- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner53 mins 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 Corner56 mins 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 Corner1 hr 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 Corner2 hrs ago
As we learned from Kent Babb's profile of Roger Goodell on Thursday, there has reportedly been "unanimous 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 Corner3 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 Corner3 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
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner11 hrs ago
The Philadelphia Eagles made a huge trade this offseason to acquire a big-name player coming off an ACL surgery.
Oh, and then they traded for quarterback Sam Bradford, too.
Don't forget inside linebacker Kiko Alonso, who came over to Philadelphia in the controversial LeSean McCoy trade with the Buffalo Bills. Alonso was fantastic in 2013, then tore his ACL last offseason. He hadn't played a game since the end of the 2013 season — he missed Philadelphia's first three preseason games — so Thursday night's debut was a big step for him.
Alonso looked pretty good. He played one drive and moved well. Officially he was credited with two tackles but was around the ball on many plays. Not wanting to push things, Alonso didn't play after that first series in a game the New York Jets won 24-18. Alonso had dealt with tendinitis in his surgically repaired knee this preseason.Thu, Sep 3Philadelphia18 - 24NY JetsGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner13 hrs ago
Playing too little or too much in the fourth preseason game can be a bad sign for a player trying to make an NFL roster. But in the case of Tim Tebow, a strong effort Thursday night against the New York Jets might mean that Tebow could make the Philadelphia Eagles' Week 1 roster.
All signs and reports had pointed toward Chip Kelly keeping Tebow, but nothing is ever clear with Kelly, who said this would be a "big week" for Tebow. If that's the case, he made the most of it, completing 11-of-17 passes — including some nice touch throws — for 189 yards with two touchdowns and a pick.
Tebow, in a battle with Matt Barkley for the Eagles' third QB spot (if they keep three) behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez, watched Barkley start the game but struggle. His second pass of the game was picked off, and though Barkley led a field-goal drive on his next chance, he finished an unimpressive 4-of-9 passing for 45 yards with that one INT.
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner18 hrs ago
Damien Woody knows Rex Ryan pretty well. The former New York Jets right tackle played the final two years of his NFL career under the man who is now the head coach of the Buffalo Bills.
And Woody doesn't expect Ryan to change his larger-than-life ways with his new team.
During his six years in New York, Ryan's Jets were long on controversy (player arrests, the Ines Sainz harassment issue, his foot fetish video) and short on actual success (AFC championship game appearances his first two years followed by four straight seasons without the playoffs). But Ryan was always the consummate players' coach, sometimes to a fault.
His ship was often loosey-goosey in nature and the criticism from outside (and sometimes from within) was that the inmates ran the asylum. There seemed to be a lack of discipline in recent years, something that mirrored Ryan's own penchant for being a free-flowing personality and a vortex for all conventional norms.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner20 hrs ago
Sorry, grave-dancing New England Patriots fans. Roger Goodell isn't going anywhere.
Yes, Tom Brady won his case against the NFL (pending appeal, of course, because of course) and likely will remain suspension-free for the duration of the 2015 NFL season.
And yes, one might argue that Goodell, the grand poobah of the league, comes out of this decision — again, pending appeal, which the NFL could win — looking worse.
But that won't affect Goodell's job status, at least not in and of itself. Goodell is, among other things, a very well-compensated puppet. Oh sure, he appears to have gone rogue on some things, and there's little doubt his iron-fist campaign was a big reason how he won the job (running as the "different from Paul Tagliabue" candidate) and how he's carried out his first nine seasons on the job.