Frank Schwab

  • Bubba Smith, the late NFL star and actor, had CTE

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 hrs ago

    As the NFL deals with yet another concussion controversy, another former great was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease that has been linked to head trauma playing football.

    Bubba Smith, the great Baltimore Colts, Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers defensive end who reached a whole new audience as a star in the "Police Academy" movies and other acting roles, had CTE, The New York Times reported. Smith played nine NFL seasons, and before that he was a college star at Michigan State. Smith died in 2011.

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  • Tyler Eifert out three months due to lingering Pro Bowl injury

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 8 hrs ago

    Tyler Eifert is a talented tight end and a very important weapon for the Cincinnati Bengals, but he has had some injury issues.

    There's another one. This time he'll be out three months due to ankle surgery, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. The Enquirer said that the injury goes all the way back to the Pro Bowl.

    Eifert hurt his ankle in the Pro Bowl. Nobody thought much about it at the time, because the season was over and it didn't seem serious. But almost four months later the ankle was still an issue and Eifert opted for surgery. That's pretty much any team's nightmare scenario, when it comes to their players participating in the Pro Bowl.

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  • Johnny Manziel's friends tell TMZ they worry he's going to die

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 8 hrs ago

    The Johnny Manziel story has played out in so many weird ways, and that was even before his friends went to TMZ to express that they're worried about him dying.

    Manziel is seeing his downward spiral play out on TMZ, from reports of him showing up at various parties, being the passenger in a single-car accident and getting kicked out of a club in Vegas, so maybe the natural order of progression is having a pseudo intervention on that site.

    "He's in a horrible downward spiral," is how one anonymous source described Manziel to TMZ. Another source told the site, "If he continues this way for much longer he will die.” 

    That's not the first time that has been said publicly in the media. Manziel's father said earlier this year that he was worried his son could die soon.

  • Jay Cutler made the greatest NFL throw, and nobody remembers

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 11 hrs ago

     

     

    This offseason, Shutdown Corner will travel down memory lane with a series of stories presenting some interesting and sometimes forgotten stories from the NFL's past. Join us as we relive some of the greatest and craziest moments in the sport's history.

    Russell Wilson might have fudged some facts about what happened at NC State during his University of Wisconsin commencement speech, but he got at least one thing right.

    " If you can throw a football 80 yards, for some reason, people think that's pretty cool," Wilson said

    That's the truth. We can enjoy football on many levels, but there's something uniquely thrilling about a quarterback reaching back and firing one deep. And there's something about a quarterback with a cannon arm that will always appeal to us.

    "Well, I'll tell you, Jay Cutler had a throw his rookie year, at Arizona ... " Cosell said.

  • Jadeveon Clowney is healthy, which makes this an important season

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Jadeveon Clowney was more than a one-hit wonder.

    NFL teams aren't dopey enough to draft a player No. 1 based on onebig hit against a Michigan running back. Maybe that's how you came to know Clowney, but long before that play NFL scouts saw the size, the explosiveness and playmaking ability from the South Carolina defensive end. It surprised very few people when Clowney was the top pick of the 2014 draft, to the Houston Texans. He was a fantastic prospect.

    How time flies.

    Clowney wouldn't even be the first pass rusher taken if we re-selected the 2014 NFL draft (hello, Khalil Mack) and we have little idea if Clowney can be an above-average pro player. In two injury-filled seasons, Clowney has 4.5 sacks. Mack had five sacks in one game against the Denver Broncos last season.

    Now that Clowney is healthy, we should be able to get a clearer picture of what kind of NFL player he will be.

    This isn't a do-or-die season for Clowney. But if he wants to show he can be the player the Texans thought he was coming out of college, this wouldn't be a bad time for him to show it.

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  • Panthers 2015 first-rounder Shaq Thompson involved in car accident

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Shaq Thompson, the Carolina Panthers' 2015 first-round pick, and former Duke quarterback Anthony Boone were involved in a car accident early Sunday morning that sent Boone to the hospital, according to Black and Blue Review.

    Thompson, a linebacker out of Washington, did not receive treatment for injuries but cited for driving left of the center line, the report said. Black and Blue Review said "alcohol was involved, but it wasn't a factor," and Black and Blue Review said Thompson was below the legal limit. The police report said Thompson wasn't impaired. Sgt. Ben Miller of the State Highway’s Union County division told the Charlotte Observer there was some " residual left over from the night before " but Thompson was well below the legal blood-alcohol limit. 

