- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner21 mins ago
Once again, the cover up is worse than the crime.
The Cleveland Browns benched Johnny Manziel after a video of him partying over the bye week surfaced, a move most people understood but was confusing to some. How could the Browns bench him for partying over the bye week, something many of their other players certainly did too?
Mike Pettine explained that in part on Wednesday (basically, they expect more out of the quarterback) but apparently left out a pretty big detail: Manziel lied to the team about the video, and apparently wanted others to lie about it too.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner24 mins ago
It's a Thanksgiving tradition on the East Coast that high school football teams face off against their rival, families and alumni gathering before sitting down to their holiday feast.
Growing up in Annapolis, Md., a young Bill Belichick played for the Annapolis High School team, annually playing Severna Park High.
During a conference call with reporters on Thursday morning, the New England Patriots coach took a few moments to not only thank the team's beat writers for the work they do as a conduit to the team's fans (he really did!), but also to reminisce on the rivalry of his youth and the influence high school coaches can have on their players.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Mark Sanchez will always be honored as the author of the Butt Fumble, the first-line-obit play of dubious note from 2012 against the New England Patriots. And deservedly so.
But this Thanksgiving, he'll have the chance to add a new chapter to his legacy. Maybe. It's going to take something pretty special to knock his famous play with the New York Jets off the top shelf of his mantle.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Albert Breer, Sanchez will start for the Philadelphia Eagles against the Detroit Lions over Sam Bradford, who is still coming off a pair of injuries.LivePhiladelphia7 - 7DetroitFollow Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner11 hrs ago
People are discussing this season's NFL MVP race as if it's very close, but I don't see it that way. Not yet at least.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady should be running away with the award. And before you start, no, I don't hate Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (in fact, I've been bashing the unnecessary criticism of him for years, way before it became cool).Thu, Nov 261:30 PM PSTCarolina at DallasPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
Ryan Fitzpatrick really has this "Movember" thing all mixed up.
With men everywhere using "No-Shave November" as an excuse to not shave to bring awareness to prostate cancer, Fitzpatrick has gone the other way. With the New York Jets struggling, the quarterback has trimmed the most glorious beard in football.
Fitz on the beard decision: "Just seemed like it was time to switch up the mojo a little bit." pic.twitter.com/ytBuaRkeLUSun, Nov 2910:00 AM PSTMiami at NY JetsPreview Game
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner21 hrs ago
We're going to switch things up on the projections this week and take a look at the glut of teams in the middle class of the NFL that still could find their way into the playoffs.
It's stunning how much parity there is outside the bottom few and the top handful of teams.
There are no more byes left on the schedule, so everyone has the same number of games left. But the schedules the teams still in contention must play are far different.
Let's assume, for arugment's sake, that the AFC East, AFC West, NFC South and NFC West divisions are wrapped up — even though they aren't really. But all four of those division leaders have three-game (or more) cushions they should be able to hold onto.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
The family of NFL Hall of Famer and longtime broadcaster Frank Gifford revealed on Wednesday that Gifford's brain showed he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
The legendary New York Giants running back/flanker died of natural causes in August at age 84.
Gifford's family released the following statement:
"After losing our beloved husband and father, Frank Gifford, we as a family made the difficult decision to have his brain studied in hopes of contributing to the advancement of medical research concerning the link between football and traumatic brain injury.
"While Frank passed away from natural causes this past August at the age of 84, our suspicions that he was suffering from the debilitating effects of head trauma were confirmed when a team of pathologists recently diagnosed his condition as that of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)—a progressive degenerative brain disease.Sun, Nov 2910:00 AM PSTNY Giants at WashingtonPreview Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner22 hrs ago
Tuesday seemed like the end of Johnny Manziel's chances with the Cleveland Browns.
After being named the starting quarterback for the rest of the season, and having discussions with the staff about what he needed to do on the bye week, video of Manziel partying was leaked. And Manziel was benched, all the way down to third string. It had to be tremendously frustrating for the Browns.
But if it appeared Manziel had reached the end of the line in Cleveland, Browns coach Mike Pettine insisted it was not. He was asked if Manziel had played his last game with the Browns.
"I certainly hope not," Pettine said in his Wednesday news conference. "He’s made great progress and there’s no better proof than last Sunday at Pittsburgh. But sometimes you have to take a step back to take a few forward.
"We told him yesterday, this is not a dead end. It’s a hurdle."
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
The NFL announced the dates for its three International Series games that will be played in the United Kingdom next season, and also announced five of the six teams who will head to London:
• Oct. 2, the Jacksonville Jaguars will host the Indianapolis Colts at Wembley Stadium.
• Oct. 23, the St. Louis Rams will host an NFC East team at Twickenham Stadium.
• Oct. 30, the Cincinnati Bengals will host the Washington Redskins at Wembley Stadium.
The Rams will host whichever team finishes in the same spot in the NFC as they do in the NFC West, making it possible for Washington to become the first team to play in London in back-to-back weeks.
This will be the fourth straight year the Jaguars play a "home" game in the U.K., though next year will mark the first time they face a divisional opponent; it will be the Colts' first time playing overseas. It will also be the first U.K. game for Cincinnati and the first regular-season game overseas for Washington, which played a preseason contest in London in 1992.Sun, Nov 2910:00 AM PSTSt. Louis at CincinnatiPreview Game
Steelers' William Gay suggests NFL give players one week to advocate their cause without consequenceShalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner23 hrs ago
There has been a lot of talk this season about NFL players being fined by the league for sending a message, be it through their eye black or choice of cleats.
One of those players, Pittsburgh's William Gay, penned a column for The MMQB detailing why he happily paid the fine for wearing purple cleats for domestic violence awareness, and brings up an important thought: NFL players have the platform, so why can't they use it?
We’ve talked about this a lot in the locker room... So many of us feel like there has to be a solution; a way for the league to work with us for trying to promote good things, rather than punish us. Ben Roethlisberger came up with the idea to allow each team to have one cause that affects the community that we play in and have each player be able to represent that. Another idea, and one I feel strongly about, is to allow every player in the league one amnesty week—one game during which they can support their cause through a shoe color or eye-black and not have any consequences. Where is the harm in that?