• Author:
  • Published: Apr 9th, 2018
  • Category: NFL Football
  • Comments: Comments Off on 5 Biggest questions facing AFC East

5 Biggest questions facing AFC East

Tags: , , , , ,

Buffalo Bills

Buffalo Bills

Bills

Took a big risk on AJ & trading their best OL in Glenn. D is OK but will they score enough to win?
5 Will LeSean McCoy be as effective at 30 as he was last year?
4 How will the rebuilt DL play?
3 Can the LB group play will without Preston Brown at MLB?
2 Who will play LT since Cordy Glenn was Traded to CN?
1 Who will play QB after AJ McCarron’s contract ends?
 

Dolphins

Cap concerns have made a bad team worse. MI gave away their best players.
5 The OL was bad last year and lost C Pouncey. Can MI run or protect QB with that bad an OL?
4 How can any QB be successful with this receiver corp after they lost Landtry?
3 The LB group was the worst in NFL. How can they rebuild it to get to at least average?
2 Since they cut Suh, who will stop the run?
1 Who long will it take MI to give up on Tannehill and get a REAL QB?
 

Patriots

NE suffers from lack of cap space. Got a DB but did little else in FA/Trades.
5 How many years will TE Gronk continue to play?
4 NE lost a RB last year & again this off season. Can they still run the ball?
3 How can much will the losses that NE suffered hurt the team?
2 Who will play LT since Nate Solder signed with NG?
1 How long will Brady continue to be a top QB?
 

Jets

NJ gave up a lot to move to 3rd pick but got good talent in FA.
5 Will DE Wilkerson get his head on straight & play better this year?
4 Can CB Trumain Johnson play up to his salary of 15M/y & turn around a bad Dbackfield this year?
3 Will RB Isaiah Crowell become the chain-mover that they need?
2 Can WR Robby Anderson & the WR group continue to produce like they did in 17 or fall off?
1 How much will NJ get from Bridgewater or will the rookie QB or McCown start?
 

News, Notes & Rumors on Fridays is 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 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/.

  • Author:
  • Published: Jul 19th, 2016
  • Category: NFL Football
  • Comments: Comments Off on 5 Biggest issues facing teams in the AFC East & North

5 Biggest issues facing teams in the AFC East & North

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

AFC East

Bills

5 Will the Bills get the new stadium they need?

4 Can Rex Ryan survive another losing season?

3 Will the D be as good as in 2014 as it gets older at key positions like NT?

2 Can BF get a run game going with retread RBS and a rebuilt O line?

1 Can the offense offer the kind of passing game to truly contend in the AFC?

Dolphins

5 Can MI really challenge NE for the AFC East title?

4 Can the rebuild O line protect Tannehill?

3 Will the high priced D finally live up to their salaries?

2 Can MI get a run game going without RB Lamar Miller?

1 Can Adam Gase push Ryan Tannehill to the next level?

Patriots

5 Is Jimmy Garoppolo a decent 2nd team QB?

4 When will TE Gronk be healthy & can he survive a complete season?

3 Will the pass D be able to survive in the playoffs?

2 Can NE survive 4 games without Tom Brady?

1 Will a pass-rush-by-committee be enough to earn one for the thumb?

Jets

5 Will NJ sign DE Muhammad Wilkerson or will he play under the Franchize tender?

4 Can the D get back to near championship quality?

3 How many games can Geno Smith win if Fitzpatrick is not resigned?

2 When will the staredown with the Amish Rifle end?

1 Will QB Fitzpatrick continue to improve or fall back to normal?

AFC North

Ravins

5 Will the Run D regain its 2014 level of play?

4 Will the rebuilt O line protect Flacco better than last year?

3 Will WR Brent Perriman be able to play this year?

2 Will the pass defense hold up?

1 When will quarterback Joe Flacco be healthy?

Bengals

5 Can a banged up and aging D compete with PT & BA?

4 How much heat is HC Marvin Lewis feeling this year?

3 Can RB Jeremy Hill hold onto the ball this year?

2 Can Rookie WR Tyler Boyd take pressure off A.J. Green?

1 Can Andy Dalton the reverse vampire) ever win a playoff game?

Browns

5 Will WR Gordon ever play again for the Browns?

4 Can the coaching staff get the rookie WRS corps to produce?

3 Can the D ever figure out how to stop the run?

2 Can CB Joe Haden play up to his 2014 level or is he done?

1 Will RG3 Ever be a starting quality QB?

Steelers

5 Can the D hold up this year better than in 2015?

4 Has the coaching staff realized that PT is now an O based team?

3 Can the rebuilt D Backfield hold up against the AFC North?

2 Will Le’Veon Bell retake his RB throne?

1 Can the rebuilt O line protect Roethlisberger?

Thoughts about week 13 in the NFL

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles' coach, after t...

Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles’ coach, after the Eagles’ training camp in Lehigh, Pennsylvania. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

The Seahawks are really good.

I projected QB Wilson as the 3rd best QB prospect in the 2012 draft.  The Seahawks and I were both right.  He is not getting the pub that Luck and RG3 get but is playing just as well with fewer picks than Luck and more wins than RG3.  To go into Chicago and beat the Bears was a major step forward.  The Hawks will be a very tough out.

 

The Niners made the right decision about Kaepernick.

Kaep can do so much more than QB Smith ever could that the move in my opinion was overdue.  Kaep can throw down field and has the guts and arm to throw the ball into small windows.  While the running game and D will win a lot of regular season games, to win in the playoffs you need a QB to throw down field.

 

Even with two straight wins the Browns need to fire Shurmur after the season.

The Browns have beaten a Steeler team with a 90 year old QB fresh out of the retirement home and a Raider team that has a history of beating itself more often than winning.  Shurmur is still way too inflexible to be the coach long term.  His playcalls will continue to take points off the board and that will cost the team wins when they get good enough to challenge for the playoffs.

 

His unwillingness to give up the playcalling shows he is more about him than the team.  I am tired of watching the winning efforts unrewarded due to stupid calls by Shurmur.

 

Sanchez was a one year starter that was never worth a 5th overall pick.

I have never believed that a one year starter can be a quality NFL QB.  Sanchez waited behind a never was.  He was taken to the playoffs in his first two years by a quality defense and running game.

 

But Greg McElroy is not the answer.  The Jets need to get a new coach, GM and QB to become a factor in the AFC East.  I loved Tim Tebow coming out of college but he has never been given the reps he needed to become a starting quality NFL QB.

 

The Packers are too banged up to win a title.

The Pack needs a running game to balance their O and some help to solidify the defense.  LB Mathews being out has eliminated the pass rush.  The back 7 don’t have the coverage skills to compete against the quality QBs they will face in the playoffs.

 

Put a fork in the Eagles.  They are done.

Mike Vick is history and so is Andy Reid.  The owner will clean house after the season as he should.  Reid is not a bad coach but after 10 years the players tune out the coach.  He was also hurt by naming a friend and OL coach as DC.

 

The locker room has suffered by the influx of high priced UFAs.  The issue has been coaching as well as lack of vet leadership.

 

The Eagles need a new QB.  QB Foles is a great kid but is not ready and has limitations.  There is a reason he was a 3rd round pick in 2012.

 

That’s what I think.   Tell us what you think.

 

 

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/.

He edits .  Listen to the show Mondays 6-7:30 PM EST on or http://mooheadradio.com/2.5/?page_id=21.  You can catch any interviews you missed on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

Tonight on the radio version of News, Notes and Rumors

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

 

Fred Greetham editor of the Orange & Brown Report joins us to talk about the Browns OTAs.

 

Tony Williams, beat writer on the Giants and Knicks for Metro New York Paper, joins us to talk about the NBA Lottery and the Giants OTAs.

 

Stephen Brotherston, correspondent for Hoopsworld.com joins us to talk about the NBA Draft.

 

Eric Frenz, AFC East featured writer for the Bleacher Report joins us to talk about NFL News.

 

 

Our NNR Sportsims.net football league will start in June.  The league is free to our listeners and readers.  Email me at [email protected] to register.  The draft order will be determined by the date of registration.

 

 

NNR at 6PM EDT follows the Moohead show at 5PM on http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/.  Press the Green arrow at 6 for NNR.

 

 

The archive of the show is available the following day at https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

 

Be part of the show by calling our SportSims.com hotline at 216-539-0607.

 

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 and was a senior writer for .  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

He edits .  

 

Tonight on the radio version of News, Notes and Rumors

Tags: , , , , , , ,

 

Eric Frenz, AFC East featured writer for the Bleacher Report joins us to discuss the draft.

 

Eric Galko, Dir. Scouting for Optimum Scouting joins us to grade the Browns’ draft.

 

 

Our NNR Sportsims.net football league will start on May 2.  The league is free to our listeners and readers.  Email me at [email protected] to register.  The draft order will be determined by the date of registration.

