Ben Rohrbach

  • The NFL's officiating problem, or as Alex Boone describes it: 'Those refs sucked'

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 19 hrs ago

    With 1:45 remaining and the Pittsburgh Steelers trailing 39-30, Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor made a leaping pick of a Landry Jones pass intended for Martavis Bryant, rolled out of bounds as Bryant stripped the ball from him and came away empty-handed. It all happened in a fraction of a second.

    So, was it an interception? The play came under automatic review, and CBS turned to decorated former NFL referee turned analyst Mike Carey, who was adamant the interception ruling would be overturned. Moments later, the officials came back and upheld their original call. As a result, the game was over.

    And here's the thing: Had Chancellor been a receiver rather than a defender and come down with the same grab in the end zone instead of the 7-yard line, I'm 100 percent certain the catch would've been reversed and ruled an incompletion, because he didn't stand up with the ball and complete the process.

    And there's the rub.

    Belichick: "Talk to the league ... I am sure they have all the answers on that" re: questionable calls.

    Meanwhile, we'll all just have to wonder what might've happened every week.

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  • Broncos appropriately fire back at Tom Brady's Facebook Photoshop

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 21 hrs ago

    The Denver Broncos had the perfect response for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

    In case you missed it, Brady posted a doctored image of himself riding a bronco prior to Sunday's game.

    This isn't the first time Brady — or his social media intern — wrangled an opponent on Facebook, as he posted a similar image with a colt prior to the AFC Championship Game this past January. Of course, this time the Broncos bucked the trend, ending Brady's 13-game winning streak with a 30-24 overtime win.

    That presented the perfect opportunity for Denver's social media staff to fire back at Brady on Facebook.

    Then, former Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe decided to get involved on Twitter.

    I guess Brady couldn't ride Thunder after all.Don't post that lame Facebook post. Take that horse kick in the butt back to Foxboro.🐴🐴 win

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  • The Detroit Lions already ruined Thanksgiving for everyone — again

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    As if the Detroit Lions haven't ruined enough of our Thanksgivings already, cornerback Darius Slay has finally provided the last straw necessary to remove them from our annual turkey day festivities forever.

    That's right: Slay hates turkey. Like, really doesn't like it. He described it as "nasty." Four times.

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    The following is his exchange with's Michael Rothstein for a regular Question of the Week segment. This week's query: "What Thanksgiving foods do Detroit Lions players absolutely despise?"

    Slay: "Turkey. So nasty. I hate turkey. I don't know why Thanksgiving has like turkey as a logo. That's like a logo for turkey. It has to be ham, because ham is way better than turkey. Turkey is terrible. I hate turkey. So nasty. Hate turkey."

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  • Teammates, players around NFL react to shocking Stedman Bailey shooting

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    Teammates and players around the NFL are reacting with shock and prayer to the news early Wednesday morning that St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey was shot while riding in a car with his family.

    The former third-round pick is in stable condition after being struck twice in the head during an apparent drive-by shooting in Miami Gardens, Fla., according to the NFL Network's Mike Silver and Ian Rapoport. Bailey reportedly suffered non life-threatening injuries and will undergo additional surgery on Wednesday.

    Bailey, who is currently serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, was a passenger along with two young relatives in a car driven by his cousin, who did suffer life-threatening injury upon shielding the children from the bullets, according to Rapoport's Twitter feed.

    Here's the latest on the Stedman Bailey shooting from Miami Gardens police.

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  • Does Marshawn Lynch's sports hernia surgery end Seahawks' playoff hopes?

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    #Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is set to have surgery on his sports hernia tomorrow morning, source said. Expected to be out about a month.

    Lynch is expected to miss home games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns sandwiched around road contests against the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens. The hope is he returns for NFC West battles against the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals to finish the regular season.

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    The two-time defending NFC champions trail the Cardinals by three games in the division and currently sit on the outside looking into the conference's playoff picture. While Thomas Rawls performed exceedingly well in Lynch's absence this past Sunday, rushing for 209 yards in Seattle's 29-13 victory against the San Francisco 49ers, Lynch has been the bell-cow for a Super Bowl contender since arriving in 2010.

