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The Secret behind the Browns 24 point comeback.

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With the Browns there is very little question if the glass is half empty or half full. Since 1999 it has been totally empty. Yesterday the Browns staged one of the best comebacks we have seen since the Cardiac Kids. That was fun to watch. Browns fans have not had much fun since the rebirth of the team.

But the comeback would not have been necessary if the team had been mentally ready to play in the first half. As they have so often before, the team came out flatter than fallen Soufflé. The Browns are not good enough to spot an NFL team a couple of touchdowns and come back. The coaching staffs have changed. The roster changes but the flat start of the game seems to be endemic to the franchise. This can not continue. Getting the team ready mentally is a culture issue. If the players can not get their minds ready to compete then the coaches have to try to do it for them. If that does not work, the wrong guys are on the roster.

In the first half QB Brian Hoyer was erratic and under pressure way too often. The O line was leaking and struggled to get the run going in the first half. The receivers were not as big an issue as they could have been despite losing TE Jordan Cameron for the game. But the offense was not the only group that was not mentally into the game from the opening kickoff. The good first drive was halted by penalties, a wasted timeout and Hoyer being hit on a D line game by the Steelers. After that drive the Browns O seemed to crawl into its all to familiar shell.

The defense was equally guilty of not being ready to play. The D line got some pressure on Steeler QB Ben Roethlisberger but seldom got him down. Pass coverage was soft and the receivers were running through the defense at will. All Pro CB Joe Haden was burned regularly by the Steeler receivers. The Browns never did figure out the screen pass. The Browns struggled to stop the running game as well particularly at the edge. The late 1st half drive by the Steelers for the field goal ended up providing the margine of victory for the Steelers.

However, at half time something changed. I would love to write that it was a great half time speech by the coaches but that was not the case. It could have been the vets on the team demanding better play from themselves and everyone else on the team. But I doubt that is the case.

The Steeler defense is a young group. They clearly were not as ready to play in the second half. That was the largest single reason the Browns offense suddenly came to life. The Steelers took their foot of the gas on both sides of the ball figuring they could coast to an easy victory. Yes, Hoyer was much sharper and the O line did a better job of keeping the pocket clean in the second stanza. The running game seemed to be improved with the runs of Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell. The D played much better as well. They shut down the Steelers except for the final drive.

But make no mistake, the Steelers came out in the second half thinking the Browns “are who we thought they were” to quote coach Denny Green. They took the Browns for granted figuring that they would roll over, stick their feet in the air and play road kill as they have so many times before. At least this team had the guts to make a comeback.

In the NFL and particularly in Cleveland there are no “moral victories.” Browns fans have had WAY too many coaches tell us after a loss that the team is making progress. We have heard that “winning is a process” enough. It is time for the team to win. The one piece of good news about the loss to the Steelers is this—If the Browns can put two halves together like the second half they played in Pittsburgh they can win several more games this year than they have in the past. That would be a good thing. But at this point that is a BIG IF.

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/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

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1/15 Ryan Shazier OLB – The Steeler D is getting old. Shazier adds youth, speed and instincts. He can play inside or outside and was a very good pick given their needs on D.

2/46 Stephon Tuitt DT – The team has seen DL players leave like the last one out had to play the dinner check. Tuitt was hurt and even when healthy was not as productive as he was in 2012. He will start only because of the lack of depth.

3/97 Dri Archer WR – Tiny was the fastest player at the combine. But at 5-8 173 you have to wonder how long he can survive in the AFC North. He has good hands and quicks but is only a slot guy.

4/118 Martavis Bryant WR – Bryant is a big fast WR that will make a real difference. He was a great value that could have gone in the 2nd round.

5/157 Shaquille Richardson CB – He has size but lacks top speed. He would have been more effective in a Tampa 2 system. I doubt he will be the guy they need.

5/173 Wesley Johnson C – He is smart and versatile. He could start at G or T for the Steelers.

6/192 Jordan Zumwalt ILB – He can play inside or out and was as productive as his UCLA team mate Anthony Barr. He lacks the upside of Barr however.

6/215 Daniel McCullers NT – At 6-7 McCullers is too tall to be a traditional NT. But the team needed a nose for the 3-4 and he is big enough to take up a lot of blockers. He was a good value and could be good.

