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NFL Week 9 Preview from NNR radio show.

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CL Traded for OLB Jamie Collins for 3rd round comp pick or 4th round pick in 17 draft from NE
bf WR Percy Harvin unretired & signed with BF. 1m for rest of 16
bf Placed S Aaron Williams on IR
DT DE Armonty Bryant suspended 3 games violation of NFL substance policy
NJ Claimed RB Knile Davis off waivers from GB
TB Traded cb Johnthan Banks to DT for 7th pick 2018
KC Claimed RB Bishop Sankey off NE practice squad
WA LT Trent Williams suspended for 4 games for violations of substance policy
MN OC Turner resigned.   Will be replaced by Pat Shurmur.
AT43 TB28 TB D is better but could not stop Ryan to Jones.
6-3  3-5 TB O was limited because O line could not protect Winston.
TB scored 14 in the 4th in garbage time.
AT Ryan 25/34 344 40 Freeman 17/77 Jones 8c 111 TD
TB Winston 23/37 261 30 Barber 11/31 Evans 11c 150 2TDs
PT BA-3 BA O has been totally out of sync. No run game & Flacco’s  mechanics are affected by his injury.
4-3  3-4 Roethlisberger is back practicing.. If he can play will help because Jones is horrible.
PT pass game (8th) vs BA pass D (6th)
BA pass O (18th) vs PT pass D (26th)
JK KC-8.5 Foles will start for KC. He has a better arm than Smith. Charles is on IR.
2-5  5-2 JK D has played better in the last several games.  Bortles is regressing.
KC pass O (17th) vs JK pass D (8th)
JK pass O (15th) vs KC pass D (14th)
NJ MI-3.5 NJ D has played very well.  MI D front 7 is over paid & not producing.
3-5  3-4 Neither O has a QB. Fitzpatrick is bad & Tannehill is worse.
NJ run game (16th) vs run D of MI (30th)
MI run game (7th) vs run D of NJ (1st)
DT MN-6 MN has lost 2 games in a row. O line is not protecting fragile Bradford.
4-4 5-2 When the CH D line sacks QB, the O line is horrible.
MN pass O (28th) vs DT pass D (19th)
DT pass O (16th) vs MN pass D (4th)
PH NG-2.5 Former HC of DT Jim Schwartz has made a HUGE difference on PH D.  It is very solid.
4-3  4-3 PH needs the win given a loss last week vs DA. They are 2.5 games behind DA now.
LV must think we will see Good Eli in the game.  50/50 chance Good Eli or Bad Eli.
Pass O of NG (6th) vs pass D of PH (5th)
Run O PH (17th) vs NG run D (32nd)
CR-3 LA CR won last week.  Is It too little too late?  Newton is still pouting
2-5    3-4 LA finally realized Kennem is not an NFL starting QB.  Dah!
CR pass O (9th) vs LA pass D (12th)
LA O (25th pass 29th run) vs CR D (30th pass 3rd run)
NO-3 SF NO QB Brees has no help on O or D.  He is a one man band.
3-4 1-6 SF HC Chip Kelly realizes that his O is not working. He will slow it down.  That won’t help the D!
Brees & NO pass O (1st) vs SF pass D (an over rated 7th because they are 32nd vs run)
SF run O (4th but falling like a rock without Hyde) vs NO run D (18th only because they are 29th v the run)
IN GB-7 GB pass game suffers from WRs not getting open. Now Rodgers is holding the ball too long. Bad combo!
3-5 4-3 There is nothing wrong with Luck that a better O line would not solve. A run game would also help.
GB pass O (22nd) vs IN pass D (31st)
IN pass O (12th) vs GB pass D (16th)
TN SD-5 TN has a solid run game & pass rush.  Those both travel well.
4-4 3-5 SD has Rivers & NOTHING else.  No D, no O line & below average run game.
SD pass game (7th) vs TN pass D (20th)
TN run game (5th) vs SD run D (6th only because everybody passes vs SD)
DV OK pk Game of the week for the lead in AFC West.
6-2 6-2 OK O is great.  D sucks bilge water.  Just the opposite with DV.
OK O (4th pass 8th run) vs DV D (1st pass 24th run)
DV O (27th pass 20th run) vs OK D (28th vs pass & run)
BF SE-7 Monday
4-4 4-2-1
DA-7 CL Best team in NFC vs worst team in the AFC.  WOW Really looking forward to this game!
6-1 0-8 DA has good QB, great O line & WRs & improving D.  CL has none of that.
DA run O (1st) vs CL run D (31st)
DA pass O (19th) vs CL pass D (25th)
CL run O (10th and falling like a rock) vs DA run D (9th)
CL pass O (20th) vs DA (18th) Kessler is starting
DA O Std formation is 11 personnel.
Throw and run to the edge a lot. That will be a HUGE problem for CL.
DA D Std formation 4/3 with 2 deep safeties but they use bump & run in the red zone.
Not much pass rush. Run blitz needs to be watched by CL
D backfield is down CB Clairborn & S Church
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I was right about Holmgren being a mistake.

