Eric Edholm

  • Bears fall to 0-3, really have very little to get enthusiastic about

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 11 hrs ago

    If you’re Chicago Bears head coach John Fox, what can you hang your hat on with your 0-3 team that now has been beaten badly in prime time two weeks running?

    Your starting quarterback, Jay Cutler, is out. Your starting running back, Jeremy Langford, left Sunday’s 31-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on a cart. You can’t get your best receiver, Alshon Jeffery, the ball enough.

    Your defense has now lost to quarterbacks making their eighth, second and third NFL starts, respectively, two of them rookies. Those quarterbacks threw one interception between them in 97 attempts. The Bears face quarterbacks who were top-three picks in eight of the next 10 games, all of them with 20 or more starts.

    The offense has scored 14, 14 and 17 points. The defense has allowed 23, 29 and 31. It’s getting worse on the field, not better.

    Maybe the Bears will rebound the next three games against teams with a combined 2-7 record; two of those games are at home, too. Maybe Cutler comes back. Maybe White comes on. Maybe Jeffery’s knee holds up and he gets going again. Maybe Jordan Howard, one of the few bright spots Sunday night, runs with his new opportunity …

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  • Jalen Ramsey tries to take down Steve Smith Sr., 'old man' gets last word

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 14 hrs ago

    It figures that the NFL’s oldest wide receiver and one of the youngest cornerbacks didn’t see eye to eye. (And never mind the height difference, either.)

    Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey is doing a lot of talking for a talented rookie, but also one who has yet to win an NFL game. His team dropped to 0-3 when Steve Smith Sr. and the Baltimore Ravens won, 19-17.

    Ramsey spat fire early in his first season. Following the Week 1 loss to the Green Bay Packers, Ramsey went after Aaron Rodgers. Then this Sunday, Smith was his target. The two scrapped on the field and jawed as well, and Ramsey wanted nothing to do with it when Smith came over to have a postgame chat.

    “Ain’t nobody worried about him. He came up to me, you know what I’m saying, on some disrespectful stuff. The game’s over with. You still mad ’cause I was locking you up? All right, go sleep on that. I ain’t trying to hear that after the game.”

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  • Who did it better: C.J. Mosley INT or Patrick Peterson INT? (Video)

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 15 hrs ago

    We love highlighting great catches. But there’s something even more novel when they are delivered by defensive players.

    In this edition of “Who did it better?” we present you two fairly incredible athletic displays by guys who are not supposed to be great at catching the ball. Well, one guy anyway.

    The first terrific pick is from Baltimore Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley, who dropped way back into coverage and snared the Blake Bortles pass with one hand. Watch, in the video above, this one-handed effort.

    The second great INT comes from a player who should have good hands. After all, Patrick Peterson has had the ball in his hands a lot in his young NFL career. So it’s no shock he can track down the Tyrod Taylor pass over his shoulder all while staying inbounds on the sideline. Impressive concentration and body control.

    You be the judge! Who did it better?

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    Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

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  • Can't blame Beckham: Giants blow lead, lose cool in loss to Redskins

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 17 hrs ago

    Everyone got caught up in the Josh Norman-Odell Beckham Jr. hype. It created an atmosphere fraught with nerve, but it turned out that the previously winless Washington Redskins were more prepared to handle it than the unbeaten Giants.

    In a wild, see-saw affair — which feels like every Redskins game — the Redskins overcame a 14-3 deficit early and held the Giants out of the end zone for the final 34 minutes in a 29-27 win on Sunday.

    The Redskins had watched the Pittsburgh Steelers dissect them at home in Week 1 and the Dallas Cowboys make all the big plays close to the end zone in Week 2. Head coach Jay Gruden had called out Kirk Cousins. It felt like a runaway train of a season after a shocking playoff appearance in 2015.

    Meanwhile, the Giants had been the poised team of the two coming in. They had made all the big plays late against the Cowboys Week 1 and had gutted out a close, tense Week 2 win against the New Orleans Saints.

    Those roles flipped with the Giants and Redskins met at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

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  • How brilliant are Browns? They unleashed Terrelle Pryor at QB in another tough loss

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 20 hrs ago

    The Robert Griffin III era in Cleveland lasted all of one game before he got hurt. His replacement, Josh McCown, barely gutted out Week 2 while suffering multiple injuries. Plan C, rookie Cody Kessler, opened his first career start on Sunday with a false start.

    Desperate times call for desperate measures, right?

