- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner41 mins ago
Somehow, J.J. Watt inspires endless devotion in his fans, mainly because he does things likedress up as Batman andblow up stage-jumpers at Zac Brown shows and playing hockey and so much more. Fans have shown their devotion by creatingeverything from J.J. Watt cakesto, well, wooden statues:
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Von Miller, of course, played very well in Super Bowl 50.
The Denver Broncos’ defensive line, and in particular Malik Jackson, was dominant.
Denver’s cornerbacks were strong, as usual.
Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips had a complex, effective game plan that had Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton off his game.
And that was how the Broncos won a Super Bowl championship.
The Panthers’ offense was never in a rhythm in Super Bowl 50, thanks to a special performance by the Broncos. The Panthers' multiple run game was stopped. On read option plays, the Broncos forced Newton to hand the ball off, and relied on their run defense up front to control the point of attack. They did that. Jackson was a star in that area.
In the passing game, the Broncos showed a number of different coverages from the first quarter on, with many three-, four- and five-man rush concepts. With the Broncos doing such a good job mixing things up, Newton did not get a clear picture of the coverage on a number of snaps. The Broncos constantly changing with multiple coverage looks gave Newton problems, as did a constant pass rush.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Twitter can be used for many things. Mostly, these days, it's used to gin up faux rage over something for a few hours until someone's life is ruined and the mob moves onto something else.
On Wednesday, however, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton found a whole new use for the social media outlet: trying to find his luggage that fell out of his truck in the Dallas-Forth Worth area.
Even NFL quarterbacks can have really bad days like that.
If anybody in DFW traveling from 75-635 towards the airport finds 2 black suitcases on the road please contact me. Fell out bed of our truck
Rough start to the morning...
Thanks for those spreading the word. If you happen to have them, send a pic. And trust me...I know this is a long shot. #bagsearch2016
The funny thing about this is that Dalton might have held out a sliver of hope that more than 157,000 followers and the others who heard about his plight through retweets would take the matter seriously. On the bright side, some folks had some chuckle-worthy replies:
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Long before Super Bowl 50, there were complaints and concerns about the turf at Levi's Stadium, which has been re-sodded multiple times since it opened in 2014.
Super Bowl organizers gave assurances that the grass wouldn't be a problem for the big game, but it was. Before teh first half was even over, CBS reported that several players had changed shoes, switching to longer cleats so they could get better traction.
Carolina Panthers left tackle Michael Oher may have been one of those who changed.
From Charlotte Observer beat writer Jonathan Jones comes this Vine, which Jones believes happened late in the first quarter. As one Twitter commenter noted, Michael Oher looks a lot like Boston Bruins legend and hockey hall of famer Bobby Orr on this snap:
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
President Obama called to congratulatie the Denver Broncos on Tuesday, talking with head coach Gary Kubiak and linebacker Demarcus Ware. Obama had either been briefed thoroughly or had watched the game (possibly in the Champagne Room!) because he called out Peyton Manning, Von Miller, and, of all people, Wade Phillips. Surely a nice moment for the Broncos, and we fully expect Peyton to bring Budweiser and Papa Johns to the White House.
And, as we always say whenever we show a president doing anything other than governing and someone pipes up with "he should be governing the country rather than calling football players" ... couldn't you be working right now?
Podcast: Super Bowl recap: Denver's lethal defense, Cam's bad day:
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
If in fact Calvin Johnson carries through on his decision to retire, most observers think the next uniform he'll don will be the gold jacket of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Most observers. Not all.
“I would think that it would be difficult for Calvin Johnson at this point to be considered a Hall of Famer,” former Pittsburgh Steeler Lynn Swann told the Detroit News. “Calvin Johnson has an extreme amount of talent and ability, but when you start to look at his team, the success of his team and did he lift that team; he made them a little bit better, but at the end of the day, I’m not quite sure.”
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank revealed on Tuesday that he is being treated for prostate cancer.
“In December I was diagnosed with a treatable form of prostate cancer,” Blank said in a statement. “Over the last several weeks [fiancee] Angie [Macuga] and I have visited a number of expert doctors and hospitals across the country to identify the best treatment options for me.
“I have chosen an aggressive approach that will include surgery and the overall prognosis is good. I’m looking forward to getting this behind me and continuing a very active lifestyle, my upcoming wedding, as well as continued active involvement in our businesses and philanthropic efforts for years to come.”
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
It's probably not fair to say the Denver Broncos' championship window was going to close, win or lose, after Super Bowl 50. But let's say that it was probably a good idea to beat the Carolina Panthers, just in case.
This will be a tricky offseason for Broncos general manager John Elway. He was very aggressive in trying to win a title before Peyton Manning retired. Mission accomplished. But making another run next season will be a challenge. The Broncos have a ton of questions to answer this offseason. Las Vegas oddsmakers don't have a ton of faith in the Broncos repeating. There were 11 teams with better odds to win Super Bowl LI than Denver (20-to-1) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, as of Monday.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Three days after Johnny Manziel started his team's Week 16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Cleveland Browns placed Manziel in concussion protocol after he showed up to the team facility complaining of concussion-like symptoms.
Manziel was declared out for the Browns' finale.
Except, he may not have been concussed at all. NFL Network, citing a discussion with a Cleveland player, is reporting that on the day the Browns placed Manziel in concussion protocol, he had reported to work drunkand the team lied to cover up for him.
After years of NFL teams denying the impact of concussions and some pushing players to practice and play through them, we now have an incident of a team fabricating one for a player.
The Browns released a statement on Tuesday afternoon, asserting that Manziel was in fact injured:
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Whether you believe it influenced his behavior or not, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton clearly overheard Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. in the postgame interview area on Sunday as Harris boasted of his team's successful defensive plan to stop Newton in Super Bowl 50.
Those interview "rooms" are cramped, in the bowels of the stadium, and often a large storage-type area that's been cleared out for the purpose. While there are separate areas for each team, each with a dozen or so small, elevated podium areas, each with speakers attached, those areas usually aren't separated by much more than some curtains, which certainly aren't soundproof.
Is it a perfect setup? No, but for media often scrambling to get quotes out to the masses, having the teams as close together as possible is appreciated.