- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner38 mins ago
It seemed like the Joseph Randle story, in which the Dallas Cowboys running back was arrested for stealing underwear and cologne from a department store earlier this month, had passed. Then the booking video from the Frisco (Texas) Police Department provided even further embarrassment.
Randle is shown in the video, which was first shown by CBS 11 News in Dallas, joking around during his booking. He asks a female employee at the police office, "If I give you $100 , can you give me a massage ?" He is told no. Of course, he wouldn't have been in this situation he had used $100 to pay for the merchandise.
Randle doesn't seem to take anything very seriously, although he does ask if his arrest will make the news (it did, Joseph). He makes a call to his agent to help him make bond so he can make practice.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner52 mins ago
It used to be that you would have to ask Mike Ditka his opinion on something, and he'd say something pretty fierce.
Now he just writes it.
"I think everybody deserves a little bit of the blame," Ditka wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times. "But I think it starts with the fact that they are not a very good team on defense, and that creates a lot of problems for the offense.
"They consistently put the offense in a position where they have to score to win. Their defense hasn’t been able to stop anybody, that’s for sure. You can point the finger at anyone you want, but the players on the field play.
"Coaches coach — they don’t play. Owners own — they don’t coach or play. It’s foolish to blame one person."
That's inflammatory. But then Ditka brings out the big guns to flamethrow the Bears' defense, with some pretty damning historical perspective.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Sometimes even good intentions turn south in a hurry. The New York Jets' Eric Decker decided to reach out to his beleaguered, tormented fan base on Twitter and offer a bit of love ... and swag:
Unfortunately, with their team sitting at 1-7, Jets fans were in no mood for love. Some wounds are just too raw. You don't ever go to Twitter seeking honest opinion, because you just might get it:
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
Bill Parcells is the subject of a new biography, "Parcells," written by Nunyo Demasio. It's enormous, hundreds of pages of anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories that will surely keep fans of Parcells' many teams intrigued ... if only to find out what he really thinks of them.
One of the book's more intriguing sections comes toward the end, in late 2007, when Parcells was weighing offers to return to the NFL in an executive capacity. Both Miami and Atlanta were wooing him, and although Parcells had a longstanding relationship with then-Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga, Falcons owner Arthur Blank was persistent.
The book describes, in wacky sitcom-like detail, how Blank doggedly pursued Parcells, to the point of flying to Parcells' home in New York to meet with him face-to-face. But Parcells, as if holding out for a better prom date offer, strung Blank along, first by leaving his house while Blank was en route, and later by taking calls from Huizenga while Blank was in another room.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher is preparing his team to face the San Francisco 49ers this weekend. But he's not preparing for 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith.
At least, Fisher doesn't think he should have to.
Smith is serving a nine-game suspension for violations of the NFL’s policies on substance abuse and personal conduct, but there has been chatter that Smith's suspension — which is slated to end after two more games — could be reduced by a game or two because of good behavior.
Fisher believes the league needs to hurry up to make that decision if indeed Smith is going to be activated prior to Sunday's game.
“I think the league has a responsibility to inform us early enough in the week so we have a chance to game plan if that’s the case," Fisher said, per CSN Bay Area. "I would expect not to hear he would not be available for the game on Friday.”
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
As we approach another great matchup between Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, it's fun to look back on NFL Network's "Top 10" show that ranked the 10 greatest games between Brady and Manning.
It's hard to argue too much with its list. NFL Network got No. 1 right; I'd tab that as the best NFL game of the past 50 years. The rest are a fun collection of contests between arguably the top two quarterbacks of this century, and perhaps of all time.
Here's the list ...
No. 10 2004 AFC divisional playoff (video not available) The Patriots beat Manning's Colts 20-3 in a defensive slugfest. Brady had just 18 completions for 144 yards, but it was good enough to win the game.
No. 8 2013 AFC championship game (video not available) The Broncos were fantastic in a 26-16 win to advance to the Super Bowl, taking a 23-3 lead early in the fourth quarter and holding on. Manning threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns.
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- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
By now, we were supposed to be in full Johnny Manziel mode, either picking apart his mistakes or praising his incredible plays for the Cleveland Browns. Maybe both.
That hasn't happened. Brian Hoyer has mostly played very well at quarterback, the Browns are 4-3 and Manziel has played five snaps in two games this season.
It's a pretty unusual story, of a highly-anticipated player (he topped the entire NFL in jersey sales this summer) barely seeing the field even though he's healthy. It's a bit ironic that among all the highly-touted quarterbacks it's Manziel who is sitting as a rookie, considering he was the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
The story of how Paul Kitterman disappeared at halftimeof last Thursday's Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers game was strange, but at least he's safe. But the story behind what happened after his disappearance is even stranger than the disappearance itself.
Kitterman was found safe on Tuesday night in the parking lot of a Salvation Army in Pueblo, which is 112 miles south of Sports Authority Field, where Kitterman was last seen by his family at the Broncos' game. His disappearance made national news, but he didn't know because he said he hadn't watched television in several days and wasn't aware people were looking for him,the Associated Press reported. Kitterman said he didn't want to watch any more football so he walked and hitchhiked his way to Pueblo, which is south of Denver. Kitterman is from Kremmling, which is northwest of Denver.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
The Dallas Cowboys have hit the first speedbump in what until now has been a magical season. The overtime loss on Monday night to the Washington Redskins hurt in the standings, but the real pain could resonate for the rest of the year: the injury to quarterback Tony Romo's back.
Romo exited the game after taking a sharp hit to the back, though X-rays proved negative and Romo returned in what was ultimately a losing effort. Romo had undergone surgery for a herniated disc over the summer; the Monday night injury was a contusion that team doctors said was unrelated to the surgery.
The Cowboys face Arizona on Sunday in a surprisingly critical matchup for supremacy of the NFC. Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jonesindicated on a recent radio interviewthat the decision of whether to play rests with Romo himself.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
It's easy to rage about how the NFL's negative headlines are going to have a serious impact on the league, but that's just hot air that passes the time between games.
The league is doing fine, even after a ton of talk has centered on domestic violence and concussions recently. The one key area in which you'd see a dip is television ratings. The MMQB's Richard Deitsch examined the NFL's ratings and found that as a whole, they're as strong as ever.
Ratings for "Thursday Night Football," with the CBS bump, are way up. "Monday Night Football" ratings are up. Numbers for Fox and CBS are down, but slightly. Check out his whole column for the breakdown. There's some good insight into the mechanics of NFL ratings.