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In an editorial on Dec. 20, 2009 I reviewed the record of Mike Holmgren as GM of the Seahawks and ended by saying that he was not the right guy to lead the Browns back to competitiveness.  Now a respected former Brown, Reggie Rucker, said on 92.3 the Fan that Holmgren stole money from then owner Randy Learner.  Rucker said that Holmgren was “the last in and first out” of the building on the few days he made an appearance.

 

Let me make one thing clear.  In my opinion the fact that the team is better now than it was when Eric Mangini was running things is due to two factors.  First, it would be almost impossible to screw a team up any more than Mangenious did.  Trading the 5th overall pick to New York for a few used Jets was unforgivable.  Second, GM Tom Heckert made some good choices.  While I did not agree with the choice of Weeden, most of the rest of Heckert’s picks were fine.  Think about where the Browns would be if they had followed my advice and selected Russell Wilson as QB in the 3rd round of the 2012 draft.

 

Holmgren did nothing other than hiring Heckert.  Hiring an unproven and ill-equipped Pat Shurmur was just stupid.  Not only did he hire someone totally unprepared to do the job but then compounded the error by failing to give him the guidance to help him succeed.  The result was an offense that would have failed in an 8 year old league. 

 

Now Holmgren is gone.  I for one will add his name to the list of those against whom I will campaign if and when it comes up for Hall of Fame consideration.  The only other name on the list is Art Modell.  Neither of those two deserve to be in the Hall.

 

 

 

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/.

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Thoughts about Black Monday in the NFL

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English: LOVIE SMITH, of the Chicago Bears, in action during the Bears game against the Cleveland Browns on November 1, 2009 in Chicago, IL. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thoughts about Black Monday in the NFL

 

Browns:  The one gift I had to wait for was the firing of HC Pat Shurmur.  I am not a fan of former Bronco HC McDaniel but he would be better than Shurmur.  Of the coaches expected to be released my choice for the Browns would be Ken Whisenhunt.  He is a D guy but a good coach that made the best of the bad personnel decisions made by a poor GM.  My second choice would be Lovie Smith if he is let go.  Both have been to a Super Bowl and would run a tight ship without being a dictator.

 

I have mixed feelings about GM Tom Heckert being fired.  While he has by far done the best job of any GM the team has had since 1999 that is not a very high standard.

 

Cowboys:  They are out of the playoffs thanks to QB “Captain Collapse” (I want a copyright on that phrase) Tony Romo.  It will not cost his HC a job but this team has underperformed for years.  Maybe Jerry should think about firing his GM—himself.

 

Cardinals:  Ken Whisenhunt deserved better than he is going to get.  He deserved to have an NFL caliber QB.  But the blame for the collapse belongs on the shoulders of GM Rod Graves.  All indications are it was his choice to trade for QB Kevin Kolb.  Graves did not choose wisely.

