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The Browns chose wisely for their OC.

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John DeFilippo

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Yesterday the Browns introduced John DeFilippo as their new offensive coordinator. In my judgment, that was an excellent choice. He had been the QB coach of the Raiders. But what I like best about him is he brings a history of fixing broken QB mechanics. If the Browns are ever going to get anything out of their 1st round pick of Johnny Manziel, DeFilippo is going to have to do major surgery on Johnny’s mechanics and attitude.

As QB coach for the Jets in 2009, he faced a difficult problem. The team drafted rookie Mark Sanchez who had started just 1 year for USC. It was DeFilippo’s job to turn Sanchez into an NFL starter. He was able to help Sanchez lead the Jets to the playoffs with a 9-7 record.

As QB coach for San Jose State, he molded Jordan La Secla into a serviceable QB that threw for 2860 yards and a QB rating of 125.8 in 2010. The next season he helped Matt Faulkner throw for 3149 yards and a QBR of 131.6.

In 2012 he was named QB coach for the Raiders. He turned Terrelle Pryor from a runner to as much of an NFL QB as was possible. Pryor ended up with a 70.8 QBR in 12 and 69.1 rating in 13. Pryor’s mechanics improved dramatically in the two years he spent with DeFilippo. It is not easy to turn a spread QB with run first mentality into anything approaching an NFL QB.

When Pryor went down in 2013, DeFilippo’s work with backup rookie Matt McGloin was obvious. McGloin became a serviceable QB and ended with a passer rating of 76.1.

This past year DeFilippo converted another rookie spread QB, Derek Carr, into a viable NFL starter. While the team did not win many games, it was not because of Carr. Carr threw for 3,270 yards and 21 touchdowns.

DeFilippo is an open minded OC that will be willing to adjust his system and terminology to match what the Browns used last year as much as possible. If he turns Johnny into a decent starter, DeFilippo deserves a metal.

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: Oct 27th, 2014
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Browns get an UGLY win.

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Note: On NNR today Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports & I discussed the Browns Raiders game. The podcast is on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

A win is a win is a win. But this was as ugly a win as any team has had.

This was another VERY slow start by the offense. They had been one of the best running teams in the NFL but could not run against the old and injured Raider D line. The problem is that the new O line configuration can’t get to the 2nd level. As a result the LBS are there to make the tackle.

The choice of RBS is also an issue. Terrance West is doing WAY too much dancing looking for the big play. That gets him tackled for a loss. RB Ben Tate is missing holes and doesn’t look healthy. So rather than using Isaiah Crowell the Browns brain trust kept running Tate and West.

New C Nick McDonald looked OK on pass protection but the zone blocking system will require a lot of work to get the run going. It depends on 5 blockers moving as 1 and there were way too many holes in the run blocking to allow decent yardage.

QB Brian Hoyer looked just OK as well. He was better than in the Jags game but not nearly as accurate as he was against the Steelers. The problem there is footwork. He is lifting his back foot to throw too often which tends to make the throw inaccruate. His duck throws were another case of bad footwork. He needs to drive off the back foot bringing his hips around as he steps into the throw.

Hoyer was very lucky he did not have 3 or 4 interceptions. If the Raider DBS had better ball skills they would have had a win.

The Browns did not do much better against the run. The D line is getting pushed 5 to 7 yards back too often. The injury to DE John Hughes will not help the depth.

One bright spot was the pass coverage. Joe Haden is begging to look like the all pro he has been. He had several key passes defended. And rookie CB Justin Gilbert played better.

The special teams were “short bus special.” The punt return that was fumbled was a huge issue. And punt returners can not dance. A retuner has to pick a direction and RUN!

The bottom line: I was asked on the radio if the Browns were a contender or a pretender. I said they were neither. Even a pretender beats the teams they are supposed to beat. This team has an up side of 8-8. And we all know the down side. That is because we have seen it so often in the past.

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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The Biggest Reaches of the 2014 NFL Draft

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A reach is defined here as a pick well above the rated position of the player. These are some of the worst reaches.

Jets Dexter McDougle CB Maryland – They spent the 80th pick on a guy that was a 7th round value even when healthy.

Bucs Kevin Pamphile OT Purdue – He struggled all season but the Bucs took him with the 149th pick. I had him ranked in the 790s.

Seahawks Jimmy Staten DT Middle Tennessee – Staten was ranked in the 790s but despite a good draft the Hawks took him at 172.

49ers Kenneth Acker CB Southern Methodist – The Niners had a good draft but this one is a head scratcher. Acker was rated in the 550s but they took him with pick 180.

Rams Maurice Alexander SS Utah State – The Rams did well over all but took Alexander with pick 110 despite most analysts thinking he was undraftable. I had him in the 450s.

Jags Brandon Linder OG Miami (Fla.) – Linder was a 7th round value but the Jags took him with pick 93.

Redskins Spencer Long OG Nebraska – The Skins had only a few picks but wasted on on Long who was a 7th round value at best but was taken with pick 78.

Falcons Dezmen Southward SS Wisconsin – He was a late 6th round value but they took him with the 68th pick.

Giants Jay Bromley DT Syracuse – Bromley was a 6th round value but the G Men took him with pick 74.

Raiders Derek Carr QB Fresno State – OK I am one of a few analysts that really didn’t like Carr. At best he is Brandon Weeden lite. The Raiders took him with the 36th pick. I had him ranked as the 254th best QB but only 17 QB prospects were considered draftable.

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 .

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

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

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The Social Force Of The National Football League

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NFL Fans Among Most Social

American football as it is widely referred to in many quarters is one of the most celebrated sport in America and the National Football League (NFL)  is arguably the most profitable sports business on this planet. The American population is widely renowned  for the love of football, if it is not watching an NFL game on the television with a couple of friends or family then you will probably find them on the stadium cheering  on their favorite NFL team. That in itself goes a long way to show the social impact NFL has on the lives of many people.

Well, a number of factors come into play when you consider NFL fans among most social. Firstly, the NFL is usually associated with a lot of fun fare that goes a long way in attracting large audiences. Talk of the color and pomp usually seen on the game day inside and outside the stadiums, the cheering squads and the entertainment the fans get to enjoy inside the stadium during recess period. Those who opt to enjoy the game at the comfort of their living rooms are not left out as well, they get to  bond with friends  as they enjoy a game of football. All this activities go a long way in creating a socially conducive environment for the  interaction of fans.

And although the league has recently put some limits on players, coaches and referees using Twitter during the games and 90 minutes prior to the games, players are widely followed on social media and interact regularly with their fans.

In a nutshell, the NFL has cemented its place as one of America’s most  popular sporting culture and as such it is inevitable that it has grown to be a social force to reckon with. The passion it commands within its ranks certainly aids in the understanding of why we find NFL fans among most social.

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Tonight on the radio version of News, Notes and Rumors

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Tonight at 6:00 PM EDT join Andy Wheels and me on the substitute version of NNR.  The show will
be heard on http://www.ustream.tv/broadcaster/7347751. Join us for a discussion of the Browns
loss to the Raiders.  My thanks to Wheels, Dactar and TubbyDawg for providing a way to get NNR on while we experience technical difficulties with the normal broadcast.

Also join Mr. Moo at 5:00 PM EDT on http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/.

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 a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

He edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.  

 

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