Eric Edholm

  • Cullen Jenkins tweets he was fined more than Giants-Rams combatants

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 22 hrs ago

    The New York Giants and St. Louis Rams entangled themselves in a nasty fight Sunday that saw the ejection of four players combined.

    Giants wide receiver Preston Parker threw a punch in the second-quarter fracas, which led to his ejection, along with the ouster of teammates Johnathan Hankins and Damontre Moore; the Rams' William Hayes also was booted.

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    We don't know how much those players will be fined, or if they will at all — Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said he expected no fines or suspensions to be levied — but we do know this much: Giants defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins, who was flagged for roughing the passer against Rams quarterback Shaun Hill late in the fourth quarter, was hit hard himself — in the wallet.

    Or so he said.

    So I just got fined more for roughing the passer than anyone who was in the fight. Even players who got ejected. So I should just fight then

    It does raise a pretty interesting debate on the subject.

    Glad to see the leagues stance on violence is still a priority.

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  • Bruce Arians: '85 percent' chance Drew Stanton ready for playoffs

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 22 hrs ago

    Arians told SiriusXM Radio (via ESPN.com) that he thinks Drew Stanton, who injured his knee against the St. Louis Rams in Week 15, has an "85 percent" chance to return for the postseason. 

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    "He's going to practice some this week, and we'll see how he goes," Arians said. "Do not plan on playing him this week unless it was absolutely necessary."

    The Cardinals finish up their season Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, and it's looking like the Cardinals are going to lose the NFC West and make the playoffs as a wildcard.

    Ryan Lindley replaced Stanton against the Rams and started in Week 16 against the Seattle Seahawks — who are in the process of wresting away the division, along with the top seed in the NFC — but appears to be giving way to rookie Logan Thomas this week.

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  • Kyle Orton, not EJ Manuel, will start Week 17 for Bills

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Buffalo Bills fans not only will have to live another year missing the postseason, but they won't get their Christmas wish of a quarterback change in the season finale.

    Bills head coach Doug Marrone announced Tuesday that Kyle Orton will remain the starting quarterback for the team's Week 17 game against the New England Patriots in Foxboro.

    The Bills are 8-7 but were eliminated from the playoffs last week in a loss at the Oakland Raiders. The last time the Bills made the playoffs was following the 1999 season.

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    Marrone's reasoning for the status quo is interesting.

    Two takeaways from Marrone's words:

    • Is Marrone worried about his job and believe that he must finish above .500 to keep his job? This is symbolic because the Bills have not finished with more than eight wins since 2004.

    • And, further, does he not believe that Manuel — even against a Patriots team that could rest key players such as Rob Gronkowski and Darrelle Revis — can win said game?

    Orton went 6-5 as the starter after the Manuel-led Bills started off 2-2. 

  • Even John Harbaugh seems to know Jim is done in San Fran

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    CSN Baltimore spoke with Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and threw in a final question about brother Jim and his saga with the San Francisco 49ers.

    John's comments seem to back what everyone else feels and what certainly is not a family secret: Jim's days in San Francisco are nearing an end.

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    “I know just from Jim’s standpoint he’s done something there that’s been absolutely historic and amazing, it’s never been really accomplished in the history of football before, in terms of what he’s done for the city and for the fans there and for the players there,” John Harbaugh said Monday. “And I’m proud as heck of him."

    The next line is the key.

    It appears there will be no Christmas miracle for those fans hoping for a late-minute change of heart. Jim Harbaugh and management have not been able to bridge their differences, and Harbaugh is the one who will be gainfully employed elsewhere, not them.

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  • Manning's four picks means Patriots, not Broncos, earn top seed

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    A trip to the Super Bowl goes through Foxborough on the AFC side.

    The New England Patriots earned the top seed in the AFC playoffs and home-field advantage throughout by virtue of the Denver Broncos losing to the Cincinnati Bengals, 37-28.

    The Bengals clinched a playoff spot with the win. A win over the Pittsburgh Steelers would earn the Bengals the AFC North crown, and they could rise as high as the No. 2 seed. The Broncos can earn a first-round bye with a Week 17 win over the occasionally competent Oakland Raiders.

    But is Peyton Manning ... right? He sure didn't look it for much of Monday night.

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    Other than a hot spell to start the third quarter in which he led three straight touchdown drives, Manning struggled for much of the game. Even before the rain started pouring down at Paul Brown Stadium, Manning was having trouble driving the ball downfield and throwing with accuracy. He finished the game 28-of-44 passing for 311 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions — three of them in the fourth quarter.