7/230 Rob Blanchflower TE – They collect TEs like some collect stamps. Rob is a blocker first and that is what the team wants. He ended the season on the injured list and could start 2014 on the Non-football Injured list.

Overall the Steelers had a decent draft but only 2 of the picks were really good. The rest will be wait and see types.

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

NOTE: 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/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk NFL draft with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

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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In my opinion it is useless to grade a draft before the players have spent 3 seasons in the league. As a result, here are my grades for the AFC North in the 2011 draft.

Cleveland A

While the Browns ended up with a number of keepers, only one was a pro bowler.

21 Phillip Taylor DT Baylor – Solid starter that needs to get in better shape.

37 Jabaal Sheard DE Pittsburgh – Starter but suffered due to the change to a 3-4

59 Greg Little WR North Carolina – Starter that drops a lot of balls and should be replaced.

102 Jordan Cameron TE USC – Pro bowl starter

137 Buster Skrine DB Tennessee-Chattanooga – Undersized nickle back.

150 Jason Pinkston T Pittsburgh – Decent starter with a recent history of injury.

Cincinnati B+

The Bengals had fewer players make the team but they became part of a 3 time playoff team.

4 A.J. Green WR Georgia – All pro and one of the best in the league.

35 Andy Dalton QB Texas Christian – Under achiever that did lead the team to 3 playoffs with no wins.

101 Clint Boling G Georgia – Decent starter that could be replaced by 14 pick Russell Bodine.

Baltimore C

The Ratbirds got a couple of starters and some solid backups from the 2011 draft.

27 Jimmy Smith CB Colorado – Decent starter with 3 train car loads of baggage.

58 Torrey Smith WR Maryland – Starter with speed that continues to develop.

85 Jah Reid T Central Florida – Hanger-on backup LG that has yet to contribute.

164 Chykie Brown DB Texas – Part time starter/nickle back that needs to be replaced.

165 Pernell McPhee DE Mississippi State – Borderline backup outside linebacker.

180 Tyrod Taylor QB Virginia Tech – Seldom used backup QB who may lose his job to 2014 pick Keith Wenning.

Pittsburgh C-

The Steelers got a couple of starters and a backup..

31 Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State – Solid starter.

63 Marcus Gilbert T Florida – Decent starter at RT.

128 Cortez Allen DB The Citadel – Dime back that plays OK.

162 Chris Carter LB Fresno State – Substitute starter that needs to be replaced.

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

NOTE: 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/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk NFL draft with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

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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The reason the Steelers have been so bad this year is their drafts have not refilled the pipeline of starters like it did in years past.  Here is the complete list of players drafted from 2008-2011.  The last two drafts are too new to get a good evaluation.

 

The bottom line is the Steelers have only 4 full time starters out of 33 total picks.  That is not enough to keep the Steelers competitive.  The issue this season is not the coach.  The problem is the front office.

 

2008 Draft  0 starters in 2013

 

1          23        Rashard Mendenhall   RB       Illinois

Mendenhall started for the Steelers for just 3 seasons and was let go in free agency in 2012.

 

2          53        Limas Sweed             WR      Texas

He never started a game for the team and had only 7 catches in 2 seasons.

 

3          88        Bruce Davis                LB       UCLA

He was only a special teams player in 5 games in 2008 and was released in 2009.

 

4          130      Tony Hills                   T          Texas

Hills was active for just 4 games in his 3 seasons with the team.

 

5          156      Dennis Dixon             QB       Oregon

Dixon has started 3 games when he was the only option.  His athleticism has gotten him a lot of tryouts.

 

6          188      Mike Humpal             OLB    Iowa

He did not make the final roster.

 

6          194      Ryan Mundy               FS        West Virginia

Mundy is a special teams player that did make 5 starts over 4 years for the team.

 

 

2009 Draft 1 starter 1 part time starter in 2013.

1          32        Ziggy Hood                 DT       Missouri

Hood has become a fairly productive player and intermittent starter.

 

3          79        Kraig Urbik                 T          Wisconsin

He never was active for the Steelers and was released in 2010.  He did start games for the Bills.

