Frank Schwab

  • Bills say if Patriots run through their pregame drills again there will be another fight

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 17 hrs ago

    The first time the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills played each other this year, the most memorable highlight might have been a pregame skirmish.

    The Bills are promising more fireworks if the Patriots don’t show more respect for their pregame warmups.

    Football doesn’t have a ton of unwritten rules, but one is that you don’t run through the other team’s warmup drills before the game. Patriots rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett and rookie receiver Malcolm Mitchell ran too close to the Bills’ drills, safety Robert Blanton shoved Mitchell, and then Bills defensive backs Nickell Robey-Coleman and safety Aaron Williams joined in. Blanton, Robey-Coleman and Williams were fined.

    The Bills say that if the Patriots do the same thing before Sunday’s game, they’re ready.

    Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore agreed with Robey-Coleman, that if the Patriots do something similar the Bills would retaliate.

    “Of course,” Gilmore told New York Upstate. “You’re not going to let anybody push you around, you know what I’m saying? But we have to play smart.”

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  • Jaguars owner holds meeting with team and asks what the problem is

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 18 hrs ago

    Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan isn’t pleased, and it’s understandable.

    Khan handed out a lot of money in free agency this offseason. Between that, a draft class that was widely praised and a host of young players who were expected to break out, the Jaguars were a buzzy team this offseason.

    And yet here they are, 2-4 and in last place of a bad AFC South. The Jaguars have lost at least 10 games in five straight seasons, and six in a row seems to be a good possibility.

    So Khan met with his team on Monday and basically asked what the problem was. The Associated Press reported on the meeting, saying Khan’s message was “why are we not winning and what can we do to fix it?” This led to players and coaches exchanging ideas, the AP said.

    Khan has invested a lot in this team and has little to show for it so far, in terms of on-field success. When he met with the team on Monday, it should have put everyone there on notice.

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  • Greg Cosell's Week 7 Review: The Colts' adjustments, and Andrew Luck's execution

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 20 hrs ago

    The Indianapolis Colts had some offensive obstacles to overcome last week.

    Their offensive line had to be reshuffled, because starting guard Jack Mewhort was inactive. The Colts had to rethink their personnel groupings, because receivers Phillip Dorsett and Donte Moncrief were out.

    The Colts did still have quarterback Andrew Luck, and he was excellent. He got some help too.

    On the offensive line, the Colts played pretty well. They often featured six- and seven-man protection concepts to keep Luck protected. Luck was rarely under pressure, which was huge for their offensive success. The Colts use more “12” personnel (one back, two tight ends) than any other team in the league, and we saw a lot of that and even nine snaps of “13” personnel with three tight ends. Luck was 11 of 15 for 163 yards out of multiple tight end sets.

    It was a good example of a coaching staff adjusting to the personnel on hand and making it work.

    And it’s important to note how well Luck is protected against the blitz here. He has a clean pocket to throw this pass. If Luck gets that kind of protection, he’s tough to beat.

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  • Broncos RB C.J. Anderson to miss some time with a knee injury

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 21 hrs ago

    The Denver Broncos’ offensive plan on Monday night against the Houston Texans was to have C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker split time and pound the opposing defense on the ground.

    There’s some concern about half of that running back tandem, as Anderson was seeking a second opinion on a knee injury according to 9News’ Mike Klis.

    The severity of the injury is unknown. Klis wrote that there is hope the injury is minor, although he said “it’s also possible he could miss an extended period.”

    (UPDATE:’s Mike Garafolo reports Anderson has a bone bruise and is out at least a few weeks as a result.)

    Booker, a rookie, has shown he can be an effective back. But Anderson’s injury significantly cuts down on Denver’s depth. Anderson has 110 carries for 437 yards this season. Even if Booker can replace him as a starter, the Broncos clearly want two backs to carry the load.

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  • Tony Romo getting closer as he throws passes in Cowboys practice

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 22 hrs ago

    The Dallas Cowboys, in some ways, have caught a break. They haven’t had to decide on Tony Romo or Dak Prescott as their quarterback because Romo isn’t healthy enough to play.

    But he’s getting closer.

    Romo was back on the field Wednesday throwing passes for the first time since his back injury during individual drills (to former Cowboys receiver Miles Austin … didn’t see that one coming), according to multiple reporters at practice.

    It's happening soon. Romo is on field with teammates

    — Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) October 26, 2016

    Dak Prescott watching Tony Romo throw during individual drills

    — Jon Machota (@jonmachota) October 26, 2016

    Romo wasn’t dressed out for practice like everyone else, so this has to be considered a very small first step in him getting back on the field in a more official capacity. But it is a step.

