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NOTE:  Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on The Bill Smith Radio Show or the archive of the shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.  On Monday Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discuss the Browns game and the results of the weekend.  On Friday Tony Williams Giants beat writer for Metro New York joins Samantha and me to preview the upcoming games.



Rams QB Sam Bradford suffered a torn ACL and will be lost for the season.  The only other QB on the team is Kellen Clemens so the team will need to find one.


Bears QB Jay Cutler left the game with a muscle tear in his groin.  Backup Josh McCown played well in his absence.  The injury to Cutler will keep him out for at least a month.  The Bears are thinking of signing QB Josh Palmer.  They also lost LB Lance Briggs.


Bengals top CB Leon Hall suffered an Achilles’ tendon injury.  If it is torn he would miss the rest of the season.


The Eagles lost QB Nick Foles to a groin injury but Mike Vick should be able to play next week.  That is a good thing for the team since QB Matt Barkley threw 3 interceptions.


Colt WR Reggie Wayne suffered an ALC tear and is out for the year.  At 35 it is not certain if he will try to return next season.


Ravens RB Bernard Pierce suffered a leg injury which is not considered serious.


Texans LB Brian Cushing suffered a torn LCL and broken leg.  He tweeted he would be back.


Redskin S Brandon Meriweather has been suspended for 2 games for illegal hits.  He has appealed the suspension and it will be heard soon.


The NFL lost two of the old timers in the league.  Titans owner Bud Adams and former Oiler coach Oail Andrew “Bum” Phillips Jr., both 90 years old, died this past weekend.





Jets 30 Patriots 27 OT – The Jet defense harassed QB Tom Brady all afternoon.  The Jet D held Brady and the Pat O to 1 of 12 third down conversions.  Despite the 3rd down failures the Pats built a 21-10 lead at half time.  QB Geno Smith was 17-33 with a TD and a pick.  He looked sharp.  The Jets traded with the Saints to get RB Chris Ivory.  He proved his worth for the first time this season running for 104 yards on 34 attempts.


Cowboys 17 Eagles 3 – While QB Foles may have looked like a legitimate starter in Chip Kelly’s O last week, that was the defenseless Buccaneers.  Against the Boys, Foles was exposed.  He was slow to react and make down field reads.  He lacks the speed to challenge the D outside on the zone read.  That hurts the run up the middle and allows the D to play man to man.  He also struggled badly with accuracy.  The Boys were not an offensive juggernaut either against one of the worst defenses in the league.  The Boys scored just 3 points in the first half.  That was bad but the Eagles scored just 3 points for the game.


Steelers 19 Ravens 16 – The Ratbirds still have not solved their O issues.  All of the Raven stats look decent but QB Joe Flacco could not make the play at the critical time.  The Raven O line struggles to handle a blitz.  The pressure forced Flacco to move and that is not his strength.  The Steeler O was not much better.  They also moved the ball between the 20s but failed to get it into the endzone.


Bills 23 Dolphins 21 – QB Ryan Tannehill threw 3 TDs but also lost a fumble and threw 2 interceptions including a pick 6.  The Fish O could not stay on the field converting just 3 of 13 third down attempts.  Bills QB Thad Lewis was just OK but threw for 202 yards without a TD and one pick.  The game turned on Lewis leading two scoring drives in the 4th quarter for field goals.  Starting on his 26 Lewis led the Bills for a field goal early in the 4th quarter to bring the score to MI 21 BF 20.  Tannehill was not able to increase the lead.  When he was sacked he fumbled late in the 4th.   DE Kyle Williams recovered at the Miami 34.  Lewis drove the team to the 13 for the final kick to win.


Redskins 45 Bears 41 – The Bears not only lost their QB early in game, they lost their lead in the NFC North.  But it was not QB Josh McCown that let the Bears down.  It was the Bear D that caused the loss.  The D gave up 499 yards including 209 on the ground.  Time will tell if this was a one time thing or an indication the Bears are a pretender.  Redskin QB Robert Griffin is looking better every week.  With just under 4 minutes left the Bears led 41-38.  RG3 drove the Skins on an 80 yard drive and scored on a run with just 45 second left for the winning TD.


Packers 31 Browns 13 – Browns O was offensive in a bad way.  Check out my in game notes right below this article on https://fryingpansports.com/.




Texans owner Bob McNair gave head coach Gary Kubiak the feared “vote of confidence” after the team almost upset the undefeated Chiefs.


The Rams may have lost Bradford due to a punch.  Earlier in the game OT Chris Long was ejected because of an alleged punch.  On the play on which Bradford was hurt he was forced out of the pocket due to the pass rush.  He was hit on the sideline and is out for the season.


The Bronco loss to the Colts showed the two major flaws in their game.  First the O line is below average but has been disguised by Payton Manning’s quick release.  This loss also showed that the Bronco D is not as strong as it appeared.


