Eric Edholm

  • Daughter of 49ers GM: 'Greg Roman can take a hike'

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 hrs ago

    Part of being an NFL beat writer these days, it seems, is to follow the offspring of team officials on Twitter. Because you never know what they might say.

    The daughter of San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke, Cassie Baalke, vented on Twitter about her father's team's embarrasing performance on Thanksgiving. She called out 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman before deleting the tweet (luckily, we happened to have preserved it with a handy screen shot, which, of course, we're thankful for):

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    The college freshman apparently received some negative feedback — or a directive from dad? — because she axed the tweet and then followed it up with this:

    Everyone's entitled to an opinion..sorry mine doesn't favor you or agree with yours 😒😒

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  • Dez says Eagles 'kinda cheap,' but Jerry Jones says Cowboys 'whipped'

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 hrs ago

    There were different takes from the Dallas Cowboys of what exactly happened on Thanksgiving against the Philadelphia Eagles.

    Dez Bryant had a relatively quiet game in the 33-10 loss in terms of football production, but he was chirping with Eagles defensive backs — as well as some animated words for his teammates on his own sideline (see video above) — and got into a few scraps that earned him a busted lip. Bryant also said he was elbowed in the hip and said, via, that the Eagles did not handle themselves well in the game.

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    "They were being kinda cheap; that's another story," Bryant said. "It is what it is; I'll get it cleaned up, and I'll be fine."

    They'll face again in two weeks in Philadelphia, and Bryant can't wait.

    If the Cowboys are to improve in the rematch, they'll need to play better in the trenches.

    “We got the W. That’s always a statement.”

  • Terrance Williams hung Tony Romo out to dry on his interception

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 17 hrs ago

    Tony Romo did not play well on Thanksgiving in the Dallas Cowboys' 33-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. But one of his interceptions was mostly the fault of his receiver, Terrance Williams, who has been ghost like Swayze the past month or so. Williams has been on the injury list with a bum finger of late, but his heart looked damaged on the interception that was credited to Romo with the Cowboys down 30-10.

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    Under pressure, Romo rolled out and tried to hit Williams on a sideline route. But Williams decided he didn't want to compete — at all — with cornerback Cary Williams and just let him have it.

    Was it a great pass? No. But it was close enough for Terrance Williams to put a hand up. Instead, he just watched the pick happen like he was thinking about his mashed potatoes getting cold at home.

    That's grounds for an immediate benching, and when you consider that Williams has had more than two catches in a game only once since Week 4, it might be time for head coach Jason Garrett to play others more.

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  • Shutdown Corner's Playoff Projection: The NFL postseason format stinks

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    1. Just how bad is this division? (Answer: Not, um, good at all.)

    2. Who is going to win it? (Answer: HA! You think we know that?)

    3. Could the division winner finish with a 6-10 record?

    This might be the most important question of all, because it could lead to change in the playoff system going forward. If you have, let's say, a 6-10 Atlanta Falcons team hosting a 11-5 Dallas Cowboys team, as we have projected here, how do you justify that if you're the NFL?

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    Maybe it's chalked up to a fluke thing, but this is the second time in five seasons where it looks like a team with a losing record will host a playoff game. And though the NFL wants to protect the integrity of the divisional rivalries, which we understand, it undermines the whole deal that a team four games under .500 is potentially getting a home crowd (not to mention extra revenue) just because they were the best of a bad lot?

    That feel most fair.

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  • Cam Newton's Thanksgiving Jam feast feeds underprivileged kids

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

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    Wtiness Cam's Jam — a pre-Thanksgiving Day feast that Newton threw Tuesday night for underprivileged children, with an impressive grocery list, per Black and Blue Review's Bill Voth :

    • 2,500 pounds of food

    • 75 turkeys

    • 500 pounds of potatoes

    • More than 50 volunteers

    • Over 800 underprivileged kids served

    That's good stuff, Cam. Feel free to rock the capris anytime without criticism in this space.

