- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Tom Brady has said almost nothing publicly since Ted Wells' deflate-gate report was released, unless you count his words from an NFL appeal transcript.
Late Friday night, Brady finally broke his silence with a statement on his Facebook page. In it, he doesn't go into any details of the case (though, that was documented extensively in the appeal transcript) but he says he's sorry the entire ordeal happened, and says everyone involved "lost" to a large degree:
"The regular season starts tomorrow morning and I can’t wait to fully commit my energy and emotion to focus on the challenges of the 2015 NFL season. I want to thank my family, my friends, all of the fans, past and current players and my teammates for the support they have given me throughout this challenging experience.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
One question, as we pondered if quarterback Tim Tebow would make the Philadelphia Eagles, was how he would make the team being stuck behind No. 3 quarterback Matt Barkley?
That hurdle has been cleared. Barkley has been traded for a late-round conditional pick to the Arizona Cardinals. Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported that news first.
Now the question is if Tebow will make it as the third quarterback, or the Eagles will go with two (or acquire another quarterback, perhaps). But the Barkley trade certainly has to be viewed as good news for Tebow's chances.
Tebow has played well at times this preseason and finished well in the fourth preseason game against the New York Jets. It has been speculated that he could be a two-point conversion specialist, and Eagles coach Chip Kelly used him in that role early in the third preseason game.Thu, Sep 3Philadelphia18 - 24NY JetsGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
With the preseason over, each team needs to cut down to 53 players by Saturday afternoon, but many teams started the process Friday.
Among the notable names who were reportedly cut on Friday include San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Darnell Dockett, Buffalo Bills pass rusher IK Enemkpali, New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford, Houston Texans defensive tackle Louis Nix, Philadelphia Eagles guard John Moffitt and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Da'Quan Bowers and kicker Connor Barth.
Dockett is a three-time Pro Bowler who never missed a game his first 10 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. Then he missed 2014 with a knee injury, signed with the 49ers but couldn't crack the roster according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.Thu, Sep 3Tampa Bay22 - 17MiamiGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
In the wake of the NFL's big loss in court to Tom Brady, some NFL owners might be open to a change in commissioner Roger Goodell's role in handling player discipline.
According to the Washington Post, one NFL owner said that “there will certainly be discussion" about whether Goodell should retain final say on disciplinary matters, or if some of his power could be reduced, but added that he's "not sure where [that discussion] will lead."
Keeping the status quo could lead the NFL back to court in other cases, with players and the NFLPA emboldened by Thursday's ruling in favor of Brady. Keeping these matters out of court, it would appear based on the league's recent record in cases against the union, might be the best way for the NFL to save face and avoid massive public defeats.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
What a week to be a Washington Redskins fan! You've got the onetime-franchise-savior-turned-benched-QB disrespecting the owner on Instagram! You've got the wife of the general manager making lurid allegations on Twitter! And now, you've got yet another social media misfire!
Like many other teams, the Redskins have been counting down the days until kickoff with the uniform numbers of their team members. Well, we've reached the 10-day countdown point, and yet, look what happened:
Redskins countdown to kickoff hit a snag when it reached 10 days pic.twitter.com/UiDswQgE8c
That's tackle Trent Williams, Number 71 in your program and Number 10 on your countdown. But wait! The Redskins have a number 10! Why didn't they use -
Oh. Right. That guy.Thu, Sep 3Jacksonville17 - 16WashingtonGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
Rivalries have a way of making people say bold things. Even the decidedly un-bold Mike McCarthy.
At the Green Bay Packers' annual Welcome Back Luncheon this week, McCarthy — who is not Rex Ryan, mind you, by any stretch of the imagination — went way out of character when setting up the 2015 season. Check out what he said at the end of this clip about his Week 1 opponent, the Chicago Bears.
Hey, that's fun. We like this. If you know McCarthy and his reputation for sleepy press conference, and you hear him somewhat stumble through the first part of the above clip, it's fairly shocking to hear him drop that smack talk — even against the hated Bears.Thu, Sep 3New Orleans10 - 38Green BayGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
Despite angry teleconferences in which he argued vehemently otherwise, as deflate-gate went on it became clear that Ted Wells was far from the independent investigator the NFL wanted everyone to believe he was.
This wasn't Wells' first project with the NFL, and Tom Brady wasn't the first NFL person to feel wronged by one of his reports.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Dave Hyde wrote a column that is particularly intriguing after Brady saw his four-game suspension overturned in federal court. F ormer Dolphins trainer Kevin O'Neill was fired in the wake of the Wells report on the bullying scandal in the locker room that involved Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito. He says it's because he refused to answer questions about players' medical histories after being asked to illegally turn over their records.
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
As we learned from Kent Babb's profile of Roger Goodell on Thursday, there has reportedly been "universal support" from NFL owners for the commissioner — including New England Patriots czar Robert Kraft — despite the league's bungling of deflate-gate. But the shield might be starting to crack.
In an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank suggested it might be time to reconsider the amount of power given to Goodell in the collective bargaining agreement.Thu, Sep 3Baltimore19 - 20AtlantaGame Recap
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
Three fans were injured when a bolt fell from the ceiling of Indianapolis's Lucas Oil Stadium during Thursday night's preseason game between the Colts and the Cincinnati Bengals.
Just before halftime, the stadium's opening roof sheared off a bolt, described by fans as about the size of half a roll of quarters. The bolt fell into the stadium's Section 248 and ricocheted around the fans in the area.
Two people, one female and one male, were taken to a nearby hospital for observation. A third fan was treated at the stadium. None of the injuries were life-threatening, per stadium officials on the scene.Thu, Sep 3Cincinnati9 - 6IndianapolisGame Recap
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner15 hrs ago
While it's an exercise in futility now, the New England Patriots apparently had big plans for Thursday's opening night festivities had quarterback Tom Brady remained suspended by the NFL for Week 1.
Rather than unveil a fourth Super Bowl banner in the absence of the face of their franchise, the Patriots were prepared to raise a Brady banner in Gillette Stadium prior to their home opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, team president Jonathan Kraft told Boston's 98.5 The Sports Hub on Thursday.Thu, Sep 3NY Giants12 - 9New EnglandGame Recap