Mike Florio reports that Jags WR Justin Blackmon could be traded by Oct. 29th the trading deadline.  There are several teams that have lost WRs or need another one.  Those rumors also include a possible trade of Browns WR Josh Gordon who will be suspended for at least a year if he fails another drug test.  NBC Sports Pro Football Talk reports the Gordon trade is not “probable.”


Despite a near record level of ineptness in his game Monday night, Vikings Coach Leslie Frazier said QB Josh Freeman could start Sunday against the Packers.


Browns coach Rob Chudzinski announced that Jason Campbell will be the starter against the Chiefs Sunday.




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 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 The Bill Smith Radio Show.  

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News, Notes & Rumors for Crazy week 4


NOTE:  This week’s radio version of NNR with my co-host Samantha Bunten will be Friday Oct. 4 at 6PM Eastern on The Bill Smith Radio Show.  A special NNR will be on Monday Oct. 7 at 6PM to wrap up week 5 with Samantha and Giants beat writer for Metro New York Tony Williams.



Week 4 key injuries:  Vince Wilfork DT (NE) torn Achilles out for the year.   Dwight Freeney LB (SD) torn quad out indefinitely.   Brian Cushing LB (HO) and Eric Fisher T (KC) both suffered concussions.


Titan QB Jake Locker was hospitalized after taking a big hit in the game against the Jets with a hip injury.  At this point it looks like he will be out several weeks.


After week 4 a few QBs have had their meeting chairs move a lot closer to the emergency exit door.  Bucs QB Josh Freeman was not only replaced as the starter by rookie Mike Glennon, Freeman was deactivated this week.  Josh asked to be traded but few teams are going to be willing to eat over six million dollars to rent him until the end of the season given his low completion percentage and lack of leadership.


Browns QB Brandon Weeden can’t hold a ball yet but that is mute point since QB Brian Hoyer has led the team to back to back wins.  Brandon, let that thumb heal.  You might need it stacking groceries at the Piggly Wiggly store.


Jets QB Mark Sanchez had better put his house up for sale soon because he too will be moving down significantly in job status and salary.  Geno Smith has not been lighting it up but Sanchez is history.  He will have season ending surgery on his throwing shoulder this week.  He is lucky the previous administration gave him his 20.5 million dollars guarantee.  If he is in the league at all next season he can expect the veteran minimum.  Maybe he can join Weeden stacking groceries.



ESPN 1500 Twin Cities reports that despite backup quarterback Matt Cassel engineering a win over the Steelers, head coach Leslie Frazier reportedly said there is no quarterback controversy and Christian Ponder is still the starter.


At 0-4 the Giants are the worst team in the state of New York.  The Jets and Bills are 2-2.




Bills 23 Ravens 20 – The starting D backfield of the Bills was out.  So the Bills didn’t have a chance to beat the Ratbirds.  WRONG!  Raven QB Joe Flacco evidently felt sorry for the Bills so he threw 5 interceptions including a key pick as they were in range for a field goal to tie the game.  Rookie QB EJ Manuel was just OK but did not give up the ball 5 times.  The Bills lost to the Jets last week.  This week they beat the Ravens.  That means the Jets would beat the Ravens???


Chiefs 31 Giants 7 – NY QB Eli Manning cut down on his picks but the O still could do very little.  The Giants were 1 for 14 in 3rd down coversions while the Chiefs converted 9 of 16.  That was the critical difference in the game.  The Giant D could not get off the field on 3rd down.  One of 14 on 3rd down will not get a win.


Lions 40 Bears 32 – The Lions were up 40-16 with less than 9 minutes left in the game.  Bears QB Jay Cutler brought them back to the final score with two garbage time TDs.  But Cutler also threw 3 picks and was sacked 3 times.  Lions RB Reggie Bush had 139 yards and DT Nick Fairley returned a fumble for a TD.  Both teams are now 3-1.


Redskins 24 Raiders 14 – The Skins had their usual slow start.  A blocked punt and TD pass by Raider QB Matt Flynn replacing Terrelle Pryor had the Raiders up 14-0.  The Redskins scored 24 straight points.  But the Skins D scored on an interception return and an improved game from QB Robert Griffin III led the team back.  Flynn did OK with a final rating of 87.3.  Griffin was 18-27 227 yards and a TD.


Seahawks 23 Texans 20 OT – “Schaub giveth and Schaub taketh away.”   The Hawks had three starting O linemen out and the Texans D took full advantage of that.  QB Matt Schaub and RB Arian Foster built a 20-6 lead going into the 4th quarter.  But Hawks QB Russell Wilson and the D took over from there.  Wilson who had suffered pressures and dropped passes began to run the ball.  He drove the team to the three then faked a run and gave it to RB Marshawn Lynch for the score.  Then Schaub suffered a brain cramp.  He threw the ball into a crowd of Seahawk defenders.  It was picked off by CB Richard Sherman and returned for a shoe-less TD.  Schaub ended up with 2 TDs but 2 critical picks as well.


