- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Jimmy Garoppolo had quite a nice moment late in the Patriots' blowout loss at Kansas City.
The rookie quarterback made his NFL debut after Tom Brady was benched with New England trailing 41-7, and not only that, Garoppolo threw a touchdown pass on his first drive. Garoppolo couldn't celebrate too much because of the score, but there had to be a lot of really great emotions inside of him. Many of his teammates understood it and most gave him high fives as he got to the bench. Brady never did.
Brady gave other teammates some high fives but not Garoppolo. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels sat between them on the bench, and the Boston Globe's report noted that the two quarterbacks didn't seem to speak to each other. And since we've seen other relationships like this sour in a hurry (John Elway/Tommy Maddox, Joe Montana/Steve Young, Brett Favre/Aaron Rodgers come to mind) it seemed like something was amiss with the 37-year-old Brady and the guy who was drafted to presumably be his successor.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
The Federal Communications Commission, an independent government agency that regulates radio and television broadcasts, is considering whether to fine and punish broadcasters for using the Washington Redskins nickname, per CNBC.
John Banzhaf III, a George Washington University law professor, has sent the FCC a petition asking regulators to strip Washington D.C. radio station WWXX-FM (ESPN) of its broadcasting license when it comes up for renewal for using the name Redskins, which Banzhaf deems to be "akin to broadcasting obscenity."
FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said yesterday that the petition is under consideration.
- Danielle Elliot at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
His back bent slightly, hands resting on his knees, Chad Pennington yells "Ready... Hit" as his players run through drills. He's sporting khakis and a polo that matches the green and white attire he wore for eight years as the quarterback of the New York Jets, but today he's far from East Rutherford, N.J., and the players are not exactly professionals.
Pennington's now representing The Lexington School Colts of Lexington, Ky. The Kentucky Herald-Leader reports that the two-time NFL Comeback Player of the Year has been coaching the middle-school team there for two years. He also helps coach the school's flag football teams, as well as his son's Central Kentucky Youth Football League squad.
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
In Sunday's game between the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers, you could see two things affecting the Eagles: injuries on the offensive line and opponents are playing them differently than they did last year.
Both factors are disrupting the offense. I think Eagles coach Chip Kelly is at that moment when he’s going to have to make some adjustments.
The Eagles are a run-first offense (last year they were one of four teams to attempt more runs than passes, and keep in mind that quarterback Nick Foles isn't a runner and doesn't affect that stat), and this year they are having trouble running the ball. Against the 49ers, left tackle Jason Peters was the only member of the Eagles' regular offensive line who was playing and in his normal position, due to injuries and Lane Johnson's suspension. You saw the Eagles try a little bit of everything to get the run game going against the 49ers and nothing worked.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
The Oakland Raiders are planning to name Tony Sparano their interim head coach, according to ESPN's Jim Trotter.
The Raiders are planning a 2 pm presser to name Tony Sparano interim coach, according to multiple team sources.
The Raiders fired head coach Dennis Allen after the team's 0-4 start and 10 straight losses dating back to last season.
Sparano had the Raiders' assistant head coach/offensive line coach dating back to the start of last season. It's not clear if he will continue to coach the offensive linemen going forward.
Sparano, who turns 53 next week, has a regular-season head-coaching record of 29-32 (0-1 in the playoffs) from his three-plus seasons with the Miami Dolphins from 2008-2011. Sparano was fired in 2011 after the Dolphins' Week 14 loss that season.
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Despite the public relations nightmare the NFL has endured throughout the first month of the season, football fans continue to watch in record numbers, according to Reuters.
Following Roger Goodell's highly criticized two-game suspension of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, his concession the league botched the punishment upon TMZ releasing footage of Rice's domestic violence incident and his stumbling through a series of media appearances in the aftermath — not to mention the Minnesota Vikings' mishandling of running back Adrian Peterson during his child abuse case — many fans vowed to stop watching the NFL in protest of a global brand gone awry.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
The FCC has voted unanimously to end its support of a decades-old rule allowing the NFL to black out games in markets where tickets remain unsold.
The NFL blocks all local broadcasts of games if a team does not sell out before 72 hours of kickoff. The league did so with the FCC's blessing and backing, but Tuesday's 5-0 vote ends that support.
"The sports blackout rules are a bad hangover from the days when barely 40 percent of games sold out and gate receipts were the league's principal source of revenue," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler recently wrote. "The NFL no longer needs the government's help to remain viable."
Only two games were blacked out by the NFL last season, and none have been this year. The NFL has warned that if the blackout rule is ended, more games could move from broadcast to cable television, an argument that sounds more like a threat than a defense.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
The NFL wasted no time admitting a mistake in penalizing Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah, who went to the ground in Muslim prayer after scoring a touchdown against the Patriots.
Abdullah's touchdown, celebration and ensuing 15-yard penalty happened on Monday night, and by Tuesday morning the NFL was making sure the controversy didn't spread any further than it has, releasing a statement that the penalty was a mistake. Players are not allowed to go to the ground to celebrate, but NFL spokesman Michael Signora told USA Today's Tom Pelissero that religious expression is not included in that rule.
"Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct following his fourth quarter touchdown," Signora said in an email to USA Today.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Two things felt inevitable following the Oakland Raiders' fourth loss to open the season, and 10th in a row dating back to last season: Dennis Allen was a dead man walking and that the Raiders were poised to go big for his long-term replacement.
Allen was fired late Monday night (by phone, incidentally), and already the rumors have started to fly: Raiders owner Mark Davis' next phone call might just have to go to Jon Gruden.
Gruden had just finished the Monday Night Football broadcast of the Kansas City Chiefs pounding the New England Patriots when the news of Allen's firing broke, and it would have been fascinating to hear his immediate thoughts in the wake of the report.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Oh, this is gonna be good. If there's anything Northeast fans and media love more than winning, it's griping about losing. And the New England Patriots are giving us an early preview of just how nasty it's going to get up Boston way over the next few seasons.
Look, at some point Tom Brady will hang up his cleats and NFL-strength hair-care products once and for all. That could be 2015, or it could be 2022, but it's going to happen. Question is, how will he and those around him deal with it?
Monday night gave us a hint of a possible future. The Chiefs de-pantsed the Patriots in front of a national television audience, in large part because Brady could get nothing going. (Yes yes offensive line sucks receivers can't catch refs are biased blah blah.) Brady finished 14-for-23 with one touchdown against two picks, and after that second pick, he took a seat on the sideline. And nooooobody got near him:Mon, Sep 29New England14 - 41Kansas CityGame Recap