Frank Schwab

  • NFL Playoff Preview: Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 9 mths ago

    Carolina Panthers (8-8-1) at Seattle Seahawks (12-4) Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET on Fox


    How they got here: The Panthers had one of the most unusual paths to the divisional round of any team in NFL history.

    Carolina went two entire months between wins. The Panthers beat Chicago on Oct. 5 and didn't win again until knocking off New Orleans on Dec. 7. They suffered through a 1-8-1 stretch. And because the NFC South might have been the worst division in NFL history, a four-game winning streak at the end of the regular season allowed them to steal the NFC South title with a losing record, just the second team in NFL history to make the playoffs with a losing record. The first? The Seahawks, in 2010.

    And if the Panthers needed one more break, they got it, when the Arizona Cardinals and third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley came in and put up an NFL playoff record low 78 yards in 27-16 win.

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  • Jerry Jones keeps hoping for playoff expansion to help his mediocre Cowboys

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 yr ago

    Jerry Jones joked on Monday about voting for playoff expansion because it might help his Dallas Cowboys get in the playoffs. Har har. A bit awkward, but whatever.

    Then he repeated the same thing on Tuesday and it's harder to tell if he's joking. For all his faults, Jones is way too competitive to beg for the NFL to make it easier for his team to make the playoffs, rather than putting his efforts into winning more games ... right?

    He reiterated his hope for expanded playoffs to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram after NFL owners tabled a vote on expanding the playoffs from 12 teams to 14 until the fall:

    Jerry Jones to reporters on expanded NFL playoffs: “The sooner the better for the Dallas Cowboys.”

    — Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) May 20, 2014

    I mean, this guy's just begging to be made an example of.

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  • Minneapolis, with its publicly funded new stadium, wins Super Bowl LII bid

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 yr ago

    New Orleans had a perfect record when it came to Super Bowl bids. But, NFL owners like rewarding cities that build expensive publicly funded stadiums even more than they love the Crescent City.

    Minneapolis will be the home of Super Bowl LII in 2018, beating New Orleans in the final vote on Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. The NFL has made it clear that if you build a stadium, as Minnesota is doing with the help of $498 million in public funds, it will do everything it can to get your city the big game. Nothing else matters. Not the fan experience, the weather during the week, or anything else. After all, NFL owners might want their own new stadium someday, and they'll want the tax money to make sure they don't pay for it. Minnesota’s new dome will open for the 2016 season.

    “I think it had a great deal to do with it, and we want to thank our public for giving that support,” US Bank CEO and Minneapolis Super Bowl committee co-chair Richard Davis told NFL Network about how much public tax money led to winning the bid. “It’s $498 million, one of the largest public-private partnerships, I think in the history of the NFL.”

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  • Peyton Manning cleared after neck exam, will get $20 million and play in 2014

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 yr ago


    There was nothing about Peyton Manning's play last season that indicated his neck was bothering him.

    The NFL MVP broke records for passing yards and passing touchdowns in a season and led Denver to the Super Bowl. But, as part of his contract, he has a full exam on his neck every offseason. That was a safeguard for the Broncos considering Manning had multiple surgeries on his neck and missed the 2011 season with the Indianapolis Colts. Once he's cleared each offseason, guarantees in his contract can kick in.

    This particular doctor's appointment with Manning was worth $20 million.

    He passed according to the Denver Post's Mike Klis, which was no surprise, and as a result the Broncos quarterback will have another $20 million coming to him in guarantees. Klis said the team and Manning's agent, Tom Condon, will start working on the process of guaranteeing that $20 million salary now that he has been cleared. Must be nice.

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  • Cornerback Brent Grimes re-signs with Miami Dolphins before he hits free agency

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 yr ago

    Another NFL week started with one more top free agent being taken off the market before other teams had a chance to make him an offer.

    Brent Grimes was set to be one of the top defensive backs in free agency, but Miami never let him get there. The team announced it had signed Grimes to a multi-year extension. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the four-year deal is worth up to $32 million with $16 million guaranteed.

    The team had the option to give Grimes the franchise tag before the deadline at 4 p.m. ET on Monday, but the two sides hammered out a deal to avoid that.

