Frank Schwab

  • Which NFL teams got unfair schedules? University at Buffalo engineers know

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Washington Redskins fans, you might not want to hear this.

    University at Buffalo engineers, who have done a study on imbalances in the NFL schedule and presented it at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference earlier this year, have studied the 2015 NFL schedule that was released this week. One of the main imbalances they look at is which teams get the most games against "rested" opponents – those coming off Thursday night games or bye weeks.

    Yep, Washington got the shortest stick in that area.

    Washington plays five games against opponents with extra rest this year, the UB engineers said. That's the most in the NFL. The Redskins have three games against teams coming off bye weeks and two games against teams coming off a Thursday game. That's a very high number; it's almost one-third of Washington's schedule.

    "We had a detailed look at the 2015, and we see again the imbalances are significant," said Murat Kurt, PhD, an assistant professor in UB’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

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  • Eagles VP of player personnel explains why they signed Tim Tebow

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The Eagles say they simply see a much improved quarterback from the last time we all saw Tebow, when he struggled through most of the 2013 preseason with the New England Patriots. No team except the Patriots got a closer look at Tebow that year than the Eagles, because they had joint training camp practices with the Patriots.

    When the Eagles got a look at Tebow in a workout this offseason, he looked better.

    ''Obviously, we were intrigued with what we saw there,'' Eagles vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz said in a press conference, according to the AP. ''We saw a player who improved from the last time we saw him live, which was when he was here with New England. We had some conversations and some discussions, and we felt that it was an opportunity to bring in someone who could compete for a spot."

    The Eagles haven't said much about Tebow, and Tebow hasn't said anything publicly since the Eagles signed him. But Tebow is a very interesting figure, and his signing brought about questions. Mostly, why?

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  • Patriots' White House visit has Obama's deflate-gate joke, no Tom Brady

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Tom Brady wasn't around to hear President Barack Obama's deflate-gate joke during the New England Patriots' visit to the White House.

    The customary trip to the White House for the NFL champions came on Thursday. Brady, the future Hall-of-Fame quarterback, didn't go because of what was described as a "prior family commitment," according to CSNNE.

    The Patriots beat the Seahawks in one of the most exciting Super Bowls ever. It was also a Super Bowl that became known for the controversy in the lead-up to the game, the "deflate-gate" issue after a reported 11 of 12 Patriots' game balls were found to be under-inflated. That issue (which the NFL is still investigating ... yes, it hasn't wrapped up yet) infuriated the Patriots before the Super Bowl, but it didn't stop Obama from making a joke about it.

    Obama followed that up by giving the Patriots credit for keeping focus during the "biggest media circus of the sports year."

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  • Throwback Thursday: The Aaron Rodgers Draft (and more!) of 2005

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    The 2005 NFL draft will forever be The Aaron Rodgers Draft.

    The most famous image from that day was Rodgers impatiently sitting in the green room until the Green Bay Packers took him with the 24th pick. And the most enduring story from that draft is that 23 different times teams passed on a future Hall-of-Fame quarterback. The team that most famously passed on Rodgers was the San Francisco 49ers. They took quarterback Alex Smith first overall. Smith hasn't been bad, but he hasn't been a multiple MVP or Super Bowl champion like Rodgers either.

    But 10 years later, there are more interesting tidbits from that draft than just Rodgers (though, we’ll talk about him more, so hang tight). It was a strange and interesting draft in many ways. Here are 10 facts from the 2005 draft:

    This draft was the first step toward killing running backs’ value

    In 2005 it was not uncommon to take a running back in the top 10. Three went in the top five of this draft. And none worked out.

    It was also the Maurice Clarett draft

    At the end of the third round, the Denver Broncos made one of the most inexcusable picks imaginable, taking Clarett. 

    Erasmus James went ahead of Aaron Rodgers

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  • Seahawks QB Russell Wilson might be dating pop singer Ciara

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Enterprising reporters did a double-take when looking over the guest list for the White House Correspondents dinner, because apparently Russell Wilson and pop singer Ciara became the celebrity equivalent of Facebook official.

    The Washington Post, looking over the White House dinner guest list that AOL received, noticed that it included the Seattle Seahawks quarterback “and his date Ciara.”

    The Post said that Wilson, in dark sunglasses, took in a Seattle Mariners game last weekend with a woman who looked a lot like Ciara (full name Ciara Princess Harris) and that got the Internet buzzing. With the White House Correspondents dinner guest list, apparently that confirms the two are an item. Maybe.

    Of course, we don't know for sure the two are dating. Neither one has said publicly they are. But if so, that's one heck of a power couple.

