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News, Notes & Rumors Week 1

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News:

The running game in week 1 was WAY down in part because lots of NFL teams have major O line issues.  The Seahawks struggled to score 12 points against the Panthers.  The Browns could not run or pass in a loss to the Dolphins.  The Steelers lose their C Maurkice Pouncey and score only 1 TD.  There was only one RB that got 100+ yards (Shane Vereen of the Pats). and he has a broken bone in his wrist.

 

Colin Kaepernick QB of the 49ers was outstanding against the Packers.  He was 27-39 412 yards with 3 TDs and no picks.  His new best friend is former Raven WR Anquan Boldin who caught 13 passes for 208 yards and a TD.  Despite only running for a total of 90 yards the Niners beat the Pack.   Jim Harbaugh is going to owe brother John a REALLY nice Christmas gift for the trade of Boldin.

 

While the Bills D played well, the Pats are clearly hurt by the loss of targets for Tom Brady.  Of course the two fumbles by RB Stevan Ridley did not help the O.  The same can be said for the Ravens losing Boldin and the Steelers losing Mike Wallace.

 

The Pats have put Vereen on the IR with designation to return list.  That means the earliest he will be back is week 8.

 

The Browns wideouts have shown their speed.  Unfortunately for the team it was in cars on the streets of Cleveland and not on the field.  Both Greg Little and Josh Gordon have been fined for speeding.

 

 

Notes:

 

Bronco QB Payton Manning looks much better to me than he did at any time last year.  Even in the middle of the 2012 season the ball speed was down from his days in Indy.  As much as the 7 TDs were outstanding, his ability to hit very small openings between defenders this year is much better than any time last year.

 

There were two rookie QBs starting and Terrelle Pryor as a new starter for the Raiders.  Bills rookie starter EJ Manuel nearly beat the Pats with a passer rating of 105.  Geno Smith of the Jets had a rating of 80.6 but at least there were no butt-fumbles.  Pryor threw for 217 yards and ran for another 112 scoring a total of 3 TDs with 2 picks.  While none of the three got starter reps from the beginning of training camp, each did pretty well.  They will only get better with more experience.

 

Robert Griffin III did not look 100% to me.  I was not as concerned about his inaccuracy in the first quarter as I was about his mechanics.  Some of that was rust from not playing at all in the preseason.  But I wonder how healthy he is.  There were no QB runs and he looked a little clumsy getting out of the way of the rush.  That is something to watch.

 

Check out my analysis of the Eagles Offense posted yesterday.  I think you will find it interesting.

 

 

Rumors:

There are a couple of teams that are hoping that the Raiders, Jets and Bills fall in love with their new QBs.  The teams that want QBs from the 2014 draft don’t need those three teams joining in the bidding war to get the best candidates.

 

We saw more fights and jawing this week than in any week in recent memory.  The players are generally in a nasty mood and are taking it out on fellow union members.  If the NFL does not get control of this issue there is going to be trouble.

 

Don’t look for Jets’ QB Mark Sanchez to start any time soon.  His injury is worse than the team will admit and management wanted Smith to start day one anyway.  Management is not convinced Smith is the QB of the future but have seen more than enough of Sanchez.  The Jet fans agree.

 

The leash on Browns QB Brandon Weeden got a lot shorter this week due to his 3 picks and many misfires.  The management did not draft him and is not happy with his lack of development.  They will likely allow him to start the next 2 games at the Ravens and at the Vikings.  By the third game WR Josh Gordon will be back from suspension.  But unless he shows significant improvement he could be out week 4.  Backup Jason Campbell would likely replace him.

 

Local media is expressing doubts about the Browns personnel decisions.  The basic issue is that with injuries to the CB and RG spots the team failed to bring in any experienced help.  Instead they brought in undrafted rookies.  There are a couple of OGs available in free agency including Brandon Moore (Jets) and Deuce Lutui (Titans).  After week one a team can bring in a veteran player without having to guarantee his total salary.

 

Giants’ coach Tom Coughlin was fuming on the sidelines after seeing his team turn the ball over six times.

 

OSU is in trouble again but this time it is Oklahoma State University.  While the full scandal found originally by Sports Illustrated is not yet uncovered, it looks really bad.  The charges include payments to players, work done for them by tutors and even recruits getting a “happy ending” from their official hosts.

 

The zebras of the NFL did not have a good week.   While we never hear about penalties by the league against officials, there will be some this week.  Way too many of the officials seem to think the fans come to the game to see them.  Get a clue guys.  You are supposed to be the rule enforcers.  I have no issue with a judgment call being missed.  There is no excuse for not knowing the rules.

 

That’s what I think.  Tell us what you think.

 

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Christmas gifts for NFL Teams.

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Christmas gifts for NFL Teams.

 

AFC

Browns:  I give the Browns a head coach that will let Weeden be Weeden.  Shurmur is way too much of a control freak to allow his QB to even audible out of a bad play.  He has to go.

 

Steelers:  The team needs an offensive line.  Being a Browns fan I give them a subscription to Direct TV so the players can watch the playoffs on the team set.

 

Bengals:  I give them a steep decline of both the Steelers and Ravens.  That not only helps them but helps the Browns as well.

 

Ravens:  I wish the Ratbirds nothing but bad luck forever.  They stole the Browns and deserve to suffer for it.  I also wish that former Browns owner Art Muddle never gets elected to the HOF.  He deserves to be elected to the hall of infamy.

 

Chiefs:  The team needs a QB.  But the 2013 draft class is not stocked with sure fire QB prospects.  They “won” the first overall draft pick by being a team that could not beat the Sisters of Perpetual Misery.  That must be the school where they got both QBs Cassel and Quinn.

 

Chargers:  I give them a coach that has a sense of urgency to win and a new GM as well.  HC Norv Turner has sleepwalked through several seasons.  It is WAY past time for him to go.  GM Smith has not chosen wisely.

 

Broncos:  For a Browns fan, wishing anything good to Denver is hard.  But I would like to see Payton Manning get a 2nd Super Bowl win.  He deserves it.  If not, he should get the football version of the movie Career Achievement Award.  He is a sure first ballot HOF selectee.

 

Colts:  My wish for the Colts is that coach Chuck Pagano recovers fully from his illness.  He deserves to and the team under interim HC Bruce Arians has earned a playoff spot.  Arians deserves to be a candidate for a HC job based not only on his job as interim but also his offensive expertise.

 

Texans:  I wish the Texans a heart.  To lose games at home like they have is inexcusable.  They have a very solid QB and great RB so how do they score 6 points last week against the Vikes.

 

Titans:  A do-over on the decision to let a great HC go.  Letting HC Fisher go was stupid.  They have a good running back in Johnson.  His only problem is being slowed down by a over-stuffed wallet.  QB Locker needs better coaching to get up to an NFL starting level.

 

Pats:  My wish for the Pats is early retirement of QB Brady.  I want to see if Brady made Belichick or if it was the other way around.  My guess is Billy B will not find it as easy to win without a HOF QB.

 

Bills:  The Bills are in need of just about everything.  But most of all they need a QB.  Fitzpatrick has the head but not the physical skills to be successful.

 

Jets:  For them I wish a muzzle.  If I never heard the word Jets again it would be WAY too soon.

 

 

 

NFC

Giants:  I wish the Giants better health in 2013.  The team always seems to be decimated by injuries.  The question that keeps recurring is that the result of bad luck or an outcome of practice techniques.

 

Cowboys:  I wish them and Jerry Jones a nice off season.  It will be longer because JJ can’t select the right people in the draft and will not give up his role as GM.

 

Eagles:  My gift to them is the luck to find a coach good enough to last 14 years like Reid.  That will not be an easy job.  I also wish coach Reid the peace he deserves.  He has suffered a lot over the last few years.  He is a good man and deserves better.

 

Redskins:  I wish the Skins a healthy RG3 for the future.  He is fun to watch and I hope he can continue to play for a long time.

 

Bears:  I wish the team and QB Cutler better OL play.  He has been beaten badly game after game.  He deserves better protection.

 

Lions:  I wish the Lions a brain.  They are way too talented to continue to play stupid football.

 

Vikes:  This team needs a QB to take pressure off of RB Peterson.  Ponder is not the answer in my opinion.

 

Saints:  The team needs some closure on the bounty scandal.  The scandal and its publicity have destroyed the 2012 season of a good team.

 

Bucs:  I wish QB Freeman some WRs that can catch.  With an outstanding young RB like Martin, some quality receivers would really help the O.

 

Cards:  I give coach Whisenhunt a job with a better GM than he has at Arizona.  He is a great coach but GM Graves couldn’t find a QB in the Football Hall of Fame.  My first choice for the Browns would be Whisenhunt.

 

49ers:  I wish them luck with QB Kaepernick.  He is solid and will develop into a top 5 QB.  Like RG3 he is fun to watch as well.

 

Seahawks:  They already got their gift in 3rd round QB Russell Wilson.  As I said in my pre-draft radio shows he was the 3rd best QB in the 2012 draft and will be a champion before he is done.

 

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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Mock Draft of News, Notes and Rumors on Cleveland.com/DSN radio show

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1st pick – Carolina Panthers : AJ Green WR Georgia
2nd pick – Denver Broncos: Patrick Peterson CB LSU
3rd pick – Buffalo Bills: Von Miller OLB Texas A &M
4th pick – Cincinatti Bengals: DaQuan Bowers DE Clemson
5th pick – Arizona Cardinals: Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri
6th pick- CLEVELAND BROWNS: Robert Quinn DE North Carolina
7th pick – San Fran 49ers: Prince Amurkamara CB Nebraska
8th pick – Tennesse Titans: Cam Newton QB Auburn… reach pick by meddling owner
9th pick – Dallas Cowboys: Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College
10th pick – Washington Redskins: Nick Fairley DT Auburn red flags causes Fairley to fall to wash
11th pick – Houston Texans: Marcell Daureus DT Alabama
12th pick – Minnesota Vikings Jake Locker QB Washington Locker will wow teams after great combine
13th pick – Detroit Lions Aldon Smith OLB Missouri
14th pick – St. Louis Rams Julio Jones WR Alabama
15th pick – Miami Dophlins Mark Ingram RB Alabama
16th pick – Jacksonville Jaguars Cameron Jordan DE California
17th pick – New England Patriots Akeem Ayers OLB UCLA
18th pick – San Diego Chargers Adrian Clayton DE Iowa
19th pick – New York Giants Nate Solder OT Colorado
20th pick – Tampa Bay Bucs Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue
21st pick – Kansas City Chiefs Derek Sherrod OT Mississippi State
22nd pick – Indianapolis Colts Tyson Smith OT Southern Cal
23rd pick – Philadephia Eagles Mike Pouncey OG Florida
24th pick – New Orlean Saints Mikel LeShoure RB Illinois
25th pick – Seattle Seahawks Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin
26th pick – Baltimore Ravens Brandon Harris CB Miami
27th pick – Atlanta Falcons JJ Watts DE Wisconsin
28th pick – New England Patriots Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State
29th pick – Chicago Bears Torrey Smith WR Maryland
30th pick – New York Jets Corey Liuget DT Illinois
31st pick – Green Bay Packers Justin Houston OLB Georgia
32nd pick – Pittsburgh Steelers Rahim Moore FS UCLA

Fryingpansports will be publishing other mock drafts by listeners soon.

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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 .

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