    Full disclosure: The original headline of this story harped on that desperate theme. But we can admit that the move to insert Terrelle Pryor, the QB-turned-WR, back at his former position was a masterstroke by Browns head coach Hue Jackson. Yes, he was semi-forced to do so against the Miami Dolphins with Kessler forced into starting Sunday’s game. Pryor had a few shaky moments early but was mostly brilliant.

    The Browns lost in classic Browns fashion. After strip-sacking Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill in the final minute, Browns kicker Cody Parkey missed a potential game-winner at the end of regulation — why not let Pryor kick it, for crying out loud? Then the Browns deferred in overtime and eventually watched the Dolphins finish them off in OT. Of course.

    Terrelle Pryor is the first player with 14+ pass yards, 14+ rush yards, and 14+ receiving yards in a game since…

    Tom Brady.

  • Cam Newton wears MLK shirt, Prince shoes during pregame warmups

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 21 hrs ago

    These are tense times in Charlotte after the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott, with pregame protests lingering into Sunday prior to the game between the Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers on Sunday. It has affected many around the NFL — but certainly the Panthers, many of whom reacted to the news this week with sadness and disappointment.

    Naturally, all eyes have been drawn to Cam Newton, the team’s superstar quarterback and weather vane. People wanted to know what Newton thought, and he offered up his perspective earlier this week. On Sunday, he took the message a step further with his pregame fashion choice.

    Newton came out during warmups prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings with a shirt that had a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King.

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  • Now only one NFL team hasn't started an African-American QB in its history

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    When the New England Patriots handed the ball to rookie Jacoby Brissett on Thursday, it marked the first time in the 57-year history that the team had started an African-American quarterback.

    Now only one NFL team — one that has been around even longer — has yet to break that streak. The New York Giants, founded in 1925 by Tim Mara, have never started a black QB before.

    Now, we’re just stating this as fact and in no way suggesting anything racist about the organization, which has remained in the Mara family hands ever since. And it’s not as if they haven’t had a rock at quarterback, Eli Manning, who has not missed a start since taking over in 2004 — the NFL’s longest current ironman streak at the position. He happens to be white.

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    That’s not racism, not right now anyway, it’s just the way it is working out for them.

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  • NFL mock draft 1.0: Quarterbacks go 1-2 despite early questions with both

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    We’re about to hit the quarter-season mark of college football, which has started to help shape the 2017 NFL draft picture a bit. Is it still terribly fuzzy? Yes, but we can start to make out some big shapes and colors of the top prospects from a distance.

    Likewise, we still don’t know which teams truly are good and bad in the NFL, and even which direction they might need to head in — gasp — roughly seven months when the draft rolls into Philadelphia.

    We’ve had a few broad-sketch conversations about the potential draft field with people in the league, but fair warning: This requires a lot of slightly educated guesswork. Here’s a draft order that’s the inverse of Frank Schwab’s Week 3 power rankings, so don’t get too frisky about that right now. (Yes, we know the Steelers and Patriots can’t meet in the Super Bowl.)

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  • Why was Texans rookie returner holding a towel during key fumble?

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Perhaps the point of no return for the Houston Texans in what was a truly miserable performance Thursday night in a 27-0 loss to the New England Patriots was rookie Tyler Ervin’s fumble in the middle of the third quarter that pretty much iced any chance of a comeback.

    The Patriots had just ground out a long field-goal drive to open the second half, but it was only 13-0 when Brock Osweiler and the Texans were getting set to get the ball back. One problem: Ervin coughed it up on his own 21-yard line, and the Patriots recovered. Four LeGarrette Blount runs and two pass interference calls later, and it was goodnight, Irene at 20-zip.

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    But we noticed a funny thing before the fumble: Ervin was holding the ball in one hand and a towel in the other. What in the …

    Ya think? It was that kind of night for the Texans.

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  • Awful performance raises serious questions about Texans, Brock Osweiler

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    There will be plenty of big tests left. The Houston Texans still have tough road games at Minnesota, Denver and Green Bay and all their division games left.

    But don’t tell Bill O’Brien that Thursday’s 27-0 lossto the New England Patriots does not say a lot about the state of his team right now. And we’d likely agree with him.

    The Texans were outplayed and outcoached in all three phases of the game and fell to a Jacoby Brissett-led Patriots team that had three full days to prepare for J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney and the rest of a Texans defense that had nine sacks and 21 QB hits over the first two games.

    But the step up in class was too much for the Texans.

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    Osweiler later gave way to Peyton Manning, and Elway let what everyone assumed was the natural successor walk over a couple million bucks without an obvious Plan B. They said he was crazy. What do you say now?

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