- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner35 mins ago
We've tried to block out the noise coming from the college game and the ever-growing list of coaching jobs available when it comes to Chip Kelly.
We even took a long, hard pause before speculating too much about the pending opening for the NFL team that currently employs Kelly's college quarterback and apple of his eye, Marcus Mariota.
But now the din is starting to increase in Philly about Kelly and his future with the Eagles. Hint: It's not looking as rosy as it once did.
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Teammates and players around the NFL are reacting with shock and prayer to the news early Wednesday morning that St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey was shot while riding in a car with his family.
The former third-round pick is in stable condition after being struck twice in the head during an apparent drive-by shooting in Miami Gardens, Fla., according to the NFL Network's Mike Silver and Ian Rapoport. Bailey reportedly suffered non life-threatening injuries and will undergo additional surgery on Wednesday.
Bailey, who is currently serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, was a passenger along with two young relatives in a car driven by his cousin, who did suffer life-threatening injury upon shielding the children from the bullets, according to Rapoport's Twitter feed.
Here's the latest on the Stedman Bailey shooting from Miami Gardens police. pic.twitter.com/ZBBPyM4hsd
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is expected to undergo surgery on a sports hernia Wednesday morning, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, leaving Seattle's playoff hopes in serious peril.
#Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is set to have surgery on his sports hernia tomorrow morning, source said. Expected to be out about a month.
Lynch is expected to miss home games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns sandwiched around road contests against the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens. The hope is he returns for NFC West battles against the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals to finish the regular season.
The two-time defending NFC champions trail the Cardinals by three games in the division and currently sit on the outside looking into the conference's playoff picture. While Thomas Rawls performed exceedingly well in Lynch's absence this past Sunday, rushing for 209 yards in Seattle's 29-13 victory against the San Francisco 49ers, Lynch has been the bell-cow for a Super Bowl contender since arriving in 2010.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Super Bowl 50, billed as a celebration of a half-century of what has become the pinnacle sporting event in the Western Hemisphere, was marred — before the game ever started — on an obscure automatic coin toss loss by the Carolina Panthers for sending too many captains (teams are allowed six) out to midfield against the New England Patriots, leading the Patriots to score on their deferred first possession of the second half in what would end up a 27-24 victory.
Oh, phew, what a nightmare we just had!
It’s understandable during this poor-call-plagued season to fear the worst: that a playoff game — or worse, the Super Bowl — could be decided on a blown call by the referees. Human error aside, the repeated issues have drawn all kinds of negative attention to the league, the quality of the games and the possibility of serious controversy for a league cloaked in it already.Mon, Nov 23Buffalo13 - 20New EnglandGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
It was a more eventful postgame for Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott than it was a game last Saturday.
After being held under 100 yards rushing for the first time in 16 games, Elliott fired a few salvos in the direction of the Buckeyes' coaching staff and then announced his plans to turn pro right after that. Quite the turn of events in the loss to Michigan State, putting a serious dent in the Buckeyes' chances of winning back-to-back titles.
“We weren’t put in position to win this game,” Elliott said after his 12-carry, 33-yard game. “I deserve more than  carries, I really do. I can’t speak for the play-caller. I don’t know what was going on.”
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
The Cleveland Browns have benched second-year quarterback Johnny Manziel after TMZ posted video of Manziel partying in Austin, Texas on the team's bye week.
In a statement posted to the team website, head coach Mike Pettine said the Browns will once again go with veteran Josh McCown as the starter, with Austin Davis as his backup. Manziel will be the team's third quarterback.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
As we all know, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick can be as prickly as a cactus - and as huggable as one as well.
But if you can set aside your feelings for Belichick the person, there's no denying that Belichick the coach is one of the best to ever pace an NFL sideline. As head coach of the Patriots, he's won four Super Bowls and gone to two others. He keeps his players on their toes through detailed quizzes and is not above releasing a bottom-of-the-roster player to remind the others not to get so comfortable that they don't handle their job.
Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan, as a person, is the type of guy almost anyone would want to have a beer with: he's quick with a joke and not afraid to don a wig to get a laugh. He's known as a players' coach, making bold proclamations of success, though none of them have come true yet. As head coach of the Jets, he did lead his team to two AFC title game appearances.
Their resumes as head coaches would appear to speak for themselves, but for one former player, the resume doesn't matter.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
Carson Palmer is quite the businessman, it seems.
This is a quarterback who has earned a rare quartet — four banner huge contracts since coming into the NFL, and he's still going strong, very much steeped in the league's MVP race at age 35.
Total estimated career earnings, per Spotrac: more than $138 million.
God bless the NFL. And America.
And god bless real estate, which apparently could net Palmer another windfall. Check out this listing of Palmer's house in Del Mar, Calif., per the Los Angeles Times, which he's listing for a breathtaking $24.995 million.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
Monday night's game between the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots was a poorly officiated mess. If we can call out coaches, players and even TV analysts, then why should referees be above reproach?
They shouldn't. And when they offer less-than-satisfactory and, lo, incorrect reasoning for their mistakes then it's fair game to go to town.
The center of many folks' ire in the game was the inadvertant whistle that essentially blew dead a would-be huge play from Tom Brady to Danny Amendola, and the clean-up act — awarding the Patriots the ball at the spot Amendola caught the ball — felt an odd concession.
But the final play of the game, with Sammy Watkins rolling out of bounds untouched but the referees letting the clock run out, was just as bad. The explanation was worse.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Dallas Cowboys star Dez Bryant has his share of head-shaking moments, but the receiver can also surprise you in a good way.
Receivers and cornerbacks are frequently called the divas of the sport (a well-earned reputation), but on Sunday, after the Cowboys ended its seven-game losing streak with a win against the Miami Dolphins, Bryant had nothing but good things to say about Brent Grimes, the cornerback who spent the afternoon shadowing him all over the wet Sun Life Stadium turf.
"Oh, man, I love Grimes," Bryant said, saying the three-time Pro Bowler is arguably the best corner in the league. "It's like even when you make a move on him, he's still there. You get him picked around, he's still there. And I think that's what I respect most about his game.Thu, Nov 261:30 PM PSTCarolina at DallasPreview Game