- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
There's a new coach on the Miami Dolphins, and it was quite an interesting day around the team Wednesday.
Included in interim coach Dan Campbell's first full day with his team was quarterback Ryan Tannehill's strong denial that he mocked a practice squad player who picked him off by saying, in part, "Enjoy your practice squad paycheck." Never happened, Tannehill said.
"Yeah, I'm upset. It's slanderous to report things I didn't say, to degrade my reputation, it's sickening to me," Tannehill said, according to NFL Network's Jeff Darlington via the league's Around the NFL blog.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
The NFL is determined to expand internationally, even though the game is wildly popular in the United States and there are precious few home games for each team every year.
But the NFL is doubling down on the International Series, for a long time and in more locations other than London. The league announced Wednesday it approved a resolution at its league meeting that extends the ability to play international regular-season games through 2025, and it won't just be London games. The league can also play in other countries, via the resolution.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has made it a top priority to expand the game beyond the United States and this is another big step toward that.
“This marks an important step in our long-term international growth,” Goodell said, in a statement. “Fans in the UK have responded incredibly well to the regular-season games we have played in London since 2007. They have demanded more NFL games, and we have worked to accommodate them. We think it’s time to expand our International Series to other countries and respond to the growing interest in our game not only in the UK, but elsewhere around the world.”
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
A home in East Texas owned by Paul Manziel, grandfather of Browns' quarterback Johnny Manziel, was destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning.
The Whitehouse Fire Department responded to a call of a structure fire around 1:30 a.m. Smith County fire marshal Jay Brooks said by the time the fire was called in by a neighbor, it
No one was harmed in the fire; Brooks said it had been unoccupied for two days.
Brooks said the fire is suspicious in nature in will be investigated thoroughly; investigators from the State Fire Marshals Office are being called in to do a search of the residence, and arson canines will also be called.
Beverly Green, the girlfriend of Paul Manziel, released this statement to local station CBS19 on Wednesday:
"Everything Paul loved and cherished was in that home. He loved his house. Thank you to friends and family for all of your prayers. We are just blessed no one was in the house and everyone is safe."
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
"For me, at the end of the day, I want to catch passes," White told ESPN.com. "I'm not out here just f---ing around just to sit around to just block f---ing people all day. It's not what I want to do.
"I've contributed to offenses for this franchise for the last nine, 10 years. It always bothers me when I go out and don't catch any balls in a game because it hasn't happened in so long."
Now's about the time we remind you the Falcons, Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers are the only remaining unbeaten teams in the NFC, and their 4-0 record can largely be attributed to an offense that features the NFL's leaders in receiving yards (Julio Jones) and rushing touchdowns (Devonta Freeman).
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
It doesn’t appear that Greg Hardy spent the four weeks he was suspended by the NFL in media savvy training.
Hardy, who had a 10-game suspension reduced down to four for a domestic violence incident last year involving his ex-girlfriend in 2014, returns to the field for the first time in more than a year on Sunday for the Dallas Cowboys against the New England Patriots.
He spoke with the media on Tuesday and made some poor word choices. Very poor.
Greg Hardy: "I hope I come out guns blazing. I'm full of excitement and full of juice. I'm ready to go."
Hardy, you might remember, was accused of pushing the woman onto a bed full of weapons. So yeah, poor choice of clichés right there. He signed with the Cowboys in the offseason with the full backing of owner Jerry Jones and the coaching staff, who have said Hardy will get a fresh start.
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
Well, St. Louis has naming rights for its football team's new stadium.
Except, the city may soon have neither a football team nor a new stadium.
National Car Rental has pledged $158 million over 20 years for the naming rights to a proposed riverfront stadium project just north of downtown St. Louis, according to Sports Business Daily and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The rental car company is owned by Enterprise Holdings, headquartered in the city.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
We don't have controversies like deflate-gate in youth sports, but that doesn't mean Tom Brady doesn't feel that we have let things run a little far with kids and athletics these days.
Brady spoke on his weekly spot on WEEI radio in Boston on Monday and had some interesting thoughts on youth athletics that maybe some adults who run such things should reconsider.
“What I remember from being in youth sports, everything was really localized," Brady said. "There was no travel teams. Well, there was a couple, but you really had to be the top, top kid to go on those teams. My parents always exposed us to different things, different sports. It was basketball when it was basketball season, it was baseball when it was baseball season. I didn’t play football ’til I was a freshman in high school. A lot of soccer. And there were just some [football] camps. But I just played in the neighborhood in our street with all the kids that we grew up with."
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
The New York Giants are taking all precautions after one of their players was found to have the staph infection MRSA.
Tight end Daniel Fells was being treated for a chronic ankle condition when MRSA was discovered; the treatment Fells will require is extensive enough that New York placed him on season-ending injured reserve.
Though there are no concerns that the infection, which is contagious and can be fatal, has spread to any other members of the team, the Giants are not taking any chances.
"We are working with infectious disease specialists, and we have defined protocols that we are following in consultation with the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network and local infectious disease specialists," team spokesman Pat Hanlon said. "Those protocols are being followed carefully."
That has included scrubbing the locker room, training room, and all meeting rooms as a precaution. Fells is expected to be alright once he finishes his course of treatment.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
Buffalo Bills players told the Buffalo News that New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. threw multiple punches after the whistle in Sunday's Giants victory.
Several Bills players called out Beckham and had some pointed words for his actions.
Cornerback Stephon Gilmore intercepted an Eli Manning pass late in the fourth quarter, and on the play (pictured in the video above) you can see Beckham appearing to get up after being blocked and throwing a punch at safety Duke Williams.
“I don’t know what’s up with him," Gilmore said. "He acts like nobody’s supposed to hit him and you’re supposed to let him catch the ball. He’s weird. He gets mad when you play physical with him. He’s weird.
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
The Dallas Cowboys needed to figure out ways to win without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, but they're 0-2 since Romo got hurt.
Against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night, some key mistakes cost them as they lost in overtime.
Let's start on that last play. C.J. Spiller got free for an 80-yard touchdown at the beginning of overtime, and it was because a rookie got lost in his assignment.
The Saints lined up in an empty set with Spiller in the tight slot to the boundary, just inside of Brandin Cooks. The Cowboys were in a base 4-3, and were hurrying to get aligned and call the defense. The call was man free, with rookie outside linebacker Damien Wilson on Spiller. But Wilson didn't recognize Spiller was his assignment quickly enough and was beaten right at the snap by Spiller's wheel route.
Wilson played a lot of snaps at outside linebacker for a defense that was without suspended linebacker Rolando McClain and also linebacker Sean Lee, who suffered a concussion in the first quarter.
A lot of focus is on the Cowboys offense because of key injuries, and there were some things to clean up there. Let's start with the passing game.