- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Cincinnati's Andy Dalton made a great play last week that’s a great example of the mental part of the game and the physical part of the game coalescing on one play.
It was a 76-yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Sanu in the third quarter against the Falcons, and Dalton played it well before the snap and after the snap. it showed a great understanding of the nuances of the quarterback position.
The play started when Dalton got to the line. He saw both Atlanta safeties five yards off the line of scrimmage.
When that happens, an alert goes off: This is "cover zero," a blitz with no safety in the middle of the field. Because Dalton saw that before the snap, he knows he has to increase his protection. He knows there will be six rushers, maybe seven. So he motions Gresham from wide out to the left to a spot tight to the formation.
Now he has seven protectors – the five offensive linemen, Gresham and running back Giovani Bernard. Now they’re not outnumbered.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's piping-hot episode, we have: • A review of San Francisco's tech-heavy new stadium • A breakdown of RGIII's performance and prospects • Some chattin' about Johnny Manziel's bird-flipping • An AFC South breakdown. Can the Titans, Texans, or Jaguars even touch the Colts? All this and more as part of the Shutdown Corner Podcast. Listen below, and while you're listening ... Subscribe via iTunes right here. Non-iTunes subscription link here. Leave us a nice review here.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Commissioner Roger Goodell answered many questions during a news conference Friday on what he got wrong on the Ray Rice case, in which the since-released Baltimore Ravens running back was initially suspended just two games for a domestic violence incident in which he knocked out his wife.
And while Goodell's answers and his role in the matter are important, one other key entity hasn't answered too many questions about its role.
The team's brass sat down with the Baltimore Sun to discuss the incident, in which Rice punched his then-fiancee in an elevator, and not much else has come from them (outside of coach John Harbaugh, who has his normal media availability). And the main takeaway from that interview was general manager Ozzie Newsome saying that Rice told the team the truth about what happened in the elevator.Sun, Sep 2110:00 AM PDTBaltimore at ClevelandPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
Hey, good news for Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan: His four-game suspension was lifted as part of the league's new drug policy. And some bad news for Jordan: He just got another four-game suspension that he'll start serving immediately.
Jordan, the third pick of last year's draft, served two games of a four-game ban for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, and just as that was being shortened because of the new terms of the policy, he was given another four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Here's the league's statement (and take note: It's never good when a statement like this includes "however"):
"Per the terms of the Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances that took effect on Wednesday, the four-game suspension previously imposed on Dion Jordan of the Miami Dolphins has been lifted.Sun, Sep 211:25 PM PDTKansas City at MiamiPreview Game
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
On Friday afternoon, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell ended more than a week of silence by holding a tense, slightly contentious news conference. Topics included the NFL's missteps in handling the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson cases, the league's new domestic violence and personal conduct policies, Goodell's own status as commissioner, and future oversight of the NFL and its players.
Initial consensus was that Goodell's performance was rehearsed more than sincere, empty more than meaningful. And the NFL's players delighted in Goodell's visible struggles.
Boo this man... 👻
This press conference is pointless
This dude is up here telling lies.. It's unbelievable.
Many players, past and present, zeroed in on the double standard between Goodell's "I made a mistake" excusing of his own actions and his zero-tolerance "ignorance is no excuse" approach to disciplining others:
I know some people that got it wrong and don't have a job anymore. Does this mean it's ok to get it wrong? You gain 0 yards on an inc pass!
What Roger just said is the exact same thing that players say when they make a mistake and plead their case
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
About 35 minutes into NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's news conference on Friday afternoon, a disturbance erupted to his left.
A man was being dragged off by security, screaming about not being taken to an elevator as the conference (probably the most watched news conference by a commissioner ever, although Adam Silver and his Clippers announcement might win that race) ground to a halt for a few seconds. It also drew some social media jokes about how Goodell needed to add "security" to the list of things he needs to fix in the NFL. And the gate-crasher yelling about the elevator seemed to be a shot at Goodell and the domestic violence issue that has been under intense scrutiny since last week when a full video of Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee in an elevator was released.
And we should have guessed that Howard Stern's radio show was involved, according to many reports, including one from Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post:
That was Benji from the Howard Stern show.
Howard Stern's guy Benji is still fighting with the cops outside. This is bonkers.
Fox Sports uploaded the video:
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
In his first public appearance in more than a week after a few one-on-one interviews, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was grilled in a news conference Friday on issues spanning from how the league handled the Ray Rice investigation, to how the NFL will respond to the rash of domestic-abuse cases in the league and whether he thinks he should keep his job.
"I got it wrong in handling of Ray Rice matter, and I am sorry for that," Goodell said in his opening statement. "I got it wrong on a number of levels.
"Now I will get it right and do whatever it necessary to address that."
Several times throughout the 45-minute, wide-ranging news conference, Goodell leaned back on a familiar theme: "We want to get it right."
Asked if he worried about his job status, Goodell said he believed he had the support of the league's 32 team owners — ultimately the people who hold Goodell's job security in their hands.
"I believe I have the support of the owners," he said. "That has been clear to me. They obviously expect more of me."
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner11 hrs ago
Motivation matters in the NFL. Look at Buffalo last week.
Buoyed by a great crowd that was fired up about the Bills being sold to local ownership, with a visit from Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly and a tribute to late owner Ralph Wilson, the Bills played a great game. They destroyed the Dolphins. On the opposite end of the spectrum, look at moribund Tampa Bay on Thursday night.
Motivation is why I think the Denver Broncos win on Sunday.
For seven months, they've all heard over and over about 43-8, the score of the Super Bowl they lost to Seattle. Nothing about their otherwise fantastic 2013 season mattered. Just 43-8. They were poked fun of all offseason, more than any team that didn't actually win a conference championship. Sunday is a playoff game for the Broncos, who want to answer to all the 43-8 talk. It's not that big of a deal in the standings for the Broncos, but it's a big deal for their pride.Sun, Sep 211:25 PM PDTDenver at SeattlePreview Game
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
Are Americans bothered by the recent rash of domestic abuse cases that have plagued the NFL? No, it appears they're rather unbothered, at least in terms of how it affects their enjoyment of professional football action.
According to an NBC News/Marist poll, nearly 90 percent polled say the recent scourge of violence hasn't had much of an effect on their football viewing, and fewer than a third of those polled believes commissioner Roger Goodell needs to resign.
So there's that.
These are football fans who feel this way — nearly six out of 10 polled called themselves as much. Interestingly, the majority (53 percent of Americans, 57 percent of football fans) do disapprove of the way the league has handled the domestic-violence incidents.
Another "wow" number: The percentage of men disapproving of the NFL's handling of the domestic abuse cases (55 percent) is higher than than women (50 percent) who feel that way.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
As the NFL's image crisis continues to spiral and the league itself remains silent, the White House has now stepped into the fray.
The White House is in the midst of rolling out a campaign entitled"It's On Us" designed to promote awareness of sexual assault on college campuses, and has long pursued similiar initiatives of acceptance and tolerance. As such, the White House is taking a particular interest in the way the NFL has cratered over the last two weeks, and a senior administration official has caled the situation "really deeply troubling."
"The NFL has an obligation not only to their fans but to the American people to properly discipline anyone involved in domestic violence or child abuse and more broadly, gain control of the situation," the official said,according to CBS News.