Frank Schwab

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

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 11 hrs 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 14 hrs 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 17 hrs 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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  • Yeah, there's no need to be concerned about Tom Brady's thumb

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 18 hrs ago

    The whole story of Tom Brady and his thumb was strange.

    He had to be scratched from a preseason start after reportedly “slicing” his right thumb with some scissors, while digging something out of his cleats. Brady’s agent Don Yee told that Brady “will be OK in time,” and what the heck did that mean? Then Brady was gone from practice Sunday and Monday, supposedly for personal reasons, and Bill Belichick wouldn’t acknowledge any part of it. And when you pass on offering any information, it invites speculation.

    Brady was back at New England Patriots practice on Tuesday, and even met with the media, who got a look at the damage to his right thumb. Rather, the lack of damage. Here it is, via Phil Perry of CSNNE:

    Shot of the damage to Tom Brady's right thumb. I think he'll be ok.

    “I just had to take care of something,” Brady said. “It’s good to be back.”

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  • Russell Wilson and Ciara moved wedding from N.C. because of HB2

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Russell Wilson started his college career at North Carolina State and wanted to marry Ciara in North Carolina, but the state’s controversial transgender bathroom law caused the couple to scrap those plans.

    Wedding planner Mindy Weiss told The Knot that Wilson and Ciara moved the wedding from North Carolina because of House Bill 2, also known as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which restricts bathroom access for transgender people in government buildings and public schools. The law has drawn the ire of LGBTQ groups, and apparently the Seattle Seahawks quarterback and his Grammy award-winning wife don’t agree with it either.

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    In case you were wondering.

  • Tom Brady's absence from the Patriots a bit of a mystery

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Jimmy Garoppolo is in the quarterback meeting room with Tom Brady just every day, and if anyone on the team knew why the New England Patriots star was missing on Sunday and Monday, it would probably be Garoppolo.

    “Your guess is as good as mine,” Garoppolo told WEEI’s “Dennis and Callahan with Minihane,” via NESN. “It’s kind of like the game day, I thought he was going to start. … It’s just kind of how we roll around here though, you never know when your number is going to be called, you’ve always got to be ready, and it worked out pretty well.”

    Garoppolo’s “game day” reference was about last week’s preseason game, when he assumed Brady would start, but then Brady was suddenly scratchedafter cutting his thumb with scissors.

    Brady wasn’t at the Patriots’ first preseason game either. He was attending memorial services for a family member, the team said. Because of the thumb injury, it’s possible he won’t play at all this preseason.

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  • Josh Norman, part Native American: 'A redskin playing for the Redskins'

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    We might be in for a pretty fun season with Josh Norman.

    Norman, who said going from the Carolina Panthers to the Washington Redskins was “like going from a dictatorship to freedom,” had some interesting things to say in an ESPN the Magazine story, via the Washington Post. It should come as no surprise the All-Pro cornerback had no issue with talking about his new team’s controversial nickname.

    “Redskins is not offensive to me,” Norman told ESPN. “I’m part Native American on both my mom’s and my dad’s side. It’s kind of a funny thing, though. A redskin playing for the Redskins.”

    Norman also calls himself “the best cornerback on earth” in the story, and says about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, “Horrible. He’s straight horrible.”

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    Norman should be pretty fun to follow this season. Hopefully Washington doesn’t also ask him to tone it down.

  • Report says Patriots RB Dion Lewis needs another knee surgery

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Dion Lewis’ injury has been somewhat of a mystery, like most things surrounding the New England Patriots.

    There’s a reason there hasn’t been much positive news about Lewis this month: He reportedly needs another knee surgery.

    Jim McBride of the Boston Globe said Lewis, who hasn’t practiced in training camp, needs a second knee surgery. He was coming back off a torn ACL, which he suffered last November. There seemed to be optimism he wouldn’t start the regular season on the physically-unable-to-perform list, but now it seems he’ll miss at least a good part of the season. Tom Curran of CSN New England said the second surgery doesn’t involve Lewis’ ACL but he’ll have an eight-to-10 week recovery time.

    It will be a challenge for the Patriots offense early this season.

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  • Denver Broncos' QB competition still a wide-open mess

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    DENVER — In less than three weeks, the Denver Broncos will open the 2016 regular season here.

    They’ll celebrate Super Bowl 50 and then have a rematch against the NFC champion Carolina Panthers. And, less than three weeks before the NFL world tunes in, they presumably don’t know who will start at quarterback that night.

    Or, they secretly know who will start and can’t have much confidence in their choice. There’s no good answer to Denver’s dilemma. Coach Gary Kubiak expressed that he wanted to make the decision before next week’s third preseason game. After none of the three quarterbacks separated themselves on Saturday against the San Francisco 49ers, it seems hard to believe he would make the choice in the next week.

    This isn’t ideal for a defending Super Bowl champion.

    “Ah, well, we made too many mistakes obviously,” Kubiak said, when asked if the quarterbacks showed him enough to decide who would start.

    After the game, Sanchez sounded like a defeated man. He fumbled twice, and the first one was tough. Near the end of the first half, on San Francisco’s 13-yard line, he tried to do too much, was hit and coughed up the ball.

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  • Blaine Gabbert likely inches closer to 49ers starting QB job

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    DENVER — It’s easier to win a starting quarterback job when your main competition can’t play.

    Blaine Gabbert was nothing special on Saturday night against the Denver Broncos, but he wasn’t bad either, and Colin Kaepernick hasn’t even entered the race yet.

    Kaepernick is dealing with a dead arm, or a tired arm, or whatever the 49ers want to label it. Kaepernick’s shoulder is hurting, although he threw about 50 passes in warmups, according to CSN Bay Area.He is expected to practice next week and play in the 49ers’ third preseason game. Still, time is running out for Kaepernick to win the starting job. Kaepernick didn’t play in the 49ers’ preseason opener either.

    Gabbert didn’t do anything to lose his spot in line on Saturday. He completed 6 of 9 passes for 69 yards. Most of them were safe, short passes to tight ends. When your competition is in street clothes, that might be enough.

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