Brady & the NFLPA need to shut up!


NOTE: Today on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I broke down the Browns depth chart and projected starters.

Those of you that read FPS regularly know I have no love for either the League and Roger Goodell or the NFLPA. But really the NFLPA has to shut up about wanting an independent hearing officer for appeals of penalties.

The NFLPA wanted every cent possible for the current players in the last negotiations for the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

They sold out the retired players. They took every dime they could for the active players and totally ignored the needs of the retired players. If I was a former NFL player I would sue the NFLPA for lack of representation and support. The NFLPA claims to represent the retired players but all they do is throw the old folks under the bus. The sad part is that the retired players built the league so that the current players can make the money they enjoy. It reminds me of Joan of Arc. She led the french to a victory in the 100 years war against England. The French thanked her by burning her at the stake.

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Cleveland sports fans are worse for the loss of Chuck Booms.


NOTE: Today on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the Wells report, the draft of the AFC North teams and Chuck Booms exit from 92.3 the Fan.

Local radio is a tough business. When a station is part of the radio network of a team, the pressure on hosts is even worse. Chuck Booms was a Cleveland sports fan as well as an analyst. The station will likely bring in someone from another market to fill his job. People that have not lived and died with the local teams will not get the respect of the local fans. It takes a lot to be a fan of a city’s teams that have not won a title in over 50 years.

Chuck understood that and won the respect of the fans that knew he suffered along with them.

I have no idea what caused the issue to remove Chuck but I know that the fan base will be worse off because of it. He brought not only a great knowledge but a wit that Cleveland fans needed to survive the losses that our teams seem to accumulate.

While I did not always agree with his analysis, he could … Read more at FryingPanSports

“Browns don’t need no stinkin’ receiver!”


NOTE: Friday on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I analyzed the 1st round of the draft.

While GM Ray Farmer didn’t quote Blazing Saddles, he expressed the same thing. He seems to feel that everyone expects him to take a wide receiver with every pick. But the Browns don’t need a WR at all. The main reason is that they don’t have a QB that can throw the ball more than 15 yards down field.

Josh McCown is old and fragile as candy glass. He had 1 good partial season in Chicago. But he had 2 big fast receivers. He was brought to Tampa by the former Bears coach and named the starter day 1. He rewarded his coach by leading the team to a record of 1-10 and the first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

For some reason McCown’s 2014 resume was enough to get him hired by the Browns. He has a couple of used WR candidates. With his history that is not a formula for success.

Johnny Manziel doesn’t have the physical ability to play in the NFL. But before he even tries to think about that he needs to get … Read more at FryingPanSports

Maybe the Browns do listen to NNR!


NOTE: Today on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I will disect the Browns first round draft picks. Monday we will do a complete review of the draft.

No Johnny Football. No Justin “I don’t want to tackle” Gilbert. The Browns took two solid guys that fill holes on the roster. Teams that are in the playoffs can go “best player available.” But the teams that make the top half of the ranking possible like the Browns need to fill holes with quality guys.

The primary need was someone to stop the run. Defensive tackle Danny Shelton was my top run stuffer inside. And trust me nobody at the draft said anything about him wearing a dress! He is a high energy player that leaves everything he has on the field. He splits the double team consistantly and makes tackles for loss. There is some concern about him being on the field in 3rd and long situations. But because the Browns were 32nd at stopping the run, that did not happen often last year. I have no doubt that he will be a very solid pick.

The 19th pick in my opinion was brilliant. There were … Read more at FryingPanSports

The NFL gave Columbus Browns and Bengal fans a gift.


NOTE: Monday on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I projected a complete 1st round mock draft.

Last year the NFL forgot that Central Ohio fans of the Browns and Bengals have a unique disadvantage. Because both teams are in the AFC, the fans needed to get Sunday Ticket to see more than half of their favorite team’s games. While most people in Columbus believed it was a ploy to sell more subscriptions, the NFL doesn’t really need the money.

The late season network flexibility helped because Fox covered some games that would have been blacked out due to the local CBS affiliate WBNS having to choose one team or the other. There was some flack including a major complaint here on FPS.

The NFL took the Central Ohio issue into account this season with the schedule. Based on my calculations, Browns fans should be able to see 13 of the 16 regular season games. That is both a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing because the fans will be able to see their team. The curse is that the Browns still don’t have a starting quality QB on the roster.

The Bengal fans should … Read more at FryingPanSports

Maybe the Browns should listen to the NNR Pod shows.

Maybe the Browns should listen to the NNR Pod shows.

NOTE: Today on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I projected a complete first round mock draft. It is up on Friday we break down the Browns schedule.

In 2011 I recommended the Browns take Colin Kaepernick to solve their QB issue. He was available in the 2nd round. They didn’t listen and Colin took the 49ers to the Super Bowl and 3 NFC championship games.

In 2012 I was pounding the desk for the Browns to take Russell Wilson. He was available in the 3rd round. But they didn’t listen and all he did was set the record for the most wins by a rookie QB and win 1 Super Bowl and but for the worst play call in SB history almost win a 2nd straight.

In 2014 I was calling for the Browns to take Teddy Bridgewater. He was available at pick 22 but the Browns took Johnny Manziel. While he didn’t take a bad Vikings team to the Super Bowl (no one could have), he had a good season. Even late I recommended they take Zach Mettenberger. He had the … Read more at FryingPanSports