Frank Schwab

  • Broncos still Super Bowl contenders, even if it'll look a little different

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 hr ago

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo — Welcome to training camp of the contender that everyone has forgotten about.

    Pick up a magazine or find an early Internet preview and let me know if any picked the Denver Broncos to win the Super Bowl. I haven't seen one yet.

    "We're here to win a championship," said Broncos coach Gary Kubiak, who got the job because John Fox won four straight AFC West titles but no Super Bowl titles. "That's our goal as a football team."

    That's training camp talk. Roughly 32 teams will say that if pressed. About 15 or so should realistically think they're telling the truth. Maybe six or seven have a good reason to be angry if it doesn't come true.

    The Broncos haven't dropped out of that group of six or seven. They're still a legitimate Super Bowl contender. They'll just chase that goal with a much different approach.

    "He'll never feel it. But you get to December, you get to January, if we haven't taken care of it in August, September, October, that can hurt him and us."

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  • Jets DE Sheldon Richardson busted for allegedly driving 143 mph, resisting arrest

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 hrs ago

    Sheldon Richardson is becoming a headache for the New York Jets. A talented headache, but a headache nonetheless. 

    Richardson was suspended for the first four games of this season for violating the league's substance abuse policy, reportedly for marijuana use. On Thursday, as the Jets started training camp, there was a story out of St. Louis that Richardson was clocked for allegedly driving 143 miles per hour and then resisting arrest via a high-speed chase on July 14.

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    The Post-Dispatch said Richardson was charged with resisting arrest, exceeding the speed limit, following too closely, failing to use lights and failing to obey a traffic signal. Richardson is from St. Louis, and the incident happened in that area.

    Before news of the traffic arrest was brought to light, Richardson was explaining his reasons for his other off-field issue, the four-game suspension.

  • Giants co-owner in dark on JPP: 'I don't know how many fingers he has'

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 4 hrs ago

    A month ago, I never, ever thought I'd be writing that headline about an NFL player.

    The Jason Pierre-Paul story with the New York Giants is terrible and weird. Pierre-Paul injured himself in a July 4 fireworks accident. ESPN said Pierre-Paul had his right index finger amputated, which was reportedly the first time the Giants heard about it. Pierre-Paul would not let the Giants see him in the hospital.

    None of this is sitting well with Giants co-owner John Mara, who sounded off Thursday as the Giants reported to training camp without Pierre-Paul.

    "We don't know how extensive the damage is right now," Mara said, according to NJ.com. "That is the problem.

    "I don't know how many fingers he has. We know what we've read and what we've been told, but until we actually see him and the extent of the damage, it's hard to make any sort of prediction as to what kind of condition he's in."

    "Until we see him for ourselves, that doesn't give us any comfort," Mara said, according to NJ.com.

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  • Let's watch Tom Brady's one-handed catch from Julian Edelman

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 9 hrs ago

    Nothing like starting off training camp with a Julian Edelman-to-Tom Brady trick play, in which the soon-to-be 38-year-old Brady makes a nifty one-handed catch.

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    This is from Thursday's New England Patriots practice, with good camera work from the stands by @beecee5 on Twitter:

    @scottzolak @Marc_Bertrand Brady to Edelman to Brady pic.twitter.com/7xoPs2LXnr

    Soak it in, football is back. (Now commence with the deflated football jokes.)

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    Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

  • Shutdown Countdown: Can the Arizona Cardinals beat regression?

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 9 hrs ago

    Shutdown Corner is previewing all 32 teams as we get ready for the NFL season, counting down the teams one per day in reverse order of our initial 2015 power rankings. No. 1 will be revealed on Aug. 8, the day before the preseason begins with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton.

    NO. 10: ARIZONA CARDINALS

    If you believe in statistics and regression to the mean, the Arizona Cardinals are an interesting case. Because they were nowhere as close to as good, statistically, as their 11-5 record last season.

    The Carson Palmer injury doesn't explain it all either. The Cardinals were 8-1 when Palmer was lost for the season, but just 15th in DVOA at that point with only 5.4 estimated wins, according to Football Outsiders.

