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  • Published: Sep 8th, 2015
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It is time for Browns GM Ray Farmer to go!

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I really like ESPN/Cleveland’s Tony Grossi but he is a little too kind to the Browns. Those of you that have followed FPS know I have been critical of the drafts for years. That brings us to the now suspended Ray Farmer. Tony is too nice to say it but I am not. It is time for Ray to go.

The most important position in the NFL is quarterback. Prior to the 2014 draft the Browns did a study (reportedly costing around 250K) to find out which QB had the best chance to become a franchise guy. The answer was Teddy Bridgewater. So with Bridgewater on the board, the Browns moved up from 28 to 22 to take—wait for it—Johnny “Football” Manziel. Bridgewater has become a promising starter and Manziel has an affinity for blow up rubber swans. Even after the disaster vs. the Bengals Farmer refused to take a couple of QB prospects that showed promise later in the draft. There are rumors that Manziel was not Farmer’s choice. That does not matter to me. A GM has to be strong enough to make his choice or quit if he is over ruled.

In this most recent draft Farmer has continued to deny the team any solid WR prospects. His two years “calling” the shots for the Browns have included some of the most prolific WR prospects in recent history. He finally relents to pressure and traded draft pick to moved up to take Vince “stone-hands” Mayle. The history of Mayle should have convinced Farmer not to take him.

His two first round picks from 2014 have both so far been busts. While the 2nd pick in 14, OG Joel Bitonio has been outstanding, Farmer traded up in the 3rd round to get RB Terrance West who was given away for a conditional 7th round pick next year. In the case of Manziel and West the team clearly failed to do the background work to see the off field and locker room issues that both had in college.

In the 2015 draft he took the two most obvious picks in the first round and gets no credit in my book.

For those that say he has done a good/decent job I remind you that all the draft picks in the world don’t help if you screw up the choices. He has embarrased the team and the league by texting during a game. But Farmer is not the first guy I would have canned as GM. Before he was hired I wrote that Mike Holmgren was not a talent evaluator and should not be hired.

Am I too critical? Maybe but I am old enough to have seen the Glory Years of the Browns in the 1950’s. I want those days back for my daughter, my grand-kids and for all the long suffering Browns fans all over the world. You deserve better. I believe you will not get it as long as Ray Farmer is the Browns GM.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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Johnny Manziel is at it again.

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Johnny Manziel was involved with a heckler in Texas attending the Byron Nelson golf tournament. At the pool, he was heckled by a fan and got so upset he threw a water bottle at the individual. Of course there was no damage because Johnny is no more accurate at throwing water bottles as he is with footballs.

There are two things that bother me about this. First, I was expecting a better version of Johnny after his rehab. I was hoping he had developed a better attitude and a thicker skin after the self evaluation that is a central part of rehab. Clearly he has not learned a lot from rehab. That leads me to my next issue.

If Johnny expects to be a Browns QB, he had better improve a lot. If not, he can expect to experience much more criticism. While the Browns claim he is doing much better, the reports from camp indicate he is still struggling with the playbook and his reads. That makes me wonder if he is doing the work necessary to learn the new offense.

There are two positives however. First the incident did not involve a blow up swan. Second, Johnny will not have to unlearn last year’s offense because he never learned it.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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  • Published: May 1st, 2015
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Maybe the Browns do listen to NNR!

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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 very few OT prospects in this draft. Most of the guys that were listed at T were actually better suited at G. Cam Erving was an exception. He has the feet to play T and the head to call protections at C. Make no mistake, Erving is an insurance policy against Alex Mack opting out of his contract in 2016. Even if Mack stays, Erving can play T, G or C. The Browns can move Mitchell Schwartz inside to G where his lack of quick feet will not be an issue.

These two picks were exactly what Samantha and I projected for the Browns. If GM Ray Farmer is listening, I have another suggestion. How about trading a 3rd or 4th pick to the Titans for QB Zach Mettenberger? He has a much better arm than anyone on the roster now and came from a pro style offense at LSU.

Of course if the Browns had been listening to NNR before the 2012 draft the QB issue would not be a problem. I was beating the drum for them to select Russell Wilson. He would have solved the QB issue for the Browns for a decade or more.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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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/.

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

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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.

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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/.

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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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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.

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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/.

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  • Published: Mar 30th, 2015
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Are the Browns trusting McCown to get them the top pick in 2016?

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Note: On NNR today Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports & I reviewed the recent transactions in the NFL and analyzed the Browns offense. The podcast is on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

Of all the issues the Browns face clearly QB is the most troubling. Rather than resigning Bryan Hoyer the Browns opted to let him leave and sign Josh McCown. McCown was brought in to Tampa to be the starter by new head coach Lovie Smith. While McCown did not produce many wins in his 11 starts (1-10) in a way he helped solve the QB issue by getting the top pick in 2015 for the Bucs.

If that is what the Browns have planned for 2015, it will be a L O N G               S E A S O N for Browns fans. There is little chance that McCown, Johnny Manziel, or any of the other QB’s on the roster can lead the team to many wins given the schedule against the AFC & NFC West. Perhaps I was not far wrong when I suggested that the plan was “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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