- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's piping-hot episode, we have:
• A look at Peyton Manning vs. the Denver scoreboard operator. (Sing this ep's title to Peyton's favorite tune.)
• Are the Denver Broncos on track to be one of the best teams in history? There's evidence that points to yes.
• Why's Philip Rivers so hated?
• Overrated/Underrated, this time focusing on great receivers of the past.
• Our picks for Lock of the Week, Upset of the Week, and Game We'd Pay To See.
All this and more as part of the Shutdown Corner Podcast. Listen up, and while you're listening ...Thu, Oct 23San Diego21 - 35DenverGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner11 hrs ago
DENVER – At the two-minute warning of the fourth quarter, the Denver Broncos were up 35-21, with the ball. That last part is key to this story.
The Broncos, stealing the University of Wisconsin's bit, started playing the House of Pain song "Jump Around" in the stadium. Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib, on the sideline, got into it and started dancing. They showed Talib on the big screen, the crowd got even more fired up. It was fairly typical stuff at the end of a big Broncos win.
And quarterback Peyton Manning was not happy about it.
Manning wants the crowd to be quiet when the offense has the ball. He likes calling out audibles at the line, and every once in a while he'll theatrically motion for the crowd to quiet down. After the two-minute warning the Broncos got a false-start penalty, although it didn't seem that was due to the crowd noise. He wasn't mad at the fans this time; he was mad at the Broncos scoreboard operator.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
DENVER – The Denver Broncos were really good in 2013.
They were 13-3, didn’t lose any regular-season game by more than a touchdown, outscored teams by 207 points and won the AFC. They ultimately weren’t Super Bowl champion good, partially because they ran up against a great team that was even better, but they were very good last season.
The Broncos are better this season. Clearly. Absolutely.
“Oh yeah,” cornerback Chris Harris said without any hesitation when asked if the 2014 Broncos were better than the 2013 version. “We’re a total team.”
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
Through the month of September, San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers became one of the NFL’s hot way-too-early MVP candidates.
The Chargers were playing well. Rivers was on fire. All of the way-too-early MVP buzz was justified. But no matter how good Rivers is, he's not even the best MVP candidate in his own division.
Peyton Manning, who was surprisingly absent from the MVP talk in its very early stages, and the Denver Broncos dismantled the Chargers 35-21, leaving no question they are the favorite in the AFC West. The Broncos are 6-1, a game-and-a-half ahead of the second-place Chargers (5-3).
This was Manning's second straight dominant performance on prime time. Manning was 25-of-35 for 286 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in Thursday's win. Last week, Manning was 22-of-28 for 318 yards and four touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
John Elway is as popular as ever in Denver, but name dropping Elway did not help Broncos practice squad safety John Boyett when he was arrested on Monday. Elway, the Broncos general manager, didn't seem too impressed either, because he cut Boyett on Thursday.
Boyett allegedly had a heck of a time out, it sounds like from the police report, via the Denver Post. Take a gander at what Boyett was arrested for. It's quite the list:
"In summary, according to the police report, Boyett was highly intoxicated, threatened a bartender at a sports bar where he ate, drank and did shots, was belligerent to his fellow patrons, assaulted a cab driver, stole a shovel from a construction site so he could whack the cab driver, fled the scene and tried to hide from police by trying to bury himself under mulch."
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
Wide receiver Andrew Hawkins is having a nice season with the Cleveland Browns after being signed away from the Cincinnati Bengals.
Apparently, though, Hawkins' 2-year-old son hasn't given up on his dad's former team.
Watch this funny Instagram video from Hawkins, who doesn't take kindly to his son's proclamation that the Bengals' A.J. Green is his favorite receiver and the mock (we hope!) eviction that follows.
We'll be curious to see if Green is healthy enough to play against Hawkins and the Browns and if his son finds a new home. We'll go ahead and assume he'll get a second chance with Dad.
- - - - - - -Sun, Oct 261:25 PM PDTOakland at ClevelandPreview Game
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
Thursday has become "Throwback Thursday" on social media, where everyone shares pictures of themselves from back in the day and we all have a good laugh about how much things have changed ... or haven't.
Of course, there hasn't been a throw in the last three years that Richard Sherman hasn't tried to claim as his own, and Throwback Thursday is no different. He offered up the above childhood photo of himselfas a wee lad, right out in front and already featuring his trademark intense stare. (Sweet overalls, too.)
Lil' Richard seems like he's ready to commandeer that camera and tell the poor hourly-rate photographer to take that weak Olan Mills junk out of here, pronto. Some things never ever change.
- Orlando Franklin at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
Denver Broncos offensive lineman is giving Yahoo Canada Sports an exclusive first-person account of life in the NFL. Franklin grew up in Toronto before playing at the University of Miami and was drafted by the Broncos in the second round in 2011.
Last week against the San Francisco 49ers was an amazing game, it was great to be a part of history of when Peyton Manning broke the career touchdown passes record. It was amazing to be there first hand and to be blocking on the play when he broke the record. It was great that he did it in Week 6, because not only did he break the record he’s going to get a chance to shatter the record and make it so it lasts a long time.
Playing with a guy like Peyton, he brings you to a higher standard. Peyton is the kind of player that demands accountability. He’s a perfectionist and he demands perfection from all his teammates. It’s not okay to mess up and just say “my bad” to Peyton.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
We have no idea how newly acquired receiver Percy Harvin will fit into the New York Jets, except to say that 1. there will be a story and 2. there will be chaos. Good chaos? Bad chaos? Who knows? We're through the looking glass at this point with New York, and here's the proof: Michael Vick is vouching for Harvin's behavior.
“He won’t be a monster here,” Vick said of Harvin, according to the New York Post. “He won’t be a monster here. I can assure all the fans of that.”
Now, the easy joke is, of course, that if Michael Vick is your character witness, you've got real problems. Truth is that Vick has done everything he could to distance himself from his, shall we say, troubles of the mid-2000s. He stood up for Riley Cooper during Cooper's post-racist outburst days in Philadelphia, and he's been a loyal soldier both there and in New York. (Perhaps not the most prepared soldier, but loyal nonetheless.)Sun, Oct 2610:00 AM PDTBuffalo at NY JetsPreview Game
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
The conversation will grow over the next six months. So let’s start it early.
You’re a quarterback-needy team and your choice is this: Florida State's Jameis Winston or Oregon's Marcus Mariota.
On the surface, it appears easy. Winston has trouble written all over him, with off-field problems galore, and Mariota, the clean record and clean-throwing (zero interceptions in 188 passes this season) quarterback, is the obvious choice.
It’s not that clear-cut. Not at all.
If we are to boil the players down simply on football talent and quarterbacking potential on the next level, Winston — not Mariota — might be the more enticing prospect.
So says former NFL quarterback and Yahoo NFL analyst Shaun King. I asked King to ignore character completely, for argument's sake, and strictly grade each player on their talent and NFL upside.
“In my opinion, if I am grading them, Winston is 10 times the prospect Mariota is,” King said.
What, then, makes Winston so special?