- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner10 mins ago
No matter what Peyton Manning decides to do — retire or keep playing — he's already reached a certain level of respect from his peers — and that happened well before his second Super Bowl title.
In fact, for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, the first seeds of that respect for Manning started when he was in 10th grade at Manning's passing camp in Louisiana. That's where Wilson, he wrote in a letter to Manning at The Players Tribune, first learned to respect football and felt the burning desire to be great.
If this is it, there’s one moment I won’t forget.
10th grade. Louisiana. At your quarterback camp.
You inspired the kid in the green shirt.
You inspired me to work hard. To be disciplined. To be respectful. To take notes.
You inspired me to love the process. To love the sweat. To love the tears.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
According to two reports out of Philadelphia, Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy and former NFL back Curtis Brinkley are being investigated after an incident with off-duty police officers.
CSNPhiily.com, which got a look at the police report, says McCoy and Brinkley were at Recess Lounge at around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday when they got into an altercation with three off-duty officers that began "over the purchase of champagne." Brinkley grabbed the bottle, setting things off between the men.
A law enforcement official told CSNPhilly.com that two of the officers suffered broken ribs; television station WPVI reported those men had to be hospitalized for their injuries.
Neither McCoy nor Brinkley were arrested, but both men are being investigated.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Denver Broncos defensive coordaintor Wade Phillips' Twitter feed has seen him take a few good-natured jabs this season, mostly at opponents; hey, if you went from unemployed to coach of one of the most dominant defenses in recent NFL history, you might be inclined to a little gloating too.
On Monday morning, after Phillips and the Broncos' defense battered Carolina Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton in Super Bowl 50, the coach had one last jab, this one intended for Newton:
A little Dab with do you but too much Dab will undo you!
Phillips has a little error in the tweet - it should read "a little Dab will do you", a nod to the classic Brylcreem hair cream slogan from the 1950s - but he certainly made his point.Sun, Feb 7Carolina10 - 24DenverGame Recap
- Jay Busbee and Kevin Kaduk at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
Ah, Super Bowl Sunday: An ad extravaganza punctuated by brief forays into actual football. Since this year's game was kind of a dud, we were OK with that. As we did the last few years (you can find 2014 here, and 2015 here), we graded the best and worst of this year's Super Bowl ads.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
The Carolina Panthers talked plenty before the game. The Denver Broncos got the last word.
And T.J. Ward, one of the hardest-hitting safeties in the NFL, saved his biggest blow for the postgame media session.
Via USA Today's Lindsey Jones, Ward said that the Panthers were too concerned about fame and not enough about football.
“We don’t have to say nothing," Ward said. "We let them do all the talking. We let our pads talk. We talk with our helmets and our shoulder pads. They could do all the media talking, you know what I’m talking about? We’re not about that flashy stuff. We’re about that grind, putting in that work. Grind it. Work. That’s how you get the ‘ship."
Then Ward laid the hammerblow.
"They want to be famous. We want to be champions," Ward said. "They want to be rappers and backup dancers. We want to play football.”
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Has it sunk in yet for you that Sunday night featured the last real NFL game until September?
You can have your preseason, the methadone of football. We like the real deal. Which is why we already are thinking about next season’s opener.
It has become traditional for the defending champions to host the Thursday night Week 1 opener in their building, and we have no reason to think that the Denver Broncos — fresh off their Super Bowl 50 title — won’t be afforded that privilege.
Because we already know their home opponents, it’s easy to start thinking who they might face in that game. We have some pretty obvious possibilities.
First, the process of elimination. The Broncos face four teams — the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons — with absolutely zero shot of earning that opening slot. The Kansas City Chiefs are a good team that gave the Broncos fits at times this season, and they in theory have a whisper of a chance, but we think there are three more clear-cut choices.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
Talk all you want about the over-privileged athlete. Spend Monday debating Cam Newton’s performance, during and after the game — we know you will. Laugh, as is your prerogative, at Aqib Talib’s postgame tumble.
That’s all fine and good as it related to Super Bowl 50. But for one player in particular, this game meant a little something more.
Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis is a man who knows pain and who spits in its face, having come back from three brutal ACL tears in his career and remaining an elite defender. He played this game with at least a dozen staples in his arm, sewing up the surgery to repair his broken arm suffered two weeks prior.
But now we’ve seen just what that arm looks like. A warning: It’s not for the squeamish.
Davis’ arm looked like the football the teams played the game with. The cross-stitched pattern in his forearm showed just how fresh the sutures were as Davis played all 60 snaps on defense for the Panthers and ranked second on the team in tackles with seven, one for a loss.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — While many took to social media to blast Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton after Newton's short and agitated media conference following Super Bowl 50, former NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski took it too far.
The word "boy" has negative racial connotations when used toward a black man. Romanowski, who is white, had a history of racially related controversy when he played. He spit in San Francisco 49ers receiver J.J. Stokes face in 1997. Stokes is black. That incident was a hot-button racial issue within the Broncos locker room. Romanowski said he did not spit on Stokes because he is black.
Sports Illustrated claimed in 2000 that Romanowski used racist remarks, including the n-word, something Romanowski emphatically denied.
And now this.
Romanowski tried to explain himself after the initial tweet about Newton, which was deleted.
Calm down everyone! I meant he needs to grow up!
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Peyton Manning got up in front of the Denver Broncos on Saturday night, on the eve of Super Bowl 50. He said his goodbyes.
He didn’t explicitly say he was retiring. But he probably didn’t need to.
He made some jokes as he spoke, because that’s who Manning is, and Manning said he needed to crack jokes so he could hold it together. He joked that he thought Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, Chris Harris and Aqib Talib would all win a share of the Super Bowl 50 MVP, because he wanted to see them all share the car given to the winner.
Then he talked about the ups and the downs of the season, for him and the team. The 39-year-old had his worst season, by far, and missed seven starts due to injury. He talked to the team about praying, and believing. He started thanking everyone. Players. Coaches. Even the video staff, trainers, and the rest of the support staff. Manning said he thanked everyone for just letting him be a part of the journey. He was emotional.
The rest of the Broncos players started looking around the room and noticed that many others were in tears.
“It was a pretty emotional deal, I got emotional as well,” guard Louis Vasquez said.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
Moments after the Super Bowl ended, Cam Newton suffered through a disastrous press conference of his own making, keeping every answer short and not sticking around very long. That didn't sit very well with some NFL elders discussing the issue on NFL Network afterward.
"You are the face of our brand right now, you can't do that," Deion Sanders said after the game. "I understand the emotions of losing, but you can't do that. A Manning, a Brady ... all these guys who are a prototypical type of quarterback in our game, they're not going to do that ever. Would Drew Brees ever?"
"You're opening yourself for more criticism," he said. Because everybody is going to say you're dabbing and smiling and smiling and styling. So this is how you go out when you lose?"
Marshall Faulk, who knows the pain of losing a Super Bowl, tried to put Newton's sour attitude in perspective and staged a nice debate with Sanders that made for good television.