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Manziel battling the playbook is not a good thing.

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Browns head coach Mike Pettine made the comment yesterday that Johnny Manziel biggest challenge is the playbook rather than Brian Hoyer. ESPN and most of the national media took that to mean that as soon as Manziel gets the playbook down, he will be the starter. Not so fast my friend.

What Pettine means is that Manziel is struggling to learn and understand the playbook. That is not a surprise. At Texas A&M the playbook was the size of the US Constitution. To Manziel the Browns playbook looks more like the IRS rules and regulations.

We were told that he was studying even while going to and from Vegas. Maybe the inflatable swan had an I-pad built in. His time enjoying himself could be costing him now. You can’t win the locker room as a QB unless you know the playbook COLD and can communicate it in practice. Until he can do that he will not get a snap in the regular season.

Also in college Manziel never had to make pre-snap reads. His offensive teammates took their position on the field then read the signs on the sideline to determine which play would be executed. Manziel also never had to worry about blocking adjustments but he will be expected to know and implement them now.

In the NFL, a GM or coach that listens to what the fans want will be sitting with them soon. Manziel hurt his standing in the locker room with his off the field partying. Once a QB loses the locker room it is very hard to get it back. Hoyer seems to have a better understanding of the playbook and the support of most of the team.

The bottom line: Don’t expect Johnny to be the starting Browns QB any time soon.

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

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News, Notes & Rumors for week 2

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News:

Injuries hit key players in the NFL again.  Ray Rice RB (BA) has a hip flexor.  WR Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) reinjured his hamstring but plans to play next week.  RB Reggie Bush (DT) has a knee sprain.  OT Ryan Clady (DV) has a Lisfranc strain and will be out several weeks.  WR Andre Johnson (HO) had a concussion but is expected to play next week.  RB Maurice Jones-Drew (JK) has an ankle sprain.  RB Eddie Lacy (GB) suffered a concussion. WR Malcom Floyd (SD) was carted off the field with a neck injury and is not expected to play any time soon.  NT Ian Williams (SF) broke an ankle and is out indefinitely.  S Eric Reid (SF) suffered a concussion.  S Tyvon Branch (OK) hurt his ankle and S Charles Godfrey (CR) is out for the year with an Achilles tear.  QB Brandon Weeden (CL) has a sprained thumb on his passing hand.

 

This Given Sunday site reports that three teams are in line for the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.  Those teams are 3) Tampa Bay 2) Cleveland and 1) Jacksonville.  The first pick will likely be QB Teddy Bridgewater QB of Louisville.

 

Another well known college QB  Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, is undraftable according to Peter King.  I tend to agree with King.  I would not draft him at this point because he looks a lot like Ryan Leif to me.  Leif was a head case with a sense of entitlement he had not earned in the NFL.  Manziel seems to have that already in college.

 

The Seattle fans broke the world record for stadium noise level at 136 decibels.  That is similar to a jet engine.

 

An Orlando TV station apologized Sunday for broadcasting the Jaguars game rather than Manning vs. Manning.  By NFL rule they had to televise the local team.

 

 

Notes:

Chargers 33 Eagles 30 – SD won the game by holding the ball for over 40 minutes.  The Charger defense did a great job tackling which is the best way to slow down the Eagles.  The Eagle D got tired.  The Eagle O got back in the game and tied it late.  But the tired D gave up a long drive with less than 2 minutes remaining and the field goal to win it for SD.  Their primary issue on Defense seems to be blown coverages against the pass.

 

Raiders 19 Jags 9 – Raider QB Terrelle Pryor was solid again.  That opened the running lanes for the backs.  Jags have the worst O in the league (yes ever worse than the Browns).  The game between Cleveland and Jacksonville may determine the 1st overall pick.

 

Packers 38 Redskins 20 – It is clear to me that Robert Griffin III is not healthy.  He is not stepping into his throws.  That limits his power to just his arm and shoulder.  The Packers jumped out to a 24-0 lead and never looked back.

 

Bills 24 Panthers 23 – This game was back and forth until the Panthers lost 3 of their starting DBs.  Bills QB EJ Manuel drove the Bills down the field to win the game late.  The Bills D is really starting to come around.

 

Seahawks 29 49ers 3 – My pick of the 49ers+3.5 did not go well.  Colin Kaepernick could not get the O going.  But it was the running game that failed the team.  Gore and company did nothing and Kaep had to carry the load.

 

Ravens 14 Browns 6 – The issues with the Browns are the O line, QB, and D secondary.  Brandon Weeden was sacked 5 times and hit a bunch more.  For the details on this game check out my posting yesterday here on Fryingpansports.com.

 

 

 

Rumors:

I mentioned last week about the nasty jawing between teams going on around the league.  The NFL noticed that too and issued a “point of emphasis” on that issue.  We will see if that does any good.

