- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner36 mins ago
Quarterback Johnny Manziel was having a good preseason, then his right elbow shut down any chance he had at earning a starting job.
After two preseason games it seemed like a quarterback controversy might start brewing with the Cleveland Browns. Manziel played pretty well and showed progress. But Manziel has dealt with right elbow tendinitis since then. He said it is something he has dealt with since his freshman year at Texas A&M.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
At long last, the NFL has altered a longstanding tradition to properly recognize the true heroes of professional football:
Ahahaha! Kidding! For those of you who aren't already rushing to the comments below, here's the deal: the NFL is moving its Super Bowl Media Day, home of "wacky" costumed "media" and "outrageous" questions, from its traditional Tuesday slot to Monday night.
At "Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled By Gatorade," the teams will gather at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. to speak for an hour apiece starting at 5:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time. And by "speak," we mean "stand in front of hordes (see picture) and answer a. routine questions about how excited they are to be here or b. pointless morning-zoo attempts at gotcha humor. Fans will pay "less than $30" to get in, and will get a gift bag that includes a radio to listen in to all the festivities.
Excited? Don't answer yet, because you could either see Marshawn Lynch not talk:
Or you could see Rob Gronkowski try to sing:
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Marshawn Lynch loves his Skittles, and somehow ended up doing a five-minute segment on cable TV's Evine Live to sell them.
Yep, at a little after 11 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, Lynch was on the air hawking candy like this was some normal occurrence for one of the NFL's biggest stars. He did a five-minute segment on Evine Live, a shopping show, with host Allison Waggoner to sell the candy he has a well-documented affinity for.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh got a bit mouthy with Redskins head coach Jay Gruden during Saturday's preseason game, jawing in the wake of Washington linebacker Keenan Robinson's body-slam of receiver Kamar Aiken. What did Harbaugh say to Gruden? We're not quite sure, but reading lips, it sure seemed like there was at least one f-bomb in there. Not so, Harbaugh insists.
"For all those lip readers out there that want to write headlines about what was said, there's more than one word to the English language that begins with F," Harbaugh said. "I really make it a point in life to not use that word as much as possible. I'm not batting 1.000. I always remember when I say that. So, maybe it was fight . Is that plausible? Maybe it was football . But I'm going to say that I'm 99.99 percent certain it wasn't the word that it was reported to be. Just for the record."
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
If the Houston Texans meant to set the Internet on fire Tuesday afternoon, mission accomplished.
All they needed to do was tweet out a picture of 325-pound nose tackle Vince Wilfork rocking some bib overall shorts with no shirt. Hey, I'm not going to be the one to tell him he can't wear it:
Spectacular on so many levels. Every NFL writer alive retweeted that with some joke. The only remaining question is, does shirtless-overalls Wilfork take over as the top Internet moment for the former New England Patriots great, or is it still barbecue-dancing Wilfork?
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- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers invested in a virtual reality system to help train their players including rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, it made a lot of sense.
This generation was raised on interactive games. They learned in a different way than just sitting around and reading a textbook, then reciting it. Then they went home and played "Madden." So virtual reality is the logical next step in the teaching methods for NFL quarterbacks.
Besides, it looks pretty cool. EON Sports VR showed the SIDEKIQ simulation software to Yahoo Sports, and you can see the benefits it can have for players. The software allows players to see the Xs and Os of the play drawn out, then the play is simulated for them as they'd see it. The Dallas Cowboys have also embraced virtual reality training.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
Robert Griffin III is trying to his get his life, his career and his passwords back.
According to SB Nation, Griffin's official Instagram account "liked" a post from another user that slammed the Washington Redskins, their "sorry ass team owner" and dropped an #ImpeachDanSnyder hashtag for good measure (in case the subtlety hadn't come through earlier).
Griffin then responded with a block-lettering mandate headlined "I JUST WANT TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT" and then went on to throw "one of the interns" under the bus for authorizing the previous like, saying he didn't have access to his own passwords. (An aside: Has Hillary Clinton tried that one yet?)
The always-blame-the-intern routine might work for other folks in D.C., but Griffin's approval rating is hovering at Rick Santorum-esque levels currently.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
Running back Trent Richardson didn't make the Oakland Raiders' roster. He didn't even make the cutdown to 75 players on Monday.
Richardson was released by the Raiders, as reported by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson. Richardson might be done in the NFL after his abrupt end in Oakland. The Raiders gave him a two-year, $3.85 million contract with $600,000 guaranteed, according to Spotrac, which seemed high because who were they bidding against? Richardson was traded from Cleveland and failed spectacularly with the Indianapolis Colts. The third overall pick of the 2012 draft averaged just 3.1 yards per carry with the Colts in 29 games.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Amid the news that Kirk Cousins was named the Week 1 starter for the Washington Redskins and that the team might be preparing an exit strategy for Robert Griffin III now comes this, one lasting reminder of the mess in D.C. that still lingers.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Even with the history of dysfunction surrounding the Daniel Snyder-era Washington Redskins, it's still confusing how we've gotten to this point with Robert Griffin III.
Griffin is out as the Redskins' starter. Kirk Cousins will start Week 1 and beyond, as Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. Dianna Marie Russini of ESPNbroke the news.
Gruden confirmed at his Monday press conference that Cousins will start, and it's not a short-term thing. Gruden said Cousins in the starter "for 2015, moving forward."
"It's Kirk's team," Gruden said.
Gruden said that Cousins opened the organization's eyes with his work through the offseason and training camp, and complimented Griffin too.
"We believe in Robert," Gruden said. "It's a good problem to have, to have three quarterbacks who are competing."
Gruden said Snyder had nothing to do with the decision and hasn't stumped for Griffin at all. Gruden made the announcement more about what Cousins has done in practices, and not about any of Griffin's failings.