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  • Published: Jul 1st, 2014
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Does Effort to Extend Hoyer Indicate Concerns about Manziel?

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Extending Brian Hoyer’s contract now makes some sense. However, given the cap space that the Browns have, it is not critical. They could easily afford a long term deal with Hoyer after the season even if he becomes the starter with his play in 2014. So why is GM Ray Farmer so concerned about getting Hoyer signed before the season?

I believe that the recent off field actions by 1st round pick Johnny Manziel have something to do with it.

First, there is the injury concern about Manziel. As the Redskins found out, when a relatively frail QB runs as part of his game, it is critical to have a quality backup. Both Manziel and Robert Griffin III have similar body types. And Griffin has been hurt in both of his seasons in the NFL.

A second reason is more significant. The efforts to resign Hoyer now indicates to me that the team has serious concerns about Manziel’s maturity and development. The recent statements by veteran Browns show some are tiring of the drama that Manziel brings. Each time he makes the NFL Channel opening

segment the view of Manziel by the vets sinks a little lower. Manziel is going to have to much better moving the ball than Hoyer to win the job.

Third team management is clearly concerned about Manziel’s drinking. While his party attitude does not violate laws or NFL rules, there is a growing concern by some that the drinking could become an issue. A DUI will result in suspension just like a failed test for a PED.

Last and perhaps most significant is the recent decrease of comments by the coaching staff about how quickly Manziel is developing. All the news about Manziel involves his party habits. Early on I questioned his willingness to commit the time in the film room necessary to take full advantage of his athleticism. We will see. The thing about being a scout of college players is the truth about wither you were right or wrong will always be obvious.

I want to make it clear as a long suffering Browns fan I am hoping Manziel and Hoyer are both very productive. But at this point I have my doubts about Manziel.

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

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  • Published: Jun 28th, 2014
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Johnny Manziel is in Danger of Loosing the Locker Room.

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So far we have heard only good things about Johnny Manziel on the practice field. That is expected but not particularly significant. Both OTAs and mini-camps are football in shorts. Even Brandon Weeden looked good in shorts. The problem surrounding Manziel is the publicity off the field.

Clearly, Manziel has not violated any laws or team rules. That is a huge positive. However, there are still issues. His comment that he won’t change his lifestyle for anyone was not a good sign. He sounded like a spoiled punk. That indicates he will not limit his exposure to his posse or social media.

Several of the Browns team leaders have said that Manziel is becoming a distraction because of questions about his off the field activities. It doesn’t matter what I think. It doesn’t matter what you think. It does matter a lot what players in the locker room think. Once a QB looses the locker room it is hard to get it back.

If he shows he is willing to pay the price to be effective under center, he can win it back. But it will take a while. In the mean time more money phone calls or money signs will make things worse. Every time he does something stupid like that the team looses respect for him.

You can’t be a team leader acting like a 6 year old. Until he grows up the team veterans will look at him like a spoiled kid. Manziel has a very short window to win over the team. He has wasted the momentum he got from the draft. Now he is wasting his chance to build a relationship with the veteran leaders on the team. Without the support of his team a great career is unlikely.

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

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

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  • Published: May 27th, 2014
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So far I am not impressed with Johnny Manziel

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One of the 3 biggest questions I had about Johnny Manziel was is he willing to work hard enough to become the QB that his natural athleticism indicates he can be. So far, I am not impressed by that aspect of Manziel.

His actions as he was walking across the stage after being taken by the Browns concerned me. That is not the time to be doing the “show me the money” crap. The Browns clearly had issues with the way he was carrying himself by the “act like a backup” comment. But they should have known what they were getting when they picked him in the first round. Be careful what you wish for. You might just get it.

This weekend we saw Johnny hanging out in Vegas with the broken Gronc. We saw the girls and the money sign again. He realized that he looked bad and posted a picture of his playbook tablet trying to make up for his bad PR. But that only made it worse.

