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  • Published: Feb 5th, 2015
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The Browns are not the train wreck that some believe.

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Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports wrote an article detailing his view of the Browns team issues. While I really enjoy reading his articles, I disagree on several points he made.

We disagree on the departure of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and QB coach Dowell Loggains. When Shanahan put in or was forced to play Johnny Manziel the OC tried to use the RG3 read option offense rather than design something specifically for Manziel. The problem was that Manziel had never run the read option at Texas A&M. Shanahan should have known that and designed something with which his QB would have been more comfortable.

Add to that the total disintregration of the mechanics of QB Brian Hoyer. Shanahan and Loggains were either unable to fix the problem or were unaware of the mechanical flaws. That is inexcusable. But I do think the Browns should have gotten a draft pick or two from whatever team signed them.

There was a comment about the firing of Mike Holmgren. As I said here before Mike was hired, he was the wrong choice. He had been stripped of GM duties in Seattle because he was terrible at drafting. He should have been prosecuted for theft for getting paid that much.

The Browns did blow the Josh Gordon issue by not providing a babysitter after the 2013 season. That could have prevented some of his problems. The new GM Ray Farmer missed on his 2 first round picks last year. Manziel is a disaster. Even if the Browns new staff fixes his mechanics, his lack of dedication to putting in the work that is required is a problem. Checking into rehab is the first thing he has done I can support. While I believe that new OC John DeFilippo has the experience to fix the mechanics of Manziel, I have very little faith in the rest of the offensive coaching staff recent hires.

Farmer also picked CB Justin Gilbert who was a problem child in college and continued his issues with the Browns. He also seems to have problems dedicating himself to improvement. Farmer should drafted a WR in 2014 because that position the deepest it had been in years. Even in the 4th round there were quality guys avaiable and he knew that Gordon was facing another major suspension.

The bottom line is that the Browns have a good defense and parts of a decent offense. The things they lack are an NFL quality starting QB and wideouts with speed and size. Hoyer is a quality backup but will likely not return. Manziel is a disaster but the Browns may not have a better option. No good free agent QB would want to throw to the WR corps the team has. There is no QB in the draft that is NFL ready that I trust although Brett Hundley is close and should be available with a late 1st round pick. The best bet for the Browns would be trying to get Hoyer back for at least a year.

So the Browns will likely start Manziel. With the 2015 schedule including the AFC and NFC west we are likely to hear the following: “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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  • Published: Jan 9th, 2015
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The Browns will struggle to fill the OC position.

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Manziel Money

Note: On NNR today College Insider Kelron Sykes and I previewed the NCAA Championship game. We also talked about Kyle Shanahan leaving the Browns. The podcast is on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

The Browns struggles to fill the OC & QB coach positions have nothing to do with perceived “dysfunction” of the franchise. But make no mistake, the Browns will have to beg an experienced OC to come to Cleveland.

I am glad to see Kyle Shanahan and his joined at the hip QB coach Dowell Loggains out of the picture. My problem with Shanahan was the total lack of in game adjustments and the lack of creativity. Rather than developing a game plan focused on his experience at Texas A&M for Johnny Manziel’s first start, Shanahan just plugged in the RG3 game plan. Manziel never had any experience with the read option. So why would Shanahan try to use a plan that did not relevant to Manziel’s experience?

I had a much bigger issue with Loggains’ performance. My question is how can a qualified QB coach watch as starter Brian Hoyer’s mechanics deteriorated and not do everything possible to correct them? In addition, Loggains had no impact on developing and improving Manziel’s mechanics. Part of that is on Johnny but part falls at the feet of his position coach.

But the instability the Browns have experienced is not the problem that will make finding replacements for both Shanahan and Loggains. The biggest challenge in finding replacements will be the organization’s belief (or hope) that Manziel can become a quality NFL starting QB.

The problem with Manziel is that no matter how good a QB coach is, or how hard that coach works to correct the issues, if Johnny doesn’t care enough to put in the work to get better, it won’t matter. Manziel will never develop into a quality QB because he doesn’t put in the work. As I have said since the end of the 2012 college season, if I was the GM Russell Wilson would have been my QB. Manziel is at the opposite end of the QB work ethic scale from Wilson. Wilson does everything he can to develop his skills. Manziel would rather party.

No quality OC or QB coach will want to risk their career on a guy that doesn’t care enough to work to improve. As a result, until the Browns get another candidate to challenge Manziel or move him off the roster, the team will struggle to find an experienced OC or QB coach.

Johnny talks a good game in interviews indicating he wants to do whatever it takes to improve. Then he skips rehab appointments and goes to the airport to party. I have no interest in Maziel and no faith that he will ever get it. No coaching will fix a guy that is too self absorbed to put in the work to improve.

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

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  • Published: Dec 15th, 2014
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OC Shanahan didn’t do Johnny any favors.

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Something that missed nearly everyone’s notice was how much the Johnny Manziel offense by Kyle Shanahan looked very much like the offense that he and his father put in for Robert Griffin. In fact, the read option was something that Manziel never used in Texas A&M.

There was a rumor that the Wednesday installation practice went terribly wrong. If practice went that badly, what would make the coaching staff have any confidence that the game would go better? The answer is they knew that Johnny was doomed to fail.

I have to begin to wonder if Kyle is in over his head without the loving embrace of his father as his boss. In Cleveland Kyle is on his own. He used the RG3 offense because he couldn’t design an O that would fit Johnny.

It was ugly beyond words. But it was only one bad game. It is far too soon to decide if Johnny Manziel can play or not. The next two games will give the coaches and GM a better view of his abilities. If he looks better in those games, fine.

But regardless the Browns should try to sign Brian Hoyer to a contract between a low end starter and back up money. He won’t get many offers due to the last several games performances. So he may be interested.

In addition the Browns must draft a QB in the 3rd or 4th round. That would give them an option should Johnny not pan out. I don’t want to even contemplate what the 2015 season would look like if the O played like it did Sunday. “With the first pick in the 2016 NFL draft, the 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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To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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