Frank Schwab

  • NFL Power Rankings: How high can the Philadelphia Eagles fly?

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 11 hrs ago

    Through three games, the Philadelphia Eagles have a legitimate claim as the best team in the NFL.

    If you thought the Eagles’ 2-0 start was a product of playing two bad opponents, and that Carson Wentz would be exposed against a real opponent, Week 3 was startling. The Eagles destroyed the Pittsburgh Steelers, 34-3. It was never competitive. Wentz was great. And as I said on Sunday, if the Steelers were considered Super Bowl contenders before that game, what does that make the Eagles?

    The Eagles are blasting through the rest of the NFL through three weeks, and it’s tough to chalk it up to beating bad teams after watching them dominate the Steelers.

    Here are the power rankings after Week 3 in the NFL:

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  • Saints offer little resistance to Falcons on Monday night, fall to 0-3

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 12 hrs ago

    Maybe it’s better for the New Orleans Saints’ defense that it was the rare night in which most televisions were tuned into something other than “Monday Night Football.”

    As Hillary Clinton was talking about Iran and Donald Trump was trying to interrupt her again, the Saints’ defense was letting Tevin Coleman run over left tackle for a touchdown without a defender anywhere near him. Jon Gruden called that play “embarrassing” on ESPN. Drew Brees and the Saints offense scored 32 points and they never had a chance. The Saints lost 45-32.

    Injuries or not, this wasn’t pretty.

    The Falcons rarely slowed down on their way to the end zone. Atlanta put up 442 yards. Devonta Freeman had 152 yards rushing. Coleman had three touchdowns, including his walk-in score. Matt Ryan was efficient.

    The Saints had a lot of players sidelined with injury. They’ll help some when they come back. But they’re probably not going to turn around the season. They are 0-3 and this looks like a repeat of 2015, as a terrible defense wastes another season of Brees’ amazing career.

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  • Saints-Falcons don't do anthem protest, hold hands instead

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 15 hrs ago

    NFL players are joining Colin Kaepernick’s protest in different ways, and they’re all allowed to express their feelings however they wish. That’s how we ended up with Kaepernick kneeling during the anthem, after all.

    But the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons had an unusual method of joining the protest, which has spread not just around the NFL but to other levels of football too.

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    After the anthem the Saints and Falcons came to the middle of the field, got in a circle and held hands.

    With a message of togetherness, the Falcons and Saints lock arms and put the rivalry aside for a moment before #MNF. #Together #ATLvsNO pic.twitter.com/kK6F0ULycJ

     

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  • Giants to Odell Beckham: You need to control your emotions

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 15 hrs ago

    You can’t play football without emotion. But too much emotion isn’t a good thing either.

    It’s a fine line, and New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham has found himself on the wrong side of it. He was last year when he got involved in numerous scuffles with then-Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, and that cost him a one-game suspension. On Sunday, his emotions got the best of him in his rematch against Norman, who is now with the Washington Redskins.

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    Everyone laughed at Beckham losing his battle against the kicking net, but the Giants weren’t impressed. At one point, the television broadcast showed Beckham on the sideline and it looked like he had tears in his eyes.

    Giants coach Ben McAdoo said Monday that he became a distraction during the game.

    “He needs to control his emotions better and become less of a distraction to himself and to his teammates,” McAdoo said, according to the Giants’ transcripts. “It’s our job to help him with that process and maturing.”

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  • Greg Hardy's drug arrest should close door on faint hopes of a return

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 16 hrs ago

    Usually, talented players in their prime get second, third and fourth chances by NFL teams, no matter what has happened to them off the field. So it was telling that Greg Hardy was never signed this offseason.

    Hardy, who had a domestic violence arrest and NFL suspension in 2014 and was reportedly a disruption in the Dallas Cowboys locker room in 2015, barely drew any attention as a free agent this offseason.

    Hardy is only 28 years old and a very good pass rusher, a position that is always at a premium in the NFL. But nobody would sign him this offseason, and his arrest might close the door on his NFL career.

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  • John Elway is savage, gets last laugh on year-and-a-half old tweet at him

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 17 hrs ago

    I’ve always wondered how many famous people search through their Twitter mentions. Does someone like, oh, say, John Elway really scroll through them?

    Apparently the answer is yes, and also: Elway has a heck of a memory.

