Frank Schwab

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

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 10 hrs 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 10 hrs 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 13 hrs 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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  • Arian Foster shocks the NFL world and suddenly announces retirement

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 16 hrs ago

    Running back Arian Foster has always been a bit of an iconoclast among NFL players, so it makes sense that he walked away from the game in a sudden way.

    A day after the Miami Dolphins beat the Buffalo Bills, not even halfway through his first season with the Dolphins, Foster announced he’s done with the NFL. He did so on Uninterrupted, a site in which athletes speak directly to the fans.

    Foster, who turned 30 in August, said he walks away “with peace.” He said his body just couldn’t hold up anymore.

    “I know it’s not commonplace to do it midseason, but my body just can’t take the punishment this game asks for any longer,” Foster wrote. “I want to thank the Miami Dolphins, with everything in me, for allowing me to bow out with grace and making this process as easy as possible. It means everything to my family and I. I’ve created lifelong relationships in my short time there that I’m forever thankful for.”

    Foster said it was hard to step away “because this game has been everything to me … my therapy, my joy, my solace and my enemy.”


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  • NFL won't have a stranger game this season than the Cardinals-Seahawks tie

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    There won’t be a weirder game on Sunday night this NFL season. There won’t be a weirder one on Thursday night, Monday night, Sunday afternoon or any other time the NFL wants to play, either.

    The Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals played to a 6-6 tie on Sunday night. That odd score – it’s the NFL’s first 6-6 tie since 1972, before the NFL played overtime in the regular season, and only the third 6-6 tie since 1938 – tells only half the story.

    Each team missed a chip shot field goal in the final minutes of overtime when the game seemed to be over. First, Chandler Catanzaro had a 24-yard attempt to win for the Cardinals late in overtime. He somehow bounced it off the left upright. You might see a miss in a situation like that once every few seasons. Or so we thought.

    It’s really rare to see NFL kickers miss field goals of less than 30 yards. But Hauschka, unbelievably, missed too. He simply hooked it wide left. You won’t see many kickers miss a short kick worse than Hauschka did.

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  • Rob Lowe literally thinks it's time for the Rams to make a change at QB

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    If the Los Angeles Rams still played in St. Louis, it’s likely they wouldn’t have any actors calling for a quarterback change.

    But the Rams are in a bigger market now, and they’re not very good. They are 3-4 after losing to the New York Giants on Sunday morning in London. The Rams gave up a ton to move up and draft quarterback Jared Goff No. 1 overall, presumably because they were aware that boring doesn’t play well in L.A. and they needed to give their fans something interesting to watch. But Goff, strangely, hasn’t seen the field. Even more strangely, Jeff Fisher remains adamant that Goff won’t start the Rams’ next game.

    That doesn’t make actor Rob Lowe happy.

    Note to @Rams front office: you now play in entertainment capital of the world. We know bad performances well. Make changes NOW. #NFL

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  • Wow! A.J. Green makes an unbelievable catch on a Hail Mary

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Hail Marys are always pretty cool, but Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green made one of the greatest catches you’ll see on one.

    At the end of the first half, Andy Dalton heaved one to the end zone. It was the same scrum in the end zone we’ve seen for most other Hail Mary throws, with everyone going up at once. Green got a hand on the ball, tipping it to himself, then juggled it a couple times with defenders draped on him before coming down with the 48-yard touchdown.

    Green is a special player, but this is ridiculous even for him.

    For Green to keep his concentration in the middle of all those bodies and end up grabbing the ball before it hit the ground is spectacular.

    There have been more important Hail Mary passes in NFL history, but it’s possible Green made the prettiest catch on one.

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  • Yet another quarterback plays for the Browns, as Cody Kessler gets injured

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    If you’re a Cleveland Browns quarterback, make sure you get some extra health insurance.

    The Browns keep losing quarterbacks. Cody Kessler, the Browns’ third starting quarterback this season, was knocked out of Sunday’s game with a concussion. He was stepping up in the pocket and right after delivering a backhanded flip to tight end Gary Barnidge, he was hit from the side by Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko. Kessler had a hard time getting up, then was taken out of the game and back to the locker room. The team said he was being evaluated for a concussion, then ruled him out shortly after.

    With that, rookie Kevin Hogan became the sixth quarterback to take snaps for the 0-7 Browns this season. We’re only in Week 7.

    The Browns lost Robert Griffin III to a shoulder injury in Week 1 and Josh McCown to a shoulder injury a week later. Kessler has been banged up during his run as starter too, and an in-game injury allowed Charlie Whitehurst to attempt 24 passes against the New England Patriots in Week 5. The team cut Whitehurst after that and promoted Hogan from the practice squad. Receiver Terrelle Pryor has also taken snaps at quarterback.

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  • Tennessee Titans throwing touchdowns to offensive tackles now

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    The Tennessee Titans don’t have a ton of talent at receiver, so why not use an offensive tackle in the passing game?

    The Titans got tricky in the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts. They lined up with an extra offensive lineman, Taylor Lewan, on the left side. After Lewan acted like he was blocking, he let his guy go, turned around and was wide open for Marcus Mariota.

    You won’t see this often, but a 309-pound man walked into the end zone for a touchdown. It was a 10-yard touchdown catch.

    ???????? BIG MAN TD ALERT! ????????

    Marcus Mariota –> @TaylorLewan77 –> @TITANS TD! #INDvsTEN

    — NFL (@NFL) October 23, 2016

    Lewan, a former first-round pick, scored in college at Michigan once too, but that was on a fumble recovery in the end zone. This was his first chance to show off his skills with the ball in his hands.

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  • You're out of your element Aaron! Rodgers rocks 'The Big Lebowski' sweater

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    WARNING: In the following post I will desperately try to squeeze in a lot of jokes you will not get if you haven’t seen “The Big Lebowski,” the Coen brothers’ 1998 cult hit that is also the funniest movie ever made. And if you haven’t seen the movie … what are you thinking?

    Aaron Rodgers wins. Cam Newton can dress like Willy Wonka or whatever he has planned this weekend and it will not beat Rodgers – or Aaroner, or El Aaronerino if you’re not into the whole brevity thing – coming to his postgame press conference wearing the same sweater as The Dude in “The Big Lebowski.”

    There’s a Green Bay Packers quarterback I want to tell you about. Quarterback by the name of Aaron Rodgers. Now this here story I’m about to unfold took place on Thursday night, just after the time the Packers won their conflict with John Fox and the Bears. I only mention it because sometimes there’s a quarterback … I won’t say a hero, because, what’s a hero? But sometimes there’s a quarterback – and I’m talking about Aaron Rodgers here – sometimes there’s a quarterback, well, he’s the quarterback for his time and place.

    The quarterback abides.

    Shomer Shabbos!

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