 

 

NNR at 6PM EDT follows the Moohead show at 5PM on http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/.  Press the Green arrow at 6 for NNR.

Join Mr. Moohead  on http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/ after early Cavs games for his post-game chat.

 

 

The archive of the show is available the following day at https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

 

Be part of the show by calling our SportSims.com hotline at 216-539-0607.

 

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 and was a senior writer for .  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

He edits .  

 

Questions in the AFC East and North training camps.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

AFC North Training Camp

Note: We will look at all the divisions of the NFL with this same point of view over the next few issues of Fryingpansports.com.

AFC East

Bills

1. How effective with the QB play be? Trent Edwards is the leader going into camp but watch out for former 2nd round pick Brian Brohm. He has the talent to be a starter and Edwards has problems in the clubhouse.

2. “RB? We don’t need no stinkin’ RB!" Marshawn Lynch started his career strong but has made more news off the field than on it in the last 2 years. The Bills took RB C.J. Spiller with their 1st pick but did Lynch get the message? No and Spiller starts.

Dolphins

1. How good will the D be after losing some key players? DT Jason Ferguson retired and they cut LB Jerry Porter and S Gibril Wilson. The D played pretty well last year. Will it survive the losses?

2. How much will RB Ronnie Brown be able to contribute? In addition to an injury last year he faces a DUI issue. The Wildcat is much more effective with both RBs in the backfield.

3. How far has QB Chad Henne come or will former starter Chad Pennington become the starter again? Henne will be as good as the running game allows him to be.

Patriots

1. Have injuries and contract questions reduced Tom Brady’s effectiveness? Brady was clearly not performing at his "pre-injury" level last year.. Will he get back to the 2007 level?

2. Can the Pats O line protect Brady? The line has gotten old and the replacements have been less than stellar. Brady needs protection.

3. How far has the D fallen? Last year the D was exposed by a lack of youth and talent.

Jets

1. How will Sanchez do in year 2? Often 2nd year QBs have a regression. Last year Sanchez was at best OK. He was not asked to do too much. As the Ds focused on the running game, he struggled to get the ball down the field. The team traded for Holmes but he is suspended for the first 4 games. HC Ryan wants to throw more this year but can Sanchez deliver?

2. Will the Jets D continue to improve? The D took major steps forward last year. DE Marques Douglas was expected to do great things in 09 but was a bust. So was ILB Larry Izzo. The top newcomer CB Antonio Cromartie comes with a plane full of baggage. If the D is to improve, it will have to come from some guys on the 09 team developing,

3. Does RB LaDainian Tomlinson have anything left? I don’t think so.

AFC North

Ravens

1. How much will the D fall without S Ed Reed in the backfield full time? The D plays much more aggressively when they have the great eraser in the deep middle. How much can he contribute this year? Is a 6M price tag too much for a part time player?

2. Can the new CBs play up to the level of the front 7? This has the makings of dissention in the locker room if the pass D doesn’t play well.

3. How many balls will WR Anquan Boldin catch? For the last few years the team has not had a true #1 receiver. How much better will the O be? A lot!

Bengals

1. What happens to the running game if RB Cedric Benson is suspended? With QB Palmer having an off year in 09, it was the running of Benson that propelled the O.

2. Will QB Carson Palmer get back to his previous levels of performance or is age beginning to catch up to him? Palmer has not been the same since the injury in the playoff loss to the Steelers.

3. Will the lame duck status of HC Marvin Lewis hold the team back or propel them to new heights to keep their coach? The history of the team indicates that two winning seasons in a row are unlikely.

Browns

Check out my article on the Browns question marks on NFLDraftDog.com under team reports.,

Steelers

1. With QB Ben Roethlisberger being out for 4-6 games, how big a hole will the team be in when he returns. Will he be mentally ready to play? By rule, after training camp ends, he can have no contract with the team at all until he is reinstated by the league. Will the Steelers be out of the race by the time he gets back?

2. Can the running game get back to the old S teeler level without RB Willie Parker? A lot of the trouble in the last few years has been the lack of run blocking by the O line. Can that group come together without OT Willie Colon who is out with an Achilles’ tendon injury. I doubt it.

3. How much will S Troy Polamalu be able to play this year. Without him, the Steeler D is just average.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

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 is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on ;and edits .

© 2011 FryingPanSports. All Rights Reserved.

This blog is powered by the Wordpress platform and beach rentals.