- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
When we think about Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, we think about how fantastic he is on the field and his over-the-top innocent persona off the field.
Wilson is well aware that's how he is viewed, and used that to make a point about domestic violence in The Players' Tribune, Derek Jeter's new project. In trying to make a point about domestic violence, Wilson said that he used to be much different than the reputation he has now.
"I used to beat people up," was how Wilson started his article. "Truthfully, I used to beat people up a lot. Many of you readers probably think I have been Mr. Goody Two-Shoes my whole life, but honestly, I was a bully growing up. In elementary and middle school, I threw kids against the wall. I rubbed their heads in the dirt at recess. I bit them. I even knocked teeth out."
There's probably someone who knew Wilson back when he was a kid who today is saying "See? I told you!"
Wilson went on to write that he had a lot of anger, until he was " saved by my faith" at 14 years old.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
If the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL draft is not a quarterback, it could be one of two prized lineman prospects.
One on each side of the ball.
The bottom three teams in the Week 4 Shutdown Corner power rankings are all teams that appear to be set (or moderately set) for the present and/or future at quarterback — the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins.
The Jaguars took Blake Bortles with the No. 3 pick in the draft in May and appear to like the very early results.
The Raiders selected Derek Carr at the top of the second round and were impressed enough to name him the starter for Week 1, although a coaching/GM change certainly don’t iron-clad lock them to Carr.
And though the Redskins have to figure out the Robert Griffin III-Kirk Cousins situation, it’s unlikely they are thinking about drafting another quarterback high in the draft just yet.Sun, Oct 510:00 AM PDTPittsburgh at JacksonvillePreview Game
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
After the San Francisco 49ers held off the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, former 49er and current media member Deion Sanders took to the NFL Network to opine that very little is well in the Land of Jim Harbaugh.
“They want him out," Sanderssaid Sunday of 49ers players' opinion of Jim Harbaugh. "They’re not on the same page."
Harbaugh disputed the report on Monday, saying he hadn't seen Deion or similarly critical colleague Trent Dilfer around the San Francisco locker room very much.Several 49ers teammates chimed in on Wednesday, coming to Harbaugh's defense.
“I heard rumors going on around here, but I don’t see it," tight end Vernon Davis said. "He’s a great guy with tons of energy. I don’t think there’s a better guy than him that’s made for this job.”
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Rich Gannon bleeds silver and black. And yet he vomited all over his former team on Wednesday.
The former Oakland Raiders quarterback appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio (per CSN Bay Area) following the firing of head coach Dennis Allen, went into the shotgun formation and started firing away.
Little was spared in his criticism, but Gannon focused on the team's lack of leadership and its false-advertising motto that has stuck with the franchise by reputation only.
"They got this sign in front of the building that says: 'Commitment to excellence.' They ought to take it down," Gannon said. "It's false advertising right now. There's no commitment to excellence. There's a commitment to mediocrity right now. And that's the problem. You need to change the culture and the environment."
Ouch. Gannon wants to see some new faces in the building and that the firing of Allen isn't nearly enough.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson has been on the bench for the last three games, deemed inactive by New England. The reason? According to the Boston Globe, he's been sent to his metaphorical room for backtalk.
The Globe reports that Dobson and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels have had "at least one loud disagreement."
"There are concerns that Dobson, a second-round pick out of Marshall last year, is immature, though he isn’t the first NFL player with maturity issues,"the Globe writes, in what might qualify as the understatement of the decade.
Dobson had 37 catches for 519 yards and four touchdowns in his first season, but offseason surgery limited both his preparation and his camp time.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
We now know the dates for the 2015 NFL draft. We just don't know where it will be held.
ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the NFL has settled on the dates for the draft, with a city likely to be picked soon.
Though the league is undecided between LA and Chicago, next year’s NFL Draft is now set for April 30-May 2, per league sources.
Fans hoping for an earlier draft will be moderately disappointed with the news. In 2014, the draft was held between May 8 and 10 because of a scheduling conflict at Radio City Music Hall. The NFL prefers not to hold the draft on Mother's Day weekend, so it made sense to move it up a week.
But the league also has wanted to take advantage of May TV sweeps, and the tremendous ratings this year pretty much solidified the idea of keeping it in May going forward. Previous drafts had been held in the third or fourth week of April traditionally.
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
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- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
The NFL, everyone's favorite plucky charitable not-for-profit business, isn't taking the "Sunday Ticket" package anywhere but DirecTV for a long time.
DirecTV and the NFL agreed to a new eight-year deal, at a total cost of $12 billion. Yes, $1.5 billion per season to the NFL. That's according to Darren Rovell of ESPN.
This agreement also comes after one of the NFL's worst months off the field, in terms of controversy. But even though the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson stories were negative headlines for the league, television ratings still continued to improve. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that DirecTV invested big with the NFL again. The league is still as popular as ever, it seems.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
The NFL operates as a not-for-profit. That's the league's tax status, which is laughable.
The league makes billions of dollars. It's the most successful sports league in American history, a record it breaks every year. Even with a ton of controversial off-field issues in September, television ratings improved again. It is one of the top businesses in the country. The NFL prints money. It just struck a deal with DirecTV that pays the league $1.5 billion annually, according to ESPN. Commissioner Roger Goodell made $44.2 million in 2012.
Congress is finally looking into the NFL's tax status, but at least one member of Congress is strangely tying it to the Redskins' name controversy, according to ABC News.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
Since one doesn't seek out a second medical opinion when injuries are healing well, the Arizona Cardinals probably have plenty of reason to worry about quarterback Carson Palmer.
Palmer will seek a second opinion from a specialist on his injured shoulder, according to Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, via Darren Urban of AzCardinals.com. Arians said there's "no concern" about Palmer's injury being long term, and Palmer hasn't been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos. While that sounds dandy, it's not comforting that the 3-0 Cardinals' starting quarterback is still experiencing problems.
Palmer has a nerve issue in his throwing shoulder. He threw last Thursday and Friday and the injury regressed, Arians said according to the Cardinals' site. Drew Stanton has started Arizona's last two games, then the Cardinals had a bye last week. If Palmer doesn't make a quick recovery before the Broncos game, that will be four weeks he has missed, and the injury isn't getting better.