- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Not that the Robert Griffin III story needs more subplots, but imagine if his next team is the Dallas Cowboys.
We're a long way from that. The Washington Redskins have benched Griffin, but say he's still a part of their long-term plan. You can choose to believe that. If the Redskins trade him this offseason, the chances of them sending the former NFL offensive rookie of the year to their rival is about zero. They'd never live it down if Griffin turned his career around in Dallas.
But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he's a big fan of Griffin, and it's sure fun to dream, isn't it?Thu, Nov 271:30 PM PSTPhiladelphia at DallasPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Fans of a certain age know Jason Garrett only as the coach of the Dallas Cowboys, who has stayed on the job through some mediocre seasons and is rewarding owner Jerry Jones' faith this year.
But once upon a time, Garrett was a Cowboys quarterback. He wasn't great, but he had his moments. And his best moment came on Thanksgiving 20 years ago against Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers.
Leading up to the Cowboys' 1994 Thanksgiving game, Troy Aikman was out with a sprained knee and Garrett wasn't even the second choice. Rodney Peete was the backup. But he was hurt too, with an injured thumb. On Monday before the game, it appeared that the former Princeton quarterback was going to get the start. He had completed all of 10 NFL passes, and was no hotshot rookie. He was 28 heading into that start. But Cowboys coach Barry Switzer put a happy face on it.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Cam Newton can be an easy mark sometimes, but he has done a lot of work in the community since joining the Carolina Panthers.
Wtiness Cam's Jam — a pre-Thanksgiving Day feast that Newton threw Tuesday night for underprivileged children, with an impressive grocery list, per Black and Blue Review's Bill Voth :
• 2,500 pounds of food
• 75 turkeys
• 500 pounds of potatoes
• More than 50 volunteers
• Over 800 underprivileged kids served
That's good stuff, Cam. Feel free to rock the capris anytime without criticism in this space.
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- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Halfway through a story by New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta calling for the ouster of paranoid, in-over-his-head New York Jets GM John Idzik, there is a bombshell: The team failed to let head coach Rex Ryan speak about sharing details about visiting his ailing 83-year-old father during the Jets’ bye week.
Yes, Mehta asked Ryan about the trip to visit cancer-stricken Buddy Ryan, one of the most respected defensive coaches in NFL history, and a Jets PR official intervened. The Daily News, and Mehta specifically, has been rough on the Jets this season and in the past — namely about GM John Idzik, whose bumbling of the team’s roster has left the talent pool bare.
Asked who made the decision to prevent a willing Ryan from sharing stories about his father, the media relations official said, “I don’t have to tell you.”Mon, Nov 24NY Jets3 - 38BuffaloGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
The rudderless New York Jets are changing course again.
Quarterback Michael Vick has been benched, and Geno Smith — the man he replaced — will be back under center. Head coach Rex Ryan met with both quarterbacks on Wednesday morning to inform them of the switch.
Vick was miserable in Monday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills in Detroit, completing 7-of-19 passes for 76 yards, with an interception. Smith replaced him in the fourth quarter in mop-up duty.
So why now? Smith was miserable in Week 8, was benched and now suddenly has regained his … whatever it is he has?
This is less about Smith regaining the job as it is about Vick losing it. He simply wasn’t dynamic enough to retain the position and has left a floundering coaching staff — one that, led by Ryan, appears to know its fate amid a 2-9 season — no choice in the matter.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
It's amazing how fast the Robert Griffin III era soured in Washington. The 2012 NFL offensive rookie of the year reportedly has been benched before 2014 is even done.
Griffin has been benched for Colt McCoy, according to an initial report by ESPN.com's Adam Schefter and then backed by other outlets. Griffin's poor 106-yard passing effort in a close loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday was all Redskins coach Jay Gruden needed to see.
The Redskins are 3-8 and going nowhere. Colt McCoy, 28, is a journeyman and very unlikely to be the quarterback of the future, unless he shows something the rest of the season that we've never seen from him in the NFL. That combination leads any reasonable person to wonder if the Griffin era, unbelievably, is done in Washington.
- Jay Hart at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin just flipped the script on the NFL, and it's brilliant.
Not wanting to suffer the same fate as their teammate Marshawn Lynch, who was fined $100,000 last week for not talking to the media, Sherman and Baldwin took to the podium Tuesday to fulfill their media obligation and … none of what they had to say was very flattering … to the NFL.
It's a must watch here. Give it the full two minutes:
Two games in five days? Yeah, that's a hard one to defend.
There's not much you can really argue with here, even if you're one of those who normally thinks Sherman's mouth needs a muzzle.
The question now is, just days after fining a player for not talking, will the NFL fine Sherman and Baldwin for talking?
The ball is now uncomfortably in Roger Goodell's court.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's piping-hot episode, we have: • A breakdown of whether Marshawn Lynch ought to be speaking to the media • A look at the amazing rookie wide receiver class, starting with Odell Beckham Jr. • A lightning round featuring questions about Thanksgiving, and ONLY Thanksgiving • A complete rundown of this week's Thanksgiving and Sunday games All this and more on the Shutdown Corner Podcast. Listen up, and while you're listening ...
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Although he hasn't made a formal decision, it appears that UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley is poised to enter the 2015 NFL draft, based on what he told The Jim Rome Show (v, h/t PFT).
"There’s a really good chance that was my last game against USC. The conversation keeps coming up," Hundley said. "I’ve got my degree; I’ve done everything I wanted to do here. I’ve left something really, truly great, and I feel good. That’s probably my last one against USC."
UCLA still has the Stanford game, a likely trip to the Pac-12 championship game and a bowl game, of course, and it should be a pretty darned good one, pending the last few weeks of the college football season. But for all intents and purposes, it appears Hundley is done as a Bruin.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
It was a pretty big deal when the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks made the playoffs at the end of the 2010 season. People still bring them up, as the only losing team to make the playoffs. Those Seahawks are memorable because they won a playoff game, too.
So how many times would we cite this year's NFC South champion if it won the division at 5-11? It is still mathematically possible. And the scenario is not as crazy as you might think with five weeks left.
Every team in the NFC South is 4-7 or worse. The Atlanta Falcons technically lead, and they are 0-7 in non-divisional games. Here are the remaining schedules, followed by the unbelievable "5-11 division champion" scenario:
ATLANTA FALCONS (4-7) vs. Arizona, at Green Bay, vs. Pittsburgh, at New Orleans, vs. Carolina
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (4-7) at Pittsburgh, vs. Carolina, at Chicago, vs. Atlanta, at Tampa Bay
CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-7-1) at Minnesota, at New Orleans, vs. Tampa Bay, vs. Cleveland, at Atlanta