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  • NFL drops hammer on Greg Hardy, suspends him 10 games without pay

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    The Dallas Cowboys' gamble on signing defensive end Greg Hardy doesn't look like it will pay off, at least until Thanksgiving.

    The NFL came down hard on Hardy, who missed most of last season while his domestic abuse case played out in the courts, suspending the new Cowboys end 10 games without pay. Hardy missed 15 games last season for the Carolina Panthers on the commissioner's exempt list, but he was paid during that time.

    Hardy's first scheduled game back? Yep, it's against the Panthers, on Thanksgiving.

    The Cowboys gave Hardy an unusually structured one-year contract anticipating some NFL suspension. Hardy got a deal that could max out at $11.3 million, but about $9.25 million of that was to be paid in weekly bonuses for being on the active roster. That protected the Cowboys in case of a long suspension. Even though the Cowboys went into this deal knowing what could happen, the 10-game length of the suspension is still a little startling.

    This is a passage from the NFL's announcement:

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  • Kansas City Chiefs help grant dying Chiefs superfan's final wish

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Betty Johnson loved the Kansas City Chiefs, and it turns out the Kansas City Chiefs loved her too.

    Johnson died last week at age 86, but not before some final memories from her favorite team. She was a season-ticket holder since 1986, according to KCTVand KSHB in Kansas City.

    Showing how much of an impact Johnson had on the Chiefs players who knew her, receiver Dwayne Bowe flew in for her funeral even though he isn't with the Chiefs anymore.

    Johnson's great granddaughter shared a photo on social of Bowe giving Betty Johnson a kiss at a recent Chiefs game, something KCTV said Bowe did before every game at Johnson's seat at the 45-yard line. Bowe flew in for the funeral on Tuesday " to give her the last kiss ," Johnson's daughter Susan told KCTV. Bowe signed with the Cleveland Browns this offseason.

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  • 2015 NFL schedule: Top 10 must-watch games of the regular season

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    As much as we love every NFL game, they're not all created equal.

    Sure, we'll watch the Tennessee Titans face the Jacksonville Jaguars (twice ... gulp) but there's a little more excitement for the marquee games on the 2015 NFL regular-season schedule.

    With that, here are the top 10 must-watch games of the NFL regular season (all times Eastern):

    10.* Tennessee Titans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Week 1 Sept. 13, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

    This one gets an asterisk because of what might happen next week. Yes, these were the two worst teams in the NFL last season. But you wouldn't be interested in seeing No. 1 pick Jameis Winston starting for Tampa Bay against No. 2 pick Marcus Mariota for the Titans in each player's NFL debut? It's on the list if the draft plays out like that. If not ...

    10. Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals, Week 17 Jan. 3, 4:25 p.m. (Fox)

    9. Buffalo Bills at Philadelphia Eagles, Week 14 Dec. 13, 1 p.m. (CBS)

    This will be the Chip Kelly-LeSean McCoy Bowl after the Eagles traded McCoy this offseason, and McCoy has had some pointed things to say about his former team. But it’s also a really good game between two intriguing teams.

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  • 2015 NFL schedule: League releases the full regular-season slate

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    The long NFL offseason seems a little more palatable when there's a Week 1 opponent to look forward to.

    Each NFL team found out who it will start the 2015 regular season against, and the rest of the schedule too.

    [For a full look at the entire 2015 NFL regular-season schedule, click here.]

    The NFL decided to go with three NFC vs. NFC games on Thanksgiving for the second straight season. The Eagles kick it off at the Detroit Lions, the Carolina Panthers will play at the Dallas Cowboys, and the third Thanksgiving game will be the Chicago Bears at the Green Bay Packers. That will be the Packers' first home Thanksgiving game since playing the Hammond Pros in 1923.

    The NFL's regular-season schedule release has become a big day on the sports calendar, in many ways overshadowing the NBA and NHL playoffs. The schedule release was covered with two hours of programming on ESPN's networks, and there was a three-hour schedule release show scheduled for NFL Network.

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  • NFL does Patriots a huge favor, gives them Bell-less Steelers in Week 1

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    My best guess is that many details of the NFL schedule were worked out well before April 9. That's the day Pittsburgh Steelers star running back Le'Veon Bell was suspended by the NFL for three games.

    But whether it was on purpose or by accident, the NFL did the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots a huge favor. The Patriots will play the Steelers, without All-Pro running back Bell, to open the 2015 NFL season on Thursday, Sept. 10. The defending champs get the honor of hosting the first game of the NFL's regular season, and it's usually against a marquee opponent. The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe reported that news, which was confirmed by several other outlets. The NFL's regular-season schedule will be released in full at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

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