- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
As a player, Terry Bradshaw played in plenty of bad-weather games as quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers. But he never played in a cold or snowy Super Bowl, and doesn't think anyone else should either.
The Hall of Fame quarterback sounded off on Wednesday about this season's Super Bowl being held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. It will be the first Super Bowl held outdoors in a cold-weather city.
Bradshaw did not like it and he expressed this on the “Joe & Evan Show” on WFAN in New York (viaCBS New York's website):
“Thank you commissioner, thank you Super Bowl committee for putting us in New York,” Bradshaw said. “And we all know why we’re in New York, it’s because they were paid for that stupid stadium in New Jersey … By the way, not a gorgeous stadium either.”
Bradshaw does have a point about the cold and sterile MetLife Stadium one of the worst stadiums built in any sport in recent memory. Then he started to swing away at the possibility of snow and cold-weather having an effect on the game.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
After Week 9, the Detroit Lions were in great shape to win the NFC North crown.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone that week. The 5-3 Lions were on a bye, then went and beat the Chicago Bears a week later.
After Week 9, the Baltimore Ravens were 3-5 following a loss to the Cleveland Browns. The offense was an absolute mess. The Super Bowl champs were struggling badly, and seemed irrelevant to the 2013 season.
It's Week 15 and both teams are in the middle of a tight playoff race. That's a positive for one of them.
The Lions have lost three of four since that win against the Bears seemed to put them on a fast track to the North title. They're 7-6, tied with the Bears and just a half game clear of the Packers, with the possibility of Rodgers' return hanging over the division race. Detroit isn't a franchise known for success, and they seem insistent on making the road to the division title much tougher than it should be. Now they have to deal with a tough Ravens team and don't know yet if running back Reggie Bush, who injured himself in snowy pregame warm-ups last week, will be available.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Packers fans, fantasy football playoff survivors and anyone who loves high quality NFL football are looking for any smoke signal from Lambeau Field regarding Aaron Rodgers' health.
He's practicing last week? Good sign, especially with the Packers staying in the playoff hunt. He said Tuesday he was experiencing pain in his broken collarbone? Well, that's bad.
But Packers tight end Andrew Quarless has brought a glimmer of hope to all, even though he's likely to get chewed out by the tight-lipped coaching staff for it.
Quarless let it slip that Rodgers took some snaps with the starting offense in Wednesday's practice.
"Oh man, 12 looked real good today," Quarless said after practice, according to ESPN.com. "It was good to see him out there really working with the offense. He was out there before but wasn't working as much with the offense. But today he took some offensive reps, which is a great thing for the team, definitely."
- Anwar S Richardson at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Baltimore Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam is 22-years old, so the young man is going to make plenty mistakes.
Unfortunately, for Elam, he will have to live with a major slip-up against the Detroit Lions on Monday.
Elam was asked about Lions receiver Calvin Johnson on Wednesday, and at first, he said all the right things. He described Johnson as “big, fast, athletic, unstoppable, freak" during his conversation with ESPN.com. So far, so good.
Then Elam said something he might regret.
"He's pretty old, so I don't know how physical he'll be,'' Elam told ESPN.com. "He's a big guy, but he's older. I guess when they get older they're not going to be as physical, you know what I'm saying? We're going to have to be physical, make him uncomfortable."
Johnson is 28-years-old, which is definitely older than Elam. The rookie seemingly forget how important it is not give the NFL’s best receiver any additional motivation when your team faces the nearly impossible task of stopping Johnson.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
LANDOVER, Md. – The FedExField marquees are imploring fans in the stands at the Redskins game to MAKE SOME NOISE!!! … and the fans remain silent.
That’s all you need to know. If you’re a busy type, you can stop here, knowing that in this story, the Redskins lost both this past Sunday's game and the last of their hope for 2013. If you want to know how we got here, though, steel your heart, settle in, and read on.
When, ages hence, some poor NFL historians look back on the sad, sorry saga of the Daniel Snyder-era Washington Redskins, they can point to Sunday’s pathetic loss to the Kansas City Chiefs as the day where it all entered its death spiral. And if those unfortunate souls want to dig deeper, they can look to a play early in the second quarter to sum up everything wrong and doomed about this team.
The Chiefs, already up 17-0, are on the Redskins’ five-yard line, facing second and goal. The incredibly expensive, possibly seizure-inducing signs that ring the field burst forth with flashes of burgundy and yellow, begging the few fans in attendance to come up with any kind of NOISE, anything at all to show that they're alive and engaged.
- Anwar S Richardson at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III wants to play in his team’s final three games. Coach Mike Shanahan said he believes benching Griffin is best for his quarterback’s long-term health.
The rest of what occurred during their separate press conferences on Wednesday proved both men are not on the same page, and their discord is obvious.
Shanahan confirmed to the press that he was benching Griffin this Sunday to play backup Kirk Cousins instead. The coach also added Griffin would not be active over the three final games and Rex Grossman would back up Cousins, ending any speculation about Griffin's immediate future.
Shanahan said Griffin is being benched to preserve his long-term health, but that is not a move the quarterback agreed with when they met.
“I expressed my desire to play,” Griffin said. “Of course, I want to be out there and finish the season with my guys and see it through. He explained to me his reasoning. At the end of the day, coach’s decision is what we will go with, and that’s what it’s always been. I have to do that. I have to do whatever I can to help Kirk. Do whatever I can to help this team win.”
- Anwar S Richardson at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
Every week, we try to project what the playoff bracket will look like in January. To sift through who is for real and will make a postseason push, and who will fade out of the playoff picture down the stretch. It's important to note this is our ever-changing prediction of how we think things will play out and not necessarily a current plugging-in of teams with the corresponding records.
Think of it as "bracketology" for the pigskin set.
Why do you think the Patriots can hold on to a bye without Rob Gronkowski?
New England was 5-1 before Gronkowski played his first game this season. The wins were not pretty, but Tom Brady found a way to get the job done. You can also never doubt Patriots coach Bill Belichick. New England has 10 regular season wins for the 11 th consecutive season, and only the San Francisco 49ers (16 winning seasons between 1983 and 1998) have a longer streak of success. New England’s remaining games are against Miami, Baltimore and Buffalo, which are winnable.
Did Seattle show any flaws in its loss at San Francisco?
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
Nobody should be surprised that the Miami Dolphins reportedly plan to trade offensive tackle Jonathan Martin this offseason.
It also would be no surprise if Richie Incognito never played for the Dolphins again.
Really, that's seems to be the only way this saga can play out. Even if you believe if Martin is the victim of constant harassment in the Dolphins' locker room, it would be uncomfortable and a major distraction if he returned next season. It would be an even bigger circus if Incognito returned to the Dolphins this season with the team in the playoff hunt.
The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reported that both men won't play again for the Dolphins. On Martin, who is on the non-football injury list and not eligible to return this season, Salguero reported he'll be traded:
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
Here at Shutdown Corner, we want to help. So once a week, we'll go in and examine a team coming off a bad week, bad month, maybe a bad decade (you're in luck, Cleveland), and see what fixes can be made to turn around the season. So step aside, we've got this. Next under the microscope: The Dallas Cowboys.
Where they stand: 7-6, second place in the NFC East, two games out of the NFC wild card.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
The San Francisco 49ers haven't even closed down Candlestick Park, but they are adding marquee events to their new stadium.
Super Bowl L will be at Levi's Stadium. And WrestleMania 31, on March 29, 2015, will be coming to the Bay Area too. That was announced this week at a press conference.
Count 49ers tight end Vernon Davis among those excited for the WWE to come to town.
Davis represented the 49ers at the WrestleMania press conference. He wondered where his theme music was, name dropped WWE stars Sheamus and Booker T. And he had an offer for WWE head Vince McMahon.
"If he needs a bodyguard, he can call me," Davis said.
Come to think of it, Davis would make a pretty good wrestler when he's done with the NFL. He already has the physical freak aspect of it down.