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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: May 10th, 2014
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The NFL Giveth and the NFL Taketh Away.

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For Browns fans there is an advantage to being a pessimist. You are either right or pleasantly surprised.

The joy by most of the Browns fans over the movements of GM Ray Farmer in the 2014 NFL draft has been over shadowed by the shock of star WR Josh Gordon’s probable suspension. It is hard for those of us that do not have an addiction to drugs to understand how a guy that has so much God given talent can throw those gifts away for a temporary high.

The best case scenario for the Browns is that somehow the suspension of 12 calender months is reduced. There is little chance in my opinion that Gordon will be available all season. The most the Browns can hope for is that Gordon will be available for the last 8 games of the season. That is probably optimistic.

The re-injury of WR Nate Burleson arm is an issue as well. While it should be healed by the beginning of the season, the fact that it broke again is cause for concern. Usually bones that have sustained a break are stronger after healing.

Farmer has been aware of both situations for awhile. And yet there was no attempt to add a wide receiver with a pick in the first 3 rounds of the draft. Farmer said in his press conference last night that he was “not concerned” about the WR depth chart. The current starters would be the seldom used ex-Bengal Andrew Hawkins and the often broken Burleson with “Mr. Dropsey” Greg Little and the under-sized Travis Benjamin coming off an injury as well. That is not at all what Johnny Manziel thought he was getting into when drafted Thurday night.

Yesterday the 49ers traded a 4th round pick to the Bills for WR Stevie Johnson. He is 27 years old and a legitimate #1 receiver on the Browns roster.

There are only a couple of wideouts available in the draft that have the potential to develop into a #1 guy. That list includes Martavis Bryant of Clemson, and Devin Street of Pitt. Both guys have holes in their game that need to be corrected but both have size and reasonable speed.

There will be June 1 cuts as well. But Farmer and the Browns need to be focusing on the WR issue to have any chance of getting beyond the 4 or 5 win threshold. Right now without Gordon that is looking like a probable outcome of the 2014 season.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

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  • Published: Feb 11th, 2014
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Joe Banner, I warned you three weeks ago!

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On Jan. 24 I warned both Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi that Jimmy Haslam had more bullets in his gun. Today Haslam pulled the trigger again twice to end the reign of the King and Crown Prince of football in Cleveland. It was a very good move.

 

Anyone that has listened to my radio show knows I am not a big fan of either one. Banner is a very good cap manager. However, he has NO BUSINESS sticking his nose into the selection of coaches or players. The only place we saw Mike was on milk cartons asking “have you seen this person?” But the concept of being the smartest guys in the league was obvious in several of the draft picks and free agent signings during their reign.

 

Despite protestations to the contrary, it was clear that many viable coaching prospects felt the Browns’ job was not worth the risk of working with Banner and Lombardi. Radioactive or not, it was not a management team that inspired confidence in the potential hires or the fans. 4-12 stains everyone involved.

 

Now the Browns have a solid coach and a real football man in the front office. That is a good move. Many of my guests on the show hoped that new GM Ray Farmer would have a major input into the use of the 10 picks in the Browns possession. I join any number of life long Browns fans in cheering the move and the willingness of Haslam to recognize something was not working. Congrats Jimmy. We are with you and the team. With the changes today it is a lot easier to have confidence.

 

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

 

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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/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

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