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  • Published: Jul 22nd, 2014
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QB Controversies can be hazardous to a coach’s employment.

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One of the things that head coaches at all levels of sports fear the most is a QB controversy. That is particularly true in the NFL. This preseason there are a number of them around the league. However, the analysis of each will be the fodder for future articles.

The point of this posting is the danger that they pose for the continued employment of coaches around the league. Despite what you have heard about pro players there is one thing you should know—players know which QB gives the team the best chance to win. If the coaching staff make the right choice everyone has a decent chance of holding onto his job. If not, the coaching staff will appreciate the extended unemployment benefits the federal government now provides.

The biggest risk of making a job threatening mistake is in the hands of Rex Ryan. The Jets have said that there will be a true competition between Geno Smith and Mike Vick. The staff wants Smith to win the job but based on what I have seen Vick gives the team a much better chance to win now. However I suspect that unless Smith stinks the place up so badly that the Jets need to call in the EPA Super Fund to clean up the mess, he will keep the job.

The problems for any coach that selects a QB that the team sees as second best involve losing games, and worse yet losing the locker room. A QB that loses his team can get it back with great play. It is almost impossible for a coach to get a lost locker room back. When he loses the locker room, the players tune him out. They no longer feel they can win. They refuse to take coaching. And they are willing to pad their own stats than do what is best for the team. When those things happen ownership needs to find a new staff.

So watch the preseason games of teams with a QB controversy. If nothing else, they will be fun to watch. THAT is truly “reality TV.”

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

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6 PM Eastern on or https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk football with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

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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  • Published: May 14th, 2014
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The NFL’s Marijuana Policy is Not What It Seems.

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The NFL’s test is 10 times more restrictive than that of the Olympic Committee. To add to the NFL’s

duplicity in weed testing, the league has paid for a study to determine if the substance assists players recovering from concussion syndrome.

With two states having already decriminalized the use of weed and several other state considering it, the NFL position on weed seems extreme. The NFL is currently negotiating with the NFLPA to trade testing for marijuana for testing for human growth hormone (HGH). It seems that the NFL is using the marijuana policy to force the NFLPA to accept HGH testing to allow players to smoke weed when they feel like it.

These negotiations are progressing but the league has announced that even if it removes marijuana testing from the drug policy, those that have already failed a test for it will not be affected. They will still be punished even as the league is eliminating the penalties and testing for it. That includes the top yardage receiver in the league last year Josh Gordon.

So the league is clearly duplicitous in its punishment for marijuana violations. It does not mind being duplicitous because it is the biggest bully in sports. The league needs to get knocked down a peg and the NFLPA needs to make sure that any change in the weed policy is retro-active to include those that were violated under the old testing program. That should include Josh Gordon.

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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  • Published: May 11th, 2014
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I really like Johnny Manziel but…

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The rumor going around Twitter is that I am a Johnny hater. That is not the case and I wanted to make my position clear for all the other Browns fans that read https://fryingpansports.com/ or listen to NNR. Let me make one thing clear—beyond similar size, there is no comparison between Manziel and the QB I was totally sold on in the 2012 draft Russell Wilson. Wilson is a pocket passer with escape ability.

I like what Manziel did at Texas A&M. I did not have him on my board as a 1st round QB only because I had a number of questions about him. Most of all, I wonder if he will spend the time in the film room that it takes to help a QB particularly a rookie QB develop. Wilson is a film room junkie and works hard on his craft. Manziel would rather go to a basketball game than watch film. He is now saying all the right things. But actions speak louder and we will see if he does enough to become an effective QB.

My second issue is his size. The Browns go through QBs like some people use plastic bags. They should be strong but disposable. I said on Twitter that unless the Browns fix the right side of the O line Johnny Football will become Johnny Flatball. Manziel is small and thin. He was hurt often in college and the hits in the NFL will be harder by bigger and faster players. While he can help keep his body in tact by being smarter, the Browns need to do a lot more to protect him in the pocket.

The third issue is does his game translate to the NFL. Much of the magic he generates is accomplished outside the pocket. When LSU forced him to throw from the pocket, Manziel struggled. He will find that NFL teams are a lot better at containing a wondering QB than college teams even those in the SEC. The only way he will be able to become successful is to learn to read coverages and throw from the pocket. If he does he can become a successful QB. But that is a big IF.

Since he was drafted by the Browns, I will cheer and root for him. But the draft analyst in me had to make my concerns clear.

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

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk NFL draft with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

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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  • Published: May 7th, 2014
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Last minute NFL Draft trade rumors.

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The only time you hear more lies than the days leading up to the draft is during a Presidential campaign. After studying the NFL draft since 1960, I guess I have seen and heard about all the rumors and stories many times. Here are my impressions of what is true and what is a smoke screen.

The Texans will trade out of the 1st pick.

Getting something close to the value for DE Jadeveon Clowney at the top spot will be very hard. Although they are clearly open for business, the asking price they want is a high 1st and 2nd this draft and the trading team’s number 1 in 2015. I doubt they will find someone to pay that price.

The Lions want to trade up to get WR Sammy Watkins.

The Lions would love to trade up to get Watkins but it will be costly. While several teams in the top 5 would love to trade down, they expect a lot. For example a trade from 10 to 2 would cost the Lions their first, second (45), the third (95) and their 1st in 2015. While the Rams might offer a slight discount, that is a high price to pay considering that at 10 the Lions could get one of the other WR prospects that would be almost as good. They have a lot of needs and won’t make the trade.

The Bills want to trade up to get their man.

The Bills reportedly want OLB Khalil Mack from Buffalo Univ. but will likely have to get to 2 to get him. The same type of cost applies to move from 9 to 2. The Bills will settle for another OLB and save their picks. The final price is determined by how motivated the Rams are to move down.

Teams that need QBs will trade back into the 1st round to get their favorite.

This will happen for a very simple reason. The new CBA allows teams that pick in the 1st round get a 5th year option on the player they take. If the QB works out, they will exercise the option. If not, they won’t have to worry about it because the GM that replaced them will have that decision.

Everybody wants Johnny Football.

The Rams are very interested in drafting Johnny Manziel.

This is a message to QB Sam Bradford—get it done or you are gone. They will take a QB somewhere in the draft but not at 2 or 13. Bradford is in double jeopardy because he has a high cap number and no more guaranteed money in his deal.

The Browns are looking to take Manziel with the 4th pick.

While Browns owner Jimmy Haslem may really like him, there is a huge risk at taking such a frail QB that high. They may trade down and take him but it will not be at 4. Either Mack or Watkins would have to be on the board at 4 to give a team a reason to trade up.

The Cowboys are hoping to trade up to get Manziel.

This was another QB message. “Tony Romo get us into the playoffs this year or you will be gone in 2015.” It was also an attempt by Jerry Jones to get some interest in a team trading above them to get Manziel so that the player he wants really falls down to 16. But the cost of such a move would be so high that Jones quashed the rumor in a recent press conference.

The Raiders are interested in getting Manziel.

While Manziel would put people in the seats, the Raiders need to win now or the front office will be gone. I am not sure they would want to bet their jobs on Manziel getting wins by himself. It is possible but not likely.

The Falcons want to trade up to get pass rush help.

This one is true. They would love to trade up to 3 or 4 from 6 to get Mack or one of the OT prospects. He is the best pure OLB pass rusher on the board. The Falcons front office has a history of big trades up and 6 to 4 would not be overly costly. The likely deal with the Browns at 4 could be for 6, 37 (2nd) and 68 (3rd). The Browns likely take that deal but would be better off drafting Mack.

Most of the “well known” mock draft posters have inside information from the teams.

While some like Mel Kiper do have very solid connections around the league, most do not. They base their mock (aka guess) based on the needs of the various teams. No team wants leaks based on what they will do. Front office people have been fired for less than spilling the team’s beans.

Forget the mock drafts, it is the position rankings that are important.

This is true. While there is no way most mockers have inside information, to be taken seriously they need to be as honest as possible on the ranking of players. However, different people look for different things. It also depends on which games a media scout sees. I rate every draftable player when I chart a game. I do between 120 and 250 games a year to provide the draft postings on this site.

Most teams drafts are based on “best available” concept.

Usually teams at the bottom of the draft will take the best available player (bap). The teams at the top of the draft have too many holes to ignore and go bap. If you don’t fill your holes as a GM, your replacement will.

The Jets will move up to take Odel Beckham Jr. WR LSU.