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  • Rex Grossman rebuffs Browns to kitesurf with family over Christmas

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    This is amazing.

    Rex Grossman was cut by the Cleveland Browns in training camp and hasn't re-signed with another NFL team. It appears he's punting altogether on the 2014 NFL season.

    #Browns called Rex Grossman about joining team for one week but sides couldn't work out logistics. Grossman has whole family in for holiday

    Of course, logistics apparently is code for "I'm on vacation, brah." Right when we thought this story couldn't get more amazing ... check this out:

    I talked to Rex Grossman today ...Let's just say he has reasons to turn down the #Browns - Palm Beach vs. Cleveland & he's been kite surfing

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    But this offer apparently wasn't better than time with the family. Uh, sorry, the whole family. To go kite surfing. Long live the Rex.

    But nah. Family first.

    The Browns need the crosstown equivalent of "Major League" to be made. Like now.

    A White(wall) Christmas, indeed.

  • Bears' Clausen (concussion) out in Week 17; Cutler starting again

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    The Chicago Bears appear to be going back to Jay Cutler at quarterback. Not by choice.

    Jimmy Clausen, who replaced Cutler in Week 16 amid a disastrous season, suffered a concussion and has been ruled out six days prior to playing the Minnesota Vikings.

    #Bears QB Jimmy Clausen will not play in Sunday's season finale in Minnesota after suffering a concussion in yesterday's loss to Lions.

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    The Cutler news comes via a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

    The #Bears plan to start QB Jay Cutler (again) on Sunday in their finale, with rookie David Fales serving as the backup, I’m told.

     So the Bears have an ugly situation that just turned (more) awkward again. Only fitting.

    Clausen sustained the concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit from Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah, which drew a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty, as Clausen scrambled on the Bears’ final drive of Sunday's game.

  • Tom Coughlin not thrilled about Odell Beckham celebration questions

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Eli Manning and the New York Giants' offense blitzkrieged a very good St. Louis Rams defense on Sunday, and that was about the fourth-most interesting thing to come from the Week 16 game. 

    A major brawl led to the ejection of three players from the game. A cheerleader was proposed to at halftime. And questions about Odell Beckham's celebration tactics angered Giants head coach Tom Coughlin to the point where he cut short his postgame press conference.

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    Actually, two of those events might have been related. (Any guesses which ones were? Hint: The proposal wasn't one of them.) 

    Beckham, the rookie superstar receiver, continued his brilliant debut season with a 9-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and he capped it off with his trademark "Whip" dance. He was flagged 15 yards for taunting for celebration, which was curious considering there appeared to be no actual taunting on it.

    That seemed to raise the intensity of the game a bit.

    "He will tone it down. He will."

    And ... scene.

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  • Top Five Must-See Plays from Week 16 (Video)

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Here are the top five must-see plays from Week 16 in the NFL:

    Wanna start at QB?

    Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien has a tough decision to make: Arian Foster, starting quarterback in 2015? We joke, yes, but check out this throw from Foster to rookie tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz.

    What a pick

    The Minnesota Vikings lost under fairly bizarre circumstances, having a punt blocked against them for a safety in the final minute. But early in the game, Harrison Smith made a fantastic interception that shows why he’s one of the better young safeties in the NFL. It almost looked like Smith just stole the ball straight from Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s hands on a blitz. 

    Remember him?

    Game saver

    The New Orleans Saints had two timeouts, the two-minute warning and 90 yards to go save a shot at the playoffs. But Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert McClain never let them get started. McClain picked off Drew Brees on the first play of the drive with just over two minutes left, helping preserve the Falcons’ win with a shot at the NFC South title next week.

  • Raiders returning to Oakland in 2015; no team moving to L.A. yet

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    The Oakland Raiders are expected to remain in the Bay Area for the 2015 season, according to an NFL Network report.

    The team's lease with O.Co Coliseum is set to run out, but the Raiders are expected to announce a one-year extension to remain in their current digs. Owner Mark Davis told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that "all our energy is going towards trying to stay in Oakland."

    Last week, word got out that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that no team would relocate to Los Angeles — one of the main locations the Raiders have been linked to — in 2015.

    The San Diego Chargers and St. Louis Rams are the two other teams that have been mentioned as the most likely candidates to move to L.A.

    It might be off the table for 2015, but there still will be a lot of talk about relocation after that. For now, however, the NFL's teams will be staying put next season.

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