Eric Edholm

  • Tom Brady's mother actually believes her son is really fast

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 8 hrs ago

    Moms just see their kids differently, right? Perfect, without flaws and better than the other kids. That’s the way it should be.

    It’s the same with Tom Brady and his mother. Mrs. Brady loves her son dearly, we’re certain, and the New England Patriots quarterback confirmed that on Wednesday when asked about a key scramble against the Pittsburgh Steelers — with the auspice of knowing, well, the dude is as slow as a sloth.

    “Don’t tell my mom that,” Brady said. “She would totally disagree with that. She thinks I’m very fast. She’ll say, ‘I think you’re the fastest person on the field.’ I say, ‘Mom, you’re crazy. There’s no way.’ That’s moms.”

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    Adorable. My mom thought I was a good artist when I was in grade school. I drew pencil sketches of 1980s baseball players — Dale Murphy, Marty Barrett, Tim Wallach, e.g. — and she would hang them throughout the house. Looking back at my “talent,” it was stunning she risked the real-estate appreciation of the house so greatly.

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  • NFL says Jarvis Landry's dangerous hit on Bills safety didn't warrant ejection

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 10 hrs ago

    One play that slipped between the cracks a bit from Week 7 was the hit from Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry to the head of Buffalo Bills safety Aaron Williams, which put him in the hospital.

    Hard to believe such a play wouldn’t get more attention in this era of safety-conscious football, but we were curious to hear what the league’s explanation would be on the play after the fact. Now we have it. Landry was assessed a 15-yard penalty, but was not kicked out of the game. Bills head coach Rex Ryan thought the hit was dirty enough to warrant Landry being automatically ejected.

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    Here’s what NFL head of officials Dean Blandino said about the play:

    “For an automatic ejection … we have very few automatic ejections in the game today,” Blandino said. “If you get two unsportsmanlike conduct fouls in the same game, if you put your hands on a game official in an aggressive way, those are automatic ejections … punching an opponent.”

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  • Giants finally release Josh Brown, John Mara cites team's 'misguided' actions

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The New York Giants released kicker Josh Brown, who admitted to abusing his wife in written documents, after the team previously said it would “not turn our backs on him.”

    Brown was left home from the Giants’ game against the Los Angeles Rams in London in Week 7 and was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list by the NFL, granting the team a roster spot to replace him. But the Giants decided to move on.

    Giants co-owner John Mara explained (via ESPN) why the team released Brown now and not when the allegations of abuse first surfaced, or after the shocking documents in which Brown admitted he abused his wife were released by the King County (Wash.) Sheriff’s Office.

    “We believed we did the right thing at every juncture in our relationship with Josh,” Mara said. “Our beliefs, our judgments and our decisions were misguided. We accept that responsibility. We hope that Josh will continue to dedicate himself to rehabilitation, and to becoming a better person and father.

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  • Giants kicker Josh Brown issues statement: 'I never struck my wife'

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Former New York Giants kicker Josh Brown, whom the NFL placed on the commissioner’s exempt list following the release of troubling documents that detailed an abusive relationship with his ex-wife, has issued a statement shortly before the Giants released him.

    Brown tries to clear up the definition of abuse, claiming that he never actually hit his wife during the slew of incidents that were first reported and investigated back in 2015. Still, he admits to his role in his abuse of her and how he’s trying to rehabilitate himself.

    His words, via ESPN’s Adam Schefter:

    It’s notable that he denies striking Molly Brown, but as he says “abuse takes many forms.” That is different than a straight-up denial, it would seem.

    But it still rings a bit hollow — and the Giants appeared to not like the way Brown worded that part of the statement. The one the team released from Brown did not contain the part about striking his wife.

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  • NFL trade chatter heating up, but don't count on any major deals happening

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Our advice is to not hold your breath very long.

    Every year, there are a few puffs of interesting smoke at the NFL trade deadline, and most times those potential fire sales are stamped out rather quickly. Remember the names that were floating around one year ago? Joe Thomas, Matt Forte, Eric Weddle, Alex Mack, Jared Cook, Willie Young and maybe half a dozen names were bandied about as being potentially available for trade.

    None were moved. We instead were treated to the blockbuster of Vernon Davis to the Denver Broncos. It’s a deal that didn’t hurt the team that eventually won the Super Bowl, but Davis caught 20 passes for 201 yards and no touchdowns in nine games for the Broncos, so it was a pretty good reminder that trades are rather uncommon for a reason this time of year.

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    So when you hear the names of Thomas (again), Joe Staley, Torrey Smith, Alshon Jeffery or the line, our advice is this: assume something won’t happen before you assume it will.

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  • What's afoot with the bad NFL kicking? Well, a little perspective is needed

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Kicking is front and center in the NFL these days. It’s not quite to #collegekickers level concern right now, but the NFL an interesting swath of missed kicks the past few weeks has us wondering what’s going on. Certainly the late misses in Sunday night’s Seattle Seahawks-Arizona Cardinals game raised a few eyebrows. So was that a one-in-a-million pair of fluky misses? Or a sign that kicking is leveling off, or perhaps even falling off, in the NFL?

    Timing appears to be the biggest thing. If Cincinnati Bengals kicker Mike Nugent boffs two FG tries, as he did in Sunday’s two-touchdown win over the Cleveland Browns, it barely make a ripple. For good reason. But if two kickers trade chip-shot misses in overtime of a nationally televised game that had the unrelenting stamina of a C-SPAN healthcare summit, well, then people take notice, yeah?

    Let’s look at a few broad-stroke numbers across the league first. It might not be quite as bad as it seems.

    But there were other misses of consequence on Sunday:

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  • Bears QB Jay Cutler will return next Monday against Vikings; Hoyer to IR

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    The Chicago Bears don’t have to worry about Matt Barkley making his first NFL start against the Minnesota Vikings next Monday night. Instead, they’ll turn the ball back over to Jay Cutler, who has missed the past five games with a thumb injury, head coach John Fox announced today.

    Brian Hoyer, who started in Cutler’s place the past five games, suffered a broken forearm in the loss to the Green Bay Packers last Thursday and was placed on injured reserve on Monday. He is expected to miss about eight weeks but could be done for the season.

    We can hear Bears fans now. Oh … yay .

    Yes, the excitement level for the Bears is perhaps at the lowest it has been in some time, and while some of that is to blame for Chicago Cubs mania, it also is a direct reflection of the Bears’ 1-6 start and the constant injuries at quarterback.

    Of course, the conspiracy theorists will laugh at the timing of the move — boom, Hoyer goes down and suddenly Cutler is ready to go again. Funny how that works. There had been talk previous to that about how Cutler maybe hadn’t been the preferred choice among some Bears coaches, but whatever the situation is now, they’re happier to have him than Barkley.

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  • Bruce Arians had choice words about controversial block, missed chip-shot FG

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    It’s rare we discuss a second-quarter field-goal attempt as one of the more controversial plays in a big rivalry game, but then again 6-6 ties are pretty damned rare in the NFL, too.

    So we look back to the kick that was tried a whopping 58-plus minutes before this strange game between the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals ended on Sunday night. It looked like a spectacular effort from Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner, who leaped over the line and blocked Chandler Catanzaro’s 38-yard attempt with his chest.

    Now comes the weird part: interpreting the NFL rule book. Rule 12.3.1.(s) of the Tome of Esoteric Ambiguity states that the following is illegal:

    “Running forward and leaping in an obvious attempt to block a field goal or Try Kick and landing on players, unless the leaping player was originally lined up on the line of scrimmage when the ball was snapped.”

    NFL senior vice president of officiating Dean Blandino immediately responded on Twitter that the play was legal and called correctly.

    His stream-of-consciousness thoughts on the matter:

  • Why Browns coach Hue Jackson took off his headset during loss to Bengals

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    There is one winless team in the NFL, and their head coach isn’t willing to accept what’s going on.

    The 0-7 Cleveland Browns might be getting a pass amid the afterglow of a Cavaliers NBA championship and the Indians’ appearance in the World Series this week, but that’s not how Hue Jackson sees it. He’s peeved at his team’s performance.

    So much so that he took off his headset in disgust late in a 31-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in which the Browns’ defense allowed 559 yards — including a Hail Mary touchdown before halftime — and 271 of those yards on the ground. Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton took over the play-calling duties for the final 5:02 in the game after Jackson called a timeout and ripped his team.

    It wasn’t all on the defense, as the Browns lost yet another quarterback with Cody Kessler going down — the Browns’ third starter to miss time this season because of injury — and a patchwork offensive line barely holding up at times.

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  • Blame Tomlin: Steelers had chances to beat Patriots without Big Ben, Cam Heyward

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    The Pittsburgh Steelers faced an early 14-point deficit to the prohibitive Super Bowl favorites, and they were attempting to come back without arguably their most indispensable players on either side of the ball. So you can understand how they’d lose at home to the New England Patriots, 27-16.

    But those are mere facts, and as the Talking Heads told us all those years ago, facts are never what they seem to be. The Steelers had ample chances to win this game, and they’ve potentially cost themselves a key conference tiebreaker come playoff time. The doubter might read this statement and scoff. Did you see how many interceptable passes Landry Jones got away with? Point taken. But the Steelers shifted momentum in this game in the first half and had the Patriots on the ropes — more than once.

    And what’s most stunning was how it happened: Noted risk taker Mike Tomlin, who often defies convention with his daring risks, went into the fetal position more than once in this game. He refused to do anything close to that in this game, which, um, was pretty important.

    After the game, Tomlin said he did not even consider sending the offense back out there.

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