- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Colin Kaepernick started his national anthem protest as a way to draw attention to social injustice. It has just become a nation-wide analysis of his method of protest, which is unfortunate.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
If you have any memory of how the Cincinnati Bengals’ season ended, then you might understand why Vontaze Burfict might be hesitant to discuss the Pittsburgh Steelers in great depth.
The Bengals fell completely apart in the final 90 seconds of the home playoff loss to their rivals, and Burfict had a hand in it. After a Bengals fumble, 15-yard penalties by Burfict and Adam Jones put an injured Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers in the unexpected position of stealing the game.
Plain and simple, it was an incredible meltdown by a team that hasn’t won a playoff game since the 1990 season. Hence Burfict’s frustration, which came out in what he had to say to The MMQB.
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
With one hit on Tony Romo, rookie Dak Prescott went from an intriguing preseason story to the Dallas Cowboys’ starting quarterback.
Romo will miss a significant portion of the regular season with a broken bone in his back, so we have to examine Prescott differently. He’s no longer a rookie who can develop behind Romo. He has to play right away.
The good news is Prescott has shown some advanced quarterbacking skills, albeit in preseason games.
One thing that has stood out in Prescott’s preseason film is that he’s comfortable in the pocket, especially against the blitz. Some quarterbacks never master that, so it’s impressive to see it from a rookie.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Calvin Johnson may have been the quietest NFL superstar in recent memory. Other than his sensational play, he did little, if anything, to draw attention to himself, and his typically understated retirement earlier this year – there was no farewell press conference at the Detroit Lions’ facility – followed suit.
So when news came Monday night, and then confirmed on Tuesday morning through an official announcement, the the Quiet Man had signed on to be part of the coming season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” it took many by surprise.
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) August 30, 2016
- Shutdown Corner at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
Get ready for some bonus Wednesday preseason football.
Instead of having all 16 games this week on Thursday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced their preseason finale against the Washington Redskins has been rescheduled for Wednesday. They’re trying to avoid Tropical Depression Nine, which is expected to hit the Tampa area.
What about all the fans who planned their weeks around the Buccaneers-Redskins game? What about the folks who were anticipating … oh, I can’t do it anymore — nobody cares about the fourth preseason game. Very few starters see the field in the last preseason game and most teams approach it like they wish there was a running clock. But there are probably some fans who were looking forward to attending and won’t be able to with the last-minute change, and there are a lot of logistical issues for Washington, as the road team.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri is the oldest player in the NFL at 43 years old, and will turn 44 just before the end of the regular season. But he hasn’t really been showing his age: last year he made 25 of his 27 field goal attempts, and actually missed more extra points than three-point tries (he was 32-for-35).
Despite that, Vinatieri revealed on Monday that he’ll play just three more seasons – or fewer.
Appearing on the Barstool Sports podcast “Pardon My Take,” Vinatieri was asked how much longer he’ll keep kicking.
“We’ll see,” he said. “Maximum would be three years, minimum would be day-to-day.”
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is under a lot of scrutiny and pressure after sitting for the national anthem as part of a political statement. He has said he understands the possible ramifications. He has played long enough to be secure financially if this ends up negatively impacting his career.
Philadelphia Eagles rookie linebacker Myke Tavarres might share Kaepernick’s feelings on how black people are treated in the United States, and he said he wanted to join in the protest, but his agent talked him out of sitting down like Kaepernick.
Tavarres, who was undrafted out of Incarnate Word but most Eagles writers have said has a shot at the 53-man roster, initially said on Monday he’d join the protest and sit during the national anthem. He said he thought about doing it last week.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
The Cleveland Browns traded punter Andy Lee to the Carolina Panthers, but this isn’t your everyday punter trade.
First of all, the timing is fascinating. Not on the Panthers’ end; their expected punter, Mike Scifres, suffered a knee injury against the New England Patriots and had to leave the game. But for the Browns, they could not have enjoyed watching Lee, their former Pro Bowl punter, completely dog it on a 73-yard punt return touchdown by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Adam Humphries.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
The Colin Kaepernick controversy has stirred up quite the discussion. Even two brothers, one of whom coached Kaepernick, took slightly different tacks on the matter.
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was asked about Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem on Friday and his intention to continue doing so. Harbaugh then went all Age of Enlightenment on us, via ESPN.com.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
The torrent of opinions on Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for the National Anthem as a silent protest to racial injustice in the United States has not yet begun to slow, and Monday we saw NFL players on both sides of the discussion weigh in.
In Miami, Dolphins running back Arian Foster was supportive of Kaepernick, particularly his reasoning behind his protest, though Foster said he wouldn’t have taken the tack Kaepernick has chosen.
Like many African-Americans, Foster can point to at least one incident of racial profiling.
As a teenager, Foster and his father were driving north on Interstate 5 between San Diego and Los Angeles when they were pulled over.