- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner16 mins ago
In recent years, particularly as the Jets have had a strong defense under Rex Ryan and it appeared the Dolphins had found an above-average quarterback in Ryan Tannehill, NFL pundits have predicted that it might finally be time for another AFC East team to wrest the division title from the Patriots.
It hasn’t happened.
And once again, one of the AFC East teams is starting over, with Miami having fired head coach Joe Philbin on Monday, after his third straight loss this year and a disappointing 24-28 record in three-plus seasons.
Amazingly, Dan Campbell, the former Giants/Lions/Cowboys/Saints tight end and Miami tight ends coach who was named interim coach of the team, is the 21 st man to be installed as head coach for one of the AFC East teams not named the New England Patriots.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
We might not be lucky enough to have a Bennett-Bennett presidential ticket in 2016, but we at least can make a push to have the NFL’s most colorful and loquacious brothers to be our nation’s poets laureate.
On Monday night, Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett might have tried to top his brother, Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett, for the quote of Week 4.
The Bears’ Bennett offered up a timeless gem, comparing quarterback Jay Cutler to Jesus Christ. And the Seahawks’ Bennett countered with a darker offering after the controversial 13-10 victory over the Detroit Lions.Mon, Oct 5Detroit10 - 13SeattleGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
Since 1990, NFL teams that start 4-0 make the playoffs 83 percent of the time.
So the teams that have made it through the first quarter of the season without a loss are in great shape. It also means that one of every six 4-0 teams does not make the playoffs. There are six undefeated teams in the NFL right now (we'll use the 3-0 New England Patriots in the 4-0 group as well, for fun).
So if, by history, one of the six is going to miss the playoffs, which team is most likely to miss the party?
We can probably cross the Patriots and Green Bay Packers off the list quickly. Only a quarterback injury is keeping them out, and even then they might have a shot at sneaking in.
The Denver Broncos? It seems impossible that they'll go on a long losing streak with that defense. Even if their wins have all been relatively close, I don't see them losing seven games.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
Just a few feet from the exact spot as the Fail Mary gift the Seattle Seahawks got from the officials on "Monday Night Football" a few years ago, the officials seemingly blew another call on Monday night that helped give the Seahawks a win.
Just before Calvin Johnson crossed the goal line, which would have given the Detroit Lions the lead with less than two minutes left, Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor punched the ball out. As the fumble was bouncing through the end zone, linebacker K.J. Wright batted the ball out of bounds. The back judge was right there looking down the line when it happened.
A penalty likely should have been called, and the Lions should have had the ball inside the 1-yard line with a chance to win. Instead, Detroit lost 13-10.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
Imagine if Kam Chancellor wasn't in just the right spot to make the biggest play of the Seattle Seahawks' season to date. Imagine if the great Calvin Johnson had secured the ball better, or been a few feet further along and crossed the plane of the goal line. Or imagine if the officals had called K.J. Wright for illegally batting Johnson's fumble out of bounds, giving the ball back to the Lions.
The hypotheticals don't matter in the standings. Chancellor punched the ball out just before Johnson crossed the goal line, which would have given the Detroit Lions the lead with less than two minutes left, and Seattle took possession. Wright knocked the ball out of the end zone, which is illegal, former NFL official Gerry Austin said on ESPN's postgame report. No penalty was called.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
The Houston Texans are 1-3, but they aren't planning on making a quarterback change — at least not this week.
Head coach Bill O'Brien said Monday that he's planning to stick with Ryan Mallett, who started against the Atlanta Falcons but was pulled for a far more effective Brian Hoyer, in Week 5 against the Indianapolis Colts. The game is on Thursday, so the timing of the short week helped push O'Brien back toward Mallett.
O'Brien: "Brian (Hoyer) did a good job, but being on a short week, it's important to stay with Ryan right now."
Mallett completed 12-of-27 passes for 150 yards with an interception before being yanked at the end of the third quarter with the Texans in a 42-0 hole. Hoyer played well, leading three TD drives and nearly a fourth, in garbage time.
We have an idea for O'Brien: Start Mallett but pull him after one play. Why? Texans quarterbacks have been far better in relief than as starters. Witness:
We're kidding. We think.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
Miami Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell had some forceful words for his players during his first news conference as the team's new leader.
"We have to change the culture," said Campbell, who was named interim after team owner Stephen Ross fired Joe Philbin on Monday. "I have to change the culture. And that’s what I intend to do. And what that means – if we need to become a more aggressive front, or a team in general, we need to get our front four on defense, our front five on the offensive line, just as a whole, we need to breed a culture of competitiveness, finish, intensity. To me, that’s where it all starts.
"That’s where we have to change, and we change it in practice. We make it much more competitive. We need these guys to go after each other a little bit."
Philbin led the Dolphins for three-plus seasons and zero playoff appearances.Sun, Oct 4NY Jets27 - 14MiamiGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross seemed to be the only person who didn’t see the relationship with coach Joe Philbin ending poorly. Or maybe Ross had another agenda and didn’t want to see it coming.
It was a surprise when Ross declared before last season even ended that Philbin would be back, much more of a surprise than his inevitable firing on Monday. Why was he so excited to bring Philbin back? Philbin seemingly barely survived a messy 2013 that included the locker room bullying controversy. Then in 2014 he was 8-7 with a game to go when Ross announced Philbin would return in 2015. Ross did so the same day the Dolphins were eliminated from the playoffs. The Dolphins promptly got beat in Week 17 at home by the New York Jets, and then started this season with four unimpressive performances.
Why did Ross declare Philbin was coming back after another playoff-less season, right after the Dolphins were eliminated from the playoffs? It’s worth asking how Ross’ love for the University of Michigan played into this mess.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
With their season going nowhere following another lackluster performance in London on Sunday, the Miami Dolphins' brass got back to the United States and decided to make a head coaching change.
Joe Philbin is out as head coach. Dan Campbell, the tight ends coach, will be the interim head coach. The Sun-Sentinel was one of the outlets to initially report the news, which was later officially announced by the team. Philbin was in his fourth Dolphins season and had a 24-28 record. The Dolphins never finished better than 8-8 or made the playoffs with him.
Here is the official statement from team owner Stephen Ross:
“This was a tough decision for me to make knowing how tirelessly Joe worked in his four years here to make this a winning team. He is a man of the highest character and integrity that I developed a close personal relationship with. I am extremely disappointed with how we have started the season, but I feel confident that we can improve quickly with the talent we have on our roster. We will soon be announcing an interim coach to lead the team going forward.”
And here is the statement from Philbin:
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
We are entering Week 5 of the NFL after Monday night's game, and that means the return of several high-profile NFL players who committed some kind of no-nos that cost them the first quarter of the season.
The Dallas Cowboys, who have been ravaged by injuries, get back defensive end Greg Hardy and linebacker Rolando McClain, and perhaps not a moment too soon. Linebacker Sean Lee left the loss Sunday night to the New Orleans Saints with a concussion, and promising defensive end Randy Gregory remains out.
On tap for the Cowboys in Week 5: the New England Patriots, coming off a bye. Good luck, Brandon Weeden! (Or Matt Cassel?)
The New York Jets roll into the bye week a surprising 3-1 and look like the one team in the AFC East that has the defense that can keep the Patriots in check. This week, they get Sheldon Richardson back on a defense that ranks second in the NFL in yards allowed (280.3), fourth in first downs per game allowed (16.8) and first in points allowed (13.8). If there's one area that could improve, it's the run defense — and, boom, that's where Richardson is considered one of the league's best in that capacity.Sun, Oct 4Dallas20 - 26New OrleansGame Recap