    [Be sure to check out Shutdown Corner's NFL free-agent rankings. Click here for the list of offensive players, and click here for the list of defensive and special teams players]

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  • J.J. Watt pushes around a 1,000-pound tire, reminds us he’s a beast

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 yr ago

    The NFL has some of the greatest athletes on the planet, but how many players in the NFL are more athletic than J.J. Watt? Not too many.

    We've seen Watt do a 59.5-inch box jump. He has a ridiculous vertical leap. His 6.88-second three-cone drill time at the combine is the eighth-best among defensive linemen at the combine since 2006. He can broad jump 10 feet. He does all this at more than 290 pounds.

    That's why the Houston Texans defensive end is the best defensive player in the NFL. He has unworldly physical gifts.

    This is just another example: Watt put on his Instagram page a video of him pushing around a 1,000-pound tire (h/t to the Houston Chronicle). And he said he did it 30 times.

    Oh, and Watt said he did this at the end of his workout. A cool down, if you will. He didn't look like he was struggling with it either.

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  • Report says Jim Harbaugh’s ‘act has worn thin’ in 49ers locker room, but who cares?

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 yr ago

    After the 49ers' issues with Jim Harbaugh became common knowledge when it was reported that San Francisco and Cleveland discussed a trade for the coach, one of the themes has been that Harbaugh is difficult to deal with.

    He and GM Trent Baalke don't always get along. He wants to be paid like a top coach and isn't happy San Francisco won't do that for him. And now Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that some 49ers players are sick of Harbaugh too.

    "One source with inside knowledge of the team says that Harbaugh's act has worn thin in the locker room, particularly among some key 'face of the 49ers' type players," Killion wrote.

    High-strung football coach rubs people the wrong way ... stop the presses.

    What do the 49ers value? Winning, you'd think. Harbaugh has done a tremendous job restoring the 49ers as a top franchise in the NFL. Or is it more important to have a nice-guy head coach who gets along with everyone?

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  • Jeremy Maclin, Donald Butler among potential free agents re-signed before they hit market

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 yr ago

    The news that the salary capis rising substantially seems to have started a signing spree on Friday, of teams retaining their own players.

    All of a sudden, the market got thinner.

    Tight end Jimmy Graham will be franchise tagged by New Orleans, but that's no surprise. Baltimore re-signed Dennis Pitta, making the tight end crop look pretty thin.

    Then the San Diego Chargers agreed to a multi-year deal with Donald Butler, one of the top linebackers who was set to hit the free-agent market on March 11. That was followed by the Eagles (who already extended center Jason Kelce and receiver Riley Cooper this week) signing receiver Jeremy Maclin to a one-year deal. Even though Maclin was coming off a torn ACL, he was expected to be one of the top free-agent receivers on the market.

    The market does appear to be changing, however. A lot of teams aren't letting good players reach free agency.

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  • No surprise, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham to get franchise tag

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 yr ago

    The New Orleans Saints slapping Jimmy Graham with the franchise tag comes as no surprise to anyone. What comes next is where it gets interesting.

    ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that before Monday's deadline, the Saints will use their franchise tag on the tight end. Or is he a receiver?

    Graham lined up as a traditional tight end on only about 33 percent of plays, according to ESPN and Pro Football Focus. The Saints will argue that he's a tight end, and the projected franchise tag for tight ends is about $6.8 million. For receivers it's about $11.8 million, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. That's obviously a huge difference.

    The Saints would be smart to make one of their best players happy, but it's also understandable if they can win the battle and get the $5 million discount. Then one has to wonder if Graham will try to hold out.

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  • Richie Incognito getting treatment for ‘severe mental stress’

    Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 yr ago

    After the Ferrari-bashing incident and a weird, rambling interview with a Phoenix television station, Richie Incognito is getting help.

    NFL Network's Jeff Darlington said the Dolphins guard is being treated at a facility in Arizona after "severe mental stress" caused by the fallout from the Jonathan Martin ordeal.

    After a very long few weeks, I can report Richie Incognito has accepted professional help in wake of severe mental stress from Wells report.

    — Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) February 28, 2014

    Incognito is currently being treated at a facility in Arizona after what has been some very stressful times for him & those closest to him.

    — Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) February 28, 2014

    That comes right after Incognito's bizarre interview about bashing his Ferrari.

    Incognito welcomed them in. The station's story said he was polite.

    His explanation of why his $300,000 car got knocked around with a bat was a little odd.

    "So what happened?" the reporter asked.

    "To what?" Incognito asked.