 

Bears:  The Bear cubs are the first team to start a season 7-1 and not make the playoffs.  The total collapse of the O line and injuries on the D ended any chance of the playoffs.  HC Lovie Smith may be fired but deserves better.

 

Chiefs:  There is no hope for fans of the KC Chefs.  They will be cooking up another bad batch of BBQ because they fired HC Crennel but kept inept GM Pioli.  If the GM stays look for the Chefs to hire ex-Bronco HC McDaniel.  McDaniel will want to try to recover the career of QB Cassel.

 

Chargers:  The firing of both HC Norv Turner and GM Smith are 2 years too late to prevent the need to rebuild rather than tweak the roster.  Under less than brilliant leadership of these two the team got old and inept.

 

Jaguars:  Who cares?  GM Smith was fired but it looks like HC Mike Mularkey may be safe for now.  This team is dying as quickly as the town in which it plays.

 

Eagles:  HC Andy Reid is out.  He will not be unemployed for long unless he decides to take a year or two off.  He is a very good coach but 14 years is long enough for any coach to grow stale.

 

Jets:  The team fired GM Mike Tannenbaum but not HC Rex Ryan.  Frankly both should have gone.  The team needs to produce more and talk a lot less.

 

Panthers:  Some changes are not for the better.  This team fired HC Fox 2 years ago and now may fire Ron Rivera.  Rivera is doing the best he can with a less than stellar roster.  He has a hc (head case) at QB and a lot of holes on the team.

 

 

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/.

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Live Game Notes From Browns/Chiefs

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Brandon Weeden watches the BCS Unveiling

Brandon Weeden watches the BCS Unveiling (Photo credit: ShuttrKing|KT)

 

Live game notes from Browns/Chiefs

Great start by allowing the Chief to run 80 yards for a TD on the first play.

 

-KC 7 CL 0

 

Thomas watched the DE beat Watson and sack Weeden.

 

After a first down the O folds like a paper airplane and punts

 

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Great throw to Bowe set the Chiefs up for a score but the FG was no good.  Haden and Bowe were so cute holding hands all the way down the field.

 

 

As usual the team drives the ball to a 1st and goal at the 2 and can’t score 7.  The coach seems to like the fade pass for the score but we have yet to make it work.  How about calling something that does work?

 

=KC 7 CL 3

 

The off side gives the team a 1st down.

 

Haden should have been called for holding on the pass to the sideline.

 

The Browns returned the punt for a TD.  However, there were at least 2 holds during the return that were not called.  It is about time the team gets a break.  With our luck it will be in the leg of a top player.

 

-CL 10 KC 7

 

Great play by Haden on the run wide.  He is becoming a stud both against the run and the pass.  That is what is necessary to be a complete CB.

 

 

The long pass to Little was not over thrown.  Little quit on the pattern.

 

Brown go 3 and out from their 8 yard line.

 

Skrine must do down field under control on the punt coverage.  Too often he misses the tackle because he is not under control.

 

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Winn pressured Quinn to force the throw away.

 

 

Weeden is so much more comfortable in the shotgun you have to wonder why he is not allowed to be there more often.  Good pass to Little for the 1st.

 

The Browns get another break on a 6 yard pass on 3rd and 13.  The penalty gives the team a 1st.

 

Hali did a great job reading the screen pass.

 

After a block in the back penalty the team is forced to punt.

 

Another bad punt by Hodges.

 

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The D blitz forces a sack by Rucker.

 

After giving up a long TD and a drive inside the 10 DC Jauron made some adjustments and the D has played well.

 

 

Gordon catches the slant for a big 1st.

 

Weeden shows he is not feeling pressure as he gets sacked holding the ball too long.

 

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Half

 

Double reverse works well for 15 yards

 

Watson prevents the pick by Berry by knocking the ball out of the DBs hands.

