Frank Schwab

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

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 7 hrs 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 16 hrs 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 17 hrs 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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    Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

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

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 18 hrs 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 18 hrs 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 2 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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  • NFL against the spread picks: Finally a great matchup in prime time

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    I still believe the Arizona Cardinals are a good team. I think the Seattle Seahawks have the potential to be a great team, yet again.

    Finally, a good prime-time matchup.

    The NFL’s prime-time television ratings are down and we can blame a thousand reasons, but the most important is that the prime-time matchups haven’t been good. In other words: Chicago Bears, please quit ruining our night games. The one on “Sunday Night Football” this week should be our best one so far this year. It could be one of the best games all season.

    The 3-3 Cardinals are slowly digging out of a 1-3 hole, and their season will take a big turn on Sunday. A 4-3 record with a win in hand against the best team in the NFC West would be a lot different than 3-4 and trailing the Seahawks by three in the loss column.

    I think the Cardinals take a big step and get a win on Sunday. The Seahawks might be the better team, but the Cardinals have the urgency and they’re at home. Either way, let’s just get one great prime-time game this season, OK?

    Here are the rest of the Week 7 against the spread picks:


    And here are the rest of the picks:

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  • More NFL missteps in Josh Brown case? Sheriff blasts league for investigation

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    When more information was released in the Josh Brown case this week, including admissions by Brown that he abused his ex-wife, the New York Giants and National Football League said they did not know about it. The Giants left Brown home from a road game in London after the latest information became public.

    The NFL specifically said it tried to request the information from the King County Sheriff’s Office and was denied. Technically, that’s true, Sheriff John Urquhart said. But, with the NFL placing the public blame on his office, he shot back at the league for its investigative work.

    Urquhart said that his office did get an email from Rob Agnew requesting documents. The message was from a Comcast email address. The sheriff’s office didn’t know Agnew was a security representative for the NFL in Seattle, because Agnew never told them.

    “’NFL, National Football League,’ he could have (said) any of that,” Urquhart told KIRO. “Robert Agnew,, post office box in Woodinville. We had no idea who this yokel is.”

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  • We've all been misspelling Seattle kicker Steven Hauschka's name for years

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka is fairly well-known by NFL fans. He’s owned in 61 percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues. He has kicked in 106 regular-season games and appeared in two Super Bowls. And Hauschka is one of the NFL’s best, hitting 87 percent of his career field-goal attempts.

    He’s not Russell Wilson, but Hauschka is relatively famous.

    And in one of the weirder NFL stories you’ll find, it turns out we’ve all been misspelling his name this entire time. He never bothered to get it fixed.

    Wait, so all these years … ? Yep. Steven Hauschka is actually Stephen Hauschka.

    Hauschka told Condotta that it dated back to when he enrolled at N.C. State in 2007 for his final college season, after spending the first part of his college career at Division III Middlebury (Vt.) College. N.C. State misspelled his first name. Hauschka didn’t want to make a scene.

    “I never really said anything about it,’’ Stephen not Steven Hauschka said. “I was like the third kicker on the roster, the fourth kicker, when I started out. So I didn’t want to say anything. I didn’t want to be a pain.’’

    “It’s my stage name,” Hauschka told Condotta. “Leave it that way.”

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  • Giants leave kicker Josh Brown home amid controversy; Robbie Gould on way to London

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    The New York Giants decided on Thursday to leave kicker Josh Brown at home instead of bringing him to London for their game Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.

    Given new details from recently released documents regarding Brown’s case, in which Brown admitted to domestic violence against his ex-wife Molly, the Giants decided Brown will not make the trip. The team said it will revisit the situation next week.

    [Read Shalise Manza Young’s analysis of the missteps made by the Giants and the NFL in Brown’s domestic violence case.]

    Here is the team’s full statement:

    “Josh Brown will not travel with the team to London.

    “In light of the news reports regarding the documents released by the State of Washington yesterday, we think it makes sense to review this newly disclosed information and to revisit this issue following our trip to London.

    “We remain supportive of Josh and his efforts.”

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