- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Everyone in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization, from coach Lovie Smith to the players to those who make copies in the office from Monday to Friday, should be embarrassed. What the Buccaneers put forth on Thursday night was one of the worst efforts you'll ever see on an NFL field.
It took five minutes of game play for it to be absolutely clear the Buccaneers had no interest in playing a football game. Already 0-2 with two home losses to backup quarterbacks, the Buccaneers let the Falcons easily move downfield and score on their opening drive. That was the start of the avalanche.
The Falcons had a 56-0 lead before the Buccaneers finally got on the board with a couple of meaningless touchdowns. The final score was 56-14, dropping the Buccaneers to 0-3. It was a very sharp performance for the 2-1 Falcons, but still an inexcusable night for the Bucs. They are making a strong case for being the worst team in the NFL, when there's a good amount of talent on the roster.Thu, Sep 18Tampa Bay14 - 56AtlantaGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Devin Hester has done one thing – return kicks – better than anyone in NFL history. He cleared up any doubt about that on Thursday night.
In the second quarter, Hester weaved through the Buccaneers' special teams on a punt return and got into the open field. He beat the punter and strolled into the end zone for the 20th return touchdown of his career, breaking Deion Sanders' record of 19. That gave Atlanta a 35-0 lead. Hester even showed Sanders some love by putting his left hand behind his head and high-stepping the final few yards, one of Sanders' signature moves when he was returning punts and interceptions for touchdown with the Falcons.
Hester, who is in his first season with the Falcons after spending his first eight seasons with the Bears, redefined the position of returner. He never really became more than a role player at receiver for the Bears, although the Falcons are getting a lot out of him. Hester also scored on a reverse at the start of the second quarter (and he also forced a fumble on a great hustle play in the first quarter). Even though Hester naver became a star on offense, he's the most electifying return man ever.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
The only signs of life the Tampa Bay Buccaneers showed early Thursday night lasted about two seconds.
Falcons tight end Levine Toilolo caught a short pass, which wasn't a surprise since every Falcons player seemed open against a Buccaneers defense that looked disinterested in playing. Toilolo fumbled when he was hit, and Buccaneers safety Mark Barron started to run with it. But Falcons receiver Devin Hester ran Verner down quickly and punched the ball out from behind, then recovered to give Atlanta the ball back.
That's how the entire first quarter went for Tampa Bay and Atlanta. Hester, the longtime Chicago Bear who is off to a tremendous start in Atlanta, scored on a reverse on the first play of the first quarter to give the Falcons a 28-0 lead. The Buccaneers, who lost two home games to backup quarterbacks to start the season, looked clueless as the Falcons swamped them.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
Ray McDonald has become far better known for being arrested for domestic abuse, right after the NFL announced its tougher domestic violence policy, than anything he has done on the field as a defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers.
There is more interest in McDonald than usual, which is why the San Jose Police Department says it released details of a second domestic incident at McDonald's house from this past May, one in which McDonald's fiancee allegedly grabbed a gun during an argument.
The police report, via CSN Bay Area, detailed the incident in which police were called to the home. The SJPD said it released the report due to “overwhelming media interest.”
“An engaged couple (a male and female subject) were in an argument when the female subject became upset, grabbed a firearm (handgun) registered to the male subject, and held it at her side,” according to the report.Sun, Sep 211:05 PM PDTSan Francisco at ArizonaPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
The bond between the Kemoeatu brothers is so tight that when Chris' career with the Pittsburgh Steelers ended because he needed a kidney transplant, that was it for Ma'ake and his Baltimore Ravens career too.
"He couldn't play anymore, and I didn't want to be in a position where he couldn't play but I'd keep playing," Ma'ake Kemoeatu , a former nose tackle, said according to the Associated Press. "As soon as my brother's health was at risk I wanted to stop everything."
Chris Kemoeatu's health was more important than football, and Ma'ake Kemoeatu helped him in an incredible way, not only quitting his NFL career but donating a kidney.