 

Shurmur should not have challenged the call on the wildcat run by Cribbs.  It was CLEAR that Cribbs was down at the 1.  Somebody should take the Red flag away from Shurmur.  He is not smart enough to know when to throw it.

 

Good run and middle push by the Browns OL for the TD.

 

=CL 17 KC 7

 

After two runs by Quinn Brown tips a pass that is picked off by Gibson.

 

 

Nice pass to Gordon to the 2.  Weeden did a better job of reading  the coverage.

 

The stupid shifting bites the team when the TD is called back due to a penalty.

 

A 2nd TD is called back on a foul on Richardson.

 

Again a pass is well short of the goal line so that the team was forced to kick the FG.

 

=CL 20 KC 7

 

The Chiefs get a 1st on a Charles run but then were forced to punt.

 

The D continues to prevent drives.  It is playing well.

 

 

Nice drive by the Browns to the 2.  The run by Little was very effective.

 

After a fumble at the goal line by Hardesty is recovered by the Browns, TRich takes it in.

 

=CL 27 KC 7

 

Hughes gets a sack forcing a 3 and out.

 

 

Nice drive again but a loss on a run ride cost them a shot at a TD.

 

=CL 30 KC 7

 

The D plays soft allowing the Chefs to drive but lose the ball on a failed 4th down play at the 20 of Cleveland.

 

 

Another 3 and out after a pass short of the LTG.

 

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Good pressure on 2nd down by Winn.  He is becoming a solid DT.

 

On 3rd Sheard gets the sack.  The Chefs are 1-11 on 3rd down coversions.

 

 

There is a Colt McCoy sighting in mop up.

 

 

 

Conclusions:

 

The Browns are limited by the offensive playcalling of Pat Shurmur.  Two more wins will probably save his job but it shouldn’t.  He is still making bad decisions right and left.  With Shurmur at the helm the Browns will never win consistently.  He is not qualified to be head coach.  While he has shown a bit of improvement, the team is too good now to put up with his stupid calls.

 

These are the issues that prevent Shurmur from becoming a winning HC.  He is incapable of making adjustments offensively.  I am not sure if he just doesn’t see what is preventing the O from moving or is not sure how to adjust to make it work.  Either way, he should never be allowed to call the O.

 

He also fails to do the HC job.  The issues with running different player groups in and out still exist.  That complicates the offense and does not permit Weeden to develop timing with a stable group of WRs.  He should keep Little and Gordon as the starters with a TE or two.  Weeden needs all the reps he can get with the guys that will be on the field the most.  Bringing in WRs based on some lottery system is not working.

 

Weeden is not developing he is regressing.  Early in the season he was not staring down his receiver but he is now.  He is not seeing the field well either.  While all QBs miss open receivers, Weeden makes up his mind where the ball will go before the snap and fails to see an opening.  While it may be that he still doesn’t trust his protection.  The blocking has gotten better for the pass but not the run.

 

Don’t blame TRich for his low average per attempt numbers.  The run blocking scheme is a mess.  The guards are not getting to the second level.  Even teams that struggle against the run look like super stars against the Browns.  Richardson is an outstanding back.  But even great backs need to get holes to make yardage.  The blocking scheme is old and tired.  It needs to be updated.  If the current OL cannot open holes they should be replaced.

 

Some people are talking about TRich dancing behind the line.  He is looking for anything that even could develop into a running lane.  He is also playing hurt without a word of complaint.  I had 12 broken ribs and torn rib cartledge.   I know what kind of pain he is in.  Trust me when I say I could NEVER have played with that pain.

 

The receivers have improved however it does not seem to be due to coaching.  The improvement has more to do with the need to impress the new ownership than good coaching.

 

Overall, my choice would be to keep Heckert and Jauron but lose Shurmur.

 

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/.