 

3          84        Mike Wallace             WR      Mississippi

Wallace was a 3rd round pick because he was a head case.  While this pick was successful, the team was done with him by 2013 and let him walk in free agency.

 

3          96        Keenan Lewis             DB       Oregon State

Lewis was active for only 13 games in his first 2 seasons.  He did start in 2012 but was not retained.

 

5          168      Joe Burnett                 DB       Central Florida

He was active for 15 games in 09 but did not make the roster in 2010.

 

5          169      Frank Summers           RB       Nevada-Las Vegas

He was active for only 2 games in 09 and was cut.

 

6          205      Ra’Shon Harris            DT       Oregon

Harris never played a game for the Steelers.

 

7          226      A.Q. Shipley               C         Penn State

He never made the Steelers roster.

 

7          241      David Johnson            TE       Arkansas State

He has started 25 games but has only 22 catches in his 4 seasons.  He is a blocking TE.

 

 

 

2010 Draft  2 starters one of which is injured.

1          18        Maurkice Pouncey      C         Florida

Pouncey has become a solid starter.

 

2          52        Jason Worilds             LB       Virginia Tech

They are waiting for Worilds to become the player they thought they saw.  So far he has not.

 

3          82        Emmanuel Sanders     WR      Southern Methodist

Sanders has become a decent WR and has 114 catches in 4 seasons.

 

4          116      Thaddeus Gibson        LB       Ohio State

He was never active for the Steelers.

 

5          151      Chris Scott                  T          Tennessee

In 2 years with the Steelers he was active for just 2 games.  He is a starter with the Panthers.

 

5          164      Crezdon Butler           DB       Clemson

He was active for just 4 games and then was released.

 

5          166      Stevenson Sylvester    LB       Utah

He is a good special teams player.

 

6          188      Jonathan Dwyer          RB       Georgia Tech

Dwyer was supposed to be the starter over several seasons but has yet to develop into the guy.

 

6          195      Antonio Brown           WR      Central Michigan

Brown is the second best pick out of this draft.  He has become a starter with 183 catches.

 

7          242      Doug Worthington      DE       Ohio State

He never played a game for the team.

 

 

2011 Draft  1 below average starter in 2013

1          31        Cameron Heyward      DE       Ohio State

The team expected Heyward to become a starter.  So far he is a rotational player at best.

 

2          63        Marcus Gilbert            T          Florida

Gilbert is a starter on a very poor O line.

 

3          95        Curtis Brown             DB       Texas

Brown is a decent dime back and special teams contributor.

 

4          128      Cortez Allen               DB       The Citadel

Allen has started 2 games this season.

 

5          162      Chris Carter                LB       Fresno State

Carter has been active in about half his games since 2011.  He has 7 total tackles.

 

6          196      Keith Williams           G         Nebraska

Despite the desperate need at OG, Williams never made the roster.

 

7          232      Baron Batch                RB       Texas Tech

Batch got 25 carries in 2012.  That was all.

 

 

 

 

That’s what I think.  Tell me what you think.

 

You can listen to the podcasts at http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and hear NNR Live Mondays and Fridays at 6PM Eastern time on .  The Monday show is a review of the previous week and the Browns game.  The Friday show previews the upcoming games.

 

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 The Bill Smith Radio Show.  

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

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News:

The running game in week 1 was WAY down in part because lots of NFL teams have major O line issues.  The Seahawks struggled to score 12 points against the Panthers.  The Browns could not run or pass in a loss to the Dolphins.  The Steelers lose their C Maurkice Pouncey and score only 1 TD.  There was only one RB that got 100+ yards (Shane Vereen of the Pats). and he has a broken bone in his wrist.

 

Colin Kaepernick QB of the 49ers was outstanding against the Packers.  He was 27-39 412 yards with 3 TDs and no picks.  His new best friend is former Raven WR Anquan Boldin who caught 13 passes for 208 yards and a TD.  Despite only running for a total of 90 yards the Niners beat the Pack.   Jim Harbaugh is going to owe brother John a REALLY nice Christmas gift for the trade of Boldin.

 

While the Bills D played well, the Pats are clearly hurt by the loss of targets for Tom Brady.  Of course the two fumbles by RB Stevan Ridley did not help the O.  The same can be said for the Ravens losing Boldin and the Steelers losing Mike Wallace.

 

The Pats have put Vereen on the IR with designation to return list.  That means the earliest he will be back is week 8.

 

The Browns wideouts have shown their speed.  Unfortunately for the team it was in cars on the streets of Cleveland and not on the field.  Both Greg Little and Josh Gordon have been fined for speeding.

 

 

Notes:

 

Bronco QB Payton Manning looks much better to me than he did at any time last year.  Even in the middle of the 2012 season the ball speed was down from his days in Indy.  As much as the 7 TDs were outstanding, his ability to hit very small openings between defenders this year is much better than any time last year.

 

There were two rookie QBs starting and Terrelle Pryor as a new starter for the Raiders.  Bills rookie starter EJ Manuel nearly beat the Pats with a passer rating of 105.  Geno Smith of the Jets had a rating of 80.6 but at least there were no butt-fumbles.  Pryor threw for 217 yards and ran for another 112 scoring a total of 3 TDs with 2 picks.  While none of the three got starter reps from the beginning of training camp, each did pretty well.  They will only get better with more experience.

 

Robert Griffin III did not look 100% to me.  I was not as concerned about his inaccuracy in the first quarter as I was about his mechanics.  Some of that was rust from not playing at all in the preseason.  But I wonder how healthy he is.  There were no QB runs and he looked a little clumsy getting out of the way of the rush.  That is something to watch.

 

Check out my analysis of the Eagles Offense posted yesterday.  I think you will find it interesting.

 

 

Rumors:

There are a couple of teams that are hoping that the Raiders, Jets and Bills fall in love with their new QBs.  The teams that want QBs from the 2014 draft don’t need those three teams joining in the bidding war to get the best candidates.

 

We saw more fights and jawing this week than in any week in recent memory.  The players are generally in a nasty mood and are taking it out on fellow union members.  If the NFL does not get control of this issue there is going to be trouble.

 

Don’t look for Jets’ QB Mark Sanchez to start any time soon.  His injury is worse than the team will admit and management wanted Smith to start day one anyway.  Management is not convinced Smith is the QB of the future but have seen more than enough of Sanchez.  The Jet fans agree.

 

The leash on Browns QB Brandon Weeden got a lot shorter this week due to his 3 picks and many misfires.  The management did not draft him and is not happy with his lack of development.  They will likely allow him to start the next 2 games at the Ravens and at the Vikings.  By the third game WR Josh Gordon will be back from suspension.  But unless he shows significant improvement he could be out week 4.  Backup Jason Campbell would likely replace him.

 

Local media is expressing doubts about the Browns personnel decisions.  The basic issue is that with injuries to the CB and RG spots the team failed to bring in any experienced help.  Instead they brought in undrafted rookies.  There are a couple of OGs available in free agency including Brandon Moore (Jets) and Deuce Lutui (Titans).  After week one a team can bring in a veteran player without having to guarantee his total salary.

 

Giants’ coach Tom Coughlin was fuming on the sidelines after seeing his team turn the ball over six times.

 

OSU is in trouble again but this time it is Oklahoma State University.  While the full scandal found originally by Sports Illustrated is not yet uncovered, it looks really bad.  The charges include payments to players, work done for them by tutors and even recruits getting a “happy ending” from their official hosts.

 

The zebras of the NFL did not have a good week.   While we never hear about penalties by the league against officials, there will be some this week.  Way too many of the officials seem to think the fans come to the game to see them.  Get a clue guys.  You are supposed to be the rule enforcers.  I have no issue with a judgment call being missed.  There is no excuse for not knowing the rules.

 

That’s what I think.  Tell us what you think.

 

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro football 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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The 49ers with Kaepernick are for real.

The win over the Pats was very impressive.  Kaepernick put the team in position to blow out the Pats but the D struggled to keep up the pressure on Brady.  It was the D that gave up the 4 TD lead but Kaepernick ended the game with a TD.  This team is nearly ready to go for it all.  The change from Smith to Kaepernick should have been made earlier in the season.

 

The Jets are a joke that is not funny.

The issue with the Jets is not only QB Sanchez but the roster’s lack of talent.  Mike Tannenbaum Jet’s GM has blown drafts and free agent signings.  HC Ryan is not the best coach in the league but deserves better players.

 

Sanchez was never a favorite of mine because he had only one year of starting at USC.  If he could not beat out John David Booty who was a 5th round pick, what made Tannenbaum think he was worth a top 10 pick?

 

The Browns are not and never were a hot team.

The Browns’ three game winning-streak was against the Steelers with a 97 year old QB that was sitting at home watching the league on TV a week before he started and two of the worst teams in the NFL.  This team is badly coached and hopefully for the fans that will be resolved after the season by the new owner Jimmy Haslam.  However, in my opinion Lombardi is not a quality candidate for the GM spot.

 

Watch out for the Seahawks.

QB Wilson is the real deal.  I told you that in the middle of the 2011 college season and often since.  He has the arm, head and mobility to take this team all the way unless the coaching gets in the way.  The D is solid and when they get their CBs back is as good as any.  At home this team is nearly unbeatable.

 

The Giants are in trouble.

The Skins are playing well.  Even the Cowboys seem to have overcome some QB and HC issues to become a contender rather than the pretender we have seen for several years.  If WR Bryant can stay on the field and be even close to effective, this team will challenge for a playoff spot.

 

The Giants on the other hand are suffering with below average QB play and a boatload of injuries.  Even some of the best coaching in the league cannot save this season.  QB Manning has suffered from a lack of protection and drops by usually reliable receivers.

 

The Bengals are in at this point and the Steelers are out of the playoffs.

The Cincy D is playing well and QB Dalton has solved his footwork issues for the most part.  He is playing consistent ball and living within his limitations of arm strength.  This is not a Super Bowl team yet but it can make the playoffs for a second consecutive season.  That has not happened in a long time.

 

The Steelers are in serious trouble.  They have to beat the Bengals and that will be a problem.  QB Roethlisberger is back but he is not healthy.  The team has an injury plagued D and a running game that is fumble prone.  Even if they back into the playoffs, they will not be a factor.

 

The Falcons need the home field advantage more than any other team.

The Falcons are as inconsistent away from home as any team in the league.  That is in part due to an average D that plays better at home.  If the Falcons get HFA throughout the NFC playoffs they will have a shot at the Super Bowl.  If not they will lose again.

 

The Texans are capable of great or terrible games.

When the Texans lean too much on the passing game they get in trouble.  They have one of the top 2 RBs in the league.  They have to keep the ground game going to keep winning.  QB Schaub is good but can’t carry the team alone.  They need to keep running with Foster.  The D is good enough to win it all but this team may not get there this season.

 

The Broncos are my choice as the best team in the AFC IF…

The IF is can Manning stay healthy?  If so, the team can go far and win both at home and on the road.  If not the team is done.  He has made the WRs much better and helped a less talented OL look good.

 

Coaching changes to look for after the season

The Cardinals will fire Ken Whisenhunt which is a shame.  I doubt it was his choice to staff the QB position with duds.  It is the GM that should be canned.  Whisenhunt is a good coach and will not be unemployed long.

 

The Browns will fire Shurmur and the staff.  Only DC Jauron may stay but that is doubtful.  My preference would be a vet NFL coach but that is not likely to happen.  No top drawer coach will want to come unless Haslam charms him with his great personality.

 

The Jags and Chiefs will change coaches as well.  Both teams have under produced and the Jags new ownership wants progress.  Chiefs’ coach Crennel is a nice guy but is not head coach material.  He will get a job as DC somewhere.

 

The Eagles have already made it clear that HC Reid is gone.  That has more to do with the team tuning out his voice than his coaching ability.  He made a couple of critical staff mistakes that hurt and the fall of Mike Vick did not help.  Reid is a solid coach that will resurface as soon as he wants to work again.

 

The Chargers will replace HC Norv Turner.  He was lucky to have kept his job this long.  He has coached his way out of the league.

 

The Bills may change coaches as well.  Chan Gailey has been the coach since 2010 and has not won much since.  He has been struggling with QB Fitzpatrick but so far the QB is inconsistent.  The team brought in FA DE Williams to help the D but that has not resulted in wins.  The GM Nix’s job is in jeopardy as well.  When you trade for QB Tarvaris Jackson you need QB help and that is not it.

 

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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