Here is the bottom line. Manziel has a lot to learn. He is not as NFL ready as Teddy Bridgewater due to the O that Manziel played in. He will have to do the tape work necessary to become a successful QB. So far there is no indication he has the desire to do that. He seems to be more interested in being an Internet superstar rather than a football superstar.

The future of both the Browns and GM Ray Farmer depends upon Manziel becoming a quality starting QB. That is not the kind of bet that I would make if my job depended on it.

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

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

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  • Published: May 23rd, 2014
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Dissecting the 2014 NFL Draft – Cincinnati Bengals

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Note: On News, Notes & Rumors we have all pro RB Abner Haynes. Last night’s interview with former Browns QB Kelly Holcomb covered the impact of a QB controversy on the players involved and the team. It is available on fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Join us at 6 PM EDT on or https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

The Bengals have made the playoffs the last couple of years but have yet to win a playoff game. The biggest issue in those games has been the lack of accuracy and decision-making by QB Andy Dalton.

1/24 Darqueze Dennard CB – Dennard is a do it all CB without top speed but will fit well in the Bengals D scheme. He was a value at 24.

2/55 Jeremy Hill RB – Hill is a very skilled RB with enough off field baggage to require a 747 to transport it to Cincy. The old joke about the Bagels was they had to go no huddle because too many of the players were not allowed to be within 10 feet of another felon.

3/88 Will Clarke DE – Clarke was one of my under the radar guys. He is very productive and will do well in the Cincy D scheme. While others are calling this a reach, I think he is a solid value here.

4/11 Russell Bodine C/G – Bodine surprised scouts by coming out and should have stayed in school another year. He was a reach by a round that the Bagels traded up to get.

5/164 A.J. McCarron QB – The Bagels drafted another weak armed QB. A.J. Survived in the south with anticipation making up for the lack of a big arm. That will not work in the winds of December in the AFC North.

6/212 Marquis Flowers OLB – He is fast and is fairly productive but lacks the instincts to make him special. His best chance to make the squad is to be a special teams star.

7/239 James Wright WR – Wright never became a starter at LSU despite his 6-3 size. He was totally off the radar of most scouts and is a long shot to make the team.

7/252 Lavelle Westbrooks CB – A small school guy that is a big hitter against the run and the pass. At 5-11 he has decent size and was picked where he was expected to go.

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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

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  • Published: May 22nd, 2014
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Player’s suit over Toradol hurts NFL’s drug suspension legitimacy

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Note: On News, Notes & Rumors tonight we will be joined by former Browns QB Kelly Holcomb. Friday we have all pro RB Abner Haynes. Join us at 6 PM EDT on or https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

A dozen former NFL players are suing the league over the use of the pain killer Toradol before and during games without advising them of the side effects of the drug. This suit is one of several against the league dealing with health issues. But the use of a pain killer like Toradol by the league drills holes in its drug policy.

The use of pain killers is just another example of the NFL’s duplicity about drug use. While they have a test 10 times more stringent than the Olympics on weed, they are funding a study to see if that drug helps in recovery from concussion syndrome. While they want to appear tough on weed, they are negotiating with the NFLPA to swap testing for marijuana for testing for human growth hormone. The league injects players with a drug without telling them about the side effects and penalizes them for taking a prescription drug unless they have approved it prior to use.

Every time the league does something to enforce its drug policy, it swallows its foot by doing something that seems to contradict the policy. Each of these contradictions decrease the chances that the drug policy will stand up in a court of law. Each weakens the league’s legitimacy in the drug testing arena. That should impact their decision about the violation of Brown’s WR Josh Gordon. We will see if it does but given the pomposity of the NFL it probably won’t.

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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

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  • Published: May 21st, 2014
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Dissecting the 2014 NFL Draft – Pittsburgh Steelers

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Note: On News, Notes & Rumors Thursday we will be joined by former Browns QB Kelly Holcomb. Friday we have all pro RB Abner Haynes. Join us at 6 PM EDT on or https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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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