 

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Mike Holmgren’s legacy has been hurt by his job in Cleveland

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Mike Holmgren’s Legacy

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NEW ORLEANS, LA – MARCH 21: Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren speaks briefly with San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner while attending the NFL Annual Meetings at the Roosevelt HotelÊon March 21, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Despite a NFL owners imposed lockout in effect since March 12, the league is conducting it’s annual owners meeting in New Orleans. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

When he went to Seattle he insisted on being both the GM and head coach.  In 2002 he was relieved of those powers.

On Dec. 20, 2009 prior to Mike Holmgren being named team president, I wrote an article entitled Is Holmgren the answer to the Browns problems?  I started the article this way:

Discussions of the Cleveland football guru position have reminded me of the movie “Joe and the Volcano.” The boss of a very young Tom Hanks is on the phone discussing a potential hire.

“I know he can get the job, but can he do the job?” I have exactly the same question about Mike Holmgren as the “football guru” of the Browns or any other team for that matter.

I went on to outline the draft picks that GM Holmgren made and how in 2002 he was relieved of his GM duties.  While there were indications that Holmgren might be able to do the GM job for the Seahawks, there were more reasons to relieve him of those duties.

His legacy in Cleveland will be based on the decisions he has made here as well as the results or lack of results that have been produced by those decisions.  The record of 10-28 under Holmgren is a black mark without question.  But beyond the record, there have been decisions that will impact the Browns and Holmgren’s legacy for years.

Team president is a very different position from that of GM.  A review of Holmgren’s primary decisions is necessary to see if he should be the second to go or not.

  1. The      first major decision by Holmgren was to give Eric Mangini one more year as      head coach.  It is possible that      Holmgren had already decided that Pat Shurmur was to be the HC of the      future.  But at the time Shurmur had      been the OC for the Rams for one less that successful season.  I have to wonder if Holmgren kept      Mangini to let Shurmur strengthen his resume?

I am sure that it was just a coincidence that Shurmur was represented by Bob Lamonte, same agent that Holmgren uses.  No matter what was the basis of the decision, Mangini failed and was fired at the end of the year.  The year was wasted and the team was worse off after than before.

  1. Holmgren      hired Tom Heckert as GM.  In my      opinion the grade for this decision is incomplete.  I have mixed feelings about Heckert and      will describe them in detail in a future post.
  1. The      next critical decision was the hire of Pat Shurmur as head coach.  I have already written about my view of      that decision.  In my opinion this      choice was a disaster.  It also      points out a major failing of Holmgren.

Hiring a young coach to lead the team is not necessarily bad.  However, Shurmur had very little experience at the job of OC and no previous head coaching background.  Given that, I expected Holmgren to spend a lot of time mentoring his young choice.  The lack of development exhibited by Shurmur was frightening.  If there was mentoring going on, it was not effective.  If not, Holmgren was not earning the millions the team was paying him.

  1. The      decision to allow Shurmur to be OC and head coach was a disaster from the      first snap.  It was a poor choice      because anyone new to head coaching in the NFL would be overwhelmed.  When Shurmur was appointed both as HC      and OC, he hid behind the OC function to the detriment of the HC position.
  2. The      next decision was the naming of the defensive coordinator Dick      Jauron.  He is the bright spot of      the coaching staff.  He has proven      his ability to hide weaknesses in the defense and overall has done very      well with the players he was given.
  3. The      next decision was the remainder of the coaching staff.  While some of these picks like Ray      Rhodes were fine, others have been disasters.  This group included weak points WR coach      Mike Wilson and special teams coach Chris Tabor.

By far the most damaging part of Holmgren’s Cleveland legacy is the total lack of urgency to win by him and his entire regime.  He seemed to care less about the long suffering Browns fans.  He also was willing to take full advantage of a disinterested owner.  In my opinion Holmgren stole the millions of dollars that he was paid by not doing his job.

I have been an opponent of any Hall of Fame consideration for former Browns owner Art Modell because of the theft of the Browns to Baltimore.  Because of the decisions Holmgren made, I will campaign against his election to the Hall as well.

That’s what I think.  Tell us 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/.

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