The NFL has made a preemptive strike by filing a confirmation law suit in Manhattan Federal Court. That will give the league a shot at getting the case away from Judge Dody.

There is little potential for Brady’s chances for a defamation suit against the league. Because he is a “public” figure, he needs to prove not only that the claims of the NFL were wrong but that they were made with malice. That is a very hard thing to prove.

I hope the court does the right thing and tells the NFLPA to pound sand. That is what should happen. But we will see. An activist court is a dangerous thing.

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/.

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

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