Top 5 questions facing NFC South teams

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AT       5 Can the run game become a force to balance the O?
4 Can HC Quinn get AT to play more physical FB?
3 Can Matt Ryan have another Super Bowl season?
2 Can Quinn get the D cover anybody or was the SB game an indcation they are overmatched?
1 Can AT mentally  overcome the Super Bowl Loss?
CR      5 After a bad 16, can CR get back to the playoffs this year?
4 Can the CR run game help balance the O with someone other than Newton carrying the load?
3 Will the O line be able to protect Newton better than last year?
2 Will the D get back to playoff level play? Pass D was at the bottom of the league last year.
1 Can HC Ron Rivera get QB Cam Newton‘s head out of his posterior?
NO      5 Did NO do enough to help the pass D by adding CB Marshon Lattimore & S Marcus Williams?
4 Will Brees have anyone to throw to with Cook traded?  Michael Thomas, Willie Snead, Brandon Coleman,
3 Is this the year that RB Peterson rolls over and plays dead?  MN thought so and let him walk.
2 Can NO fix the O line?  C Max Unger is the only solid starter & LT Armstead is out for 4-6 months.
1 Can DC Dennis Allen get the run D back to being competitive again?
TB       5 Is TB a contender for wild card?
4 Will the rebuilt O line be better? Sweezy was hurt, Smith was the only solid T.
3 Will RB Doug Martin be healthy again in 17 or be hurt like 14 & 15?
2 Will TB get the D  competitive again by adding FS J.J. Wilcox & keeping SS Chris Conte?
1 Will QB Jameis Winston continue to turn over the ball (18 picks & 6 lost fumbles)?
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Top 5 Questions facing the AFC East teams

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BF 5 How long can BF stay with their stadium situation?
4 Can WR Watkins stay healthy all year?
3 Will the D be as good as in 2015 as it gets older at key positions like DT?
2 Can BF keep the run game going with McCoy and more stable O line?
1 Can Taylor offer the kind of passing game to truly contend in the AFC East?
MI 5 Can MI really challenge NE for the AFC East title?
4 Will D additions of Timmons, Allen & McDonald help?
3 Will the high priced D finally live up to their salaries?
2 Can MI get as much out of Jay Ajayi as last year 1,272 yards, 8 touchdowns?
1 Can Adam Gase push Ryan Tannehill to the next level?
NE 5 How much longer will Tom Brady still be effective?
4 When will TE Gronk be healthy & can he survive a complete season?
3 Will the D be as effective in the playoffs with the loss of Ryan, Sheard & Long?
2 Will the O additions be enough to keep NE at the top of the AFC?
1 Will a rush-by-committee be enough to earn one more title?
NJ 5 Will the addition of LT Beachum & move of Ijalana to RT help the O?
4 Can the D survive the losses despite additions of Claiborne, Martin & Lemonier?
3 Who will play QB this year McCown?
2 Are the Jets tanking to get their QB in the 2018 draft?
1 Can NJ beat out SF for the 1st pick in the draft?

 

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  • Published: Aug 2nd, 2015
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Thank the CBA for a lot of bad NFL football.

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Manziel Money

NOTE: On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the news of the day including details about the Brady case and broke down the Browns offense in detail. We discussed which players will make the roster and which will be cut.

The quality of play in the NFL is going down. That has nothing to do with the quality of the athletes. Every season the rookies get better and more athletic. Rather we can blame the CBA and the sloppy practice habits of NFL teams.

I have always believed that the success in the season is determined before the 1st snap of the 1st game. It is the mental and physical preparation that happens in training camp and the preseason that determines how successful the team will be.

Anyone that has watched the NFL channel training camp coverage has to be surprised at the amount of time spend just standing around. The current CBA reduces the amount of practice time dramatically. But the NFL coaches have not adjusted to the limits well.

One of the things that I have been very critical of the coaching the QBs get. One of the biggest issues is the lack of physical repetitions that the 2nd and 3rd QBs get. While “mental” reps help, there is no substitute for physical repetitions.

Back in the Dark Ages when I coached semi-pro football, we had a limited amount of practice time because everybody had jobs. Our practices would start at 6 PM two days a week and go until dark. We would set up both the first and second team offenses on each 45 yard line going different directions. With the coaches between the groups, each side would alternate snaps. That doubled the number of reps that each group got. That not only helped the QB but the WR, RB and defensive back groups as well. Meanwhile the O and D line groups were doing work elsewhere. Those groups were working back to back as well.

Given the lack of NFL ready QB prospects coming out of college football, the NFL has to do a better job giving reps and individual coaching to young players. The QB coach has to spend most of his time with the starter. Why not bring in a QB specialist coach to develop the younger guys at the position?