    Thompson did sustain some injuries but they weren't serious; the Observer said Thompson played in teammate Mike Tolbert's charity golf tournament on Monday.

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  • Sebastian Janikowski was drafted in first round. Was it worth it?

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

     

    This offseason, Shutdown Corner will travel down memory lane with a series of stories presenting some interesting and sometimes forgotten stories from the NFL's past. Join us as we relive some of the greatest and craziest moments in the sport's history.

    The first round of the 2000 NFL draft is an interesting one to look back on.

    There were high picks who never quite lived up to the hype, like Courtney Brown or Travis Taylor. Some players had nice, long productive careers, such as Chris Samuels and Thomas Jones. Brian Urlacher and Shaun Alexander and a few others became superstars, although stardom lasted longer for some than others. 

    Only one first-round pick from 2000 remains in the NFL, after John Abraham's career ended after 2014. The lone survivor is Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski. Go figure.

    Whatever uproar there was about Aguayo, it was a blip compared to the Oakland Raiders picking Janikowski in the first round out of Florida State 16 years ago.

    That perfectly frames the debate of whether the Janikowski pick was worth it. It's easy to see both sides.

    Fair points.

  • NFL reportedly moving the Pro Bowl from Hawaii to Orlando

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    There are plenty of criticisms of the Pro Bowl. Rarely does anyone say that Hawaii was a part of the problem.

    But the Pro Bowl is on the move, reportedly headed to Orlando, Fla.

    Bloomberg News cited three sources that confirmed the Pro Bowl is heading to Orlando. The NFL told Bloomberg that Orlando, Honolulu, Houston (next season's Super Bowl host) and Sydney, Australia (oh?) were in the running, and Bloomberg said Orlando will get it. Orlando made a public push in wooing the NFL's all-star game.

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    The NFL apparently thinks changing the venue will help in some way. Nothing else it tries seems to be helping the Pro Bowl's popularity.

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  • Jimmy Garoppolo has the opportunity of a lifetime this season

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

    Jimmy Garoppolo finds himself in a good situation.

    He can prepare all offseason as if he'll be the New England Patriots' starting quarterback for the first four games of the season, thanks to Tom Brady's deflate-gate suspension. He prepared all last offseason for the same opportunity, only to have a court overturn Brady's four-game ban at the last minute. But Garoppolo still had a chance to get used to the feeling of being a starter.

    Maybe Brady finds a court to overturn his suspension again, though that seems unlikely. Garoppolo is probably going to be the Patriots' starter to begin this season, and it's an opportunity that could pay off in a huge way for him.

    Here is the optimistic plan for New England: Garoppolo plays well in four games, the Patriots flip him for a high draft pick, Brissett is then groomed to be Brady's possible successor, Garoppolo signs a huge extension with his new team, and everyone wins.

    Here's what Garoppolo faces, in terms of New England's first four opponents, and a glance at what he's done in his limited playing time:

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  • Barry Switzer, Dallas' last title coach, still kicking (expletive)

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 5 days ago

     

    This offseason, Shutdown Corner will travel down memory lane with a series of stories presenting some interesting and sometimes forgotten stories from the NFL's past. Join us as we relive some of the greatest and craziest moments in the sport's history.

    Barry Switzer will interrupt you at times. He’ll swear a lot, so hope you don’t mind that.

    And the former Dallas Cowboys and Oklahoma coach will tell you what he thinks. Always.

    “I came from Oklahoma, and most of the writers there were Southwest Conference guys,” Switzer said this week, when asked about the media heat that was constantly on him as Cowboys coach. “And I kicked Texas’[expletive] when we played at the Cotton Bowl when I was at Oklahoma. We recruited most of the kids out of Texas and I was kicking their [expletive] with Texas kids. So many of the writers didn’t like me already.”

    To say this is Switzer unplugged would be wrong because that would mean that at some point there was a plug.

    At 78, Switzer is just as you remember him, still outspoken in that recognizable southern drawl and unapologetic for everything he has to say.

    Hold on, Switzer has something to say.

    Switzer will add the postscript.

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