- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Jerry Jones' "thing of beauty" reportedly will get plenty of beauty rest.
According to ESPN's Ed Werder, the Dallas Cowboys will make a change at quarterback. Brandon Weeden, who has started the past three games in place of an injured Tony Romo, will turn to Matt Cassel, whom the Cowboys acquired from the Buffalo Bills after Romo's injury.
Weeden has struggled in the team's three straight losses, despite running a streak at one point of 20 consecutive passes completed — that streak ended when Weeden completed an interception to the Atlanta Falcons, and it has gone down since then against the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots as the Cowboys fell to 2-3.Sun, Oct 11New England30 - 6DallasGame Recap
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
There is no denying that the New York Jets' Sheldon Richardson is one of the league's best young d-linemen, a Pro Bowler last year after just his second season in the NFL.
But he also showed himself to be a bit of a knucklehead this offseason, earning a four-game suspension for flunking a marijuana test (tough to do since players are tested only once a year and usually during training camp); just days after he learned he'd be suspended, it came to light that Richardson got arrested in his native St. Louis in July for drag racing. He was clocked driving 143 MPH with a 12-year-old as a passenger and legally owned and loaded gun in the car with him.
Back at practice this week, Richardson discussed his to-this-point-regrettable 2015 with Newsday's Kimberley Martin, and revealed that a Jan. 30 incident affected him deeply.
"It's been a rough year for me. Hardest year of my life. And I'm trying not to be this low again," Richardson said.
His close friend, Dorance Harvey, was killed on Jan. 30.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Battle lines are forming around Greg Hardy, the Dallas Cowboys defensive end who just recently returned to the field after 19 games out following an ugly domestic violence incident. Hardy himself was unrepentant, leering at Tom Brady's wife Gisele Bundchen and saying he planned to return to the field "guns blazing"—this, after throwing his then-girlfriend onto a bed covered with weapons.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
When South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier abruptly announced he was stepping down from coaching at the school, it marked the end of one of the great college football coaching careers in history.
At 228 career victories at Duke, Florida and South Carolna — 17 more wins than Woody Hayes — Spurrier helped rebuild three programs and take them to never-before-reached heights. Spurrier might not be on the Mt. Rushmore of college coaches, but how about of this generation — say, the past 30-40 years? Not too many better.
But why was Spurrier a two-year flameout with a 12-20 record with the Washington Redskins, never to be heard from in the NFL again? Could he ever have had success elsewhere in the league? The answer — provided that “Daniel Snyder” or “Redskins” do not fully suffice as reasons in and of themselves — is tricky.Sun, Oct 11Washington19 - 25AtlantaGame Recap
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
The NFL admitted Tuesday that officials erred in the closing minutes of Monday night's San Diego Chargers-Pittsburgh Steelers game as nearly 20 seconds unnecessarily ran off the clock, time the Steelers were supposed to have.
Fortunately for the league, referee Pete Morelli and side judge Rob Vernatchi, who is responsible for making sure the game clock is being operated properly, Pittsburgh was able to get the game-winning score in the time it was (erroneously) given when running back Le'Veon Bell bulled over the goal line with zeroes showing on the clock for a 24-20 victory.
NFL spokesman Michael Signora emailed this explanation to several reporters:
"With 2:56 remaining in the fourth quarter, San Diego kicked off to Pittsburgh. The kick resulted in a touchback. By rule, the game clock does not start if the receiving team possesses the ball in the end zone and does not carry it into the field of play.Mon, Oct 12Pittsburgh24 - 20San DiegoGame Recap
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
The NFL has already come under fire for purporting to care about women's issues, and denying a player the opportunity to further bring awareness to a league initiative won't do much for public perception.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and as a result many corporations take the opportunity to do their part, spreading the word and raising money for a cause that affects one in eight U.S. women (and a small percentage of men, too). The NFL's "A Crucial Catch" effort to encourage annual screenings is no different, as the league donates 100 percent of the proceeds from its pink merchandise and auctions off game-worn pink items in an effort to raise awareness for a deadly disease. That's all good stuff.
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
With a 24-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter, one would expect the Seattle Seahawks' defense to close out the win.
As we know, that didn't happen. The Cincinnati Bengals came back, tying the game on the last play of regulation and winning it in overtime. This did not have the feel of a strong defensive performance by the Seahawks. The defense did not look the same as we’re used to seeing.
The Bengals deserve credit too, and let's take a look at how they came back.
We have to take a look at a play early in the game, because it was repeated in the fourth-quarter comeback. Tyler Eifert scored a 14-yard touchdown, and it was open because of A.J. Green. The single-high safety Earl Thomas aligned to the side of Green, who was in the slot to the field side, Eifert was the line-of-scrimmage tight end and he ran a seam route on the boundary side. Safety Kam Chancellor had no awareness of Eifert's seam route.
Now look at Eifert's 10-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter, which got the comeback really going. It was the same play from the same formation, and the Seahawks played it the same way. And again, Chancellor did not carry Eifert down the seam.Sun, Oct 11Seattle24 - 27CincinnatiGame Recap
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
As the undefeated Panthers prepare to face the Seahawks for the fifth time in the four seasons, the team will get a boost from the return of All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly.
Multiple reports Tuesday morning say Kuechly is out of concussion protocol after being cleared by an independent neurologist on Monday afternoon. He is expected to return to practice Tuesday afternoon.
Kuechly suffered his concussion late in the first half of Carolina's season opener, against Jacksonville. He has spent the last month as an observer, and his activity has been restricted to light non-contact drills. The Charlotte Observer reported that due to concerns over Kuechly's conditioning level, it is not expected that he will play 100 percent of the snaps this week.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
Shortly before Sunday's game against the New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys running back Christine Michael posted a photograph to his Instagram account that appeared to show him posing with a Texas police officer alongside a highway. The Texas Highway Patrol indicated that Michael had been pulled over because of suspicion regarding the level of tint on his front windshield.
Now, per TMZ Sports, the officer, who did not issue Michael a ticket, will face disciplinary action. "The trooper's actions have been reviewed by DPS and are not consistent with department procedure," sergeant Lonny Haschel told TMZ. "Corrective action, in the form of a procedural review, will be taken. In conversations with his chain of command, the trooper realized his error in judgement and was apologetic for the incident."
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
When he was at the podium last week forthe press conference announcing him as the Dolphins' interim head coach, Dan Campbell spoke of making practices more competitive and changing the culture around the team; in days since, he's said he wants his team to be tougher.
Toughness is certainly something Campbell knows a thing or two about. It of course takes a level of toughness to play in the NFL, and as a tight end, as Campbell was, to take on defensive players who are often heavier than you.
But Campbell's former teammate, Sean Ryan, gave an indication of how tough the now 39-year old is during an appearance on NFL Network's "Around the NFL."