The NFL no longer has a developmental league. A league that generates 10 billion dollars a year should spend some of it to develop players. That would also help develop coaches and refs as well.

So when you watch NFL practices, watch for teams standing around. The more standing the less wins at the end of the season.

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

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

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Brady & the NFLPA risk it all by requesting an injunction.

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NOTE: Today on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the news of the day, discussed the NFLPA’s chances of winning in court and broke down the Browns offense in detail. We discussed which players will make the roster and which will be cut.

Tom Brady and the NFLPA are risking a lot by requesting the court to issue a preliminary injunction. First, the burden of proof falls totally on those requesting the injunction. They have to prove that Brady will be irreparable harm unless the injunction is issued. In addition they have to prove that they will likely win the case.

The problem is that even if they get the injunction they lose control over the schedule of the process. For example, if they get the injunction, it could take the court 3 to 4 months to hear the case. If the court upholds the suspension, Brady could miss 4 games late in the season or in the playoffs. The NFL and NFLPA have jointly requested that the judge make a decision before the start of the regular season.

I do not believe that the court will grant the preliminary injunction. If the court follows previous decisions, they will not take the case. The biggest issue still remains the fact that the NFLPA gave the office of the Commissioner the power to issue suspensions and hear the appeals. Federal courts have generally allowed decisions to stand when the proper procedures were followed if the process was defined in a collectively bargained agreement.

If nothing else, it will be fun to watch.

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

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  • Published: Jul 29th, 2015
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The NFLPA is going to court to renegotiate the CBA.

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NOTE: Monday on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the news of the day and projected what the 2015 NFL season could be if the Browns had drafted Teddy Bridgewater rather than Johnny Manziel.

Putting the current issues of Tom Brady aside, one thing is clear. The NFLPA wants it cake and wants to eat it too. When the NFLPA had the chance to take the power of the Commissioner away, the leadership chose to take the money.

Now, they want the court to correct that mistake in the Brady case. This should be totally rejected by the court. In most cases, the court defers to a collective bargaining agreement in cases like this. The fact that the NFLPA agreed to allow the Commissioner to be the final arbiter of suspension cases should give the court all it needs to refuse this case.

But this is far from the only time that the NFLPA has fought for money for the current players over the interests of others. They turned their backs on the retired players, those guys that built the league to the point that the current players can get such big dollars.

Don’t forget that the previous losses that the NFL has had suspensions reduced were topics not covered by the CBA. And there the court reduced the suspensions because the offenses occurred at a time were a lesser penalty was the norm.

While I have been shocked by what the courts have done recently, I believe that the NFLPA will not be successful in getting either an injunction nor in getting a reduction or elimination of the penalty. The NFL has made a preemptive strike by filing a confirmation law suit in Manhattan Federal Court. That will give the league a shot at getting the case away from Judge Dody.

There is little potential for Brady’s chances for a defamation suit against the league. Because he is a “public” figure, he needs to prove not only that the claims of the NFL were wrong but that they were made with malice. That is a very hard thing to prove.

I hope the court does the right thing and tells the NFLPA to pound sand. That is what should happen. But we will see. An activist court is a dangerous thing.

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

NOTE: News, Notes and Rumors podcast are BACK. Check out our thoughts on Fridays about the games coming up and Monday on the results of the weekend. My co-host is Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports. Podcasts can be heard on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Thanks for your support.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

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

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

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The Cavs are back, but…

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LeBron (2)

NOTE: Today on NNR I was very honored to have Peter Brown as my guest. We discussed the draft in general and the Browns picks in particular, the Cavs, and of course the Wells report. Anyone that listened to Yahoo Sports Radio knows that Peter Brown always has a unique point of view. His knowledge and wit made him one of the most popular hosts on radio.

The win by the Cavs over the Bulls last night allowed the fans to begin to breath again. It required LeBron James taking over the game to get the Cavs to 1-1 in the series. He dominated inside the paint and was unstoppable.

To gain control of the series, the young Cavs are going to have to go to Chicago and play at a level above the effort they displayed last night. The Bulls are a physical team that plays better at home than on the road. To win the game tomorrow night, the Cavs have to continue to increase their intensity and effort.

If they do, the Cavs will win the series and move on. If not, they could be in big trouble. Getting J.R. Smith back from suspension will help. But if Iman Shumpert is out that will offset the advantage of Smith’s return.

The Cavs can do it. All it takes is effort and intensity.

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

NOTE: News, Notes and Rumors podcast are BACK. Check out our thoughts on Fridays about the games coming up and Monday on the results of the weekend. My co-host is Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports. Podcasts can be heard on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Thanks for your support.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

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

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

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