- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner48 mins ago
Hey, good news for Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan: His four-game suspension was lifted as part of the league's new drug policy. And some bad news for Jordan: He just got another four-game suspension that he'll start serving immediately.
Jordan, the third pick of last year's draft, served two games of a four-game ban for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, and just as that was being shortened because of the new terms of the policy, he was given another four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Here's the league's statement (and take note: It's never good when a statement like this includes "however"):
"Per the terms of the Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances that took effect on Wednesday, the four-game suspension previously imposed on Dion Jordan of the Miami Dolphins has been lifted.Sun, Sep 211:25 PM PDTKansas City at MiamiPreview Game
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
On Friday afternoon, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell ended more than a week of silence by holding a tense, slightly contentious news conference. Topics included the NFL's missteps in handling the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson cases, the league's new domestic violence and personal conduct policies, Goodell's own status as commissioner, and future oversight of the NFL and its players.
Initial consensus was that Goodell's performance was rehearsed more than sincere, empty more than meaningful. And the NFL's players delighted in Goodell's visible struggles.
Boo this man... 👻
This press conference is pointless
This dude is up here telling lies.. It's unbelievable.
Many players, past and present, zeroed in on the double standard between Goodell's "I made a mistake" excusing of his own actions and his zero-tolerance "ignorance is no excuse" approach to disciplining others:
I know some people that got it wrong and don't have a job anymore. Does this mean it's ok to get it wrong? You gain 0 yards on an inc pass!
What Roger just said is the exact same thing that players say when they make a mistake and plead their case
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
About 35 minutes into NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's news conference on Friday afternoon, a disturbance erupted to his left.
A man was being dragged off by security, screaming about not being taken to an elevator as the conference (probably the most watched news conference by a commissioner ever, although Adam Silver and his Clippers announcement might win that race) ground to a halt for a few seconds. It also drew some social media jokes about how Goodell needed to add "security" to the list of things he needs to fix in the NFL. And the gate-crasher yelling about the elevator seemed to be a shot at Goodell and the domestic violence issue that has been under intense scrutiny since last week when a full video of Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee in an elevator was released.
And we should have guessed that Howard Stern's radio show was involved, according to many reports, including one from Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post:
That was Benji from the Howard Stern show.
Howard Stern's guy Benji is still fighting with the cops outside. This is bonkers.
Fox Sports uploaded the video:
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
In his first public appearance in more than a week after a few one-on-one interviews, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was grilled in a news conference Friday on issues spanning from how the league handled the Ray Rice investigation, to how the NFL will respond to the rash of domestic-abuse cases in the league and whether he thinks he should keep his job.
"I got it wrong in handling of Ray Rice matter, and I am sorry for that," Goodell said in his opening statement. "I got it wrong on a number of levels.
"Now I will get it right and do whatever it necessary to address that."
Several times throughout the 45-minute, wide-ranging news conference, Goodell leaned back on a familiar theme: "We want to get it right."
Asked if he worried about his job status, Goodell said he believed he had the support of the league's 32 team owners — ultimately the people who hold Goodell's job security in their hands.
"I believe I have the support of the owners," he said. "That has been clear to me. They obviously expect more of me."
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
Motivation matters in the NFL. Look at Buffalo last week.
Buoyed by a great crowd that was fired up about the Bills being sold to local ownership, with a visit from Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly and a tribute to late owner Ralph Wilson, the Bills played a great game. They destroyed the Dolphins. On the opposite end of the spectrum, look at moribund Tampa Bay on Thursday night.
Motivation is why I think the Denver Broncos win on Sunday.
For seven months, they've all heard over and over about 43-8, the score of the Super Bowl they lost to Seattle. Nothing about their otherwise fantastic 2013 season mattered. Just 43-8. They were poked fun of all offseason, more than any team that didn't actually win a conference championship. Sunday is a playoff game for the Broncos, who want to answer to all the 43-8 talk. It's not that big of a deal in the standings for the Broncos, but it's a big deal for their pride.Sun, Sep 211:25 PM PDTDenver at SeattlePreview Game
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
Are Americans bothered by the recent rash of domestic abuse cases that have plagued the NFL? No, it appears they're rather unbothered, at least in terms of how it affects their enjoyment of professional football action.