The kidney transplant surgery on Aug. 27 went well, and the two talked to the media on Wednesday. Ma'ake, now 35, quit the Ravens in 2012. Chris, now 31, was a guard for the Steelers for seven seasons before his health forced him from the game.Sun, Sep 215:30 PM PDTPittsburgh at CarolinaPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
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Now, before I get to Eagles coach Chip Kelly's outright lie about why Philadelphia cut receiver DeSean Jackson, I know why he did it.
Before Jackson's first game against Philadelphia since the Eagles cut him, Kelly was of course asked about why the team cut Jackson this past offseason. The Redskins signed Jackson shortly after he was cut. There were plenty of rumors about why the Eagles let him go, including one explosive story from NJ.com that said the team was worried about Jackson's possible gang activity.
Whatever Kelly's real reason, Jackson was gone after a 1,332-yard, nine-touchdown season. And it serves Kelly no purpose to say the real reason. He doesn't want to make Jackson any more motivated than he already is, not to mention that he doesn't need the union looking into what his reason was.
For some, the Adrian Peterson controversy comes down to personal feelings about what is acceptable when disciplining your child.
Peterson, the Vikings star running back who was indicted for causing injuries to his 4-year-old son, faced physical punishment when he was growing up, and his mother didn't hide that fact. Peterson's mother Bonita Jackson, speaking to the Houston Chronicleon Wednesday, said her son was "trying hard to be a good parent" and stuck up for Peterson. The Chronicle story said Jackson said she " used her hand, switches and belts to occasionally spank all of her six children in order to correct their behavior ."
"I don't care what anybody says. Most of us disciplined our kids a little more than we meant sometimes," Jackson, who lives in the Houston suburb of Spring, told the Chronicle. "But we were only trying to prepare them for the real world.
"When you whip those you love, it's not about abuse, but love. You want to make them understand that they did wrong."
Before Wednesday, it would have been hard to find many people who knew the NFL's exempt/commissioner's permission list existed. Now, two of the league's best players are on it.
The Minnesota Vikings used the little-known list to deactivate running back Adrian Peterson while his legal case is resolved, and on Wednesday afternoon the Carolina Panthers did the same with Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy. He was placed on the exempt list and like Peterson, will receive his full salary.
The Panthers played Hardy, who was found guilty by a judge in a domestic violence case in July and has appealed, in Week 1. The franchise has had a complete change of heart since then. They deactivated him just before Sunday's Week 2 game against the Detroit Lions, and now have told him that he won't be playing until his legal situation is settled.
The jury trial is set for Nov. 17. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he expects Hardy to return in November.
To be fair, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman can't know exactly what Adrian Peterson's long-term future with the team is, because the team is waiting for his legal case to be resolved. He doesn't know what that resolution will be, and one would assume the result could affect the team's next action.
But the way Spielman did answer the question of whether Peterson will play with the Vikings again is worth noting.
"Our focus right now, today, is to get this right, OK?" Spielman said. "We admitted making a mistake and we want to get this right."
There was no unwavering commitment to bring Peterson back once his case for injuring his 4-year-old son is resolved. Spielman told ESPN last weekend, after Peterson was deactivated for a Week 2 game, that "all options are on the table"for what would happen next. It appears that might be the case again, at least for after this season.
The most interesting moment of the Minnesota Vikings' news conference on Wednesday, when the team's brass repeated the message about "getting it right" in having Adrian Peterson stay away from the team while his child injury case is resolved, came when Kevin Warren, the team's executive vice president of legal affairs, wanted to answer a question that almost slipped by without an answer.
Who made the decision that Peterson wouldn't play for the Vikings until his case is resolved, the player or the team?
The NFLPA said Peterson being put on the exempt/commissioner's permissions list was a "voluntary leave." Vikings general manager Rick Spielman gave a non-answer about it being a collaborative effort to come up with the best solution to the issue.
No, Warren said.
"It’s very important, the question was asked about who started this, it’s very clear that the Minnesota Vikings initiated this process with the National Football League in regards to this current situation," Warren said. "It was the Vikings.Sun, Sep 2110:00 AM PDTMinnesota at New OrleansPreview Game