 

The Bucs are in disarray.  At 0-2 it is unlikely that QB Josh Freeman will be back.  He and head coach coach Greg Schiano are not getting along.  The HC reportedly never liked Freeman.  The Bucs drafted QB Mike Glennon in the third round in 2013.  Freeman wants a trade but few teams will be interested in giving up a draft choice for a guy that will be a street free agent at the end of the season.  The Bucs players are getting tired of Schiano’s tactics and tough love.  There was the attempt to tackle the QB against the victory formation last year.  The bottom line is the team is 1-7 in their last 8 games.  A history of winning is necessary to make the players accept the tough coach approach.

 

The Browns may be looking for an excuse to bench Weeden in favor of either QB Jason Campbell or Brian Hoyer.  The Weeden injury will give the team a reason to make a change.  If nothing improves when Weeden is “healthy” he can start again.

 

According to ESPN there is a movement by the Jags fans to sign QB Tim Tebow.  The GM has said he is not interested in the free agent.  The movement was scheduled to start at 3:16 PM Monday.

 

 

 

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 The Bill Smith Radio Show.  

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What to look for in this weekends games.

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Baseball playoffs

We would like to thank the Rays, Twins and Reds for stopping by in the playoffs. Please pick up your parting gifts as you leave. The series will be between the Yankees and the Phillies.

College Football

#1 Alabama @ #19 South Carolina – The ol’ Ball Coach will wish he still had the talent from his Florida days. Bama wins

#2 Ohio State v. Indiana – Forget about the injuries on O, you and I could score the Indiana D if you were having a bad game. The OSU D stops a good Indy O and OSU wins.

#3 Oregon @ Washington St. – Oregon runs up 50+ points and makes a case for jumping over OSU into 2nd.

#8 Auburn @ Kentucky – Auburn QB Cam Newton passes a bad Ky D silly. Auburn wins big.

#9 Arizona vs. Oregon St. – Az had a major letdown after a big win over Iowa and squeaked by Cal. They had better not have a let down here because the Beavers are tough. They have lost 2 games to top 6 teams.

#11 Arkansas @ Texas A&M – Ark is banged up after getting thumped by #1 Bama. The week off should help. TAM lost a tough game last week against Oklahoma St. Arkansas should win but this could be close.

#12 LSU @ #14 Florida – This should be the game of the week. Both teams have serious flaws but play hard. LSU has to keep the turnovers down. I think Florida wins close in a minor upset.

#23 Florida St. @ #13 Miami – FSU looked bad against the only tough team they have played Oklahoma. Miami played close against #2 Ohio St and got a nice win last week against a good Clemson team. Miami wins.

NFL

Ravens -7 vs. Broncos – The Ravens are for real but could have a let down (and some injuries) from the win last week over Pit. Ravens should win and cover the spread.

Bucks @ Bengals -7 – The Bengals are better than they looked against the Browns last week. They win and cover with the running game leading the way.

Browns @ Falcons -3 – The Browns winning streak ends at 1. Falcons cover easily.

BEST BET – Saints -6 @ Cards – A change of QBs by the Cards won’t help. Saints cover easily.

BIG GAME OF THE WEEK – Vikings @ Jets -4 This is a must win for both. The Vikes are the better team but are not playing like it. The game will boil down to the play of the of the QBs. Farve will be pressured and is not having the season he did last year. The addition of WR Moss will help next week but not that much this week. The Jets had better cover Moss on the fly pattern or they will get burned. The key to the Jets is the play of QB Sanchez. As he develops, the team will get better. The Jets will not have the running game they enjoyed last week because of the Vike’s DTs the Williams brothers.

The Vikes need it more and win a close game.

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 is a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com. His first non-fiction work is at the publisher now and he has also published several novels on

and edits .

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Niblets from around the net for 5/2/09

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By Bill Smith

Best comment of the week:

From ReverseCellPhones on AFC Draft winners and losers:

Great material Bill. I am a little worried about the Bengals picks. They have had character issues with players in the past but still continue to draft those players on the fringe of being trouble.

Everything I read about the Bengals 1st pick Andre Smith (OT Alabama) isn’t a bad kid but just VERY immature. A couple of “expert’s” final projections showed Michael Johnson (DE Georgia Tech) taken in the first round. He has never matched the hype he had coming into college let alone at the beginning of this season. But in the 3rd round, he was a great pick. I loved the picks of Rey Maualuga (ILB USC 2nd round) Chase Coffman (TE Missouri 3th round) Jonathan Luigs (OC Arkansas 4th round). All are outstanding values where they were picked. MAYBE, just maybe, the Bengals are turning things around.

Updates on previous columns:

A few names in the draft you won’t recognize but should know.

QB Stephen McGee Texas A&M—Dallas 4th round pick 101

RB Gartrell Johnson Colorado State—San Diego 4th round pick 134

RB Ian Johnson Boise State—URFA signed by Jacksonville

FB Jorvorskie Lane Texas A&M

WR Mike Thomas Arizona—Jacksonville 4th round pick 107

WR Jarett Dillard Rice—Jacksonville 5th round pick 144

TE Bear Pascoe Fresno State—SF 6th round pick 146

OL Seth Olsen Iowa—Denver 4th round pick 132

OL Sebastion Vollmer Houston—New England 2nd round pick 58

Defensive sleepers in the 2009 NFL draft

DL Ty Steinkuhler Nebraska—URFA Jets

DL Stryker Sulak Missouri—Oakland 6th round pick 199

DL Matt Shaughnessy Wisconsin–Oakland 3rd round pick 71

DL Nick Reed Oregon—Seattle 7th round pick 247

DL Myron Pryor Kentucky—New England 6th round pick 207

LB Lawrence Sidbury Richmond—Atlanta 4th round pick 125

LB Scott McKillop Pittsburgh—SF 5th round pick 146

LB Marcus Freeman Ohio StateChicago 5th round pick 154

S Tony Clark Georgia Tech

CB Morgan Trent Michigan—Cincinnati 6th round pick 179

Boston Vs. Chicago—Tackle basketball is back!

As predicted, the NBA chose not to suspend Celtic Rajon Rondo. There is nothing wrong with a hard foul attempting to block a shot. However, when a player acts only to attempt to injure an opponent, that must be punished.

Niblets fresh off the cob:

The Yankees have cut the price of their premium seats in half. That would be a class move if the price wasn’t $500 up AFTER the reduction. The Yanks have their heads …

Cleveland was not able to get a 1st and 3rd round pick for WR Braylon Edwards prior to the draft.

Given his near terminal case of dropsy and his contract demands for an extension, that is not a surprise. According to reports, the best offer the Browns got was a 2nd this year and a 3rd to 5th next year depending on catches (and probably drops as well).

Arizona Cardinals released RB Edgerrin James

James was scheduled to earn 5 million dollars this year. Much of that money will be used to try to rework the contract of WR Anquan Boldin. The team was not able to get enough prior to the draft to tempt them to trade their outstanding WR.

As I predicted:

The Bulls have pushed the Celtics to a 7th game.

Despite nearly every “expert” talking about a sure first round pick, both James Laurinaitis (ILB Ohio State) and Rey Maualuga (ILB USC) went early in the second round. They will both be very solid starters in the league for a long time. But ILBs just don’t go in the first round normally.

Columbus Ohio is still without a NHL playoff ready hockey team. We would like to thank the Blue Jackets for participating. Be sure to pick up your parting gift—a home version of our game—on your way out.

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 is a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .

My email is [email protected]

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A few names in the draft you won't recognize but should know on the offensive side of the ball.

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Here are a few of the offensive players I found that have NFL potential but are not highly regarded by most scouting sites or draft experts. I will post some D players tomorrow.

QB

Stephen McGee Texas A&M—McGee has a stronger arm than most think and got a lot of experience throwing on the move. He is accurate in the short and medium pasterns but is inconsistent on the long ball. He has the size you would like but needs to bulk up a bit in the lower body. He is a late round pick but has the tools to start with the proper development in 3 to 4 years.

RB

Gartrell Johnson Colorado State—A big back in a short body. He doesn’t take many big hits because he is so short (5-11). But he packs a lot of power and reasonable speed in a 230 lb body. He is a 4th or 5th round pick with the potential to be a 3 down back who can pass block and catch passes. He should last until the middle of the 6th round but is not a FB as some think.

Ian Johnson Boise State—Johnson is a nice combination back that can be a 3rd down back and a solid backup. Under 200 lbs. he is not a candidate to be a starter but has skills. He has above average vision and can break a long run but does not have super speed. He is a late choice or URFA (undrafted rookie free agent).

FB

Jorvorskie Lane Texas A&M—Lane has been voted the player most likely to eat himself out of the league. However, if he can get back to 260-265 from his current 285, he is an excellent short yardage runner and powerful lead blocker. Watch him in 06 and 07 to see what he could be again. He will likely be an URFA.

WR

Mike Thomas Arizona—Thomas is only 5’8 but has speed and can get open using both his speed and excellent patterns. He can catch a bad ball, get his feet down going out of bounds, and makes tacklers miss. He is a slot receiver/flanker that can start in time. He should be a middle round choice.

Jarett Dillard Rice—Rice runs patterns that do not translate to the NFL. However, Dillard is an NFL type receiver. He runs ragged patterns and has to improve in that area but has above average hands, can get the bad throw and gets open. He should be a 3rd to 4th round pick.

TE

Bear Pascoe Fresno State—Most prospects this year are receivers. Pascoe can catch some and block some. He should be 4th round pick.

OL

Seth Olsen Iowa—Olsen is another gem lineman from Iowa. While he is OK at pass blocking, his real value is in run blocking. He drives his opponent into another area code consistently. He is a G that can start on a run first team day 1. He is a late 4th or early 5th round choice and a great value there.

Sebastion Vollmer Houston—Vollmer has worked in a super spread offense so he needs to perfect his footwork. But he can pull and block, and has more pass blocking experience than many OT candidates in the draft. H e should be a 5th round pick.

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 is a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .

My email is [email protected]

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