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  • Published: Mar 17th, 2014
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Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I will discuss the additions the Browns have made this off season. Then at 6:30 David Kay basketball guru of Walterfootball.com joins me to talk about the Brackets and who will win. The last guest tonight will be Knicks beat writer for Metro New York Tony Williams to discuss the hiring of Phil Jackson by the team.

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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 https://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.

 

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: Mar 15th, 2014
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The Browns 2 key moves filled holes they created.

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Note: Monday Samantha Bunten, Kelron Sykes and I will discuss the free agent moves of the Browns. Then we will be joined by David Kay to preview the NCAA brackets. We will also be joined by Knicks beat writer for Metro New York Tony Williams to discuss the hiring of Phil Jackson. Join us at 6PM EDT on or https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.  News, Notes and Rumors is sponsored by Ebooks-library.com.

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The one thing that Browns fans should take away from the first two moves of the team is this: GM Ray Farmer is working closely to head coach Mike Pettine to put a team together that will be able to do what Pettine wants. That is a major step forward for the organization.

 

I like both SS Donte Whitner and Karlos Dansby. Both fit the Pettine system better than T.J. Ward and D’Qwell Jackson although the new players are a little older and more expensive than those they replaced. Whitner is a better cover guy than Ward. Ward was a little better against the run at the line than his replacement. Whitner is a better fit for Pettine than Ward but the advantage is slight.

 

The move of Dansby for Jackson makes much more sense. Anyone that has watched Jackson play knows that far too many of his tackles are 5 yards down field against the run. Jackson is not a guy that makes a lot of plays at or behind the line. The Pettine system requires one of the two MLBs to attack the line. Jackson was also a huge liability in pass coverage. Dansby is a solid zone backer but does not have the speed or hips to cover a TE or RB man to man.

 

Due to the age of both players, they are a two year stop gap solution at best. The Browns will likely select an inside backer and a safety in the draft to further bolster the roster. But the moves are the first indication in years that everyone at Browns headquarters are on the same page. For the win starved Browns fans, that is a huge positive.

 

 

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 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. The archive is available on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

 

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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  • Published: Mar 11th, 2014
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Derek Carr is Weeden-lite!

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NFL DraftThe Browns have made some good moves bringing in strong safety Donte Whitner and inside linebacker Karlos Dansby. Whitner is much better in coverage than T.J. Ward was. Dansby makes plays in the backfield rather than 5 yards down field like D’Qwell Jackson did. The problem is that while the signings filled holes, they were holes that the Browns had created.

Now there is a lot of talk about the Browns getting a WR with the 4th overall pick and waiting until the 26th pick to get a QB. I hope that QB is not Derek Carr of Fresno State. Carr is Weeden-lite.

 

Carr played in a conference that have no idea what defense is all about. When he finally got a chance to prove himself against a team with multiple defensive NFL prospects, he had a complete meltdown.

 

He has very little experience dealing with a crushing pass rush. He panics at the first flash of opponent color and stops looking down field to make a play. He has very little pocket presence or feel and can not deal with tacklers around his feet. I call him Weeden-lite because Carr lacks Brandon Weeden’s arm strength. Carr does have all of Weeden’s faults however.

 

The bottom line is this. A coach can fix a QB’s footwork or a loop in his delivery. Film study can help a QB make better decisions. However, a coach can not fix a QB that wets himself every time he gets rushed. Carr might survive behind a top O line but the Browns do not have one. In my opinion the choice of Carr would be disastrous for the Browns.

 

 

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

 

NOTE: Thursday March 13th I am joined by David Kay head basketball writer for walterfootball.com to preview the NCAA tournament. Nobody watches more college basketball than David does. Please join us at 6 PM EDT.

 

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/. Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I discuss free agency, the NFL Draft and the news and rumors of the day. The archive is available on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

 

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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  • Published: Feb 21st, 2014
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Corners & Safeties on NNR Live tonight at 6PM EST.

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Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and Kelron Sykes former NFL Scout join me to discuss the Corners and safeties in the NFL 2014 Draft.

Monday night the three of us will talk about the current free agents and those that could be cut to create cap space.

 

 

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/. The audio archives are also available on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

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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  • Published: Feb 10th, 2014
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Browns Needs Round table on News, Notes & Rumors live tonight at 6 EST!

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Samantha Bunten NBC Sports and former NFL scout Kelron Sykes join me to discuss the Browns needs and potential free agents. We are live on  or  https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

 

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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 https://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.

 

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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