    So with all of that said, why are the Cardinals so high, if they're such a candidate to regress? I believe in stats, but I also believe in what I see as well. And Arizona is a well-coached team with a lot of talent.

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  • NFL wins first round, as Brady court battle sent to New York

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 11 hrs ago

    The NFL Players Association wanted to argue its appeal of Tom Brady's four-game suspension in federal court in Minnesota, presumably with Judge David Doty, who has ruled against the NFL in the past.

    The NFL wanted to avoid Doty so badly that it filed its own case in New York, asking the court to uphold the ruling, immediately after Roger Goodell upheld Brady's suspension on Tuesday.

    That tactic worked for the NFL, at least in terms of getting the venue it wanted. The case will be in New York.

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    And U.S. District Court Judge Richard Kyle in Minnesota, who made the ruling, seemed perturbed that the union tried to bring the case to Minnesota, seemingly only because of favorable decisions there in the past.

    Here's Judge Kyle dropping the hammer on the Brady/NFLPA bid to have this heard in Minnesota. pic.twitter.com/cRId80PeQT

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  • It doesn't make sense why the NFL sold out Tom Brady

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 11 hrs ago

    Deflate-gate has been bad for just about everyone involved. Except the lawyers and their billable hours.

    The league mishandled the situation, Ted Wells probably would give back all the millions he got from the NFL just so his name wasn't mentioned in the news cycle anymore, commissioner Roger Goodell gave his critics more fuel and the NFL tarnished its Super Bowl champion. Pretty thorough job. All over a fairly minor controversy that was, as Yahoo's Dan Wetzel pointed out so well, " a molehill the NFL turned into a mountain."

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  • Marcus Mariota got the strangest pre-draft 'red flag' possible

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Well, it has all come full circle when it comes to the draft game of determining what is a red flag for a prospect.

    You know the deal, a college player has an arrest or a failed drug test or got kicked off the team, it's a red flag. Too many red flags and you move down. Half of the draft chatter in April is either about hips, upside or red flags. Or, as it turns out with Marcus Mariota, too few red flags are a red flag.

    Huh?

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    Yeah, this is a doozy. Brett McMurphy of ESPN apparently talked to Oregon coach Mark Helfrich during Helfrich's visit to the network on Wednesday. And McMurphy said that a NFL coach and general manager told Helfrich that the fact that Mariota had no red flags at all — like, apparently he didn't even lag in returning text messages or chew his nails or fail to clear his dirty dishes after dinner or anything at all that bothers anyone —   was in itself a red flag.

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  • NFL contacted police to look over Roger Goodell's house after decision

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    No matter how heated an NFL debate can get, it's just football. Yes, even if it's concerning the madness of deflate-gate.

    Almost everyone understands this, but the NFL took precautions for any few crazies who might not. According to the Portland Press Herald, on Tuesday the NFL asked the police in Scarborough, Maine, to look after Goodell's property there. Goodell announced on Tuesday that he was upholding the four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

    “They did reach out and let us know about the decision and that it might not be popular,” Scarborough Police Chief Robbie Moulton told the Press Herald.

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  • Shutdown Countdown: Bengals try to get over playoff hump ... again

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Shutdown Corner is previewing all 32 teams as we get ready for the NFL season, counting down the teams one per day in reverse order of our initial 2015 power rankings. No. 1 will be revealed on Aug. 8, the day before the preseason begins with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton.

    NO. 11: CINCINNATI BENGALS

    Making the playoffs four straight seasons in the NFL is a tremendous accomplishment.

    It's hard. There's too much turnover and there's too much luck involved to assume you can grind out enough wins year after year to qualify for the postseason. The Cincinnati Bengals have won 40 games and tied one over the last four seasons. Before this run, the franchise had never made the playoffs more than twice in a row. Cincinnati once missed the playoffs 14 straight years.

    It's a four-year run that should be celebrated to some extent. But we all know it's not, and instead it has become a punch line because of what has happened when the Bengals actually take the field in the playoffs.

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