- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner1 hr 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 Dolphins coach. Dan Campbell, the tight ends coach, will be the interim coach. That's according to multiple reports, including the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. 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 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:Sun, Oct 4NY Jets27 - 14MiamiGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner2 hrs 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
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
"In the Year of our Lord 2015, Colts of Indianapolis — starving and outnumbered — charged the fields of Jacksonville. They fought like warrior poets; they fought like Hoosiers, and won their freedom."
OK, so maybe Sunday's 16-13 victory wasn't exactly the Battle of Bannockburn, but it sure felt like it for 40-year-old Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, according to Peter King's MMQB column.
"It was really fun running out of the tunnel," Matt Hasselbeck said. "I was so jacked up. I felt like William Wallace in ' Braveheart .' I sort of lost my composure, and the first two passes I threw were waaaaay off-target. I got to the sidelines and said to myself, ‘Dude, you need to CHILL OUT!'"
Excuse us while we terrify ourselves with an animated gif of Hasselbeck as Wallace in "Braveheart."Sun, Oct 4Jacksonville13 - 16IndianapolisGame Recap
- Kevin Kaduk at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Everything you need to know about the Houston Texans 2015 season was summed up during one bizarre play in Sunday's second quarter against the Atlanta Falcons.
That's when running back Arian Foster took a handoff, only to see the ball punched free by his own right tackle, Derek Newton. What's worse is that the play looked almost intentional (watch it in full here) and the ball was returned by a Falcons defender Desmond Trufant for a touchdown in the Falcons' 48-21 win..
So what gives?
"I was getting ready to turn around," Newton told ESPN's Tania Ganguli. "He was right there and I hit him somehow. Turned into a real bad play."
The Texans, meanwhile, have turned into a real bad team with JJ Watt deeming his squad "pitiful" after the loss to the Falcons. They're 1-3.
We cover all that and more in this week's edition of NFL in 90.Sun, Oct 4Houston21 - 48AtlantaGame Recap
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
It only took a fortnight for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to downgrade Brandon Weeden from the most "gifted passer" in football history to merely a "limited" quarterback who isn't a difference-maker.
Two days after Weeden completed all seven of his passes to finish off a 20-10 win over the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles after starting Cowboys QB Tony Romo went down with a broken collarbone in Week 2, Jones could barely contain himself while raving about his backup in an interview with 105.3 The Fan.
“This quarterback Weeden can drive the ball down field,” Jones said. “He’s a thing of beauty on throwing a football. His passing motion and his arm, frankly, you won’t see a more gifted passer, power, accuracy, the entire aspect of it. If he can basically prepare, be the starting quarterback, come in and execute and keep his head right, then I feel good about Weeden.”
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
They love their football in Texas and they take it seriously, all the way up to the guy in charge of the state.
Gov. Greg Abbott, from his verified personal Twitter feed, sent an angry tweet immediately after the Dallas Cowboys lost their second straight game by allowing a long New Orleans Saints touchdown in overtime.
*#%>¥! @Cowboy defense. More porous than the Texas border.
Abbott is clearly a big sports fan, as he was congratulating the Houston Astros for making the Major League Baseball playoffs and Texas Rangers for winning the AL West on Sunday. But Abbott's good mood didn't last through the night. Not when the Cowboys lose, especially the way they lost in overtime.
Others around the state were probably peeved too, they just aren't big-name politicians who would think to compare Dallas' defense to the state's border on Twitter.
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- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
Drew Brees hit a couple notable career throwing marks on Sunday night, passing for his 5,000th career completion and his 400th touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys. The former set his team on the winning path, and the latter won the game for the Saints in overtime, 26-20.
There was a time, not so long ago, when New Orleans-Dallas would have been must-watch television. Brees vs. Tony Romo, among so many others, made The Big Easy vs. The Big D one of the year's great showdowns. But Romo is on the sidelines. Brees is a weak-armed shadow of his former self, at least for the moment. The game ended on a high note for Brees, but the overwhelming message is clear: These are two teams that don't scare anybody.
Brees, who had been limited in action because of injuries sustained earlier this season, threw completion No. 5,000 to Josh Hill in the first quarter for a go-ahead touchdown, No. 399 on his career list. He would finish 33 of 41 for 359 yards and two touchdowns against a depleted and inexperienced Dallas defense.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
This is why it makes sense to take a look at the past schedule in the NFL, and not just the standings.
A lot of people were anointing the Arizona Cardinals as one of the best teams in football after three weeks. They had defeated the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers, arguably the three worst teams in the NFL.
The Cardinals don’t look like one of the best teams in the NFL anymore. The St. Louis Rams came into Arizona and won 24-22. The Rams never trailed. The Cardinals weren’t blown out or anything — they out-gained the Rams 447-328 and had a chance to win in the last two minutes but turned it over on downs — but they also didn’t look all that dominant either.
The Cardinals aren’t a bad team, but are they one of the absolute best? Maybe not. The Rams’ offensive line hasn’t been able to block well all season, but it helped rookie Todd Gurley gain 144 yards in the second half. Nick Foles isn’t a great quarterback, but he completed 16-of-24 passes for 171 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions against Arizona. The offense that everyone was so excited about didn’t score a touchdown until late in the fourth quarter, when the Rams were up 24-15.Sun, Oct 4St. Louis24 - 22ArizonaGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
Did you miss any of the Week 4 action in the NFL? We've got you covered. Here are five plays you shouldn't miss from Sunday's games:
Three's a Crowder
The Washington Redskins made some terrific catches in traffic in their comeback win over the Philadelphia Eagles. You might have seen the game-winning catch to Pierre Garcon in the final minute. But did you catch the grab Redskins rookie Jamison Crowder made amid three Eagles defenders? Watch as Kirk Cousins dials up the pass in a crowd.
Another rookie showcase
Eagles rookie Nelson Agholor was a standout at USC and a first-round pick, but his ascension has been a bit slow with the offense struggling in Philly. However, Sam Bradford showed he still can throw deep, and Agholor rewarded him with a terrific, one-handed grab for 45 yards. It's a start, right?
Nothing against the Crowder and Agholor catches, which were actual catches. But we want to spotlight what went down as an incompletion. Why? Because Odell Beckham Jr. was involved. Watch Beckham climb the ladder, do his Spiderman impression, make a grab that rivals his rookie-year gem and ... who cares if he was out of bounds? This is insane.Sun, Oct 4Philadelphia20 - 23WashingtonGame Recap
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
Look, we get it: playing football is tiring work. But perhaps the field of play is not the best place for a nap, am I right?
Stedman Bailey of the St. Louis Rams had just scored on a pass from Nick Foles to help the Rams to a victory over the Arizona Cardinals, and decided to offer up his own celebration: a quiet, respectful nap. Technically, it should have drawn a flag, since you're not allowed to use the ball as a prop or go to the ground in celebrations—an asinine rule that has no real purpose other than to quash fun.
Fox Sports rules analyst Mike Pereira believes it will cost Bailey $8,681 for his little nap, and if the NFL does levy that fine, Rams fans should start a Kickstarter to pay the fine:
There's a reason they "play" this "game"...it's supposed to have at least a tiny measure of fun. Don't fine Bailey, NFL. Let the man catch some shuteye in peace.
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