Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 hr ago
Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown probably meant no harm when he turned on his phone in the locker room after Sunday night’s win, and he didn’t figure on it becoming the story of conference championship week.
But the video, which was broadcast on Facebook and included Steelers coach Mike Tomlin calling the New England Patriots a derogatory name, has become a controversy. There have been breakdowns of locker room etiquette, an angry tongue lashing from Tomlin, a reminder that Brown violated the NFL’s postgame social media policy and now a public apology from Brown.
Late Tuesday night, Brown sent out the apology via his social media channels (oh, the irony).
— Antonio Brown (@AntonioBrown) January 18, 2017
Brown has apologized, and he and the Steelers are probably ready to move on. Unless Pittsburgh loses on Sunday, at which point he’ll probably have to hear about it again.
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Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 16 hrs ago
Considering Kyle Shanahan is the last San Francisco 49ers head-coaching candidate who hasn’t dropped out of the running, it’s probably safe to assume he’ll be San Francisco’s next head coach.
Doug Hendrickson, the agent for Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable, said his client has withdrawnhis name from consideration for the 49ers job. New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels also withdrew his name from consideration. That leaves Shanahan, the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive coordinator who can’t officially be hired until the Falcons are eliminated from the playoffs.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter said the 49ers, who are the last NFL team with a vacancy at head coach, are going to offer Shanahan the job and are willing to wait for him.
It seems that’s how the 49ers will land Shanahan, one of the hottest assistants in the NFL.
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Jackie Bamberger at Shutdown Corner 16 hrs ago
CARSON, Calif. – New Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn began his introductory news conference by nearly referring to himself as the head coach of the San Diego Chargers.
— Jackie Bamberger (@jackie_bam) January 17, 2017
Forgive Lynn for the slip of the tongue, as when he interviewed for the position last week, that’s where the Charger franchise was based.
Yes, the change is still fresh. It was only this past Thursday that team owner Dean Spanos announced the franchise’s move up north after San Diego taxpayers recently rejected a ballot measure that would have funded a new, $2 billion stadium.
Likewise, Lynn felt an immediate connection following his meeting with Chargers’ brass.
Easier said than done.
Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner 19 hrs ago
It’s no secret that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and longtime franchise quarterback Tony Romo are close. So it’s likely going to be a difficult offseason with the prospect of the two parting ways; Dak Prescott showed in his rookie year that he is very likely the Cowboys’ quarterback of the future, and with Romo believing he has a couple of good years left before retiring, he won’t be spending the twilight of his career as a backup if he can be a starter elsewhere.
On Tuesday, during his weekly radio spot with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, Jones expressed his confidence that Romo still has some good games ahead of him:
“I really believe that Tony Romo will play in a Super Bowl,” Jones said. “Now try that one on. I know that if he’s healthy enough, he’ll be in a Super Bowl. I strongly believe that.”
To which EA Sports’ Madden 17, or at least the person that runs its Twitter account, had a response:
Yahoo Sports Staff at Shutdown Corner 21 hrs ago
The San Diego Chargers’ decision to move to Los Angeles last week sparked a lot of questions about the wisdom of the relocation. Our own Dan Wetzel had an opinion. So did Frank Schwab. They were not alone in thinking it was one of the worst moves in sports history.
That begged a question around the Yahoo Sports blog offices: What is the worst franchise move in the history of each sports league? There’s certainly no shortage of options (full list here), so we had one blogger for each sport offer his opinion for this meeting-of-the-minds roundtable.
(And before you ask the question: No, none of us hail from north of the border. Though we do love an occasional poutine.)
NFL: San Diego Chargers to Los Angeles, 2017
Pretty much every team that has relocated through sports history has been welcomed by its new city.
Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 22 hrs ago
The once-viral Facebook live video (before it was removed) posted by Antonio Brown in the minutes following the Pittsburgh Steelers’ victory Sunday over the Kansas City Chiefs has been dismissed by New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and shrugged off by Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower.
But Steelers head coach — the man throwing the salty bombs in the video — had a few serious things to say about it in his meeting with the media on Tuesday.