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  • Joe Namath says he's sorry for questioning Geno Smith's knee injury

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Even a 73-year-old Hall-of-Fame quarterback can learn that impulsive tweets can sometimes turn out looking pretty bad.

    Like on Sunday, when Joe Namath questioned the severity of New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith’s knee injury. Smith was tackled in an awkward way and was done for the rest of the game.

    If you've got a right knee injury keeping you out of the game why are you standing on the sideline the entire 2nd half? How bad can it be?

    — Joe Namath (@RealJoeNamath) October 23, 2016

    On Monday, we found out that Smith had torn his ACL and would be done for the season. Seems to be a good excuse for not continuing to play.

    Smith seemed confused about why Namath would question him, but clearly didn’t want to publicly blast a Jets legend. But once the ACL news was out, we got to see an NFL legend drop a “my bad” on Twitter.

    @GenoSmith7 My bad Geno. In the dark ages we players had the say. I hope you heal and play as long as you choose! Joe

    — Joe Namath (@RealJoeNamath) October 25, 2016

  • Russell Wilson and Ciara announce they're having a baby

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and singer Ciara got married this offseason, and they didn’t waste any time adding to their family.

    Ciara is pregnant with the couple’s first child together, she and Wilson announced on their Instagram pages.

    On this special Birthday I received an abundance of love from friends and family.. and I'm excited to Finally share one of the Greatest Gifts of All that God could give… ????????????????????☺️❤️

    A photo posted by Ciara (@ciara) on Oct 25, 2016 at 8:50pm PDT

    It will be Ciara’s second child. She and rapper Future have a two-year-old son.

    Ciara and Wilson were married in England in early July.

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  • NFL Power Rankings: The Seahawks need Russell Wilson to look like himself again

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    The Seattle Seahawks obviously aren’t going to sit Russell Wilson for a game or two. It’s not like they have a reliable backup. And, teams don’t sit a great player like Wilson if he can play.

    But it seems like he could use some time to heal. This isn’t the Wilson we’re used to seeing. And without any time off to get healthy, it might be a while before he looks right again.

    Wilson was bad on Sunday night against the Arizona Cardinals, in a weird 6-6 tie. He was 5-for-14 for 34 yards in the first half. He had just 121 yards by the end of regulation. Wilson rarely moved around, and was a standing target for Arizona’s pass rush behind a leaky offensive line. He added 104 passing yards in overtime, but Sunday night was a reminder that Wilson doesn’t appear anywhere close to 100 percent healthy, something he refuses to admit.

    2012: 4th 2013: 7th 2014: 5th 2015: 2nd

    Here are the power rankings after Week 7 in the NFL:

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  • It looks like Brock Osweiler made a mistake leaving the Broncos this offseason

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    DENVER – Brock Osweiler talked on Monday night about how much he loved the Denver Broncos, and it felt sincere.

    The Denver fans don’t love him anymore, not after he left them as a free agent for a big payday with the Houston Texans. But after Denver’s 27-9 win, many Broncos hugged Osweiler at midfield.

    “They meant a lot to me,” Osweiler said. “I think all those guys know how I feel about them as well. I have nothing but love, appreciation, gratitude not only for those players, the coaches, the organization, the city of Denver. This place was nothing but great for four years for my wife and myself.”

    And as he was gushing about Denver, it became clear: Osweiler made a mistake this offseason.

    “I was definitely not surprised by that,” Osweiler said. “I assumed I’d get a lot of boos. In fact, I thought it would be a little bit louder.”

    “Absolutely not,” Osweiler said. “I’ve always told people I’ve never lived my life looking in the rear-view mirror with any regret. So absolutely not.”

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  • Brock Osweiler's awful Denver return summed up by one embarrassing play

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    DENVER – Brock Osweiler dropped the ball. Literally.

    However bad you thought Osweiler’s return to Denver could be, it was worse than you imagined. Osweiler is shaping up as a huge free-agent mistake for the Houston Texans, and on Monday night he produced a blooper that will serve as a sad summation of his first Texans season.

    Osweiler’s faux pas came at the start of the fourth quarter. Trailing 21-9, Osweiler wound up for a pass and even though he wasn’t under pressure, the ball slipped out of his hands just before he started to throw it. The ball floated aimlessly and meekly for a few yards. The Broncos recovered the fumble. Broncos fans, many of whom are still upset that Osweiler left as a free agent in the offseason, laughed.

    Osweiler having the ball fall out of his hand is the highlight that you’ll see often from Monday night’s game, but it was an awful homecoming long before that. At the time of Osweiler’s fumble to start the fourth quarter, he had 64 yards on 23 attempts. His longest pass to that point was 12 yards. Not one of his other attempts in the first three quarters went for more than 10 yards.

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