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  • Rex Ryan not allowed to talk about visiting sick dad Buddy on bye

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Halfway through a story by the New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta calling for the ouster of paranoid, in-over-his-head general manager John Idzik, there is a bombshell: The New York Jets failed to let head coach Rex Ryan speak on details about visiting his ailing 83-year-old father during the Jets’ bye week.

    Wait, what?

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    Yes, Mehta asked Ryan about the trip to visit cancer-stricken Buddy Ryan, one of the most respected defensive coaches in NFL history, and a Jets PR official intervened. The Daily News, and Mehta specifically, has been rough on the Jets this season and in the past — namely about Idzik, whose bumbling of the team’s roster has left the talent pool bare.

    Mehta writes:

    Asked who made the decision to prevent a willing Ryan from sharing stories about his father, the media relations official said, “I don’t have to tell you.”

    “I think we have a lot of talent on this football team,” Ryan said.

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  • Jets reversing field: benching Michael Vick, going back to Geno Smith

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    The rudderless New York Jets are changing course again.

    Quarterback Michael Vick has been benched, and Geno Smith — the man he replaced — will be back under center. Head coach Rex Ryan met with both quarterbacks on Wednesday morning to inform them of the switch.

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    Vick was miserable in Monday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills in Detroit, completing 7-of-19 passes for 76 yards, with an interception. Smith replaced him in the fourth quarter in mop-up duty.

    So why now? Smith was miserable in Week 8, was benched and now suddenly has regained his … whatever it is he has?

    This is less about Smith regaining the job as it is about Vick losing it. He simply wasn’t dynamic enough to retain the position and has left a floundering coaching staff — one that, led by Ryan, appears to know its fate amid a 2-9 season — no choice in the matter.

    But it’s possible that he, Vick, Ryan and Idzik all could be former Jets after this season. It just has that housecleaning feel to it after another year of missing the playoffs.

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  • NFL Draft Watch: UCLA QB Brett Hundley poised to declare early

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    "There’s a really good chance that was my last game against USC. The conversation keeps coming up," Hundley said. "I’ve got my degree; I’ve done everything I wanted to do here. I’ve left something really, truly great, and I feel good. That’s probably my last one against USC."

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    UCLA still has the Stanford game, a likely trip to the Pac-12 championship game and a bowl game, of course, and it should be a pretty darned good one, pending the last few weeks of the college football season. But for all intents and purposes, it appears Hundley is done as a Bruin.

    First, his college career: It was a great one. Statistically, the junior quarterback has cut down on his interceptions in each of his three years starting for the Bruins and improved his completion percentage to a lofty 72.0 this season while throwing for 2,873 yards. Hundley has a respectable 20-5 TD-INT ratio this season, and he has averaged 8.6 yards per pass attempt. In addition, he has rushed 142 times for 566 yards and eight touchdowns.

    But just how high?

  • Jets' Richardson emotionally defends Rex Ryan, but is it a lost cause?

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Although Jets players largely say they have supported Ryan as their coach, the team's putrid effort on Monday didn't match their words.

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    But defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson vehemently and emotionally supported Ryan after the game, saying the Jets players let Ryan down "big time," per the Star Ledger.

    "I don't know what we're playing for, but I don't want this organization broke up in no type of way," Richardson said. "That's what happens when you have seasons like this. They clean house. I don't want it. I play for a lot more. All I am is a number on my back and my name on my jersey. I play with my heart. I don't take L's [losses] like this, especially to the Buffalo Bills. My god, man.

    Richardson was said to be on the verge of tears, according to multiple accounts.


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  • Obtuse Adrian Peterson compares his case to Ferguson on Twitter

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Adrian Peterson might want to put down the iPad for a bit.

    Soon after it was announced Monday night that a grand jury would not charge p olice officer Darren Wilson, who killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August, Peterson awkwardly compared his child abuse charges in Texas to what was happening in Ferguson, Mo.


    Other than the words "grand jury" there isn't a thing that ties either case to each other. News broadcasts showed angry protesters burning down businesses amid clouds of police-issued tear gas in Ferguson after the announcement was made, and there were reports of shots fired in the crowd.

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