- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
The NFL is still being criticized for giving Ray Rice a light, two-game suspension, as well it should.
The league did a really poor job explaining why the Ravens running back got a surprisingly short suspension for an incident in which he allegedly knocked his fiancee (now his wife) unconscious and dragged her in an Atlantic City casino. One possible explanation is that NFL punishment was lighter because Rice avoided trial in his case by accepting a deal in which he entered a pretrial diversion program.
Now we get to a fairly apples vs. apples argument, and that's with the one-game suspension of Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham.
What did Bradham do to get his suspension? Injure another person? Put someone in harm's way? Physically abuse a female companion? Nah, he had a little bit of marijuana on him.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster has been holding a media boycott, of sorts, this year. And, even though he stopped to talk on Wednesday, he practically still is on the media boycott.
Foster, known as a thoughtful player through his previous interviews and Twitter feed, hadn't talked at the Texans' facility all spring or summer, CSN Houston said. He took 11 questions on Wednesday and watch how he answered every one:
Yep, he reiterated he's trying to be the best teammate he can be 11 straight times, no matter if the question had anything to do with that or not.
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- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
It's becoming fairly common to see NFL linemen lose a massive amount of weight in the few months after they retire and look entirely different than we're used to.
Just because it's common doesn't mean it's any less of a surprise.
MMQB.com's Peter King caught up with Jordan Gross, the former Carolina Panthers left tackle who retired this offseason. And he noted that Gross is about 235 pounds, down from about 305 at the end of last season. Gross actually looks like he's lost a lot more than 70 pounds.
Here's a side-by-side comparison from the Twitter feed of Road to Radio City:
Ex-Panthers lineman Jordan Gross then and now. Retirement is somethin' else. pic.twitter.com/9GurtjZ4E9
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
No matter how much salary-cap hell the Dallas Cowboys find themselves in year after year, they'll always find a way to sign a contract extension that makes you do a double take.
This time around, offensive tackle Tyron Smith backed up the armored truck to owner Jerry Jones' office. Smith signed an eight-year contract extension that will take him through the 2023 season and will be worth (deep breath) $97.6 million, bringing the total value of the next 10 years (including the two remaining on his rookie deal) to almost $110 million according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Charean Williams.
Yowsa. Only the Cowboys.
Smith, the ninth pick of the 2011 draft out of USC, is a heck of a player. He has already made a Pro Bowl and won't turn 24 until late this season. It's hard to argue with the Cowboys paying him. But through 2023? How are the Cowboys supposed to accurately evaluate what type of player Smith will be when he's 33?
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner13 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 2014 power rankings. No. 1 will be revealed Aug. 2, the day before the preseason begins with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.
Even when the Patriots don't look quite like the Patriots, they still win.
For the first six games last season, the Patriots showed some clear weaknesses. Mostly, they didn't have a receiver who Tom Brady could rely on. The offensive line didn't play well either. Brady looked as average in that stretch as he has in years – which is why it was strange that he got MVP buzz late, because you'd assume that award takes into account the whole season. New England looked very beatable. Except nobody could beat it.
The Patriots were 5-1 after that stretch, thanks in large part to a coaching tour de force by Bill Belichick. They went on to go 12-4, with their losses coming by seven, three, four and four points.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
When Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson announced he signed a $70 million deal with $48 million guaranteed, which is more than his nemesis Richard Sherman got, you knew the two would end up taking some shots on Twitter.
So Sherman, the great and loquacious Seahawks cornerback, retweeted this ...
Richard Sherman and Patrick Peterson combined to allow 8 touchdown passes in 2013. Peterson gave up seven of those.
Peterson is living it up now, with the contract to boast that he is the best cornerback in football. Even if that's faulty logic, that's a way many players measure these things. And in a great one-liner, Peterson turned Sherman's "U mad bro?' back on the Seattle cornerback.
Yu mad bro!!!! LMAO😂😂😂😂😭
As usual, Sherman had to have the last word (we were alerted we had the order of the tweets wrong before, this was actually Sherman responding to Peterson):
Like Seattle's Richard Sherman, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson took to Twitter to announce his new contract, giving everyone the terms of the deal.
And why wouldn't he want to share those contract details, considering they are astounding:
Perhaps there's room for a cowboy hat on the vintage Raiders logo.
Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis, upset with the stadium situation, met with San Antonio officials about possibly relocating his team, the San Antonio Express-News reported Tuesday. The Express-News said Davis met with former San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros, then-mayor Julián Castro, city manager Sheryl Sculley, Mario Hernandez of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, and Richard Perez and David McGee, the president and chairman of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, respectively, on the weekend of July 18.
The meeting was confirmed when Sculley issued a memo to the city council after the Express-News story broke, describing it as " preliminary due diligence" after Davis expressed interest in a "possible relocation of his NFL team to San Antonio."
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 or our initial 2014 power rankings. No. 1 will be revealed on Aug. 2, the day before the preseason begins with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton.
We found out last season how valuable a great coach is in the NFL.
Here are the Saints' win totals the past five years: 13, 11, 13, 7, 11. The one poor season in that run came when Sean Payton was suspended for a year.
It's easy to point to Payton as the only variable, but the Saints also got a huge boost when Rob Ryan was free to become their defensive coordinator. The Cowboys fired Ryan so they could hire Monte Kiffin (man, how depressing is that sentence for Cowboys fans?) and Ryan had an immediate impact. Without any massive change in personnel, aside from rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro, New Orleans improved from 32nd in total defense in 2012 to fourth last year.
Great coaching isn't just reserved for head coaches.
A simple rule in life: If you urinate on someone's grave and post a video of it to YouTube to impress others, there will be consequences. Like catching a misdemeanor charge for it.
An unidentified fan is seen on a YouTube video, posted under the username " BrownsFan4Life, " at Druid Ridge Cemetery in Baltimore. He is supposedly paying his respects to Art Modell who owned the Ravens until his death in 2012. The fan then tears off his Ed Reed Ravens jersey to reveal a Browns jersey. Modell moved the Browns from Cleveland to Baltimore after the 1995 season, and most Clevelanders have never forgiven him. This genius then appears to urinate on Modell's grave using a catheter. He says in the video that's what he is doing.
He then uses the same phrase Modell used when explaining why he moved the Browns: "I had no choice." Here's one of the copies of the video from YouTube, but be warned that it has bad language: