Frank Schwab

  • Criticism of Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest begins

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 5 hrs ago

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knew that not standing for the national anthem would draw some criticism.

    A couple former NFL quarterbacks weighed in. T.J. Yates, formerly of the Houston Texans and currently a free agent, retweeted a criticism of Kaepernick not standing for the anthem in Friday night’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, and followed it up with this tweet of his own:

    It blows my mind how many people hate the country they live in.

    — T.J. Yates (@TJ_Yates) August 27, 2016

    Miami Dolphins running back Arian Foster, a former teammate of Yates with the Texans, argued with Yates on Twitter after saying it was Kaepernick’s right to protest. Here’s part of the conversation:

    the flag represents freedom. the freedom to choose to stand or not. that's what makes this country beautiful. …

    — Feeno (@ArianFoster) August 27, 2016

    — Feeno (@ArianFoster) August 27, 2016

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  • Tyler Eifert gives a timetable for his return from ankle surgery

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    When Tyler Eifert started jogging this week he said he was hoping to play in the Cincinnati Bengals’ regular-season opener. That seemed overly optimistic, considering he was just starting to jog this week.

    A more realistic timetable was given on Friday. The Bengals’ tight end should be able to return from ankle surgery sometime about Week 4-6. The surgery was a result of an injury in the Pro Bowl. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on the new timetable, and said Eifert is hoping the return comes in Week 4.

    There’s no real guarantee Eifert just picks up where he left off, either. He didn’t even start jogging until the preseason was half over, about seven months after the Pro Bowl injury, so obviously this was no minor injury. It’s just as likely we don’t see the Eifert we’re used to seeing until the second half of the season.

    At least there’s a timetable for his return now. The Bengals just have to figure things out until he’s ready to come back.

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  • Report says rest of NFL 'laughing at' Chargers over Bosa holdout

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Let’s be clear: Both sides are to blame for the Joey Bosa holdout.

    This shouldn’t happen anymore. We haven’t seen a holdout like this since 2009, when Michael Crabtree held out until early October after being drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. The new collective-bargaining agreement was supposed to eliminate these disputes.

    But the San Diego Chargers and Bosa, the third overall pick out of Ohio State, have found a way.

    Bosa hasn’t signed because of offset language and the timing of his signing bonus, and the Chargers turned it into a public battle this weekby making details of negotiations public. Everyone seemed to take a side.

    Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman wrote that he talked to unnamed NFL general managers and there was “unanimity” that the Chargers were to blame.

    “I cannot stress this enough. Every team I speak to thinks the Chargers are ruining Bosa. They are laughing at the Chargers,” Freeman wrote.

    That’s crazy.

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  • The Browns aren't trading Josh Gordon, nor should they

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    As much grief as the Cleveland Browns get, give them credit for not being dumb and trading Josh Gordon right now.

    There have been reports all week that multiple NFL teams have been asking about Gordon’s availability, and why wouldn’t they? Gordon was reinstated by the NFL this month, the Browns can’t have too much patience left with the oft-suspended receiver, and Gordon is really talented. And the reports on him from practice have been glowing. My guess is the Browns didn’t get one offer that matches with Gordon’s talent level. Teams are digging around in the clearance rack, hoping to find a nice shirt was mistakenly tagged and put there. You can’t blame them. We all have that crazy guy in our fantasy league who can’t help himself from making really bad trades. In the real NFL world, the Browns are that team.

    Browns? Smart? Hey, let’s see if this lasts.

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  • Bruce Arians: 'Bad coaches' benefit from in-game video experiment

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    The NFL has been adding in-game technology for its coaches slowly, from speakers in quarterbacks’ and linebackers’ helmets to tablets on the sideline. It makes sense that the next step is allowing them to view video in game. It’s not like the league hasn’t had the technology for it.

    Teams have been allowed to use video in one game this preseason. Everyone should be happy about that, right?

    “It helps bad coaches,” Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said, according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.

    Arians is not a wallflower, so it’s not surprising he’d speak out against video use. And his argument against video use during games — when the regular season starts coaches will still be allowed to only use still photos, so don’t bother tagging your favorite coach on that Vine you made in the first quarter — makes sense. Arians said the video would help offensive coaches more, because offenses rarely run the same play but many blitz packages can be the same.

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  • Raiders apply for 'Las Vegas Raiders' trademark; stadium renderings

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    While there are still significant hurdles to clear, it seems obvious that the Oakland Raiders aren’t just playing Las Vegas as a bargaining chip.

    All indications are that the Raiders want to move to Las Vegas. The latest is that the Raiders have applied for the “Las Vegas Raiders” trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, according to Forbes. Forbes said the multiple trademark classes the Raiders applied for cover education and entertainment services, clothing, mobile applications, football helmets, trading cards, jewelry and play figures.

    This doesn’t mean the Raiders are definitely moving. The NFL would need to approve and there’s the fairly important obstacle of getting a nearly $2 billion stadium built. The Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee planned to meet on Thursday to discuss the possibility of a new stadium for the Raiders.

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    Here are a couple other shots from the SNTIC proposal:

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  • Joey Bosa rejects Chargers' 'best offer,' now what?

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    In 1991, the Philadelphia Eagles drafted Miami (Fla.) quarterback Craig Erickson in the fifth round. Erickson had injured his knee in a Hula Bowl practice and slipped in the draft so he decided to sit out all season and try the draft again. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took him in the fourth round in 1992.

    And that’s the last time a player was drafted twice by the NFL. Joey Bosa might break that streak.

    It’s not even September yet, and even the ugliest of holdouts always seem to work out. Both sides have too much to lose to let a full season pass by without a contract agreement. There’s a lot of time for Bosa, the Ohio State defensive end who was the third pick of the draft, and the San Diego Chargers to come to terms. But the standoff is inching toward the point of no return.

    After having their “best offer” rejected, the Chargers took the highly unusual step of releasing a statement to the media about the Bosa holdout:

    The San Diego Chargers issued the following statement regarding the contract negotiations with 2016 first-round selection Joey Bosa:



    Our offer included:








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  • Former NFL TE Ben Utecht's book is latest sad concussion story

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    The title of Ben Utecht’s book is “Counting the Days While My Mind Slips Away.”

    Not much more needs to be added to that. Utecht, the former tight end for the Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals from 2005-09, suffered five major concussions in his college and pro career. We’ve heard plenty of these stories by now, so we know where it’s headed: Utecht finds himself battling memory loss.

    The MMQB’s Emily Kaplan wrote about Utecht’s battle with long- and short-term memory loss, and his book about it. Utecht wrote it as a way to document the memories he still has.

    “This book is a keepsake,” Utecht told The MMQB. “I wanted to provide content for my daughters to be able to hold on to, to have forever.”

    Utecht has become a public speaker and advocate for concussion awareness, even testifying before Congress about concussions in 2014, as he’s feeling the effects. The MMQB told the story of how he couldn’t remember a friend’s wedding even though he was a groomsman and sang in the wedding.

    Utecht has a story to tell, and wants to share it, worried what awaits him in the future.

  • Demaryius Thomas has ultimate comeback for Josh Norman's talk

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    Josh Norman plans to say whatever he wants this season, but the NFL receivers he talks about aren’t going to quietly take his trash talk.

    Norman said a lot of things in an ESPN the Magazine piece this week, and he talked about how he shut down Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas in Super Bowl 50.

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    “I don’t know what he was out there for,” Norman told ESPN. “He was supposed to be an all-world guy, and I shut him down.”

    It’s true that Thomas had just one catch for 8 yards. And Norman wasn’t necessarily bragging about how great he was in the Super Bowl; he lamented that he dropped two possible interceptions in the Carolina Panthers’ loss. It’s also fair to note that the entire Broncos passing game suffered all season with uneven quarterback play.

    But there’s really only one comeback that matters, and Thomas had it.

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  • Ben McAdoo has nothing more to say about Josh Brown

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    NFL coaches, front-office personnel and owners are probably better off saying nothing about domestic violence. We all know when they talk tough, they don’t really mean it.

    It’s easy to make proclamations in an interview though. Like New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo did in January, when asked by the New York Postwhat he won’t tolerate as a head coach. According to the Q&A transcript, McAdoo gave one answer:

    “Domestic violence is something that we’re all cracking down on in this league,” McAdoo said. “That’s something that’s important to us as an organization, important to me as a man, and important to me as a coach.”

    Now remember, McAdoo was asked what he won’t tolerate as a head coach, and the one thing he said was “domestic violence.”

    But as new information surfaced about previous incidents, McAdoo couldn’t just keep ignoring it, right? No tolerance, after all.

    Maybe the real lesson here is that teams and the league should get out of the business of talking tough on domestic violence, at least until they’re ready to finally back it up.

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