- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Among all the dissenting opinions about Colin Kaepernick and his protest, one voice that resonated with him came from his coach, Chip Kelly.
Plenty has been said about Kelly and how he relates to players, but when he was asked last week about Kaepernick’s protest over racial injustice and police brutality, Kelly unequivocally supported his quarterback.
“It’s an issue that’s at the forefront of our country in that it needs to be addressed, it needs to be taken care of because what’s going on is not right,” Kelly said, according to the 49ers’ transcript. “I think, again, he’s shedding light on a situation that is heinous and shouldn’t happen in this country. We all have inalienable rights as a citizen of this country and they’re being violated and that’s what I think Colin is standing up for.”
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
It’s tough to compare the career of Steve Young to any other quarterback considering the odd path he took. From the USFL to under-fire Tampa Bay Buccaneers starter to Joe Montana’s backup to Super Bowl winner whose best years were in his mid-30s, Young pretty much took a unique road to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
So it’s striking to look at the career totals of Young vs. another player who will end up in Canton one day. Through three weeks, Aaron Rodgers is off to a good start — despite everyone wondering what was wrong with him after a tough game against maybe the best defense in football.
Thanks to the terrific statistical tools of Pro Football Reference, we can put the career totals of Young and Rodgers side by side and note some stunning similarities — even accounting for the different eras in which they played.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Fourth-year linebacker Manti Te’o will miss the rest of the season for the San Diego Chargers after a Monday morning MRI confirmed the worst fears: he suffered a torn Achilles tendon in his left leg in the first half of Sunday’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
For the Chargers, it’s the third time in as many weeks they’ve lost a key contributor to a major injury: in Week 1, it was receiver Keenan Allen who tore his ACL; in Week 2, it was Danny Woodhead suffering a torn ACL as well, and now Te’o.
For Te’o, it marks the end of an important season: this is the fourth and final year of his rookie contract (he was a second-round pick out of Notre Dame in 2013), and despite injuries every year (he missed at least three games a year in his first three seasons), he had become not just a starter, but a leader, voted a defensive captain by his teammates this season.Sun, Sep 25San Diego22 - 26IndianapolisGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
If you’re Chicago Bears head coach John Fox, what can you hang your hat on with your 0-3 team that now has been beaten badly in prime time two weeks running?
Your starting quarterback, Jay Cutler, is out. Your starting running back, Jeremy Langford, left Sunday’s 31-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on a cart. You can’t get your best receiver, Alshon Jeffery, the ball enough.
Your defense has now lost to quarterbacks making their eighth, second and third NFL starts, respectively, two of them rookies. Those quarterbacks threw one interception between them in 97 attempts. The Bears face quarterbacks who were top-three picks in eight of the next 10 games, all of them with 20 or more starts.
The offense has scored 14, 14 and 17 points. The defense has allowed 23, 29 and 31. It’s getting worse on the field, not better.Sun, Sep 25Chicago17 - 31DallasGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
The Carolina Panthers better hope Cam Newton really is the man of steel. He might not last the season otherwise.
Newton took a beating in the season opener and another on Sunday. He was sacked eight times by the Minnesota Vikings. Newton, under constant pressure, looked nothing like the NFL’s MVP. He threw three interceptions in a 22-10 home loss.
Everyone knew the Panthers wouldn’t win 15 games again, but they probably didn’t expect to surpass their 2015 loss total in the first three weeks of this season. Or to lose at home so soon this season, in just their second home game. The Panthers didn’t lose at home all last season.Sun, Sep 25Minnesota22 - 10CarolinaGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were having a weird game, and that was before referee Ed Hochuli evacuated the stadium.
With two minutes left in the game, the two-minute warning became a severe weather warning. Hochuli made the announcement that the game would be suspended because of lightning in the area. The delay ended up lasting a little more than an hour.
The Buccaneers didn’t spend the break going over clock management issues, apparently. The mismanagement of the clock cost them dearly in a 37-32 loss. In the final minute, Jameis Winston hit Charles Sims on a pass, Sims didn’t get out of bounds and for some reason the Buccaneers didn’t call timeout even though they had two left. They ran a play instead and lost valuable time, which cost them at the end.
With the Buccaneers down to one final play, Winston ran way past the line of scrimmage, and was wandering about 8 yards past the line still looking to pass when Rams defensive end Robert Quinn tackled him from behind. It was like Winston had no idea where he was on the field, or that he had to get the ball to the end zone. On a strange afternoon, it was a strange ending.Sun, Sep 25Los Angeles37 - 32Tampa BayGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
It figures that the NFL’s oldest wide receiver and one of the youngest cornerbacks didn’t see eye to eye. (And never mind the height difference, either.)
Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey is doing a lot of talking for a talented rookie, but also one who has yet to win an NFL game. His team dropped to 0-3 when Steve Smith Sr. and the Baltimore Ravens won, 19-17.
Ramsey spat fire early in his first season. Following the Week 1 loss to the Green Bay Packers, Ramsey went after Aaron Rodgers. Then this Sunday, Smith was his target. The two scrapped on the field and jawed as well, and Ramsey wanted nothing to do with it when Smith came over to have a postgame chat.Sun, Sep 25Baltimore19 - 17JacksonvilleGame Recap
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
Twitter was not kind to New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who threw an abominable six interceptions in a 24-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3.
Ryan Fitzpatrick’s day vs. the Chiefs, basically. ⛏⛏⛏✈️⛏⛏⛏ pic.twitter.com/guSK0u3PvJ
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) September 25, 2016
— Danny Woods (@dcwoods89) September 25, 2016
QB rating is a bad stat because Ryan Fitzpatrick threw no touchdowns and SIX FREAKIN' INTERCEPTIONS and he got an 18.2 and not a 0.0
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) September 25, 2016Sun, Sep 25NY Jets3 - 24Kansas CityGame Recap
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
Playing quarterback in the NFL is like dancing on the blade of a knife. It’s always going to be tricky, but if it goes wrong, it can go very, very wrong. For Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sunday went very, very wrong.
Fitzpatrick’s New York Jets came into Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs looking competent, effective, balanced. They left a shattered wreck, on the wrong end of a 24-3 stomping, limping away from one of those losses that’s so ugly it should count as more than one.
Fitzpatrick’s line: 20-of-44, 188 yards, zero touchdowns (obviously), and six – SIX! – interceptions. Derrick Johnson returned one for a 55-yard pick-six; Marcus Peters snagged two; and Eric Berry, Daniel Sorensen, and D.J. White each got souvenirs as well. Two of the interceptions came in the end zone, and another came in a desperation drive inside the final two minutes, but no matter: six interceptions will kill you even if they all come in the opening 10 minutes.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
Before this season started, the Cleveland Browns for some reason were openly telling the media they didn’t think Carson Wentz would be a top-20 quarterback in the NFL, so they traded the second pick of the draft instead of taking Wentz.
That seemed like a strange thing to brag about in public before the season, and now it looks downright dumb (especially from a Browns team that has been historically awful finding a quarterback). Three games don’t make a career, but there aren’t 20 quarterbacks you’d select over Wentz right now. I’m not sure you can find a definitive list of 10. And Wentz is still in his first month as a professional.Sun, Sep 25Pittsburgh3 - 34PhiladelphiaGame Recap