Broncos 52 Eagles 20 – The Chip Kelly offense is failing to win primarily due to the pathetic defense.  After a win over the Redskins and “not ready for prime time” Robert Griffin III, the Eagles have lost three straight.  In first two losses the O has had the ball about half the time of the opponent.  The O can’t score enough and the D can’t get off the field.  Nobody is going to have an easy game against the Broncos in Denver.  Mike Vick suffered a number of drops and there were some serious problems on special teams like the 100 yard TD kickoff return.  But the Eagles do not have enough of the Kelly type players to make this work.  The three main producers for the Eagles (TE Brent Celek, WR DeSean Jackson and RB LeSean McCoy) had a total of 15 targets but just 6 catches.  The Eagles D cannot tackle at all.  Payton Manning is just outstanding.  He finished with 28 of 34 for 327 yards and four TDs.


Chargers 30 Cowboys 21 – The Cowgirls found another way to lose.  They jumped out in front only to see the D wilt under pressure from QB Phillip Rivers and the Charger O.  Dallas QB Tony Romo struggled with accuracy in the second half and ended up 27 for 37 but averaged only 6.1 yards per attempt. Even a defensive TD couldn’t save the Boys.


Vikings 34 Steelers 27 – The Steeler’s biggest problems are the O line and the defense’s inability to tackle.  With no D and no running game QB Ben Roethlisberger feels like he has to do it himself.  There is no one to take the top off the coverage and the lack of receivers hurts Ben most.  He is the one getting hit on almost every play.  Two Steeler garbage time TDs only made the score more respectable.  The Vikes started backup Matt Cassel and he did OK.  RB Adrian Peterson broke open over and over.  He ended up with 140 yards rushing on 23 attempts.


Browns 17 Bengals 6 – This game was not as close as the score indicates.  The Browns missed two chip shot field goals and the first Bengal FG came on a 30 yard drive.  For the first time in a long while the Browns are tied for the AFC North lead at 2-2.  For more on this game check out my Live Game Notes right here on FryingpanSports.com.




NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport “Tampa Bay Buccaneers ownership is behind head coach Greg Schiano. Ownership knew it would take time to correct the mess left by the previous coaching staff.”

However Schiano did not get any more popular with the fans or the team by his change of QBs to Glennon.  I think the deactivation of Freeman was as much about his unauthorized interviews as it was about his play.  That just proves the truth may set you free but it does not guarantee employment.


According to Giants Beat writer Tony Williams of Metro New York, I was wrong about the team tuning out HC Tom Coughlin.  On my NNR show Friday, Tony said the team likes playing for Coughlin.  That may be but the team was thumped again this week 31-7 by the Chiefs despite the Giant D getting three turnovers.  I still think Coughlin is in serious trouble unless he gets the team turned around soon.  Given the issues with the team that is not likely.


There might be some pressure on Steelers’ coach Mike Tomlin due to the team losing four in a row.  However, that would not be fair.  The issue of the Steelers has much more to do with the drafting by team management than it does with the coaching.  In the near future I will analyze the recent drafts of General Manager Kevin Colbert to show the poor choices he has made.  Look for the analysis here on FryingpanSports.com.


The NFL has not given up on the 18 game regular season schedule but is now pushing a change to the preseason and playoffs.  The latest trial balloon being filled with hot air is the reduction of 1 preseason game.  To offset the revenue loss, there would be one more wild card playoff team in each conference meaning that only the top seed would get a bye.  This will be put up for a vote of owners at the next league meeting but probably not go into effect until 2015.


Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the league is considering fines for Jets defensive ends Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples for their actions on the hit on Titan QB Jake Locker.  Is any tackle on a QB now a finable offense?


The NFL Channel showed a picture of a Texans’ fan burning a Schaub jersey.  The fact is that he is not an elite NFL QB and the team is now wondering if it is time to move on.  While he is good enough to lead the team into the playoffs, it is clear he is not good enough to get to the Super Bowl.  The problem is that team management gave Schaub big time contract extension.  The team would be hit with a 3.5 million dollar cap hit in 2014 and 7 million in 2015 if they cut him after the June 1 deadline next season.


Before the regular season started I predicted that the Redskins and Vikings would not return to the playoffs.  So far that prediction is right on target.


Despite leading the Browns to two straight wins, Head Coach Rob Chudzinski refused to make QB Brian Hoyer his starter beyond Thursday’s game against the Bills.  Can this group really want to see Brandon Weeden play more before deciding he is not the guy?



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 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 The Bill Smith Radio Show.  

He also edits .  

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



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