Mike Tomlin calls Antonio Brown's FB Live video "the elephant in the room" and straight off, apologizes for his language. Says "regrettable"
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) January 17, 2017
Tomlin then admonished Brown for posting it.
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) January 17, 2017
Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner 22 hrs ago
Dak Prescott finished his rookie season on a high note, making some nice throws and leading a nice comeback for the Dallas Cowboys, though it didn’t result in a win.
Now the question for the Cowboys becomes: Will they change anything in the offense from Year 1 to Year 2 in Prescott’s career?
For a rookie, Prescott had a really, really good season. He was efficient, ran the offense effectively, didn’t turn it over and made throws when needed. For the most part he was very accurate – that’s a really positive sign. He didn’t miss a lot of throws due to accuracy. He showed he can be a solid passer.
Prescott also was in a situation in which he wasn’t asked to be the foundation of the offense. The Cowboys have a great offensive line and Ezekiel Elliott; the run game is their focus, and they did it well. They scored 421 points, which was fifth-best in the NFL. Prescott’s most important job was not making mistakes, and he rarely made any. He was careful, safe and cautious. He played a role in sustaining a methodical offense.
Then he hit Bryant for a 40-yard score. What’s notable about this pass is Prescott stood in against pressure and delivered an accurate toss as he was hit.
Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 23 hrs ago
When the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots won their divisional round games last weekend, it set up a fascinating question: What would Roger Goodell do this coming weekend?
After all, the NFL commissioner typically visits different stadiums on each week of the playoffs, and he was in Atlanta last Saturday and Dallas on Sunday.
With Sunday’s conference championship games set in Atlanta and New England, Goodell wouldn’t go back to the same stadium for a second straight week, would he?
Roger Goodell will attend the NFC Championship game in Atlanta on Sunday, per a league spokesman.
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) January 17, 2017
Well, of course. Goodell naturally wouldn’t be greeted with a welcoming party if he were to go to Foxborough, given all that has unfolded the past two years. Deflate-gate kind of changed everything, and it would be the second anniversary of our long, national nightmare on Sunday. Goodell became Public Enemy No. 1 in the six-state region and hasn’t been to Foxborough since — and might never come back.
“Whattya scared of, Rahjah?!”
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Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago
In case you hadn’t heard, Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown got himself in hot water late Sunday night when he used Facebook Live to broadcast the scene in the Steelers’ locker room after the team’s divisional-round playoff win against the Kansas City Chiefs.
In the video, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin calls the Patriots a-holes as he notes that New England has a 36-hour head start on preparations for the AFC championship game, since New England played Saturday night at home and the Steelers wouldn’t get back to western Pennsylvania from Kansas City until early Monday morning.
The video of course drew a ton of attention, though it should be for Brown’s misguided decision to record the raucous scene and make it available unedited to the masses, and not for what Tomlin said; the Steelers, like most teams, likely had an in-house video crew in the room, but that part where Tomlin shares his true feelings on the Patriots would have been taken out before it went out to the public.
Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago
If you just picked the team with the best quarterback this season in each of the eight playoff games, you’d be 8-0 on your picks.
We know how valuable quarterbacks are. While it’s still absolute nonsense that we assign a record to quarterbacks and treat it like a real stat, we know that Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan and Ben Roethlisberger will probably have more say in the outcomes of the three remaining NFL games this season than any other player. But the beauty of football is that it’s the ultimate team sport. Nobody is winning a Super Bowl alone. Not even Rodgers.
With that in mind, we removed the four quarterbacks and figured out who among the players remaining in the playoffs are the most important. These aren’t necessarily the best players left in the field, but the ones who will have the biggest impact in determining who wins Super Bowl LI:
19. Packers OLB Clay Matthews: Matthews is still the headliner of the Packers’ defense, but he didn’t have a great season. He had a career-low five sacks. He has two sacks in his last seven games. Nick Perry (11 sacks) took over as Green Bay’s best pass rusher, but the Packers could use a couple throwback performances from Matthews