The Browns front office must go!

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There is a lot of conversation about whether Kizer is franchise QB the team has needed for so long.  He might be exactly what the Browns need at the most important position in the game.  But it is hard to tell when so many throws that are right on target are dropped by a receiver group that is worse than 2 teams I coached in semi-pro football.

The brain-dead people making draft picks have given HC Jackson a team that is green as baby peas.  They let the 1 WR that had 1000+ yards and was new to the WR position go but brought in a guy that could not catch a cold standing naked on the edge of Lake Erie in a sleet storm.  He also has 1 1000 yard season but has been in the league for years.

They also passed up 2 other QBs that could have started the “rebuild” much earlier and given beaten down Browns fans some hope.  If this group made good choices with those extra picks I might agree.  They do not and the proof is the 1 win we have seen in the two years that they have been in control.

If Jet QB Josh McCown comes back to Cleveland and beats the Browns, there will be hell to pay.  He is better than most people think and could pull it off.  At least he has led the Jets to a 2 and 2 season so far.

After a 1 and 15 season, the stands will be filled with a lot of empty seats.  That has to concern Browns ownership.  Tickets for the last home game were selling for $6.00.  A few more losses and season ticket holders will not be able to give their tickets away.

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 https://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ 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 https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

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Drafting QB Kizer was a good First step BUT…

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 DeShone Kizer was my top QB in a very weak class.  Clearly what happened to the Notre Dame program had a lot more to do with very bad coaching, even worse recruiting, and a brain-dead staff than what Kizer did or didn’t do.  But there are a bunch of issues that the Browns will have to address.

The first issue is Kizer’s mechanics.  A combination of a very pathetic O line, the lack of a consistent run game, and a group of wide receivers that couldn’t catch a cold standing naked in a sleet storm on Lake Michigan, his mechanics went south in a hurry.  But we saw him in 2015 and he as much better.

The question is can the Browns coaching staff get him back to his 2015 throwing motion and footwork?

The personnel department did a good job fixing the O line issues (except for RT) in free agency.  That was a good move because the O line in the draft was below average.  Kizer or whoever starts for the Browns will have better protection than last year.  That should also help the running game.  But this will be as difficult a test for the coaching staff as any they have faced last year.

If the staff can fix Kizer’s mechanics and footwork, he has the physical gifts to be an above average QB in the NFL.  If not, a new staff will have a chance next year to help him.  A 1 win season gives very little cover for this staff.

My last piece of advice for the Cleveland Browns coaching staff and personnel department is this:  Win some games BEFORE the London trip or you may be unemployed when you get home.

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 https://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ 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 https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

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What will the Browns do in the draft

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NOTE:  On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, Tony Williams of Metro NY and I discussed the news of the day and the NNR Mock draft on fryingpansports.com/radio-show.

My view of the world tells me past actions are a good indication of future events.  That does not bode well for Browns fans.  The Browns have had more 1st round picks than any team in NFL history over the last several years.  And for the most part, those guys are not on the roster.  That is what happens when you put a lawyer in charge of the draft.

Part of that was due to the failure of the top draft people to go to the pro days.  When you go to a player’s pro day, you get to talk to those around the player.  A perfect example was the 2014 draft.

In that draft, the Browns had 2 1st round picks.  With the 8th overall pick they selected Justin “No tackle” Gilbert.  Had they gone to his pro day, they would have heard him say “check my film” when someone asked him to catch some punts.

At #22 they selected Johnny “Wreck this league” Manziel.  Had they gone to the Texas A&M pro day, they might have found out he was a heavy drinker and decided against him.

So, I ask the question again.  What will the Browns do in the draft?  From a Browns fan since 1954, I have to guess that they will find a way to screw it up again.

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 https://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ 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 https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

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News Notes and Rumors Mock NFL Draft

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Mock NFL Draft

1Cleveland BrownsQB PR CB SMyles GarrettDETexas A&M
2San Francisco 49ersOLB DE T G QBSolomon ThomasDEStanford
3Chicago BearsPR CB S G T TEJonathan AllenDEAlabama
4Jacksonville JaguarsTE RB DT T GLeonard FournetteRBLSU
5Tennessee TitansCB WR ILBMarshon LattimoreCBOhio State
6New York JetsQB OLB CB deHaason ReddickOLBTemple
7Los Angeles ChargersS WR DE G T QBMalik HookerSOhio State
8Carolina PanthersT DE RB CBDerek BarnettDETennessee
9Cincinnati BengalsT G OLB PR RBTaco CharltonDEMichigan
10Buffalo BillsCB S WR TJamal AdamsSLSU
11New Orleans SaintsCB S OLB WRGareon ConleyCBOhio State
12Cleveland Browns O.J. HowardTEAlabama
13Arizona CardinalsILB QB S CBCorey DavisWRWestern Michigan
14Philadelphia EaglesILB CB RB DE Reuben FosterILBAlabama
15Indianapolis ColtsT G DE DT RBMalik McDowellDTMichigan St
16Baltimore RavensOLB WR CB SZach CunninghamOLBVandy
17Washington RedskinsILB dt S RB T Caleb BrantleyDTFlorida
18Tennessee TitansCB WR ILB CBTre’Davious WhiteCBLSU
19Tampa Bay BuccaneersDE DT S RB OTCharles HarrisDEMissouri
20Denver BroncosT G ILB DE Cam RobinsonTAlabama
21Detroit LionsPR OLB WR G TEDavid NjokuTEMiami
22Miami DolphinsOLB G CB SJabrill PeppersLB/SMichigan
23New York GiantsLT ILB QB Ryan RamczykTWisconsin
24Oakland RaidersMLB DT CB OLBJarrad DavisLBFlorida
25Houston TexansQB T G OLBMitchell TrubiskyQBNorth Carolina
26Seattle SeahawksT G DT CB Kevin KingCBWashington
27Kansas City ChiefsILB RB DT DE CBDalvin CookRBFlorida St.
28Dallas CowboysCB S DE TEMarlon HumphreyCBAlabama
29Green Bay PackersPR CB S RBQuincy WilsonCBFlorida
30Pittsburgh SteelersILB OLB WR QBT.J. WattOLBWisconsin
31Atlanta FalconsG DE DT CB SPat ElfleingOhio State
*32New Orleans Saints CL 33 &#5Deshaun WatsonQBClemson

*Saints trade the 32nd pick to Cleveland for pick 33 & their 5th round pick.

 

Last Chance for Analytics

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For Browns fans, these are the times that try men’s souls.  This Browns front office has 1 more chance to turn the team around or it will be gone.  I believe that HC Jackson has some time but not the front office.

My experience tells me when someone thinks they are the smartest guy in the room, very often they are not even in the running.  The Browns Front office is trying something different—Analytics.  The do think they are smarter than the rest of the league.  While Analytics works in baseball or basketball, it will not work in football.

One of the things that analytics suggests is trade down to get more draft picks.  That might work if the front office had any idea what they are doing with the extra picks.  Last Monday we detailed the picks that this administration made in 2016.  None of them were ranked in the top 60 in terms of production.  This year began with that same FO failing to get a deal with Pryor who got 1000 yards in his first season as WR with a bunch of nobodies throwing to him.  Instead they got an 8 year veteran who has just 1 1000 yard season in his career.

The FO had a chance to get QB Wentz with the 2nd pick last year but chose to trade down and depend on a fragile RG2.5 at that position.  Wentz and a very flawed Eagle team won 7 games.  The Cleveland Tans went 1-15.

1-15 would feel much better if we had a AFC North style rookie QB starting and learning from his mistakes.  What we had was the usual 43 QBs.  The QB they drafted in the 3rd round is a weak armed, under sized guy from the Pac12 who plays no D at all.

I am at the end of my rope with this group of pinheads.  What makes me think that EVP Sashi Brown can find more than 1 decent player?  Nothing at all.  My suggestion to Brown is go back to being a lawyer because you have no business being a judge of NFL talent.

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