- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Players like Kevin Kolb leave our consciousness pretty fast. One year they're playing, the next they're not, and we rarely think about them again.
But Kolb still thinks about football. He has no choice. The lingering symptoms from concussions are with him every waking moment, he said.
In a first-person story on The MMQB, Kolb describes his concussion symptoms, a little more than a year after he played his last game. The former Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals and Buffalo Bills quarterback suffered his last concussion in the preseason of 2013. His first concussion came in 2010, when Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews hit him. He suffered two more in 2012. He didn't even believe his last concussion was serious. It happened on a routine play. That's scary.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Look, the New York Jets are circling the drain. No one disputes this. The team is 1-6, and even in its best moments, it seems to somehow fall short and torpedo its own feet. But say this for head coach Rex Ryan: the dude still finds ways to remember that this is a freaking game , and games are, in theory, supposed to be fun.
Jets beat reporters were on a conference call with Buffalo Bills rookie Sammy Watkins on Wednesday at the Jets' practice facility when Ryan, also in the building for his own news conference, walked by. Hearing who was on the call, and hearing Watkins talk about the Jets defense, Ryan decided to have a little fun with the rook.
Ryan's son Seth played at Clemson last year with Watkins, and Ryan, without introducing himself, played the role of reporter:
"Sammy, I've got a question," Ryan said. "How did you help Seth Ryan out? How did he do out there? And if you could really help him, you wouldn't play this game." (Watkins is the Bills' leading receiver, so his absence would naturally help the Jets to some degree.)Sun, Oct 2610:00 AM PDTBuffalo at NY JetsPreview Game
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is appealing his indefinite suspension at the hands of the NFL. Now, NFL commissioner Roger Goodellwill have to testify at the appeal hearing in November.
Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones, the neutral arbitrator with whom both sides agreed, announced Wednesday that Goodell would have to testify, according to an AP source. Still undetermined is whether Goodell's testimony will be confidential.
NFL attorneys sought to protect Goodell from testifying, instead offering up Jeff Pash, the league's general counsel, and Adolpho Birch, the league's vice president for labor policy.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
The Tennessee Titans, with nothing to lose in a season headed south in a hurry, plan to start rookie Zach Mettenberger at quarterback this Sunday, according to the Tennessean.
Jake Locker has been banged up and Charlie Whitehurst has played like Charlie Whitehurst in his absence, so the Titans will apparently turn to their sixth-round pick this week against the Texans. Mettenberger isn't a typical sixth-round pick, as character concerns and a torn ACL last season with LSU caused a draft drop. He looked just fine in the preseason, leading the NFL with 659 passing yards and looking very comfortable in the pocket.
The Tennessean said Mettenberger was not in the locker room after practice on Wednesday, Locker was off limits to reporters and Whitehurst was told to not talk to the media. The report said indications are Mettenberger was told of the decision on Tuesday night.Sun, Oct 2610:00 AM PDTHouston at TennesseePreview Game
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
Prior to the season, we made the assumption that the wealth of quality teams in the NFC (and the lack of depth in the AFC) would mean that there would be some good NFC teams that find themselves on the outside of the playoff picture looking in
Through seven weeks of the season, that's holding up.
Last season, the Arizona Cardinals finished 10-6 and missed the postseason. It's possible this season that two teams with that record — or better — could be staying home in January. It's just the way the thing is set up.
Consider that the NFC West has the Cardinals on top at 5-1, the 4-3 49ers a half-game back and the 3-3 Seahawks two back. What's more interesting is the Cardinals, unlike San Francisco and Seattle, have yet to lose a game in the division.
With five games left to play between these three teams, those head-to-head matchups could tilt the division. And knock one of them from the wild-card race in the process. Right now, the 49ers, having lost once to the Cardinals, are at a slight disadvantage here.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is having a historic season, the kind that we'll be talking about for years to come. He just set an NFL record with his seventh straight 100-yard game to begin a season. But of course, he wouldn't be totaling anywhere near those numbers without a strong offensive line. (Isn't that right, Atlanta?)
Anyway, Murray clearly recognizes the importance of a good O-line, because on Wednesday, he brought them all brand-spanking-new iMacs. Estimated retail value: $1,300 apiece. Not bad.
“Pretty nice,” Zack Martin said. “We just walked in and he gave them to us, so it was pretty cool.”
Here's a photo of the Cowboys locker room with said iMacs already in waiting:
DeMarco Murray surprised his offensive lineman with brand new 21.5 inch iMacs at their locker. valued at $1300 each pic.twitter.com/STTDi3hf8z
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Even though his former college teammate and roommate has been cut by two NFL teams in a three-month span, New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson nevertheless believes that Michael Sam has a future in the league.
Richardson called Sam a teammate for one year at Missouri and the two players were also housemates in an off-campus house in 2012. Sam was a seventh-round pick of the St. Louis Rams and was cut in August after a relatively productive preseason. The Dallas Cowboys signed Sam to their practice squad but released him early this week. Sam is trying to be the first openly gay player to appear in an NFL regular-season game.
Richardson, last year's Defensive Rookie of the Year, thinks Sam can play in the NFL.
“I see it, he definitely can play in this league,” Richardson told Yahoo Sports. “He needs to find a team, find his niche.”
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
You don't want to show up late on Bill Belichick's time, even if you're one of the NFL's best cornerbacks.
New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis showed up late to a meeting at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, so Belichick sent him home, the Boston Globe's Ben Volin reported, citing three league sources. Revis wasn't allowed to participate in practice or any meetings. The players were off Saturday to Monday after beating the Jets last Thursday night.
The Globe's story said Revis has accepted responsibility for his mistake. The Globe wrote that Belichick didn't make a "big announcement" to the team about Revis being sent home, but a source said, “The message was definitely sent. The rules apply to everybody.”Sun, Oct 2610:00 AM PDTChicago at New EnglandPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
One of the great things about last season’s Seattle Seahawks, other than the immense talent on the roster, was the apparent togetherness.
“We all we got, we all we need,” right? The players rallied around coach Pete Carroll’s high-energy ways. They won a Super Bowl.
The last time a defending Super Bowl champion won a playoff game was the 2005 season. One of the reasons for that drought is champions dealing with inevitable coverage, real or exaggerated, that the chemistry isn't the same. Maybe over jealousy issues creeping into the locker room. Last week, the Seahawks were a pretty normal 3-2 team – maybe they didn’t run the ball enough, and the defensive line wasn’t quite as deep as last season ... normal football things. That was before the Percy Harvin trade.Sun, Oct 2610:00 AM PDTSeattle at CarolinaPreview Game
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
If you've traveled around this great country of ours and thought, "Man, there are Cowboys and Patriots fans everywhere ," guess what: you're absolutely right.
One of the more fascinating and borderline sinister aspects of social media is the way it reduces your most heartfelt dreams, desires, and fandoms to nothing more than data for a voracious Internet. But enough of privacy concerns. Let's check out where NFL fans reside!
Twitter has created an amazing heat map that tracks where NFL fans reside. You can see the entire map, you can zero in on a single team, or you can compare two different teams head-to-head. Certain teams (Cowboys, Patriots, Steelers) boast bandwagons that stretch from coast to coast. Others are, well, not so fortunate in the breadth of their fanbases.
Digging deeper in the data, we can find some fascinating insights, like: