Eric Edholm

  • Joe Flacco responds to false death report with hilarious tweet

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Word got around Wednesday night on Twitter that Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had died. That word, like a lot of garbage on Twitter, turned out to be false.

    Flacco eventually caught wind of the rumor, which was confirmed to be false by the Baltimore Ravens' official account and later retracted by the account that first "reported" it. Ravens Nation, which has no affiliation with the team itself but has more than 60,000 Twitter followers, claimed it was hacked.

    Of course it did. Standard playbook response.

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    Was Flacco mad? Irritated? Unaffected? Turns out, he had a good sense of humor about the whole deal.

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  • Gutsy young camper trolls Steve Smith Sr., who stays poised

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    People have been trying to rattle Steve Smith with words since he entered the NFL in 2001. But the Baltimore Ravens receiver Steve Smith Sr. is usually the one winning the battle of words and wits.

    Smith, who rehabbing an Achilles injury as he enters his final season in the league, faced a serious test recently when volunteering his time at a football camp. As he was leading a cheer with the military kids at Ft. Mead, one young camper threw some serious shade Smith's way when after the cheer, he clowns Smith:

    "Go Patriots!"

    "Imma ..." the Baltimore Ravens receiver started to say before stopping himself in a terrific display of restraint. Instead, he shooed the camper away gently before something worse came out of his mouth. "Go on, go on over there," Smith said.

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    h/t ESPN Boston

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  • NBA draft picks in the NFL? It's pretty rare, exclusive company

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    This offseason, Shutdown Corner will travel down memory lane with a series of stories presenting some interesting and sometimes forgotten stories from the NFL's past. Join us as we relive some of the greatest and craziest moments in the sport's history.

    There was a lot of talk amid the Cleveland Cavaliers’ run to an NBA title about LeBron James’ greatness, and it even leaked over into his athletic versatility — and just how good an NFL player the former high-school receiver might be.

    Fascinating discussion, but thankfully, James stuck with hoops. He’s pretty good at that.

    But with the NBA draft upon us, it brings up a really interesting fact as it relates to the NFL: There have been shockingly few crossovers in football and basketball, at least in the professional ranks.

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  • Who will finish with more career TDs, Tom Brady or Drew Brees?

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    I just realized Tom Brady and Drew Brees, who will face each other in the preseason opener this year, both are sitting tied at 428 passing touchdowns currently. That's good for third place all time.

    The late spring and early summer months are great for doing background and research on the NFL for us as the Shutdown Corner, and though this is not any deep statistical dive here, I didn't know this fact until this week.

    It begs an interesting question or three:

    Which one will reach 450 faster? What about 500? (Or will they even get there?) The next marks come at 508 (Brett Favre) and 539 (Peyton Manning), the only two men ahead of Brees and Brady in league history. Will either active player top those? And, ultimately, which of the two quarterbacks will finish his career with more?

    There are more factors than just age and games played, but both are relevant to the argument.

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    What do you think?

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  • Before they were coaches, Bill Cowher once broke Jeff Fisher's leg

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    This offseason, Shutdown Corner will travel down memory lane with a series of stories presenting some interesting and sometimes forgotten stories from the NFL's past. Join us as we relive some of the greatest and craziest moments in the sport's history.

    The story has become apocryphal at this point, a joke between two successful NFL coaches, or, really, a chance for Bill Cowher to razz his coaching contemporary a bit.

    But from Jeff Fisher’s perspective, it’s important to put the right context in the story of what happened after he suffered a broken leg in a 1983 game: “I played the next year.”

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    See, Cowher has enjoyed telling people over the years — always in good fun, both agree — that back when two of the NFL’s 20 winningest head coaches were players, his oft-forgotten tackle on Fisher on a punt return in a semi-meaningless game more than 30 years ago was the reason Fisher got into coaching.

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  • Hefty Vince Wilfork in ESPN's 'Body' issue, what will reaction be?

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Now that status is taking the next step. Wilfork is baring all — or as much as he can — for ESPN The Magazine's "Body Issue," which has sort of become a bizarre cousin to Sports Illustrated's swimsuit edition.

