- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Adrian Peterson is an institution for the Minnesota Vikings, quickly becoming arguably the most recognizable figure in the history of the franchise.
Yet, in a moment of honesty, Peterson said he has thought about the possibility of finishing his career in his home state of Texas, with the Dallas Cowboys.
"You know, I'd be a liar if I said it's something that hasn't crossed my mind before," Peterson said on ESPN Radio, via Fox Sports Southwest. "But I've also said to myself it would be so amazing to be one of those players who stays with one team his entire career, it would be good if I could do that. But being from Texas, I've always wondered, wow, it would be cool to play in Dallas, to play back home. Or to play in Houston."
Minnesota fans probably don't love hearing that one.
- Anwar S Richardson at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Richie Incognito’s alleged mistreatment of his Miami Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin is back on the forefront.
Ted Wells, the NFL’s lead investigator, will meet with Martin on Thursday in Los Angeles for a second round of questioning, according to ESPN.com’s James Walker, The report also said Wells will present his findings from previous interviews of Dolphins players, coaches and front-office executives to Martin. Prior to Thursday, Martin and Walker met on Nov. 15 in New York to discuss the allegations.
In addition, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Wells will meet with Dolphins players again.
Ted Wells interviewing Jonathan Martin today in LA, as @jameswalkernfl reports. Wells will meet next week with Dolphins players a 2nd time.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 5, 2013
- Anwar S Richardson at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Daniel Adongo is an accomplished football player set to make his NFL debut against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
Considering Adongo knew little about America’s version of football just five months ago, his first appearance in a pro game will be remarkable.
Adongo, 24, played rugby professionally in South Africa before the Indianapolis Colts signed him in July. He had never visited the United States before his NFL opportunity, and spent the past 13 weeks on Indianapolis’ practice squad. Adongo was promoted to the active roster on Tuesday and is expected to contribute on Sunday.
"I think back to his very first workout, when we first brought him in after a 17-hour flight to Atlanta and a connection up here ... to try out, [and] from what we saw to right now, it's night and day," Colts coach Chuck Pagano told ESPN.com. "The guy is a smart guy, we know from a physical standpoint he's very, very athletic. He can run, he's big, he's strong and he's a tireless worker."
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
Houston Texans fans are having a tough year.
The Texans' season began with high hopes but that washed away in a 10-game losing streak. They let their displeasure known a few weeks ago when they booed the home team so loudly that the offense had to go to a silent count.
The 2-10 Texans play an unpalatable game on Thursday night against the 3-9 Jaguars. It will be broadcast on KTRK-TV in Houston on Thursday night, pushing the popular ABC show "Scandal" back to 12:45 a.m. That's a problem to a few folks in Houston who would much rather watch the TV drama than see the Texans try for their 11th straight loss, according to the Houston Chronicle.
"Scandal" stars Kerry Washington as the head of a crisis management firm in Washington, D.C. The Texans and KTRK might need their own crisis management specialists.
scandal > houston texans. good thing i’m not in htown
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
Almost every fan has some sort of superstition on game day.
Where they sit for the game, what they eat before or during the game, in-depth things like which lights are turned on or something simple like wearing a lucky shirt (or a lucky hat as Wisconsin hoops gets a big road win against Virginia in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge), it's all part of being a fan.
It's fun to know that players are superstitious too. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has a lot to deal with during games, but he still takes time to employ his system for changing out his gum, depending on if that piece of gum has been working.
“I just depend on Wrigley’s Winterfresh chewing gum to get me through the adverse times in the game,” he said, according to the Charlotte Observer. “.... And in a given game, the superstition comes. You made a big play? Even if the gum is rock solid, you can’t take it out. You got to keep fighting through it. You may put another piece of gum in, but that’s that playmaking gum. But if you’re sucking, of course, you’ve got to toss that gum.”
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – The media has taken plenty of shots at New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan over the years but for a moment, it seemed literally like someone was taking a shot at him during a press conference.
Towards the end of Ryan's time at the podium, during which he defended quarterback Geno Smith and cornerback Dee Milliner, both high-profile rookies, Ryan began to answer a question about his team starting five players from this past April's NFL Draft. He started by saying that “I understand that we lost a lot of players or whatever,” but he couldn't finish as a hanging speaker used to amplify the microphone in the press conference room suddenly began to crackle. The loud noise sounded like machine gun fire for a brief moment (the video comes from SportsNet New York/SNY).
Ryan jokingly then ducked for cover and several members of the media in the front row also ducked down, uncertain what the sharp noise was or what exactly was happening.
From a ducked position, Ryan grinned then spoke about the machine-gun noises.
“We're on a three-game losing streak, so I understand,” Ryan said with a laugh.
- Anwar S Richardson at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
Arizona Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett is not worried about the politically correct era threatening to take over the NFL after what occurred in Miami. That is good news for players who want to have locker room fun, and bad for rookies like Tyrann Mathieu, Dockett’s teammate.
Mathieu was taking a nap recently when Dockett pulled a prank on the rookie. He poured baby powder on Mathieu’s head and posted that picture on Twitter.
— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) December 4, 2013
Of course, is this worse than when Dockett forced Mathieu to get his jersey number etched on the side of the rookie's head during training camp?
Seahawks never lose at home, but there are three NFC teams that could pull off playoff upset at SeattleAnwar S Richardson at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
There is not a single team that will admit it is afraid to play the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in the playoffs. But NFC teams should privately have plenty of anxiety.
Seattle dismantled the New Orleans Saints at home on Monday, 34-7, and the game was worse than the score indicates. Seattle is 14-0 at home over the past two seasons with Russell Wilson under center.
Seattle also reclaimed the Guinness World Recordfor the loudest recorded crowd at an outdoor sporting event on Monday. The crowd clearly affected New Orleans, and considering Seattle will likely secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, that's another benefit for this 11-1 team.
Is there any team capable of winning at Seattle in the playoffs?
Actually, there are three.
San Francisco 49ers
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
I don't get the London NFL regular-season games, and I don't like them either. They throw off the competitive balance of the season making teams give up home games, and no American fan gets any benefit out of it.
The NFL believes it will make more money by expanding abroad, but there's no reason for me to care about the league adding a couple million to the billions it already makes.
One of the reasons the London games are useless is they are like any other game. They come on at the same time as the 1 p.m. Eastern time games. The London game looks a little darker. There's nothing else special about them.
But one minor switch to the London schedule all of a sudden gives us a benefit here in the United States: A few more hours of football on a NFL Sunday.
The Oct. 26 game next year between Atlanta and Detroit will start at 1:30 p.m. in England, or 9:30 a.m. Eastern time in America. So that London game will be wrapping up about the same time as the usual early set of games is kicking off? OK, NFL, you have my attention.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Here at Shutdown Corner, we want to help. So once a week, we'll go in and examine a team coming off a bad week, bad month, maybe a bad decade (you're in luck, Cleveland), and see what fixes can be made to turn around the season. So step aside, we've got this. Next under the microscope: the San Diego Chargers.
Where they stand: 5-7, third place in the AFC West, one game out of final wild card spot
What's gone right: This could've been a great season. Six of San Diego's seven losses are by eight points or fewer, and in many of those the Chargers have been victimized late. But this isn't college football; you don't get credit for pretty losses. This is the National Football League, son, and you don't whine. Unless you're Philip Rivers, who whines about everything. Fortunately, he's also quietly rediscovered his quarterback mojo; the Chargers rank fourth in passing yardage in the NFL. Unfortunately, this is a case where gaudy stats don't quite reach the scoreboard; the Chargers are dead-center 16th in total points scored.