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  • Published: Apr 17th, 2015
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Today a double dose of NFL Draft on NNR Pod.

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NFL Draft (2)

NOTE: Today on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I talk about the possible undrafted free agents the Browns could sign and discuss some of the draft rumors floating around during “Silly Season.”

Then tonight on NNR I am joined by Ken Becks owner of http://www.1stdownscouting.com/ to talk our favorite players and what the Browns might do. The podcasts will be up on fryingpansports.com/radio-show .

There are two times when we hear people lie the most on TV. One is during a Presidential Election cycle. The other is the time leading up to the NFL Draft. Welcome to the “silly season.”

You can discount almost everything that most GM’s or head coaches say. They have no desire to let their fellow drafters or the public know what they are thinking. Usually after the draft, the fans wonder not what those in charge of their favorite team were thinking but if those drafting were capable of thought.

So don’t worry about what you hear. It won’t matter because they never do what they say. Exhibit A: the Browns spent $100K on a study to see which QB was most likely to succeed. The answer was Teddy Bridgewater. Then they moved up to draft Johnny Manziel.

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 https://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 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/.

He also edits .

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  • Published: Apr 10th, 2015
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The NFC improved more than the AFC in free agent signings and trades.

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NOTE: Today on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I analyzed the Free agent signings in the NFC and the recent signing of TE Rob Housler by the Browns.

While some AFC teams did fairly well in free agency and trades this off season, the majority of NFC teams got stronger while the AFC lost ground.

Winners:

Seahawks – While the Hawks did QB Russell Wilson no favors in his protection, they finally got him a reliable weapon in TE Jimmy Graham. Chances are good we will not see a goal line inside slant pass this season. They also helped the defensive backfield by signing CB Cary Williams and Will Blackmon.

Rams – The signings of LB Akeem Ayers and DT Nick Fairley will help the defense. The trade of QB Sam Bradford to the Eagles for Nick Foles is understandable given Bradford’s injury history.

Redskins – The Skins may not be certain about who will play QB but they helped the defense significantly with the signings of DT Stephen Paea, DT Terrance Knighton, and CB Chris Culliver.

Losers:

Lions – Poor planning by the front office allowed both DT Ndamukong Suh and DT Nick Fairley to leave in the same year. The signing of FA DT Tyrunn Walker and the trade for DT Haloti Ngata will not make up the loss. Ngata is will past his “use by” date and Walker is a “never was.”

Eagles – No matter who plays QB for the birds, the loss of weapons will hurt. In the last 2 seasons they have traded away their top 2 WRS and top running back. The history of running backs with over 400 touches doing well the following year is not positive. To make the issue worse, both signed RB candidates DeMarco Murray, and Ryan Mathews have a bad injury history.

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 https://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 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/.

He also edits .

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

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  • Published: Apr 9th, 2015
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Compensatory picks are fools gold.

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Pyrite

NOTE: Tonight on NNR we talk linebackers in the 2015 NFL Draft with College Football Insider Kelron Sykes. The show will be up after 8 PM.

The Browns have avoided signing true free agents despite having as much money available as any team. They have passed on some guys that could have really helped the team. They seem to be focused on getting compensatory picks but those are fools gold aka Pyrite.

The problem with compensatory picks it that the highest pick will be after the 3rd round and the Browns did not lose a player that will garner that high a pick. The Browns will have 4 extra picks most of which will be after round 6 or 7. While there is some value in those rounds, I doubt that a team that blew two first round picks can find potential starters or key backups that late in the 2016 draft.

When the team is desperate for help at some critical positions, they have to try to sign the best guys they can find and not be limited to just those guys that were released.

I am pleased with the signing of WR Dwayne Bowe and TE Rod Housler. But both of them signed 1 year deals. Given the quality of QBS on the roster, there is a good chance that both of them will move on next season. Both had down years in 2014. If they have any success given the issues at QB, both will have multiple options next season.

So bring on the draft and the compensatory picks next year. Let’s just hope they choose more wisely than they did in the first round last season.

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 https://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 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/.

He also edits .

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

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  • Published: Apr 7th, 2015
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Browns should forget drafting WR or TE.

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Roadkill

There is no reason the Browns should waste their 2015 draft picks on “skill” positions of WR or TE. Instead they should draft those positions that will be productive in 2015 like a pass rusher, a run stopping NT and of course a right tackle so they can move Mitchell Schwartz into RG.

Why do I suggest that? It is simple. The Browns do not have a QB on the roster. The best QB on the roster is Thaddeus Lewis but he will not be on the final 53. Without a QB, why would you waste picks on a WR or TE? Focus on defense and the O line and a quality FB so that the team can run the ball. They will have to be able to block 47 guys in the box because no team will take the pass threat seriously given the QB roster.

Of course the Browns front office could begin to listen to me and actually draft Brett Hundley QB UCLA in the 2nd round. I strongly suggested they draft Russell Wilson in 2012. I recommended that they take Teddy Bridgewater last year. But they took Johnny Manziel.

So I have no doubt they will depend on Johnny Football and company to lead the offense in 2015. On second thought maybe they are listening to me. Have they jumped on the “Crash for Cardale” bandwagon? It really doesn’t matter if they are signed up for it or not, with this QB roster and the schedule against the NFC and AFC West divisions, the team is headed for a top 3 pick next year.

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 https://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 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/.

He also edits .

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

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  • Published: Apr 1st, 2015
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April Fools Day extends to the Draft for the Browns.

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Brownie Down

Note: On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports & I reviewed the Browns offense after their free agent deals. The podcast is on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

The recent history of the Browns drafts makes me think there was an April Fools Day hangover. Here are just a few of the jokes that have been forced on Browns fans.

The 22nd overall pick has been a cruel joke on the fans waiting for a quality QB.

2014 Johnny “football” Manziel – The team reportedly spent 100K to decide which QB in the draft had the best chance of success based on metrics. The result was that Teddy Bridgewater had the best chance of success. So with Teddy on the board the Browns traded up to the 22nd pick to take—Johnny Football. His season spent under the watchful eye of the coaching staff didn’t mean much when in his first start he laid a dinosaur egg against the Bengals. He spent a lot more time with blowup swans than his playbook. We all hope he can overcome his demons in rehab. While some say he deserves another chance, in my opinion he should at least have some competition before being anointed the starter.

2012 Brandon Weeden – The best thing I can say about Weeden is that at least he did not get traded at halftime of his 1st start like Charlie Frye did. In his first season Brandon completed 57% of his throws and tossed more picks than TD’s. He regressed in his 2nd year with Cleveland completing only 52.8% of his throws. By his 3rd season he was in Dallas backing up Tony Romo.

2007 The curse of the 22nd pick started with the team’s selection of Brady Quinn. Brady played in just 1 game in his rookie year. But his 37.5 percent completion rate was a sign of things to come. In 08 he started 3 games but completed just over half of his throws. That should have been enough for management but he was allowed to start 9 games in 2009. Both his completion percentage and passer rating were in the 50’s. He has now been on 5 teams in his last 5 years in the league.

Fortunately the Browns do not have the 22nd pick this year. They need a QB unless they are planning to “Crash for Cardale” Jones from Ohio State. My fear is with either Josh McCown or Manziel starting is this: “With the first pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select…”

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 https://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 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/.

He also edits .

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  • Published: Mar 25th, 2015
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Pettine, Farmer and company, have a nice life.

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Note: On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports & I reviewed the Browns recent transactions and previewed the NFC South. The podcast is on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

NFL NEWS FLASH: This is a quarterback league. If you don’t have a starting quality QB you will lose and be replaced by a group that will find one.

You reportedly spent $100,000 on a study to see which quarterback in the 2014 NFL draft had the best chance for success. The result of the study indicated that Teddy Bridgewater was that guy. So with him on the board, you drafted Johnny Manziel. If you had been reading FPS you would have known that Bridgewater was the best available QB on the board when your second first round pick came up. But you decided for whatever reason to go with flash over substance.

We saw what Manziel could do last year. First he was abysmal vs the Bengals. Then he tried to run the RG3 read option (which he never ran at Texas A&M) and ended up on IR. The comments from Mike Pettine indicate that Johnny will be much better in the new system. Just tell us what the “new system” is and maybe we can agree.

Now Manziel is in rehab. That is the first decision he has made I can support. I hope he gets his life together but having evaluated players coming into the draft since 1960, I have no confidence he will ever be even a quality backup let alone a decent starter.

Rather than resigning Brian Hoyer, they decided to go with Josh McCown who is 5 years older than Hoyer. Hoyer showed that he could win games. When his mechanics broke down later in the season the coaching staff seemed unaware or unable to correct them. McCown has been on 9 teams in his 12 year career. He is not a starting quality guy. Lovie Smith brought McCown to Tampa as the designated starter just as the Browns have done. McCown repaid his coach with a record of 1-10 and almost got Smith fired. The Bucs now have the 1st pick in the 2015 draft.

If the Browns were listening to me, they would have used their 2nd round pick in 2012 to take Russell Wilson and the QB issues would be history. I do like that fact that Ray Farmer finally convinced a couple of wide receivers to sign. Without a starting quality QB on the team that is hard. But his pick of Manziel may do him in. Unfortunately it may also do in the entire crew.

But maybe this is part of the plan to get the 1st pick next year. With either Manziel or McCown starting they have a pretty good chance of “winning” the first selection. To survive both Farmer and Pettine would have to have the approval of owner Jimmy Haslam. The new catch phrase of the Browns must be “Crash for Cardale.”

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 https://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 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/.

He also edits .

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

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