- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne is showing all the telltale signs of being a top-10 draft bust.
First, the former sixth overall pick of the draft has struggled on the field. Then when he was informed that his bad play couldn't be tolerated anymore, he reportedly made things much worse for himself.
Claiborne was informed he was benched for Orlando Scandrick on Tuesday, a couple days after struggling (again) against the Rams. ESPN.com said at that point he stormed out of the facility, skipping out on the team's walk-through practice. The Cowboys could fine Claiborne for missing practice.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's piping-hot episode, we have: • A breakdown of all of Week 3's games, including our surprise team of the week and our assessment of who's the best in the NFL right now • Lightning round with Schwab, who takes all our ridiculous NFL-related questions in stride • Discussion about kiddie football, angry-parent horror stories, and plans to break down film on Busbee's kiddie team All this and more as part of the Shutdown Corner Podcast. Listen below, and while you're listening ... Subscribe via iTunes right here. Non-iTunes subscription link here. Leave us a nice review here.
- Greg Cosell at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
There were a lot of great plays in the Seattle Seahawks' great overtime win against the Denver Broncos, and it was interesting to break down the coaching tape of this game.
So let’s get right to looking in depth at the contest:
Russell Wilson's TD to Ricardo Lockette
Russell Wilson’s 39-yard touchdown pass to Ricardo Lockette was a great throw, obviously, but a subtle move the QB made was key to the play.
With cornerback Aqib Talib looking in the backfield, Wilson had a slight shoulder roll that froze Talib for just a beat. That allowed Lockette to get on top of Talib.
That’s an example of Wilson’s poise, composure, awareness and understanding. If he doesn’t do that slight shoulder roll. Talib doesn’t pause. And the throw was there by a foot, not 5 yards. Sometimes in the NFL, a foot means a lot.
Wes Welker's crossing routesSun, Sep 21Denver20 - 26SeattleGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
Tom Brady, social-media All Pro?
But Brady's latest effort, which required some technical know-how, is absolutely priceless.
You might have noticed Sunday that noted Patriots fan Mark Wahlberg, who was a guest of team owner Robert Kraft, accidentally shafted Kraft on a high-five attempt.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
The whole "What did Colin Kaepernick say to get an inappropriate language penalty?" story probably would have died right away if Kaepernick had come clean.
Kaepernick said he didn't say anything to cause the 15-yard inappropriate language penalty two weeks ago against Chicago, which was a ridiculous claim and added unnecessary intrigue. Then the official who called the penalty, likely wanting to clear his own name, said the 49ers quarterback "knows what he said." Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported, citing an unnamed official, that Kaepernick said the N-word (which was the logical guess anyway), and then Kaepernick said he said something to Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston on the play, but it was nothing "racially derogatory."
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner11 hrs ago
In yet another odd plot twist following the death of former NFL kicker Rob Bironas, two students at Belmont University in Nashville say that Bironas threatened to kill them and crash his SUV into their truck just minutes before he died in a one-car crash, per the Tennessean.
This comes after a woman's frantic 911 call indicates that Bironas, 36, tried to run her and her husband off the road.
Connor Fraley, the 20-year-old Belmont student who was a a passenger in a pickup truck, said that the former Tennessee Titans kicker tried to hit him and the driver during a high-speed chase after Bironas threatened them minutes before. The interaction happened after Fraley and the driver noticed a burning smell coming from Bironas' white SUV.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne made a game-clinching interception on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, but only after he was torched for several catches and two touchdown grabs by receivers he was assigned to cover.
This kind of performance for Claiborne has been the norm since the team traded up to make him the No. 6 pick in the 2012 draft. Cowboys owner and pick-maker Jerry Jones admitted on his radio show on KRLD-FM (via the Ft. Worth Star Telegram) that Claiborne has yet to live up to that rich billing.
“Is he what we had hoped for at this point when we drafted him with the sixth overall pick, giving up the [second-round] pick to go up to the sixth pick to get him? No,” Jones said. “But he’s going to be a good player.”Sun, Sep 21Dallas34 - 31St. LouisGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
Amid a rash of injuries on the defensive side of the ball, the Pittsburgh Steelers have called on an old friend for help.
James Harrison, who announced he was retiring last month after a workout with the Arizona Cardinals, has announced that he'll return to the Steelers, for whom he played from 2002 to 2012.
The Steelers also made the announcement official on Twitter.
And for good measure, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin got in a selfie with Harrison — and give his once and current player a little jab.
Deebo is back. There goes the neighborhood. pic.twitter.com/Ftnch8SUYySun, Sep 21Pittsburgh37 - 19CarolinaGame Recap
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner14 hrs ago
Many people have Brandon Marshall on their fantasy teams. Brandon Marshall was limited by an injured ankle in Monday night's game, catching only one pass for six yards. Many people took to Twitter to complain to Marshall, during the game, that he needed to get his act in gear and score them some points.
Only problem: they were screaming at the wrong Brandon Marshall. And this Brandon Marshall had no problem giving grief right back to the fans.
Yes, there are two Brandon Marshalls, one who plays wide receiver for the Bears, and another who plays linebacker for the Broncos. Bear Marshall is one of the NFL's top receivers, a multi-time Pro Bowler who ranked high in most fantasy drafts. Bronco Marshall is a bit less heralded, a linebacker who's played only a handful of games for the Broncos and Jaguars, though he's coming off a 12-tackle performance Sunday.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
We're down to three undefeated teams after just three weeks. And the three undefeateds are far from flawless.
The Bengals are the best of the group. Their offense has been diverse, especially with quarterback Andy Dalton playing well and running back Giovani Bernard emerging as a star. They're an impressive 3-0, yet you're forgiven if you have some reservations about buying in. You remember the playoffs the last three years.
Then there are the Cardinals and Eagles.
The Cardinals have a great coaching staff led by Bruce Arians. That's the best way to explain them overcoming their massive defensive personnel losses and winning despite having to go with Drew Stanton at quarterback. Their schemes on both sides are covering up some issues. It's hard to imagine the Cardinals being a Super Bowl contender with Stanton at quarterback (or with Carson Palmer at quarterback), but 3-0 is a great start nonetheless.