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  • In search of the Bengals player who said Carson Palmer 'quit on us' in 2011

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 10 days ago

    Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer made no attempt to hide his hype for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, who drafted him No. 1 overall in 2003 and traded him eight years later. 

    C. Palmer: "It’s not just another game. I’m not going to bore you with that. There is definitely a lot on this one for me in particular."

    Palmer's only career start against his former team was a brutal 34-10 loss as a member of the Oakland Raiders in 2012. The Bengals are one of five teams he's never beaten in a 12-year NFL career — his own Cardinals and the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots and New York Giants are the others — so you could see why he might have a little extra juice flowing when the Bengals come to town on Sunday night.

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    Except, at least one Bengals player who preferred to remain nameless is wondering why Palmer carries so much animosity toward Cincinnati, when — in his mind — it should really be the other way around. 

  • Junior Seau book excerpt reinforces grim painting of NFL's injury treatment

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 10 days ago

    A recent excerpt of Jim Trotter's book, "JUNIOR SEAU: The Life and Death of a Football Icon," published on, reinforces the grim nature of the NFL's treatment of injuries during the Hall of Famer's era.

    After the author explains how doctors never diagnosed Seau with a concussion during his 20-year career that featured 1,522 tackles across 268 games, his ex-wife Gina Seau tackled the reality of self-diagnosis.

    "I can't even count how many," said Gina. "After games, particularly away games when I would watch them on TV, we would talk about the game and how he played. Sometimes I would ask him what happened on a certain play or why something went wrong and he wasn't in a certain spot. He would say, 'Oh, I had a concussion. I just had to shake it off.'"

    “It’s not an excuse. It’s a source of pride. I think that’s the difference. Some people use the injuries as an excuse. But I think for the guys in this locker room who are out there battling, it’s a source of pride.”

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  • Darius Slay on Charles Woodson: 'He could almost be my granddaddy'

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 11 days ago

    Darius Slay was 7 years old when Charles Woodson made his Oakland Raiders debut in 1998, and while Slay is emerging as one of the league's best cover corners in his third season on the Detroit Lions, Woodson continues to make his case for greatest defensive back in league history in his 18th season.

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    A concussion suffered by Woodson's fellow NFL geezer, 35-year-old Lions defensive back Rashean Mathis, leaves Slay as the oldest corner on Detroit's roster at the ripe old age of 24, which blows the young'un's mind with Woodson coming to town with the Raiders and the league lead in interceptions.

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  • Never fear, Texas football fans, Brandon Weeden is here to stay

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 11 days ago

    Well, Brandon Weeden didn't have to travel far.

    The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, released Tuesday to pave way for Tony Romo's return, drove 250 miles south on Interstate 45 to sign with the Houston Texans a day later. The Lone Star State can breathe easy.

    Source: the Texans have claimed QB Brandon Weeden.

    Remarkably, the Texans are tied for the AFC South lead, which is both a sad commentary on the division and a happy coincidence for Weeden. Who could've imagined the Texans would have a better shot at a playoff spot than the Cowboys? But imagine if Weeden is forced into action following an injury to Brian Hoyer and poor play from current backup T.J. Yates, and then rides that bull into the slaughtering house.

    The Oklahoma boy now has the chance to unite folks from Dallas and Houston in their Weeden spite.

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  • DeVante Parker watches own highlights to remind himself he can still make plays

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 12 days ago

    Apparently, DeVante Parker isn't a Bruce Springsteen fan.

    As Springsteen sings, it's bad enough when "time slips away and leaves you with nothing but boring stories of glory days," but Parker isn't an old man reliving his past over a few too many beers at the bar.

    He's a 22-year-old rookie wide receiver drafted No. 14 overall by the Miami Dolphins, and he's already "sitting back trying to recapture a little of the glory." According to the Miami Herald, Parker has been watching highlight reels of the best catches of his four-year career at the University of Louisville.

    “To remind myself I can still make plays like that,” he said.

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