    The Denver Broncos drafted quarterback Trevor Siemian in the seventh round of the 2015 draft. It’s just a seventh-round pick, but it’s not like Broncos fans were applauding Elway for picking a relatively unknown quarterback who had seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions his senior season at Northwestern.

    Well, we know where the story stands now. Siemian earned the Broncos’ starting quarterback job and is authoring a fairly unbelievable talefor the 3-0 Broncos. And not even Elway — one of the game’s legendary quarterbacks who also has a 61-22 record as general manager and is treated as a deity in Colorado — is above a little “I told you so” on social media.

    Elway has deleted his simple response to a tweet from May 2, 2015 from Broncos fan @nfkrauss, but @COSportsNutcaptured it. This is phenomenal on so many levels:

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  • Chip Kelly's support means a lot to Colin Kaepernick

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 23 hrs ago

    Among all the dissenting opinions about Colin Kaepernick and his protest, one voice that resonated with him came from his coach, Chip Kelly.

    Plenty has been said about Kelly and how he relates to players, but when he was asked last week about Kaepernick’s protest over racial injustice and police brutality, Kelly unequivocally supported his quarterback.

    “It’s an issue that’s at the forefront of our country in that it needs to be addressed, it needs to be taken care of because what’s going on is not right,” Kelly said, according to the 49ers’ transcript. “I think, again, he’s shedding light on a situation that is heinous and shouldn’t happen in this country. We all have inalienable rights as a citizen of this country and they’re being violated and that’s what I think Colin is standing up for.”

    Given the wide range of opinions directed at Kaepernick, and the strong words he has surely heard the past month or so, he appreciated his head coach’s comments.

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  • NFL Winners and Losers: Cam Newton gets crushed. Again

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The Carolina Panthers better hope Cam Newton really is the man of steel. He might not last the season otherwise.

    Newton took a beating in the season opener and another on Sunday. He was sacked eight times by the Minnesota Vikings. Newton, under constant pressure, looked nothing like the NFL’s MVP. He threw three interceptions in a 22-10 home loss.

    Everyone knew the Panthers wouldn’t win 15 games again, but they probably didn’t expect to surpass their 2015 loss total in the first three weeks of this season. Or to lose at home so soon this season, in just their second home game. The Panthers didn’t lose at home all last season.

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    It wasn’t just that the Panthers lost to the Vikings, it’s how they lost. The offense, which was so good last year, was overwhelmed. The Vikings have a very good defense, but the Panthers have a very good offense. It just didn’t look that way Sunday. The Vikings were clearly the better team on Sunday.

    Here are the rest of the winners and losers from Week 3:

    WINNERS

    LOSERS

  • Rams hang on, thanks to Bucs mismanagement, after hour-long weather delay

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were having a weird game, and that was before referee Ed Hochuli evacuated the stadium.

    With two minutes left in the game, the two-minute warning became a severe weather warning. Hochuli made the announcement that the game would be suspended because of lightning in the area. The delay ended up lasting a little more than an hour.

    The Buccaneers didn’t spend the break going over clock management issues, apparently. The mismanagement of the clock cost them dearly in a 37-32 loss. In the final minute, Jameis Winston hit Charles Sims on a pass, Sims didn’t get out of bounds and for some reason the Buccaneers didn’t call timeout even though they had two left. They ran a play instead and lost valuable time, which cost them at the end.

    With the Buccaneers down to one final play, Winston ran way past the line of scrimmage, and was wandering about 8 yards past the line still looking to pass when Rams defensive end Robert Quinn tackled him from behind. It was like Winston had no idea where he was on the field, or that he had to get the ball to the end zone. On a strange afternoon, it was a strange ending.

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  • Rejoice Wentzylvania, the Eagles have a rookie star at quarterback

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Before this season started, the Cleveland Browns for some reason were openly telling the media they didn’t think Carson Wentz would be a top-20 quarterback in the NFL, so they traded the second pick of the draft instead of taking Wentz.

    That seemed like a strange thing to brag about in public before the season, and now it looks downright dumb (especially from a Browns team that has been historically awful finding a quarterback). Three games don’t make a career, but there aren’t 20 quarterbacks you’d select over Wentz right now. I’m not sure you can find a definitive list of 10. And Wentz is still in his first month as a professional.

    According to Randall Liu, the NFL’s director of football communications, Wentz is the first player in NFL history with at least 100 attempts, 60 completions, five touchdowns and no interceptions in his first three career games.

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