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  • Published: Sep 8th, 2015
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It is time for Browns GM Ray Farmer to go!

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I really like ESPN/Cleveland’s Tony Grossi but he is a little too kind to the Browns. Those of you that have followed FPS know I have been critical of the drafts for years. That brings us to the now suspended Ray Farmer. Tony is too nice to say it but I am not. It is time for Ray to go.

The most important position in the NFL is quarterback. Prior to the 2014 draft the Browns did a study (reportedly costing around 250K) to find out which QB had the best chance to become a franchise guy. The answer was Teddy Bridgewater. So with Bridgewater on the board, the Browns moved up from 28 to 22 to take—wait for it—Johnny “Football” Manziel. Bridgewater has become a promising starter and Manziel has an affinity for blow up rubber swans. Even after the disaster vs. the Bengals Farmer refused to take a couple of QB prospects that showed promise later in the draft. There are rumors that Manziel was not Farmer’s choice. That does not matter to me. A GM has to be strong enough to make his choice or quit if he is over ruled.

In this most recent draft Farmer has continued to deny the team any solid WR prospects. His two years “calling” the shots for the Browns have included some of the most prolific WR prospects in recent history. He finally relents to pressure and traded draft pick to moved up to take Vince “stone-hands” Mayle. The history of Mayle should have convinced Farmer not to take him.

His two first round picks from 2014 have both so far been busts. While the 2nd pick in 14, OG Joel Bitonio has been outstanding, Farmer traded up in the 3rd round to get RB Terrance West who was given away for a conditional 7th round pick next year. In the case of Manziel and West the team clearly failed to do the background work to see the off field and locker room issues that both had in college.

In the 2015 draft he took the two most obvious picks in the first round and gets no credit in my book.

For those that say he has done a good/decent job I remind you that all the draft picks in the world don’t help if you screw up the choices. He has embarrased the team and the league by texting during a game. But Farmer is not the first guy I would have canned as GM. Before he was hired I wrote that Mike Holmgren was not a talent evaluator and should not be hired.

Am I too critical? Maybe but I am old enough to have seen the Glory Years of the Browns in the 1950’s. I want those days back for my daughter, my grand-kids and for all the long suffering Browns fans all over the world. You deserve better. I believe you will not get it as long as Ray Farmer is the Browns GM.

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

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  • Published: May 8th, 2014
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10 Things to look for in the 2014 NFL Draft

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Here are some of my thoughts as the 1st round approaches. Enjoy the draft and GO BROWNS!

1. Draft day trade downs will not provide the bounty of picks that they have in the past. The Cowboy draft trade chart is history. Last year Oakland moved from 3 to 13 for just a 2nd round pick. That will be the norm rather than an exception.

2. Look for several trades in the first round. The new CBA makes moving up in the draft financially affordable. The lower cost in terms of picks makes getting your guy easier.

3. Several quarterbacks will be drafted particularly late in the first round. The new CBA gives teams a 5th year option on players selected in the 1st round. That makes a QB cheaper longer due to the lower rookie pay chart. Teams high in the 2nd round that passed on a QB with their 1st pick will want to trade back into the 1st to get their guy.

4. The Texans will not get 3 1st round picks for the #1 overall choice. They have been asking for that thinking they could get an RG3 type bounty for the choice. They will have to reduce their asking price significantly or keep the pick.

5. The NFL is a passing league. 7 wideouts will go in the 1st round.

6. Odell Beckham Jr. will be the 3rd WR off the board.

7. Teddy Bridgewater is much better than Derek Carr but will be pushed down the board due to a poor pro day. All I have to say is watch the game tape!

8. Derek Carr will go much higher than he should. I cannot explain that but he will. There are always teams that don’t do their homework.

9. Justin Gilbert will be the 3rd CB off the board. Both Kyle Fuller Virginia Tech and Darqueze Dennard Michigan State will go before him.

10. The “usual suspects” will make the same kind of dumb picks they have in the past. The biggest reason that some teams are constantly drafting in the top 10 is they make stupid moves. History will repeat itself again.

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

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  • Published: Apr 1st, 2014
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Player analysis: QB Teddy Bridgewater

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Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville was the consensus top rated quarterback until his Pro day. He is still my top rated QB in this draft. He has three major indicators of success. First, he has started early in his freshman year. Second, in each of his three years he improved the completion and interception percentages, yards per attempt, and sacks given up. Third in most of the games he played he did not have the best 11 players on the field around him. He makes the receivers better by throwing them open. He puts the ball in a spot away from the defender.

STRENGTHS: His biggest strength is that he takes care of the ball. He has thrown the ball 345 times with 25 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He has above average accuracy completing 71 percent of his throws and well above average arm strength. Although he is a very good athlete, he looks to throw first and reads the field effectively. Even when he starts to run to avoid pressure, he keeps his eyes down field looking to make a throw. He has the strength and athleticism to escape sack attempts.

He is mechanically correct throwing on the move. Even on the run he will take the time to square his shoulders to insure an accurate throw. He has the guts to stand in against a big hit and throw accurately. He has excellent touch with the ability to drop the ball over a defender and into the hands of his receiver. He has the touch to make short and medium passes catchable.

Bridgewater is calm in the pocket keeping his eyes down field despite the pressure. He can run very effectively when nothing is open but usually finds a safe throw. He is an effective ball handler which makes his play action passes more effective. He carries out his fakes effectively.

The Cardinals use a pro style offense. Bridgewater has experience with three and five step drops. He has above average footwork in those drops.

WEAKNESSES: Bridgewater has a lower delivery point than most pro scouts prefer. He tends to throw at his ear level rather than at a full arm extension. Despite that he gets few passes batted down in part due to his height. While he has taken a number of hits, he has not generally missed games due to injury at Louisville. Although he has played some major powers, the majority of his games have been against American (aka Big East) teams.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Bridgewater has had a lot of experience behind a less than stellar offensive line. He will need that experience because he will be a first round pick in the 2014 draft. Chances are his new offensive line will offer the same competitive challenges that his line at Louisville did. Although drafting a quarterback in the first round is a risk, Bridgewater gives scouts every indication that he will be successful.

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

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