According to an NBC News/Marist poll, nearly 90 percent polled say the recent scourge of violence hasn't had much of an effect on their football viewing, and fewer than a third of those polled believes commissioner Roger Goodell needs to resign.
So there's that.
These are football fans who feel this way — nearly six out of 10 polled called themselves as much. Interestingly, the majority (53 percent of Americans, 57 percent of football fans) do disapprove of the way the league has handled the domestic-violence incidents.
Another "wow" number: The percentage of men disapproving of the NFL's handling of the domestic abuse cases (55 percent) is higher than than women (50 percent) who feel that way.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
As the NFL's image crisis continues to spiral and the league itself remains silent, the White House has now stepped into the fray.
The White House is in the midst of rolling out a campaign entitled"It's On Us" designed to promote awareness of sexual assault on college campuses, and has long pursued similiar initiatives of acceptance and tolerance. As such, the White House is taking a particular interest in the way the NFL has cratered over the last two weeks, and a senior administration official has caled the situation "really deeply troubling."
"The NFL has an obligation not only to their fans but to the American people to properly discipline anyone involved in domestic violence or child abuse and more broadly, gain control of the situation," the official said,according to CBS News.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
Everyone in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization, from coach Lovie Smith to the players to those who make copies in the office from Monday to Friday, should be embarrassed. What the Buccaneers put forth on Thursday night was one of the worst efforts you'll ever see on an NFL field.
It took five minutes of game play for it to be absolutely clear the Buccaneers had no interest in playing a football game. Already 0-2 with two home losses to backup quarterbacks, the Buccaneers let the Falcons easily move downfield and score on their opening drive. That was the start of the avalanche.
The Falcons had a 56-0 lead before the Buccaneers finally got on the board with a couple of meaningless touchdowns. The final score was 56-14, dropping the Buccaneers to 0-3. It was a very sharp performance for the 2-1 Falcons, but still an inexcusable night for the Bucs. They are making a strong case for being the worst team in the NFL, when there's a good amount of talent on the roster.Thu, Sep 18Tampa Bay14 - 56AtlantaGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
Devin Hester has done one thing – return kicks – better than anyone in NFL history. He cleared up any doubt about that on Thursday night.
In the second quarter, Hester weaved through the Buccaneers' special teams on a punt return and got into the open field. He beat the punter and strolled into the end zone for the 20th return touchdown of his career, breaking Deion Sanders' record of 19. That gave Atlanta a 35-0 lead. Hester even showed Sanders some love by putting his left hand behind his head and high-stepping the final few yards, one of Sanders' signature moves when he was returning punts and interceptions for touchdown with the Falcons.
Hester, who is in his first season with the Falcons after spending his first eight seasons with the Bears, redefined the position of returner. He never really became more than a role player at receiver for the Bears, although the Falcons are getting a lot out of him. Hester also scored on a reverse at the start of the second quarter (and he also forced a fumble on a great hustle play in the first quarter). Even though Hester naver became a star on offense, he's the most electifying return man ever.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
The only signs of life the Tampa Bay Buccaneers showed early Thursday night lasted about two seconds.
Falcons tight end Levine Toilolo caught a short pass, which wasn't a surprise since every Falcons player seemed open against a Buccaneers defense that looked disinterested in playing. Toilolo fumbled when he was hit, and Buccaneers safety Mark Barron started to run with it. But Falcons receiver Devin Hester ran Verner down quickly and punched the ball out from behind, then recovered to give Atlanta the ball back.
That's how the entire first quarter went for Tampa Bay and Atlanta. Hester, the longtime Chicago Bear who is off to a tremendous start in Atlanta, scored on a reverse on the first play of the first quarter to give the Falcons a 28-0 lead. The Buccaneers, who lost two home games to backup quarterbacks to start the season, looked clueless as the Falcons swamped them.