- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
We’re going to examine Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III this week, and I want to show you one freeze frame of a play first.
Receivers No. 1 and 2 are running corner routes. Receivers 3, 4 and 5 are check-down options. All five are wide open:
If Griffin didn’t like either of the first two options on corner routes – and he should like either one of them – he still has three check-downs wide open. And he doesn’t process any of it.
He didn’t throw the ball on time. He really didn't throw it to anyone. What did he do? He left the pocket, moved into pressure and threw it away and incomplete just before he got sacked – and he took a shot from a 300-pound lineman as he threw on top of it.Sun, Nov 231:25 PM PSTWashington at San FranciscoPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Rob Gronkowski gave us one of the best quotes of the NFL season about one of the best blocks of the NFL season, but it will cost him.
The New England Patriots tight end took Colts safety Sergio Brown and blocked him completely off the field and out of bounds on one of Jonas Gray's touchdowns. He was penalized for unnecessary roughness on the play. When asked about it, the party-friendly Gronk told CSNNE, " He was just yappin' at me the whole time. So I took him and threw him out of the club."
That's beyond gold.
Gronkowski was fined $8,268 for the play, due to the penalty, according to CSNNE. We're not the ones writing the check, but hopefully Gronk agrees that it was worth every penny.
Does this look like a man who is worried about a few thousand bucks?
You asked, so we set Gronk's sideline dance to some appropriate music https://t.co/pkEq75BFjtSun, Nov 2310:00 AM PSTDetroit at New EnglandPreview Game
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's piping-hot episode, we have: • A brief appreciation of the Oakland Raiders, who finally managed to win a game • A look at the dwindling chances of the Kansas City Chiefs • The locks and upsets of the week • Which franchises have made their fans the most miserable? All this and more as part of the Shutdown Corner Podcast. Listen above and download below, and while you're listening ... Subscribe via iTunes right here. Non-iTunes subscription link here. Leave us a nice review here.
The Shutdown Corner podcast is the product of Kevin Kaduk (@KevinKaduk), Frank Schwab (@YahooSchwab) and Jay Busbee (@JayBusbee). New episodes every Tuesday and Friday, with bonus episodes when you least expect it. Enjoy!Thu, Nov 20Kansas City20 - 24OaklandGame Recap
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
It's never easy when an icon starts to tumble. It's even tougher when the icon can't seem to remember how to do what put him on top in the first place.
Nearly two years removed from his landmark rookie season, Robert Griffin III is as lost on the field as he's probably ever been in his life. Poor decisions and poor execution have put Griffin at the center of all Redskins criticisms, and there are many indeed.
Tasked with navigating Griffin out of this mess is first-year head coach Jay Gruden, who's taken every approach from encouragement to blistering criticism. Now, he's trying a larger view.Speaking to the NFL.com's Albert Breer, Gruden took a more philosophical approach to Griffin's problems.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
The Buffalo Bills made the right call when it came to refunding tickets for Sunday's snowed-out game against the New York Jets that was moved to Monday in Detroit.
But fans attempting to call the Bills for refunds received the wrong number.
According to the Buffalo News, fans initially were instructed to call 1-877-228-4357 to handle their ticket refund issues. The only problem: That's not the right digits. The correct number to call is 1-877-228-4257, and it finally — after several hours of having the wrong number posted — has been corrected on the team's official website.Mon, Nov 244:00 PM PSTNY Jets at BuffaloPreview Game
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
From the penthouse to the doghouse in five days. Not even a week after scoring an amazing four touchdowns, New England Patriots running back Jonas Gray overslept, missed the start of practice, and was sent home.
Gray blamed his oversleeping on a dead phone. He drove to Gillette Stadium but was immediately sent home.
This was not the wisest time for him to have a misstep like this; the Patriots just signed LeGarrette Blount, who's already familiar with the Patriots system, making Gray a less-valuable commodity than he was just a few days ago.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will not be the one hearing the appeal for suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
Breaking: Adrian Peterson's appeal hearing has been set for 12/2 and Harold Henderson, NOT Roger Goodell, will be the hearing officer
Henderson formerly ran the NFL Management Council as chairman and executive vice president of labor relations for 16 years.
Goodell has the option of hearing it himself or handing it off. Henderson is a retired former member of NFL who ran management council.
The NFLPA had requested a third party to hear the case, something Goodell didn't have to grant, and this is his concession. Of course, Henderson might be viewed as a good ol' boy of the NFL, but he's not a current employee of the league, so it might be the best they could hope for at this point.Sun, Nov 2310:00 AM PSTGreen Bay at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
The NFL decided on Thursday night that the Buffalo Bills' home game against the New York Jets would be rescheduled for Monday night in Detroit. In some good news, it will be broadcast on NFL Sunday Ticket.
And that's great, with one pretty major issue: Getting the Bills to Detroit.
Oh, yes. That. Buffalo has had about six feet of snow. The Bills weren't even able to practice on Wednesday or Thursday because of a driving ban. Most players (unless they owned a Caterpillar Skid Steer, of course) were like the rest of the people of Buffalo: snowed in.
To give an idea what Buffalo looked like on Friday morning ...
Orlando Franklin: I've never been 100 percent healthy going into a game, playing hurt is part of the jobOrlando Franklin at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
Denver Broncos offensive lineman is giving Yahoo Canada Sports an exclusive first-person account of life in the NFL. Franklin grew up in Toronto before playing at the University of Miami and was drafted by the Broncos in the second round in 2011.
Picture being in a car crash on a Sunday. You spend the entire following week trying to recover, trying to get healthy. Then come the next Sunday, you get into another car crash.
That’s what life is like in the NFL. Everybody’s hurt. I’ve never been 100 percent healthy going into a football game. Ever. Even since college. You just try to get as close to 100 percent as possible. It’s a battle of constantly trying to get as healthy as possible then ruining your body all over again.
In my four years in the NFL I’ve started every game except one. That was last year. I had a high ankle sprain. The doctor told me I should sit out for four weeks, I sat out one week. I just wanted to get back out there and I felt like I was able to be effective.Sun, Nov 231:25 PM PSTMiami at DenverPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
We should be able to point to some good reason why an 0-10 team beats a 7-3 team that has emerged as one of the safest picks every week in the NFL.
And in the case of the Kansas City Chiefs' upset loss to the Oakland Raiders, we have a few reasons.
The Chiefs were in a really tough situation on Thursday night. They were just four days removed from playing the Seahawks, a physical game. Teams haven't done well the past couple years the game after playing Seattle, and the Chiefs had just a few days rest. Kansas City's next game is a home game against Denver, and while we hear "one game at a time" all the time, players aren't robots. They know what that one means.