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Pettine, Farmer and company, have a nice life.

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NFL NEWS FLASH: This is a quarterback league. If you don’t have a starting quality QB you will lose and be replaced by a group that will find one.

You reportedly spent $100,000 on a study to see which quarterback in the 2014 NFL draft had the best chance for success. The result of the study indicated that Teddy Bridgewater was that guy. So with him on the board, you drafted Johnny Manziel. If you had been reading FPS you would have known that Bridgewater was the best available QB on the board when your second first round pick came up. But you decided for whatever reason to go with flash over substance.

We saw what Manziel could do last year. First he was abysmal vs the Bengals. Then he tried to run the RG3 read option (which he never ran at Texas A&M) and ended up on IR. The comments from Mike Pettine indicate that Johnny will be much better in the new system. Just tell us what the “new system” is and maybe we can agree.

Now Manziel is in rehab. That is the first decision he has made I can support. I hope he gets his life together but having evaluated players coming into the draft since 1960, I have no confidence he will ever be even a quality backup let alone a decent starter.

Rather than resigning Brian Hoyer, they decided to go with Josh McCown who is 5 years older than Hoyer. Hoyer showed that he could win games. When his mechanics broke down later in the season the coaching staff seemed unaware or unable to correct them. McCown has been on 9 teams in his 12 year career. He is not a starting quality guy. Lovie Smith brought McCown to Tampa as the designated starter just as the Browns have done. McCown repaid his coach with a record of 1-10 and almost got Smith fired. The Bucs now have the 1st pick in the 2015 draft.

If the Browns were listening to me, they would have used their 2nd round pick in 2012 to take Russell Wilson and the QB issues would be history. I do like that fact that Ray Farmer finally convinced a couple of wide receivers to sign. Without a starting quality QB on the team that is hard. But his pick of Manziel may do him in. Unfortunately it may also do in the entire crew.

But maybe this is part of the plan to get the 1st pick next year. With either Manziel or McCown starting they have a pretty good chance of “winning” the first selection. To survive both Farmer and Pettine would have to have the approval of owner Jimmy Haslam. The new catch phrase of the Browns must be “Crash for Cardale.”

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

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Thoughts about Black Monday in the NFL

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English: LOVIE SMITH, of the Chicago Bears, in...

English: LOVIE SMITH, of the Chicago Bears, in action during the Bears game against the Cleveland Browns on November 1, 2009 in Chicago, IL. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thoughts about Black Monday in the NFL


Browns:  The one gift I had to wait for was the firing of HC Pat Shurmur.  I am not a fan of former Bronco HC McDaniel but he would be better than Shurmur.  Of the coaches expected to be released my choice for the Browns would be Ken Whisenhunt.  He is a D guy but a good coach that made the best of the bad personnel decisions made by a poor GM.  My second choice would be Lovie Smith if he is let go.  Both have been to a Super Bowl and would run a tight ship without being a dictator.


I have mixed feelings about GM Tom Heckert being fired.  While he has by far done the best job of any GM the team has had since 1999 that is not a very high standard.


Cowboys:  They are out of the playoffs thanks to QB “Captain Collapse” (I want a copyright on that phrase) Tony Romo.  It will not cost his HC a job but this team has underperformed for years.  Maybe Jerry should think about firing his GM—himself.


Cardinals:  Ken Whisenhunt deserved better than he is going to get.  He deserved to have an NFL caliber QB.  But the blame for the collapse belongs on the shoulders of GM Rod Graves.  All indications are it was his choice to trade for QB Kevin Kolb.  Graves did not choose wisely.


Bears:  The Bear cubs are the first team to start a season 7-1 and not make the playoffs.  The total collapse of the O line and injuries on the D ended any chance of the playoffs.  HC Lovie Smith may be fired but deserves better.


Chiefs:  There is no hope for fans of the KC Chefs.  They will be cooking up another bad batch of BBQ because they fired HC Crennel but kept inept GM Pioli.  If the GM stays look for the Chefs to hire ex-Bronco HC McDaniel.  McDaniel will want to try to recover the career of QB Cassel.


Chargers:  The firing of both HC Norv Turner and GM Smith are 2 years too late to prevent the need to rebuild rather than tweak the roster.  Under less than brilliant leadership of these two the team got old and inept.


Jaguars:  Who cares?  GM Smith was fired but it looks like HC Mike Mularkey may be safe for now.  This team is dying as quickly as the town in which it plays.


Eagles:  HC Andy Reid is out.  He will not be unemployed for long unless he decides to take a year or two off.  He is a very good coach but 14 years is long enough for any coach to grow stale.


Jets:  The team fired GM Mike Tannenbaum but not HC Rex Ryan.  Frankly both should have gone.  The team needs to produce more and talk a lot less.


Panthers:  Some changes are not for the better.  This team fired HC Fox 2 years ago and now may fire Ron Rivera.  Rivera is doing the best he can with a less than stellar roster.  He has a hc (head case) at QB and a lot of holes on the team.



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/.

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