Ben Rohrbach

  • As it turns out, the NFL's arrest streak is alive and well at 80 months

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 16 hrs ago

    By some unforeseen miracle, the NFL just kept the most outrageous streak in American sports alive. And, no, we're not talking about the string of ludicrous officiating calls against the Detroit Lions.

    After former San Jose Mercury News reporter Mike Rosenberg professed on Twitter last week that September marked the first calendar month since July 2009 that an NFL player had not been arrested, everyone from the Tech Times to Time Magazine ran with the story. It was kind of a big deal.

    NFL just finished a calendar month without any player arrests reported. That hadn't happened in more than 6 years.

    Except ...

    So, Goodell & Co. will have to hold off on the champagne that's been on ice since The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" was the No. 1 song on the Billboard charts and "Bruno" was No. 1 at the box office.

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  • BDL’s 2015-16 NBA Season Preview: Los Angeles Clippers

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 18 hrs ago

    The Clippers were as close to a first-round exit in 2015 as they were to a Western Conference finals date with the Warriors, playing a pair of seven-game series against the Spurs and Rockets in the first two rounds of the playoffs. When all was said and done, their season ended no better than it had the previous three seasons.

    If you’re looking at the glass as half full, they were a Chris Paul hamstring pull away from reaching new heights as an organization in the first year under new owner Steve Ballmer. They’ve returned a core that includes a pair of perennial MVP candidates and a somewhat surprising Defensive Player of the Year contender, and they’ve reconstructed what was an abysmal bench with no cap space to spend.

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    We blew a 3-1 series edge and a 19-point, second-half lead at home in Game 6 of the West semis against the Rockets. Is that bad? 

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  • Matt Hasselbeck hopes he doesn't have to channel William Wallace again

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    "In the Year of our Lord 2015, Colts of Indianapolis — starving and outnumbered — charged the fields of Jacksonville. They fought like warrior poets; they fought like Hoosiers, and won their freedom."

    OK, so maybe Sunday's 16-13 victory wasn't exactly the Battle of Bannockburn, but it sure felt like it for 40-year-old Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, according to Peter King's MMQB column.

    "It was really fun running out of the tunnel," Matt Hasselbeck said. "I was so jacked up. I felt like William Wallace in ' Braveheart .' I sort of lost my composure, and the first two passes I threw were waaaaay off-target. I got to the sidelines and said to myself, ‘Dude, you need to CHILL OUT!'"

    Excuse us while we terrify ourselves with an animated gif of Hasselbeck as Wallace in "Braveheart."

    “Everyone in our locker room, and everyone in the state of Indiana, hopes he’s ready to go,” Hasselbeck said. “Everyone expects him to be ready, including me. I’ll probably be playing scout team quarterback again this week.”

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  • Cowboys owner Jerry Jones downgrades Brandon Weeden to 'limited'

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    It only took a fortnight for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to downgrade Brandon Weeden from the most "gifted passer" in football history to merely a "limited" quarterback who isn't a difference-maker.

    Two days after Weeden completed all seven of his passes to finish off a 20-10 win over the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles after starting Cowboys QB Tony Romo went down with a broken collarbone in Week 2, Jones could barely contain himself while raving about his backup in an interview with 105.3 The Fan

    “This quarterback Weeden can drive the ball down field,” Jones said. “He’s a thing of beauty on throwing a football. His passing motion and his arm, frankly, you won’t see a more gifted passer, power, accuracy, the entire aspect of it. If he can basically prepare, be the starting quarterback, come in and execute and keep his head right, then I feel good about Weeden.”

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  • A Packers player told Colin Kaepernick what everybody already knew

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    After losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals by a combined score of 90-25 the last two weeks, the San Francisco 49ers had to make a Week 4 statement against the visiting Green Bay Packers.

    They made a statement, all right.

    Actually, it was a Packers player who made the defining statement of San Francisco's 2015 season, yelling in the direction of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick after a negative yardage play. If my ears aren't deceiving me, the microphones pick up this gem of a diss: "You ain't no Russell Wilson, bro."

    There was once an argument whether the Seattle Seahawks quarterback or Kaepernick was the NFL's best young quarterback not named Andrew Luck. Wilson ended the debate by defeating the 49ers on his way to a Super Bowl title in the 2013 season and making a return trip to the championship game last season.