    “I know I don’t have the six-packs and the eight-packs and all that … but I’m perfectly fine with what I am,” Wilfork said in an ESPN press release on Tuesday. “If people can look at me, look at a guy that’s 325-plus [pounds] doing an issue like this, I’m pretty sure that they might have a little confidence after seeing that it’s OK to be who you are.”

    Yeah, about that: Wilfork has been listed as 325 since about the day he left Miami to join the New England Patriots, but it's a weight of suspicious veracity. Some believe he has touched the high 360s, or perhaps even in the 370 range at some point through his mostly exceptional career.

    With Wilfork, we're talking about a man who is not that much taller but at least 50 pounds heavier. We frankly can't wait to see how he's displayed. And as one who could stand to shave off a few doughnuts ourself, we salute Big Vince.

  • Which championship-hungry team can be NFL's Cleveland Cavaliers?

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    Half of the 32 NFL teams will have gone 25 seasons or more between championships by the end of this season, or never won one at all. Think about that for a minute.

    A league that prides itself on the idea that any team has a chance to win it all has produced only 11 different championship franchises in the past 20 Super Bowls and 14 in the past 30 years.

    But all bad things must end, as the city of Cleveland’s 52-year championship drought across all pro sports with the Cavaliers’ NBA title Sunday night proves. (We hope, anyway.)

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    With that in mind, here's a ranking of NFL teams that have suffered the most and the longest by which ones actually have the best chance to end said drought with a Super Bowl championship.

    1. Minnesota Vikings Last NFL championship: None

    3. Oakland Raiders Last NFL championship: 1983

  • Jeff Fisher on how, when Jared Goff can earn Rams' starting QB job

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    That would be No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff, who has the chance to start this season but will not be handed the job, Fisher said, according to some prescribed plan. Fisher said Goff is in control of when he can wrest the job away from de facto starter Case Keenum but that nothing is guaranteed or assured for the rookie right now.

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    "We'll start him when he's ready. That's what I've been saying, and that's what I told him and them [Goff's teammates]," Fisher told Shutdown Corner. "Is it the opener? That I don't know. We've got that option [with Keenum] and can easily go that route and be good with that. We're not locked in there.

    He has received first-team reps and also been relegated to work with the reserves, which includes several rookie receivers, with the hope being that they mesh with Goff. But the Rams are not dialing much back so far with him otherwise.

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  • Michael Oher gets paid, Panthers teammates make 'Blind Side' jokes

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 7 days ago

    Good for Michael Oher. The Carolina Panthers offensive tackle has found a home in the NFL, and he just extended his lease.

    Oher has signed a three-year extension with the team worth $21.6 million over that stretch, with $9.5 million guaranteed. That's nice money for a player who was good, not great with the Baltimore Ravens and who was released by the Tennessee Titans after one lousy year there. Last season, Oher settled in nicely with Cam Newton and Co. on what became a dynamic offense for the Super Bowl runners-up, even if he did struggle in the loss to the Denver Broncos.

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    But Oher always, for better or for worse, will be the "Blind Side" guy. Even if you did not read the terrific book or watch the mostly crummy Sandra Bullock movie about Oher's story, you've heard of it/them and, transitively, him. And that is almost always going to stick with Oher, no matter what else he does.

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  • Panthers' Ron Rivera gets extension, pay raise to top-10 coach money

    Eric Edholm at Eric Edholm for Shutdown Corner 8 days ago

    The Carolina Panthers had their finest season in franchise history, and the future is bright despite the team’s disappointing finish, a Super Bowl loss to the Denver Broncos.

    That’s why it makes perfect sense to reward the coach who led them there. Ron Rivera, whose contract was set to expire following the 2017 season, received a one-year extension that now pays him a salary commensurate with the top level of coaches.

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    Rivera, the 2015 NFL Coach of the Year, went 15-1 and led the Panthers to two home playoff victories before the loss to Denver in Super Bowl 50.

    But the two appear to be working well together, and that relationship should continue even longer now. This is not a break-the-bank, long-term deal. So it certainly will keep things quiet. That seems to work just fine for the Panthers and their non-player leaders, as most of their bark happens on the field.

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