- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner50 mins ago
The Miami Dolphins are 1-3 and in a tailspin. This is a team that shows no signs of life, and following the team's 27-14 loss to the New York Jets in London, there have to be calls for Joe Philbin's job. We offered up a humble suggestion, and imagine who replied:
@jaybusbee Hi Jay, we apologise but we do not process people at lost-and-found.
Ouch. Look, being an NFL coach is a tough job, but sometimes it's just time to say goodbye. And London is lovely for an unscheduled vacation this time of year.
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- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
With news that Andrew Luck will miss his first career NFL game, the Indianapolis Colts will turn to backup Matt Hasselbeck, who turned 40 last week.
For those of us in the same age range, some of these age comparisons might be a wee bit depressing. But all for the sake of quality bloggage.
Hasselbeck is so old ...
• He was in the same draft class as Peyton Manning. That's not old? Oh. Well, other Class of '98 draft QBs: Moses Moreno, Jonathan Quinn and Charlie Batch. And, yeah, of course: Ryan Leaf.
• He was drafted three weeks after the Tampa Bay Devil Rays made their MLB debut. Google was founded five months later.
• He played his first NFL game a few weeks before "The West Wing" made its debut on NBC.
• Two of Hasselbeck's top receivers on Sunday, Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett, were 4 years old in his rookie season.
• Instant replay and challenges were not a thing (again) in Hasselbeck's rookie year.LiveJacksonville10 - 3IndianapolisFollow Game
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
The season of woe continues for Andrew Luck. The preseason MVP candidate has been declared out for Sunday's game against Jacksonville.
Luck has never missed a game in his career, but the red flags began flying around him this week when a shoulder injury limited his practice this week. Colts head coach Chuck Pagano insisted that Luck would be available for Sunday's game, and he spent most of the week listed as "questionable."
News of Luck's status broke on Twitter about 9 a.m. Eastern on Sunday morning, with ESPN's Chris Mortensen being the first to report and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport providing context:
Andrew Luck will not play today, per a team source.
"Luck I’m told did not throw at all during the week; had a secret private throwing session for the coaches on Saturday." -- @RapSheet
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Three things in life are a certainty: Death, taxes and a quarterback controversy for the New York Jets.
Under first-year head coach Todd Bowles, the Jets might be 2-1 and off to their best start since 2011, but that doesn't mean that there aren't whispers that Geno Smith should replace Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starting quarterback. Of course, there were other whispers during training camp that Fitzpatrick might be better than Smith, the team's incumbent starter the past two years.
It was a Week 3 home loss to the Philadelphia Eagles that caused murmurs for Smith to start became louder, after Smith was active for the first time this season. It was a sucker punch from former teammate IK Enemkpali that sidelined Smith in August, causing him to miss preseason and the first two games. In his place, Fitzpatrick has been steady and calm.
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
It’s tough to figure out how to beat the Denver Broncos defense.
Start with the fact that they have three excellent corners who can all play man-to-man coverage. When you begin with that, it gives you so many options as a defensive coordinator. Then add in the fact that Denver has two high-level pass rushers on each side, Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware.
Once you think about that foundation, you can easily understand how difficult it is to play against them.
In Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens we saw how devastating the combination of coverage and pressure can be. The Broncos ran a combination stunt/blitz at Joe Flacco. Aqib Talib is maybe the best cornerback in the league at playing to pressure and reading and anticipating the quarterback. He ran this route for Steve Smith.
So what do you do to slow down Denver's pass rush? You keep extra guys in to block. That affects everything else you’re trying to do though, and for the Detroit Lions last week it caused one of their biggest mistakes of the game – although you’d need to pay close attention to see how the Broncos’ defense was able to make the play.Sun, Oct 44:25 PM EDTMinnesota at DenverPreview Game
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
The Baltimore Ravens' Steve Smith Sr. is one of the toughest men in football, but he's now up against one of the strongest tests possible of his pain tolerance: reports early Saturday morning indicate that Smith has suffered four broken bones.
Smith was injured late in the third quarter of Baltimore's Thursday night victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Defenders Antwon Blake and Lawrence Timmons combined on the hit, and former Smith teammate Mike Mitchell jawed at Smith afterward. That trash-talk was enough for Smith to put Mitchell on his"lifetime hit list."Thu, Oct 1Baltimore23 - 20PittsburghGame Recap
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
It's too early to say definitively what Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will become, but from a skills standpoint and how well he's developing, he has a chance to be a high-level NFL quarterback.
Carr has played very well the past two weeks, and his improvement in his second season is even more impressive because he's working with a new offensive coordinator, Bill Musgrave.
It has been a good fit though. Musgrave is putting Carr in positions to succeed with some calls that accentuate Carr's strengths and that opens things up for him.LiveOakland7 - 6ChicagoFollow Game
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
The plan as of Friday afternoon is for Drew Brees to return to the lineup for the New Orleans Saints, who are desperate at 0-3, in Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys.
Saints head coach Sean Payton said after Friday's practice that the plan is to go with Brees, who is battling through a shoulder injury and who missed his first game because of injury as a Saint last week.
“I think he’s planning on starting, and we’re planning on starting him,” Payton said. “He looked crisp [Friday]. I think he’s going to end up starting, and based on the way the week unfolded each day I felt like he’s made the progress we’re looking for.”
So Brees is starting. We think.Sun, Oct 48:30 PM EDTDallas at New OrleansPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 days ago
We’ve seen Andrew Luck take dozens of huge hits, but we’ve always seen him get up. So we think of him as indestructible.
Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano apparently thinks that too. Despite Luck not practicing in full all week due to a shoulder injury, Pagano said he “a bsolutely” was confident Luck would play on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Colts. Luck is listed as questionable on the injury report, which generally means a player will go, but not necessarily.
Luck wasn’t present at the media portion of Friday’s practice, which raised some red flags. But Pagano said he was limited at practice. The team signed quarterback Josh Johnson, but Pagano said that was just to keep all bases covered. Still, all of it makes you wonder what Luck's status really is.