- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner55 mins ago
PHOENIX – This is the kind of season it has been for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell: In his pre-Super Bowl press conference, he was asked if there were any scenario in which he could envision resigning or being fired.
"No I can’t," Goodell said, with some laughter rising from the media over his flat answer. "Does that surprise you?"
But we know the issues. Ray Rice. Adrian Peterson, Deflate-gate. Fights with the NFLPA over a reworked conduct policy. And so forth. That's why Goodell's annual press conference came in front of a packed room.
It's no surprise that it has been a stressful time.
"Listen, it has been a tough year," Goodell continued with his answer. "It has been a tough year on me personally. It’s been a year of humility and learning. We as an organization have gone through adversity, and it has been adversity for me. We take that seriously. It’s an opportunity to get better, it’s been a year of soul searching, starting with yours truly. And we have taken action."
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
PHOENIX – Whatever happens, Peyton Manning isn't going to turn his possible retirement story into something that drags out for a long time.
For one, it can't. In early March his 2015 salary of $19 million becomes guaranteed. The Broncos need an answer before then.
Manning said he will let them know soon. But he doesn't know now. He was honored as the Bart Starr Award recipient and New York Newsday's Bob Glauber tweeted his comments.
"I’m not interested in making this a lingering thing," Manning said. "I’d like to make a decision soon."
There are some moving parts and Manning addressed many of them, via Glauber. He said he thinks he'll pass his annual physical in March. That's always a bit of a question because of his history with neck surgeries.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
PHOENIX — Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said the decision will be up to cornerback Richard Sherman, whose girlfriend is expecting the birth of their baby boy any day now, whether or not he plays in Super Bowl XLIX.
"Whenever our players have a personal or family issue that comes up, it's always about family first and they have to decide what's best for them, and I support that," Carroll said in a joint press conference on Friday with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. "We will support that decision."
Sherman appeared confident that his girlfriend, who is in town currently, will not deliver on Super Sunday, thus making for a difficult decision. He said Thursday that his son will be a “disciplined young man” and wait for his father to play the Patriots.Sun, Feb 13:30 PM PSTNew England at SeattlePreview Game
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
This is just genius. Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski playing Mortal Kombat X with Conan O'Brien. Absolutely nothing can prepare you for this one, but we guarantee this is the best video you're going to watch today. Spend the 12 minutes necessary to watch it. You won't regret it. (Warning for video game violence and some salty late-night-broadcast TV language.)
"Let's be chicks!" "Lick the gun!" "I'm your [censored], Marshawn." "Use your bumblebees, Gronk!" "Fallback game gotta be strong." You're going to have one-liners for weeks on this one.
And keep up with Jay over on Facebook, too.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
Joe Montana. Tom Brady. Both among the best ever at their position. But only one can be the best Super Bowl quarterback ever. Here, we lay out the case for both, and we want you to have your say as well.
Yahoo Sports' Kevin Kaduk (@kevinkaduk) and Jay Busbee (@jaybusbee) kick around the Brady-vs.-Montana debate right here, and you can join in. This is the latest of our many Super Bowl Arguments videos, and you're invited to the party. Offer up your thoughts in the comments below and on Twitter at #SBarguments. Your words might end up on a future episode. Get to arguing!
Check out our previous Super Bowl week arguments here:
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
Welcome to the latest Shutdown Corner podcast! On today's please-let-the-Super-Bowl-get-here episode, we have a smorgasbord of football-related topics to discuss. We welcome in Shutdown Corner's Eric Edholm, and we cover every topic under the sun, from the game itself (we're split right down the middle on who will win) to the best matchup to the legacies of Tom Brady and Russell Wilson to, well, Katy Perry and halftime shows. Settle in, you'll have a good time. Listen up, and while you're listening ...
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner19 hrs ago
PHOENIX – Speak to a handful of NFL fans long enough, and eventually one will bemoan the lost art of tackling, and specifically the lack of proper tackling fundamentals in the pro game.
Tackling in the NFL is insanely hard. You try bringing down LeSean McCoy or Jamaal Charles in the open field. But the Seattle Seahawks have seemingly figured it out.
It’s a topic that coach Pete Carroll takes very seriously. This past summer he put out an instructional video "Hawk Tackling" on the fundamentals of tackling. The Seahawks have used various other sports to learn techniques, like baseball and steer wrestling. They’ve taken a big cue from rugby. Carroll’s main message is for players to not use their head in tackling, using the shoulder instead.
Maybe it’s a coincidence that the Seahawks preach tackling fundamentals constantly and also have been the best defense in the league by a mile each of the last two years. But there’s likely some correlation.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
PHOENIX – Jon Ryan started working on being a punter at 7 years old. He became really good at it too.
Ryan is good enough that he is the punter for the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. He has been one of the better punters in the NFL for his nine seasons.
And now he’s known mostly for the one pass he has attempted in his pro career.
Ryan threw a 19-yard fake field goal touchdown to offensive lineman Garry Gilliam in Seattle’s NFC championship game win. A television station from Seattle excitedly approached him this week, and most of the questions weren’t about his punting technique.
“It’s so funny,” Ryan said. “For 26 years of my life I’ve been punting footballs and working my butt off to become a good punter. Now all I’m known for is throwing a football. At the same time, it’s a lot of fun.”
We love trick plays. Give us a hook-and-ladder or flea flicker or Statue of Liberty play and we’re set. When you think of Boise State, you probably first think of either blue turf or the myriad of trick plays they used to win the Fiesta Bowl in 2007.
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
In an open letter to his most vocal doubters, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon addressed his alleged sixth violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, which could cost him the entire 2015 season.
Responding on Medium.com to, among others, ESPN personalities Stephen A. Smith and Cris Carter as well as NBA on TNT's Charles Barkley — who respectively said, "I harbor no sympathy for him whatsoever," "my concern is his well being," and "Gordon is going to die if he keeps going on this road" — the 2013 All-Pro dismissed those who cast aspersions, if only because they do not know him.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
CHANDLER, Ariz. — The understudy is being asked to step up into a leading role this week.
Backup quarterback JImmy Garoppolo has been spending his entire rookie season learning the New England Patriots' complex offense and trying to match the brilliance and knowledge of starter Tom Brady. But he also has a second job during the season: acting as the scout-team quarterback for the Patriots' defense, giving it the looks needed during the week of preparation leading up to games.
His assignment in Super Bowl XLIX might be his toughest acting job yet. Yes, Garoppolo has been asked to play the role of Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Joe Flacco, Andrew Luck, and others — 18 weeks worth, and many of them daunting tasks, each with a different skill set.