Beckham is moving up due to his size and speed. He has moved to the 3rd spot on most people’s WR lists. He is a solid prospect with good up side and the ability to highpoint the ball. The Jets likely would have to get to 10 and the Bills and Lions may be willing to trade down if they can’t trade up or get their man at their current spot.

The Browns will draft 2 quarterbacks in 2014.

The Browns signed two vets at the position. However, until they fix the right side of the line they can use all the QB prospects they can get.

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

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk NFL draft with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

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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  • Published: May 5th, 2014
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Final NNR Mock draft tonight at 6 PM EDT

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Tonight Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former Jags scout Kelron Sykes and I give our last 1st round mock draft. At 6:30 Ken Becks of 1stDownScouting.com will join us to talk draft.

There will be no show at 6PM on Thursday. But after the Browns take their 26th pick I will go on the air with Ken Becks and Kelron Sykes to analyze the draft. Please join us for both shows.

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NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk NFL draft with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

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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  • Published: May 3rd, 2014
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Final List of Top 5 Offensive Positions for the 2014 NFL Draft.

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QB – 1 Teddy Bridgewater Louisville – Forget the pro day and watch the tape.

2 Zach Mettenberger LSU – Is the most ready full size NFL QB in the draft.

3 Blake Bortles UCF – Needs to sit at least 1 year. Footwork it main issue.

4 Johnny Manziel Texas A&M – Game may not transfer + injury risk.

5 Jimmy Garoppolo Eastern Illinois – Needs 2 years to be ready to start.

Over rated – Derek Carr Fresno State – Wets himself when rushed.

RB – 1 Carlos Hyde RB Ohio StateBiggest value in the draft. Better than Lacy last year.

2 Tre Mason RB Auburn – Tough guy that plays bigger than he is.

3 Bishop Sankey RB Washington – 3rd down back that can catch or play in the slot.

4 Jeremy Hill RB LSU – Pushed down due to red flags in his background but talented.

5 Ka’Deem Carey RB Arizona – Plays faster than he times but should have stayed in school.

WR – 1 Mike Evans Texas A&M – Has great size and hands, and good speed without red flags.

2 Sammy Watkins Clemson – Best talent but red flags make me think of Blackmon.

3 Odell Beckham Jr. LSU – Size, speed and hands. Will be a starter day 1.

4 Cody Latimer Indiana – Great size and speed. Was doubled on every play but produced.

5 Marqise Lee Southern California – Forget bad 2013. This guy can play at a high level.

Beware – Kelvin Benjamin Florida State – Was “too tired” to work out for a team that traveled to work him out. Is that a guy you trust with a 1st round pick?

TE – 1 Eric Ebron North Carolina – Great receiver but don’t expect him to block.

2 Jace Amaro Texas Tech – A big step down but Jace will block a little.

3 Austin Seferian-Jenkins Washington – Not as productive as I would like but big potential.

4 Crockett Gillmore Colorado State – Very under rated but a great value in the 4th round.

5 C.J. Fiedorowicz Iowa – More blocker than receiver but can be red zone target.

OT – 1 Jake Matthews Texas A&M – Most NFL ready and versatile OT in the draft.

2 Taylor Lewan Michigan – Versatile guy with a BIG nasty streak.

3 Greg Robinson Auburn – Great run blocker that struggles with speed pass rushers.

4 Zack Martin Notre Dame – Big drop from top 3 but Zack can play G or T.

5 Morgan Moses Virginia – Big smart guy that is more athletic than people think.

OG – 1 David Yankey Stanford – Athletic smart player with a will to be the best.

2 Gabe Jackson Mississippi State – Less athletic but very productive guy with 2nd round grade.

3 Xavier Su’a-Filo UCLA – Athletic guy that is not as productive as I would like.

4 Dakota Dozier Furman – Under rated guy that can play T or G.

5 Cyril Richardson Baylor – Tough guy that will be better in the NFL than in college.

OC – 1 Travis Swanson Arkansas – 3rd round guy that can pull and run and is solid against the pass.

2 Weston Richburg Colorado State – Smart guy that makes line adjustments and can block.

3 Bryan Stork Florida State – Tough guy that can pull and take NT by himself on the pass.

4 Marcus Martin Southern California – Solid run and pass blocker with a nasty attitude.

5 Tyler Larsen Utah State – Late round pick that can stick and develop into a starter.

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

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk NFL draft with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

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 .

He also edits .

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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