Frank Schwab

  • Can you imagine Vikings tweeting this Adrian Peterson photo last fall?

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 hrs ago

    Apparently, the healing between the Minnesota Vikings and running back Adrian Peterson is complete.

    The Vikings decided to celebrate their "Family Day" at training camp this past weekend by tweeting out this photo:

    Family Day at #VikingsCamp! pic.twitter.com/ChrVxlkdSO

    It's hard to imagine that was done without knowing the context. Or that it would draw some attention.

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    Forgive and forget seems to apply to the Vikings' relationship with Peterson, and perhaps vice versa. Again, it's very hard to believe the Vikings social media team didn't think about what happened last season when they tweeted out that photo. Every time Peterson has addressed the topic he has talked about regretting a mistake and that he loves his son and they have a good relationship. The Vikings apparently wanted to get that point across too.

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  • St. Louis judge says no vote needed to use tax money for stadium

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 4 hrs ago

    Taxpayers in St. Louis might end up partially funding a new NFL stadium for St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke, the 77th richest man in America at $6.3 billion according to Forbes, and have almost no say in it.

    St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Thomas Frawley ruled that no public vote will be required to build a riverfront stadium for the Rams, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The stadium is expected to cost $998 million, the Post-Dispatch said. The governor's task force broke down the costs for all parties as $250 million from team ownership, a $200 million National Football League loan to the owners, $187 million in tax incentives, $201 million in state and city bond proceeds and $160 million in seat license sales, the report said.

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  • Hall of Fame profile: Chargers-Dolphins-Patriots linebacker Junior Seau

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 6 hrs ago

     

    The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 gets inducted on Saturday. Shutdown Corner will profile the eight new Hall of Famers, looking at each of their careers and their impact on the game.

    Junior Seau San Diego Chargers 1990-2002 Miami Dolphins 2003-05 New England Patriots 2006-09 Linebacker

    Greatest moment

    Seau dragged the Chargers to their one and only Super Bowl appearance with one good arm.

    Seau had a pinched nerve in his neck for most of the 1994 season, which meant he was basically playing without his left arm. And in the AFC championship game at Pittsburgh at the end of that season, he had a phenomenal 16-tackle game. It was the quintessential Seau performance, with him flying around everywhere on the field and disrupting the Steelers all day. He was great. The Chargers won their only AFC championship in the final minute when linebacker Dennis Gibson batted down a fourth-down pass deep in San Diego territory.

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    Impact on the game

    Case against his bust in Canton

    Notable quote

  • Shutdown Countdown: Broncos a contender, and not because of offense

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 7 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. 6: DENVER BRONCOS

    When you have a quarterback like Peyton Manning, everything else is just the previews before the movie starts.

    The story lines around the Denver Broncos all revolve around Manning's fade last season, if this is his last year and how he fits in Gary Kubiak's run-centric offense. Other questions on the first couple days of Broncos camp seemed like an intrusion. (When I visited Broncos camp, I wrote about Manning and the offense too, here and here.)

    And you wonder how Denver's third-ranked defense feels about all of that.

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  • Jerry Jones loved seeing Dez Bryant brawl at practice

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 9 hrs ago

    Life around the Dallas Cowboys is just a little different.

    If you didn't know that already, it probably became clear when the Cowboys' Twitter feed proudly shared a clip of star receiver Dez Bryant and cornerback Tyler Patmon throwing haymakers at each other when tempers got hot at practice.

    Dez Bryant - Tyler Patmon Fight Full Video & Reaction MUST WATCH: http://t.co/egrkA9lI0R pic.twitter.com/oTWsb5zk1X

    And what did owner Jerry Jones think of Bryant, his new $70 million investment, fighting a teammate at training camp?

    “That’s good stuff," Jones said, according to the Dallas Morning News. "That’s training camp. Now that’s not new. That’s been happening at our training camps for years and years and years. It is a throwback to the years when you saw Michael Irvin out here, Deion [Sanders] and those guys.”

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  • Bills OL coach Aaron Kromer suspended six games for assault arrest

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 19 hrs ago

    Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer was suspended six games by the team, punishment for an allegedly ugly incident this offseason that led to his arrest.

    Kromer was arrested for assault and battery after allegedly confronting a boy about the use of beach chairs and then punching the boy in the face, according to the Walton County (Fla.) Sheriff's office's report.The police's press release also said Kromer told one of the boys that if he reported him to the police, Kromer would "kill his family."

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    Kromer had been on indefinite leave from the Bills. His suspension will start before Week 1 of the regular season and go through Week 6, but he'll work during training camp and the preseason. Here's the statement from Bills managing partner and president Russ Brandon:

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  • Sam Bradford looks healthy, on track to start Eagles' preseason opener

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Lost a bit in the hoopla of the Philadelphia Eagles trading quarterbacks this offseason was that the quarterback they acquired was coming off back-to-back major knee injuries.

    It appears, however, that Sam Bradford has had a successful rehab. Bradford, who suffered a season-ending ACL injury during the 2013 season and suffered another torn ACL in the preseason last year, practiced on Sunday when the Eagles opened camp.

    He " didn’t look hindered at all " according to Philly.com's Jeff McLane.

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    McLane also wrote that Bradford has ditched a bulky knee brace in favor of a sleeve. Bradford told reporters the big brace was too constricting. He looks to be on track to start the Eagles' preseason opener, on Aug. 16.

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  • Here we go with more 'Chip Kelly is racist' controversy nonsense

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Chip Kelly might be a bit crazy when it comes to personnel moves, but that doesn't make the Philadelphia Eagles coach a racist, no matter how hard people pitch that controversy.

    Running back LeSean McCoy was first to insinuate Kelly was racist, likely because he was hurt he was traded to the Buffalo Bills. Former Eagles lineman Tra Thomasjoined in the chorus for some reason. Now the comments of cornerback Brandon Boykin, after he was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday, are being put under the "is Kelly really a racist?" microscope. Ugh.

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    In a text to Derrick Gunn of CSN Philly, Boykin said Kelly is “uncomfortable around grown men of our culture.”

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  • NFL officials supervisor on footballs: 'They could have a slow leak'

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    There are many, many problems with the way the NFL handled deflate-gate, and one is pretty basic: The league never cared about the air pressure of footballs before hammering the New England Patriots.

    That was clear from the Wells report, when it came to light that the Indianapolis Colts told the NFL before the AFC championship game that they were concerned about the Patriots deflating footballs, and the NFL did absolutely nothing about it until it was brought to their attention again in the first half. If the inflation level of footballs was Absolutely Crucial To The Integrity Of The Game, they'd have done something other than shrug once they were notified.

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    "These are man-made products,” Slaughter said, according to the Tribune-Review. “There is a bladder and a valve. We have all checked them for many years. Sometimes when you check the ball in the locker room right out of the box, there could be a problem. They could have a slow leak, and you wouldn't even know it at the time.”

  • Shutdown Corner: Well-rounded Ravens always a Super Bowl threat

    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. 7: BALTIMORE RAVENS

    In this offseason of regret, most of the focus has been on the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, who blew playoff games in heartbreaking fashion. But don't forget about the Baltimore Ravens.

    The Ravens didn't flub an onside kick or throw an interception when they should have been running from the 1-yard line, but that doesn't lessen their pain. Twice they held a 14-point lead over the New England Patriots in a divisional playoff game. The Patriots played incredible football down the stretch to barely pull off the win. Two games later, the Patriots won a Super Bowl.

    The Ravens had to feel like that could have easily been them on the stage accepting another Lombardi Trophy.

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