- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
Like Seattle's Richard Sherman, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson took to Twitter to announce his new contract, giving everyone the terms of the deal.
And why wouldn't he want to share those contract details, considering they are astounding:
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
Fun week for Drew Brees.
First, he said he wants to play until he's 45 — that's 10 more years, if you're doing the math at home.
Then he was randomly drug tested (twice!) by the NFL, which he got a good kick out of.
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And perhaps just to prove that he's not on anything — anything recreational, anyway — Brees decided to throw a football at a frisbee.
Well, we're convinced.
Hey, no one likes a showoff, but this is pretty cool.
Can you do this?
The answer is probably the same for the question of whether you can play until you're 45.
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- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
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Perhaps there's room for a cowboy hat on the vintage Raiders logo.
Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis, upset with the stadium situation, met with San Antonio officials about possibly relocating his team, the San Antonio Express-News reported Tuesday. The Express-News said Davis met with former San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros, then-mayor Julián Castro, city manager Sheryl Sculley, Mario Hernandez of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, and Richard Perez and David McGee, the president and chairman of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, respectively, on the weekend of July 18.
The meeting was confirmed when Sculley issued a memo to the city council after the Express-News story broke, describing it as " preliminary due diligence" after Davis expressed interest in a "possible relocation of his NFL team to San Antonio."
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
Hate Cowboys fans? Hate Steelers fans? (Come on. You've got to hate at least one of them.) Well, now you've got yet another reason to hate them: they're better than your team,judging by some new social and analytical metrics.
The Sports Marketing Analytics project at Emory University tracks a variety of statistical measures to track fan loyalty. The project, the product of professors Mike Lewis and Manish Tripathi, has determined that the fan bases of Dallas and Pittsburgh rank at the top of two important statistical categories.
Dallas leads the way in "Fan Equity," a metric designed to track just how much a fanbase supports its team financially. The ranking is an average of the last three years, but even so, Dallas has led in this category for five years. Rounding out the top five are the fan bases of the Patriots, Jets, Giants, and Colts.
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
ESPN has suspended Stephen A. Smith from its TV and radio airwaves for a week following his controversial comments about Baltimore running back Ray Rice's wife, according to Sports Illustrated.
From ESPN PR: “ESPN announced today that Stephen A. Smith will not appear on First Take or ESPN Radio for the next week."
The NFL's two-game suspension of Rice was already a hotly debated topic and Smith threw gasoline on the fire, suggesting on "First Take" that Rice's then- fiancée Janay Palmer could have done something to prevent last year's alleged domestic violence incident in an Atlantic City elevator.
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
In only his fifth time back on a football field since being cleared to return from last year's season-ending spinal fusion surgery, Giants running back David Wilson's career may be in jeopardy once again.
The 23-year-old Virginia Tech product and 2012 first-round draft pick suffered another injury to the neck area during Tuesday's padded practice, according to The Star-Ledger and other media present at training camp in East Rutherford, N.J. A member of the training staff assisted Wilson off the field.
The degree of Wilson's injury is unknown, but most reports include words like "stinger" and "burner" — code for nerve damage resulting from neck and shoulder trauma. These are the same terms that ultimately necessitated the fusion of vertebrae in his neck following a hit against the Eagles last October.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 gets inducted on Saturday. Shutdown Corner will profile the seven new Hall of Famers this week, looking at each of their careers and their impact on the game.
Derrick Brooks Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1995-2008 Linebacker
By the time it happened, the game was almost out of reach. But Brooks' 44-yard interception return for a touchdown in the final minutes of Super Bowl XXXVII put an exclamation point on one of the most dominant defensive performances in championship history and sealed the franchise's first and only Super Bowl title.
Brooks was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in that 2002 regular season, leading the team with 173 tackles, and adding a career-high five interceptions (three of which were returned for scores), 15 passes defensed, one fumble recovery and one sack. He was a major contributor in the Bucs’ victory in Super Bowl XXXVII where he had three tackles, one pass defensed and one interception returned for a score against the Oakland Raiders.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner16 hrs ago
Shutdown Corner is previewing all 32 teams as we get ready for the NFL season, counting down the teams one per day in reverse order or our initial 2014 power rankings. No. 1 will be revealed on Aug. 2, the day before the preseason begins with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton.
We found out last season how valuable a great coach is in the NFL.
Here are the Saints' win totals the past five years: 13, 11, 13, 7, 11. The one poor season in that run came when Sean Payton was suspended for a year.
It's easy to point to Payton as the only variable, but the Saints also got a huge boost when Rob Ryan was free to become their defensive coordinator. The Cowboys fired Ryan so they could hire Monte Kiffin (man, how depressing is that sentence for Cowboys fans?) and Ryan had an immediate impact. Without any massive change in personnel, aside from rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro, New Orleans improved from 32nd in total defense in 2012 to fourth last year.
Great coaching isn't just reserved for head coaches.
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner17 hrs ago
Tim Tebow has a job. It's just not in the NFL.
As Tebow prepares for his first season in front of a camera on the new SEC Network, his former college coach would rather see him reading defenses in the NFL than television prompters at ESPN.
"I still don't get that part of it," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said of Tebow's inability to hold down an NFL job from Big Ten Media Days. "He's the second-most efficient passer ever to play college football."
Meyer and the former Heisman Trophy winner, of course, teamed up to win a pair of national titles at Florida. Indeed, Tebow concluded his four-year college career with the NCAA's No. 2 all-time passer efficiency rating (170.79) — trailing only current Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (175.62).
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
A simple rule in life: If you urinate on someone's grave and post a video of it to YouTube to impress others, there will be consequences. Like catching a misdemeanor charge for it.
An unidentified fan is seen on a YouTube video, posted under the username " BrownsFan4Life, " at Druid Ridge Cemetery in Baltimore. He is supposedly paying his respects to Art Modell who owned the Ravens until his death in 2012. The fan then tears off his Ed Reed Ravens jersey to reveal a Browns jersey. Modell moved the Browns from Cleveland to Baltimore after the 1995 season, and most Clevelanders have never forgiven him. This genius then appears to urinate on Modell's grave using a catheter. He says in the video that's what he is doing.
He then uses the same phrase Modell used when explaining why he moved the Browns: "I had no choice." Here's one of the copies of the video from YouTube, but be warned that it has bad language: