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Thoughts about NFL weeks 1-4

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NOTE: On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the news of the day, injuries from week 4, and previews of all NFL week 5 games including the Browns/Ravens.

AFC East

Patriots – They look like the best team in the AFC. Only the Court can stop Tom Brady.

Bills – Ty Taylor has been really good and the D is solid.

Jets – The defense is great but no QB means no playoffs.

Dolphins – New head coach but the same players. That is a bad mix.

AFC North

Bengals – Andy Dalton looks great now but he hasn’t played a night or playoff game yet.

Steelers – Mike Vick is no Roethlisberger but the defense isn’t the steel curtain either.

Browns – The offense was questionable but the defense has been terrible.

Ravens – The D is not what it used to be but neither is the O.

AFC South

Colts – Luck is lucky he plays in the AFC Least. Colts get to the playoffs without a D.

Titans – They have 2 NFL starting quality QBS. Lots of teams have none.

Texans – HC Bill O’Brien is not the first to flip a coin to decide who starts at QB. The Browns did it years ago.

Jaguars – They are getting better but need more play makers.

AFC West

Broncos – Team goes as far as Peyton Manning can throw them. That won’t be to the Super Bowl.

Raiders – HC Jack Del Rio has the team playing tough and ready to steal Manning’s lunch money.

Chargers – Phillip Rivers won’t have to move but has to carry the team on his back.

Chiefs – Both O and D are very over rated. Andy Reed is not getting it done.

NFC East

Cowboys – Jerry Jones is learning Brandon Weeden is NOT a good insurance guy.

Giants – Think where they would be if HC Tom Coughlin could figure out how to get off to a fast start.

Redskins – RG3 is playing CB on the scout team. Enough said.

Eagles – 29th in O plays per game? “Chip, the U of Texas is calling. You really need to talk to them.”

NFC North

Packers – In Aaron we trust. He needs to score because the D leaks badly.

Vikings – Does Bridgewater + Peterson = playoffs? Maybe a wild card.

Bears – Only the Lions keep them out of the basement in this division.

Lions – They need coaches and a GM but who wants to live in Detroit?

NFC South

Falcons – HC Dan Quinn has this team playing great. The D is way under rated.

Panthers – I’m still not sold on Cam Newton but love the rebuilt D.

Buccaneers – Jameis Winston completes a lot of throws but some are to the opponent.

Saints – The bag heads are back wondering how DC Ryan keeps his job.

NFC West

Cardinals – They win as long as Carson Palmer is healthy. The O line needs to work harder to insure that.

Seahawks – They have a great QB and RB but the O line is pathetic and may keep them out of the playoffs.

Rams – Nick Foles is not the answer but Bradford wasn’t either. The D is solid.

49ers – Jed York let the coach go when he should have fired the GM. Now Michigan has a better D than the 9ers.

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 13th, 2014
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Playoffs? Playoffs?

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Note: On NNR today Tony Williams Giants and Knicks beat reporter for Metro New York and I discussed the NFL and NBA in detail. The podcast is on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

With the Browns win over the Bengals Thursday there has been a lot of talk of the Browns being a contender for the playoffs. We got Tony’s answer on the podcast. But for me the answer is “Maybe.”

The reason I am not sure is the loss to the Jaguars. If the Browns had taken care of business they would have a game and a half lead on the rest of the AFC North which at least this season is the best division in the NFL. The history of the Browns since they have come back is they play up to their opponents or down depending on if the team they are facing is better or worse. Playoff teams win those games.

Playoff teams are able to run the ball. The Browns did well against the Bengals D, but in the previous 3 games averaged under 3 yards per carry. That is not what Playoff teams do.

The third area that distinguishes playoff teams from pretenders is their ability to stop the run. At times this season the Browns D has stopped the run. But more often they have struggled to do so. This season they are giving up an average of 134 yards per game which is 28th in the league.

A win over the Texans would be another good step toward the playoffs. But there are still criticial games ahead. The Browns need to keep winning and not over look anyone. Even a winless Jags team beat the Browns.

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 .

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  • Published: Aug 19th, 2014
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The radio version of NNR is a podcast while we look for a new broadcast host. Check out last night’s show reviewing week 2 and previewing the Browns/Redskins game.

News:

Thank heavens that the stupid extra point from the 15 yard line is over. The only thing that would be similar to this dumb move would be to move the free throw line to the 3 point distance. Somebody in the NFL office has WAY too much time on his hands.

It was Flag Day weekend again this week. Someone in the NFL office has to get the zebras under control. Every time a pass hits the ground both the QB and WR involved campaign for a flag. The refs are getting more camera time than a senatorial candidate.

There were a number of serious injuries this week. The Falcons lost their starting LT Sam Baker (PCL) for the year. The Jags have lost WRs Cecil Shorts (hamstring), Allen Robinson (hamstring), Tandon Doss (ankle) and RB Toby Gerhart (hip) for several weeks. The Rams lost OL Barrett Jones to back surgery. He is out indefinitely. They also lost RB Isaiah Pead to a ACL injury. He is expected to miss the season.

Several rookie QBs showed promise this week. Titan rook Zach Mettenberger was outstanding again this week. Third pick overall QB Blake Bortles continues to out preform Jags starter Chad Henne. Bortles has made very good progress in tightening up his footwork. Vikings Teddy Bridgewater looked good again.

All pro Chiefs RB Jamal Charles hurt his foot moving out of his training camp dorm. You would think the team would provide their stars some help.

Notes:

Pats 42 Eagles 35 – It looks like QB Jimmy Garoppolo has moved in front of Ryan Mallett. Forget talk about a Mallett trade. Despite the number of teams that need a QB, Mallett has little trade value. Pats’ running game will suffer with the loss of LeGarrette Blount. Eagles will take a step back due in part to the loss of WR DeSean Jackson. Teams have a plan against the Eagle O—Pressure Nick Foles. They still win the NFC Least.

Saints 31 Titans 24 – The rookie QB that has impressed me the most is Titan QB Zack Mettenberger. He has thrown 3 picks but 2 of them bounced off the hands of his WR. He has more arm strength and talent than any rookie QB. When QB Jake Locker suffers his annual injury, it should be Mettenberger that replaces him. Saints look like their #1 O is in regular season form. There is no threat to them to win the NFC South.

Seahawks 41 Chargers 14 – Hawk QB Russell Wilson continues to be incredible. He still suffers from a bad O line but avoids sacks as well as anyone while looking down field for a target. The Chargers look OK and might earn a playoff spot this year rather than stumbling backward into it like they did last season. That says more about the weakness of the AFC more than it does the strength of the Chargers.

Texans 32 Falcons 7 – This was a game between two under-achievers last season. As bad as the Texans O looked the Falcons O looked worse. The injury to LT Baker will not help at all. The Falcons bet on a comeback from RB Steven Jackson who was used up by the Rams. Without a running game, the O will depend on a badly protected QB Matt Ryan. Ryan was just 3-7 for 37 yards. Neither of these two teams will be going anywhere although the Texans D will make the AFC South fun to watch.

Broncos 34 49ers 0 – The rumor that the 9ers have renamed Levis’ Stadium to Titanic is not true but that is the way their first game in the new digs went. Payton Manning did surgery on the 9er D and the patient died. Colin Kaepernick was harassed on nearly every throw. Some believe the 49er O line is great but it crumbled against the Bronco 4 man pass rush. Neither team is a it looked in this game. The 49ers played their 2nd D against the Bronco 1s after the 2nd possession. The refs did no favors for the 49ers. Multiple hits to the head were ignored by the zebras.

Packers 21 Rams 7 – The Packer O was in regular season form. QB Aaron Rodgers went 11-13 128 yards and a TD. The Packer D looked improved. They held the Ram O to 3 of 13 third down conversions and 2.9 yards per rush. While Rams starter Sam Bradford looked good, the team is doomed if he goes down.

Redskins 24 Browns 23 – Neither Johnny Manziel nor Brian Hoyer deserve to be named the starter after 2 games. The only Browns QB that didn’t stink was undrafted rookie Connor Shaw who drove the team 90 yards to a touchdown with less than 2 minutes remaining in the game. Despite a good D the Browns are doomed to a 5 or 6 win season. The Skins have to be wondering if QB Robert Griffin will ever be the same. He is not progressing in his reads. He tends to check his first read and if covered he runs. That is a prescription for another injury filled season.

Rumors:

Several coaches have gotten the “win or else” memo from their owners. Dolphin coach Joe Philbin probably has to win 9 games to keep his job. That will not happen. Raider coach Dennis Allen is there too but is expected to win the division. He is good as gone. Jets coach Rex Ryan is well past his due date. He was able to eek out last year to get a return. That will not happen again. Another bad year for the Falcons will mean the firing of coach Mike Smith. That is too bad because he is a good coach with a bad team. Even Bears coach Mike Trestman’s seat is a little warm. If he gets the team to the playoffs he should be fine.

The one coach constantly talked about as being on the hot seat is the ever under-achiever Dallas Cowgirl coach Jason Garrett. He is safe only because no decent coach will want to put up with the GM/Owner/Pain in the Butt Jerry Jones.

While the Giants talk positively about the offense and QB Eli Manning, behind the scenes there is worry. Eli had the worst season of his career with 27 interceptions last year. He and the O has not looked good at all so far in the preseason. Given that teams play very vanilla defense in the preseason, the struggles of the O are particularly troubling.

Eagles coach Chip Kelly is open to trading back up QB Mark Sanchez. The problem is that starter Nick Foles is not proven. While he had a remarkable 2013, he has not looked consistently solid this year. There is also a limited trade value for the Butt-Fumble QB.

Manziel was accused of giving the Skins bench the finger. I am sure he was just indicating the Browns were #1. Our Johnny wouldn’t do that…Never mind.

I was asked what would I do if I was in Mike Pettine’s position. I would ask the Bills for my old job back.

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

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 football 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 .

He also edits .

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

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  • Published: Jun 21st, 2014
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Redskins win vs Fed but it will cost them.

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I am not a fan of the Redskin name. But that is not the point.

The Federal Govenment in recent years is being run based on political correctness. What law allows anyone in government to unilaterally declare a copyright that has existed for years null and void? That is the question that the Fed will have to answer in a court of law.

The Redskins will prevail in re-establishing their copyright of name. But the fact that the Fed can force a private company to spend millions of dollars in legal costs is absurd. As soon as the Skins prevail the Fed will likely void the copyright again hoping at some point that owner Daniel Snyder will give up or run out of money and change the team name.

But what should happen is that when the Fed losses the case, it should be forced to pay all legal costs of the victor. The idea that government can violate its own laws is scary.

There is nothing in the Bill of Rights that guarantees freedom against being insulted. Will the Cowboys name be next because it insults the native American community as well? What about the Yankees? That name certainly insults many in the South. Even some in Boston would back change that as well. Were does it stop?

It will stop only when the government is held in check. Given the weakness of the Congress, that is not likely to happen any time soon. Some believe the opposite of Progress is Congress. The Federal courts could stop this assumption of power by the Executive branch. That is not likely to happen either.

The bottom line is this: No man or woman is safe as long as the Government’s power is unchecked. In a republic like the United States, that is not supposed to happen. But it has and will continue.

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

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  • Published: Jan 9th, 2014
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Is the Browns HC job the ugly older sister?

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NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or the archive of the shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Monday Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discuss the results of the weekend. Thursday shows alternate between NFL Draft and basketball. On Friday Tony Williams Giants beat writer for Metro New York joins Samantha and me to preview the upcoming games.

Another open letter to  Jimmy Haslam:

The NFL announced that Pats’ OC Josh McDaniels has removed himself from consideration for the Browns head coaching job. Last year Joe Banner felt he had a deal with Chip Kelly at dinner. Kelly left the table to take a call and never came back. He signed with the Eagles. Later last year they thought that Ken Whisenhunt would be the guy but he turned them down as well. The Redskins have a much better “brand name” list of guys they are interviewing than the Browns’ list. They seem to be looking at all potential candidates rather than just those that are represented by agent Jimmy Sexton.

So what is the issue?

I am not sure but this is a question that Browns’ owner Jimmy Haslam needs the answer to quickly.  He needs to call McDaniels and the others that gave the Browns a cold shoulder to find out exactly what turned them off.   My guess is that the problem last year was that Banner told each candidate that the OC was going to be Norv Turner.  Neither Kelly nor Whisenhunt would put up with their boss telling them who their OC would be.  There are other indications that the issues between the 2013 staff and Banner/Mike Lombardi centered around not bringing in replacement players to fill positions of injured guys. Yet another source said the problem is that Banner and Lombardi have the reputation to be very difficult people with whom to deal.

Whatever the issue is in getting a new HC one thing is totally clear—It is stupid to fire a coach you hired a year into a 4 year deal without having a replacement in your pocket. It indicates that both guys are not doing long term planning. This is a clear indication that Banner/Lombardi are the problem and not the solution.

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

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  • Published: Dec 14th, 2013
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News, Notes & Rumors for week 14

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NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or the archive of the shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Monday Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discuss the Browns game and the results of the weekend. On Friday Tony Williams Giants beat writer for Metro New York joins Samantha and me to preview the upcoming games.

Check out the Draft podcast from Thursday Dec. 12th former NFL scout Kelron Sykes joined me to preview the 2014 NFL Draft available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

 

News:

The officiating in the NFL has hit an all time low. While some pass interference flags are phantom calls other receivers can get mugged without a penalty. The NFL has no credibility with me what so ever. These clowns are worse than the replacement refs ever were. At least the scabs tried to get the calls right. Having officiated several levels of football, the one thing I always told my crew before a game was if you didn’t see the foul don’t call it. The worst part is that because the NFL is so afraid of the officials union there is no punishment for the vast majority of these pinheads. As long as they can get away with bad calls without recrimination there is no incentive to be more accurate. These old over-weight dolts will continue to ruin the game without remorse.

 

Coaching is also suffering a decline. Tackling is a lost art. Defensive players seem to prefer the big hit rather than the boring wrap up and drive through that I taught my players. Pass defenders seem to ignore the ball which draws pass interference calls. In zone coverage the players fail to defend players coming through their areas of responsibility. Some teams are better in these areas than others but few could match those that played the game in the 70s and 80s.

 

The NFL announced that the first of three games in London next season will start at 1:30 PM local time. That is 9:30 AM on the east coast and 6:30 AM on the west time zone. Players are not going to be happy with that because it is not safe. This is just a money grab by the league. Before the league tries to build interest in the game in Europe, try to get some in Los Angles.

 

 

Notes:

Bengals 42 Colts 28 – Early in the 3rd quarter the Colts closed the lead to 21-14. Then the wheels came off the pony cart. The Colts O is not the same in the outdoor weather. It was not so much QB Andrew Luck. The problems were an O line that could not protect Luck and the fact that there was no running game for the Colts. Luck was the leading rusher with just 32 yards. Undrafted rookie WR Da’ Rick Rogers caught 6 for 107 yards and 2 TDs. He replaced former starter Darrius Heyward-Bey. The Colts D could not stop Andy Dalton (3 TD passes and a TD run) and the Bengal O. The Bengals scored the next 2 TDs and the Colts never got close again.

 

Chargers 37 Giants 14 – The Giants have never had much success playing on the west coast. Giants QB Eli Manning returned to his giving ways again throwing 2 interceptions and only 1 TD. The G Men were never in the game. The Chargers were up 24-0 at half time including a killer TD pass with just 19 seconds left in the 2nd quarter. The Giant D which had been playing better over the last few weeks was unable to stop the Charger O.

 

Chiefs 45 Redskins 10 – Redskins special teams were not that special. They gave up a 95 yard kickoff return for a TD and yard punt returns of 74 (TD) and 48 yards. QB Robert Griffin was very inconsistent throwing the balls early in the game. The Chiefs built a 37-0 lead before the Skins scored. The Skins’ D continued to be horrendous and the O looks inept. It is hard to run when a team is behind by 5 TDs. The Chiefs needed the win badly having lost 3 consecutive games. They won’t win the division but will be in the playoffs as the 1st wild card.

 

Eagles 34 Lions 20 – The Lions came to Philly and so did the snow. The Lions lost 3 fumbles and the Eagles threw an interception in the weather. The snow did not slow down Eagles RB LeSean McCoy who ran for 217 yards on 29 carries for an average of 7.5 yards per attempt. He also scored twice. The Lions O did very little. A 1st quarter drive scored a TD and that was about all the O could do. The Lions’ special teams scored on a kick return and a punt return and yet the team lost. That is very unusual. Teams with two non-offensive TDs win more than 85% of the time. The Lions (7-6) are clinging to the division lead by just a half game over the Packers (6-6-1). The Eagles did nothing in the first half then exploded for 40 points in the second. Just think how much fun the Super Bowl will be in New York in February!

 

Saints 31 Panthers 13 – The Panthers used an opening drive and a great punt return to kick 2 field goals. But then the Saints D shut down the Panthers and QB Cam Newton without another score until the 5 minute mark of the 4th quarter. Meanwhile the Saints built the lead to 31-6. The key to the game was the pass protection the Saints O line gave QB Drew Brees. He had time to allow pass patterns to develop. He threw 4 TD passes. The Saints D got pressure on Newton and got 5 sacks. Newton is not accurate enough to be able to overcome a 31-6 lead. He also does not have enough quality receivers to allow that kind of comeback against a quality defense.

 

 

Rumors:

The news about Redskins coach Shanahan benching QB Robert Griffin indicates to me that the team is trying to recover a draft choice by showcasing QB Kirk Cousins. If Cousins does well he could bring a 2nd round pick but never a 1st.

 

Rumors about Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater returning to school are not likely to be true. He has taken a beating behind a bad O line. If he wants to get more than being big man on campus, he needs to declare for the draft. He will be the top QB prospect on my board.

 

 

 

 

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

He also edits .

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

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