    Now, the question isn't whether Kaepernick is better than Wilson, but if 49ers coach Jim Tomsula should turn to backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert going forward, which would've seemed insane 24 months ago.

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  • DeMarco Murray doesn't think Chip Kelly is giving him enough touches

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Three weeks ago, new Eagles running back DeMarco Murray told reporters in Philadelphia, "The only thing that matters is wins. Not yards, not records, none of that stuff. You know, at the end of the day, it’s that one column, and that’s wins and losses." After yet another loss, Murray added a caveat to that statement.

    Murray believes more carries would result in more yards and more wins, or at least that's what he seemed to suggest after a 23-20 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Here's what Philadelphia Inquirer beat reporter Zach Berman relayed from the locker room after the Eagles fell to last place in the NFC East: 

    Is DeMarco Murray getting enough touches? Murray: "No, I'm not. I don't think I am."...Said he knew what he signed up for, but expected more

    But Eagles coach Chip Kelly set expectations before Murray ever took a handoff in earnest from Sam Bradford this season, telling MMQB's Peter King back in August that he planned to lighten Murray's load.

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  • Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch ruled out for Monday Night Football

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Hopefully you didn't bench Chris Ivory for Marshawn Lynch on your fantasy football team this week.

    The Seattle Seahawks ruled Lynch out for Monday night's game against the Detroit Lions, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The running back had previously been listed as questionable after missing another practice on Saturday, but coach Pete Carroll was holding out hope Lynch would be a game-time decision.

    So, his hamstring must really be hurting. Despite nagging injuries over the years, Lynch has not missed a game since back spasms kept him out on Oct. 23, 2011. (The result? A 6-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns.)

    The loss of Lynch is a blow for the Seahawks, who entered Monday's game with a disappointing 1-2 record. Oh, and if Ivory is on your fantasy bench, he only rushed for 166 yards and a touchdown for the Jets. Welp.

  • Report: Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy may not return until midseason

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    It was fair to question the Buffalo Bills' trade for LeSean McCoy in the moment this past March.

    Now? It looks worse with each passing week. McCoy suffered a setback in his recovery from an Aug. 18 hamstring injury, as an MRI revealed a new tear, according to Fox Sports columnist Mike Garafolo.  

    What I said on air re: LeSean McCoy: MRI showed new tear, 3-4 wk expected FULL recovery. Long as he's intent on being 100%, that's timeframe

    McCoy addressed the setback suffered during practice on Sept. 24 for the first time on Friday.

    "One thing I just promised myself is I can't go out there if I'm not 100 percent," McCoy said. "Whatever it is, I'm rushing to get back, but I'm not playing until I'm 100 percent."

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  • British chancellor 'doing everything' to bring NFL team to London

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    The Mayor of London expressed "high hopes" the city could land an NFL team after the league signed a 10-year agreement to ensure games will played in an English Premier League stadium well into the next decade, and another high-profile British politician is doubling down — with a terrible football pun, no less.

    First Secretary of State George Osborne has some confusing titles for those of us on the Stateside of the pond, including Chancellor of the Exchequeur and Second Lord of the Treasury, but all you really need to know about the Conservative Party politician is among the favorites to be England's next Prime Minister.

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    "I want London to be the global sporting capital," Osborne said. "That's why I am supporting the NFL to bring one of their 32 teams to London permanently.

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  • Bruised Steve Smith Sr. confused about who belongs on his 'lifetime hit list'

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    At one point during his team's 23-20 overtime victory on Thursday night, veteran Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. just grabbed young Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Antwon Blake's jersey and stared blankly until he felt like releasing it. This is what Smith does. He establishes dominance.

    So, when a hard hit to Smith's lower back late in the third quarter sent him to the sidelines for the remainder of the game, he didn't take too kindly to former Carolina Panthers teammate Mike Mitchell talking some trash after the safety's Steelers defense stopped Smith a yard shy of the first down.

    Here's how Smith reacted to the play with reporters in the aftermath of his team's first win of the season.

    “I got speared in the back by an ex-teammate,” Smith said. “I kind of know his character, who he is. After he hit me he said, ‘How do you like that?’

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