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Neal Coolong, Steeler beat writer for Behind the Steel Curtain and Yahoo sports joins us to discuss the playoff loss to the Broncos and the Steelers post season plans.

Eric Galko Director of Scouting for Optimum Scouting joins us to talk about the draft with particular focus on teams that will want to trade up to get RG3 and what players might be available at the Browns pick 22.

Peter Pattakos, editor of ClevelandFrowns.com joins us to talk about the fans reaction to the press conferences last week.

Join Mr. Moohead  on after early Cavs games for his post-game chat.

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Niblets from around the net for 4/4/09

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Niblets from around the net for 4/4/09

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By Bill Smith

Best comment of the last week: from fantasy basketball on Fantasy Baseball Fans—Beware of the WBC players in your drafts.

Great advice, WBC isn’t at ALL on par with MLB. I was actually having this discussion with a friend of mine last night as we were scoping out each others lineups (different leagues of course). He hadn’t even thought of that so I had to fill him in, I think he owes me a beer or two.

As you have seen, I am never shy about sharing my opinion. However, I think the MLB season will prove me right overall. And yes, I think he does owe you a beer or two. By the way, I do have a Pay-pal account if you wish to donate.

Updates on previous columns:

Kentucky is no longer THE basketball power—GET OVER IT!

John Calipari, the former head coach of Memphis, has accepted the Kentucky job and the 31 million dollars they offered. He said “Kentucky in basketball is like Notre Dame in football.”

My analysis: He is EXACTLY right. The fans and supporters of both of those teams live in their teams’ past successes and believe that their history entitles them to championships every year.

Bronco Owner Bowlen shoots his team in the leg

I was wrong about how much Denver would get for Cutler. I over estimated the intelligence of the NFL general managers. I will have more to say about that Monday.

Fresh Niblets:

The Browns are turning a little green around the edges.

New HC Eric Mangini has brought a lot of Jets to Cleveland particularly on D. That wouldn’t be a bad idea had the Jets been better than the Browns. Last year the Jets gave up more points than Cleveland. See my full story of this on the Browns page on NFLDraftDog.com.

Overview of the Offensive 2009 Draft Class

This year’s crop of WR prospects is making the NFL scouts smile. It isn’t all that good but looks great compared to the last couple of classes. The running backs this year are R E A L L Y S L O W. To see my entire article, check out Profootballcentral.com.

Stupid is as stupid does”

The Giants cut Plaxico Burress yesterday. When you shoot your friend in the foot, that is bad. When you shoot yourself in the leg, that is stupid enough to deserve whatever you get.

My analysis: He will get jail time and if he is available at all in 09 or 2010, he will face at least a 4 or 6 game suspension by the league. TO Plax’s agent—Call the Raiders. Your guy will fit right in.

Drugs and college football

Rick Serritella, of NFLDraftBible.com, reports Southern California LBs Clay Matthews and Brian Cushing tested positive for steroids at the NFL Scouting Combine, according to various sources, including one NFL team. In addition, Serritella reported that Florida WR Percy Harvin, Illinois CB Vontae Davis, and Texas-El Paso PK Jose Martinez each failed a drug test for marijuana. Boston College DT B.J. Raji had a positive test for an undisclosed drug.

My analysis: When is the NCAA going to get serious about addressing steroids? Maybe it should be a little more focused on testing for illegal substances and a little less on an extra call to a prospect.

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 .

My email is [email protected]

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Don't get too excited about a 3 team deal involving Jay Cutler and the Browns.

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Don’t get too excited about a 3 team deal involving Jay Cutler and the Browns.

By Bill Smith

There is a lot of talk about the Browns being the point guard in a three way deal for Denver QB Jay Cutler. Not so fast, my friend. There are more than a couple chuck holes between Cleveland and anywhere Cutler is liable to end up.

The trade chatter has Brown’s QB Brady Quinn going to Denver, Cutler going to Detroit, Tampa, Seattle, or the Jets, and a covey of draft choices coming to the Browns. There are a covey of problems with that scenario.

  1. There is no way that Denver gives up a semi-proven QB with a pro bowl and 37 starts in the NFL over 3 seasons in exchange for Quinn and his 3 starts and 65.8 passer rating. The Broncos will want Quinn and a high draft pick (late 1 or very early 2) to make that deal.
  1. Tampa is out of the contest because they don’t have a second. They traded it to Cleveland for TE Kelvin Winslow. They would give up their 1 for Cutler but that would have to go to Denver to complete the Cutler deal.
  1. Even if Tampa’s 1 came to Cleveland, the Browns would have to give at least one of their 2 second round picks to Denver and possibly both. That would net the Browns the equivalent of a third round pick (the difference between a middle first and a middle 2nd round pick) in exchange for Quinn. That is not a deal that I would make.
  1. I hear the QB Derek Anderson fans chanting now—what about DA? In my opinion, Denver would not accept DA plus a draft choice in exchange for Cutler. I can see them only taking Quinn because he was tutored in college by Charlie Weis at Notre Dame. Weis has Patriot roots and new Bronco coach Josh McDaniel will employ a very similar offense to that of Weis.

So despite the chatter, don’t get too excited. I can’t see any way in which a three way deal could net the Browns anything close to value for Quinn because Denver would want more than Quinn in exchange for Cutler.

There is a possibility of a direct deal with Detroit or the Jets. Quinn for the Dallas pick the Lions own (#22) would make some sense as would the Quinn for the Jets 1 at #17. I am not sure either team would make that deal but the Lions might not be too excited about either rookie QB and want to use the first overall pick for an OT.

The Jets would love anybody that even looked like an NFL quality QB. A more likely deal would be made after the draft if the Jets can’t get either top rated rookie QB. They would be willing to trade a 1 in 2010 for Quinn. That would not be a good deal for the Browns because Quinn’s value would then be the equivalent of a second round pick this year.

The Jets might take Anderson with his big arm in exchange for a 2010 first round pick if they don’t get something they like in the 09 draft. Given the winds in New York in December, Anderson would be a better choice for the Jets than Quinn. The Browns and Jets might do a deal for a second this year and conditional 2nd or 3rd next year for Anderson depending on how he performs.

In any 3 team deal, if the Browns try to be the middle man, they will end up in the middle of a mess.

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 .

My email is [email protected]

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The media has missed the point of the Cutler vs. McDaniels spitting contest.

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The media has missed the point of the Cutler vs. McDaniels spitting contest.

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By Bill Smith

As usual, the media have totally missed the most important fact in the QB Jay Cutler vs. new Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels. The antique media call Cutler a cry baby. Others say that McDaniels has all the power because Bronco team owner Pat Bowlen backs his new guy. That is not the key story here. The key story is that Bowlen blew it when he fired Mike Shanahan and blew it again in hiring the 32 year old McDaniels. McDaniels is not mature enough to be a head coach in the NFL. It was a bad hire and this is only the first screwup for which McD will be responsible.

To go back to the beginning, McDaniels and GM Brian Xanders committed an unforgivable sin—trying to trade a somewhat proven young franchise QB for another somewhat proven older QB Matt Cassel. McD thought that word of the failed deal would never get out. How stupid was that? In this era of 24 hour sports channels, there is no way on earth or any alternative universe that someone wouldn’t blab. Even when the reports leaked out about a 3 way deal between the Patriots, Bucs and Broncos he refused initially to acknowledged the attempt.

Cutler was not happy and that is understandable. He has been the QB for 3 years and made the pro bowl last year. According to Cutler’s agent Bus Cook, in meeting with McD earlier this year to go over the playbook, McD had told Cutler that he had come to Denver specifically because he wanted to coach the young man. Given the trade talk, Cutler feels that McD lied to him then as well.

McD immediately compounded the gaff. Rather than trying to resolve the situation face to face by going to see his jilted QB, McD called Cutler and reportedly committed another major error by lying to him. According to multiple reports, McD told Cutler that other teams had contacted him about Cutler’s availability. That conversation just added fuel to the feud.

When a face to face finally happened this past weekend, it was an even bigger disaster. Rather than a 1 on 1 with his QB, Cutler insisted on bringing his agent Cook. Not being man enough to face a 2 on 1, McD brought his GM along for support. In that meeting, things did not improve. According to Cook, the Cutler contingent believed that McD was going to call Jay for a one on one. According to McD, it was Cutler that was supposed to call.

When the call came, it was Cook calling to tell the team that Cutler now wants to be traded because he has no faith in McD, Xanders, or Bowlen.

My analysis: Bowlen blew it. He is now trying to save face by backing his sniveling coach McD. McD showed no guts in confronting the issue. He wants his Patriot QB like a 2 year old needs his blankie. He wouldn’t even face Cook and Culter alone. He needed backup.

Josh, engage brain before dialing for deals. You don’t dangle your franchise QB in trade talks that and keep the locker room together. This is what will happen if Cutler is not traded. Some players will back the new coach but others who played with Cutler will back him.

Pat, you blew the firing and blew the new hire. You had better tell McD to back off or you are going to lose what fan base has not already written you off. You need to get the D fixed because it was a well oiled turnstile threw which opponents ran on their way unmolested to the endzone. Cutler was the 3rd rated QB last year while McD has not won anything by himself yet. You need to get control of your coach or replace him.

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 .

My email is [email protected]

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