Frank Schwab

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Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner. He spent 10 years covering the NFL for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Appleton (Wis.) Post-Crescent, and is a former NFL MVP voter. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin and currently lives near Denver with his wife and daughter.

  • Through three games, the Philadelphia Eagles have a legitimate claim as the best team in the NFL.

    If you thought the Eagles’ 2-0 start was a product of playing two bad opponents, and that Carson Wentz would be exposed against a real opponent, Week 3 was startling. The Eagles destroyed the Pittsburgh Steelers, 34-3. It was never competitive. Wentz was great. And as I said on Sunday, if the Steelers were considered Super Bowl contenders before that game, what does that make the Eagles?

    There are only five 3-0 teams. Four of them have a dominant quality win (sorry, Baltimore Ravens). Only the Eagles, however, have three blowout wins. They have a point differential of plus-65, which is unbelievable for three games. Last year the Denver Broncos, who won Super Bowl 50, were plus-59 for the entire season. The New England Patriots are second in point differential this season at plus-36 and nobody else has a differential of plus-30 or more.

    The Eagles are blasting through the rest of the NFL

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  • Maybe it’s better for the New Orleans Saints’ defense that it was the rare night in which most televisions were tuned into something other than “Monday Night Football.”

    As Hillary Clinton was talking about Iran and Donald Trump was trying to interrupt her again, the Saints’ defense was letting Tevin Coleman run over left tackle for a touchdown without a defender anywhere near him. Jon Gruden called that play “embarrassing” on ESPN. Drew Brees and the Saints offense scored 32 points and they never had a chance. The Saints lost 45-32.

    The Saints were without five starters on defense, and obviously that didn’t help. But this was the worst defense in football last year and it doesn’t look like much has changed. None of those missed starters were going to make a huge difference. Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is always hurt. Safety Kenny Vaccaro hasn’t gotten back to the level he was at as a rookie in 2013. Defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins is an intriguing first-round pick, but he has never

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  • NFL players are joining Colin Kaepernick’s protest in different ways, and they’re all allowed to express their feelings however they wish. That’s how we ended up with Kaepernick kneeling during the anthem, after all.

    But the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons had an unusual method of joining the protest, which has spread not just around the NFL but to other levels of football too.

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    After the anthem the Saints and Falcons came to the middle of the field, got in a circle and held hands.

     

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  • You can’t play football without emotion. But too much emotion isn’t a good thing either.

    It’s a fine line, and New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham has found himself on the wrong side of it. He was last year when he got involved in numerous scuffles with then-Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, and that cost him a one-game suspension. On Sunday, his emotions got the best of him in his rematch against Norman, who is now with the Washington Redskins.

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    Everyone laughed at Beckham losing his battle against the kicking net, but the Giants weren’t impressed. At one point, the television broadcast showed Beckham on the sideline and it looked like he had tears in his eyes.

    Giants coach Ben McAdoo said Monday that he became a distraction during the game.

    “He needs to control his emotions better and become less of a distraction to himself and to his teammates,” McAdoo said, according to the Giants’

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  • Greg Hardy was arrested in Texas on drug possession (AP)
    Greg Hardy was arrested in Texas on drug possession (AP)

    Usually, talented players in their prime get second, third and fourth chances by NFL teams, no matter what has happened to them off the field. So it was telling that Greg Hardy was never signed this offseason.

    Hardy, who had a domestic violence arrest and NFL suspension in 2014 and was reportedly a disruption in the Dallas Cowboys locker room in 2015, barely drew any attention as a free agent this offseason.

    Whatever small chance Hardy had at getting another shot might be gone after he was arrested for drug possession. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said Hardy was arrested Sunday in Richardson, Texas for “possession of a Group 1 controlled substance.” TMZ reported that Hardy was pulled over on a routine traffic stop and police found him in possession of less than a gram of cocaine. The NBC affiliate in Dallas also confirmed Hardy was arrested for possession of a controlled substance from penalty group 1.

    Hardy is only 28 years old and

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  • I’ve always wondered how many famous people search through their Twitter mentions. Does someone like, oh, say, John Elway really scroll through them?

    Apparently the answer is yes, and also: Elway has a heck of a memory.

    The Denver Broncos drafted quarterback Trevor Siemian in the seventh round of the 2015 draft. It’s just a seventh-round pick, but it’s not like Broncos fans were applauding Elway for picking a relatively unknown quarterback who had seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions his senior season at Northwestern.

    Well, we know where the story stands now. Siemian earned the Broncos’ starting quarterback job and is authoring a fairly unbelievable tale for the 3-0 Broncos. And not even Elway — one of the game’s legendary quarterbacks who also has a 61-22 record as general manager and is treated as a deity in Colorado — is above a little “I told you so” on social media.

    Elway has deleted his simple response to a tweet from May 2, 2015 from Broncos fan @nfkrauss, but @COSportsNut

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  • Chip Kelly's support means a lot to Colin Kaepernick

    Among all the dissenting opinions about Colin Kaepernick and his protest, one voice that resonated with him came from his coach, Chip Kelly.

    Plenty has been said about Kelly and how he relates to players, but when he was asked last week about Kaepernick’s protest over racial injustice and police brutality, Kelly unequivocally supported his quarterback.

    “It’s an issue that’s at the forefront of our country in that it needs to be addressed, it needs to be taken care of because what’s going on is not right,” Kelly said, according to the 49ers’ transcript. “I think, again, he’s shedding light on a situation that is heinous and shouldn’t happen in this country. We all have inalienable rights as a citizen of this country and they’re being violated and that’s what I think Colin is standing up for.”

    Kelly was also asked how Kaepernick is budgeting his time given his new off-field mission and if it was appropriate for Kaepernick to be discussing social issues with the media after a Week 1 win

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  • NFL Winners and Losers: Cam Newton gets crushed. Again

    The Carolina Panthers better hope Cam Newton really is the man of steel. He might not last the season otherwise.

    Newton took a beating in the season opener and another on Sunday. He was sacked eight times by the Minnesota Vikings. Newton, under constant pressure, looked nothing like the NFL’s MVP. He threw three interceptions in a 22-10 home loss.

    Everyone knew the Panthers wouldn’t win 15 games again, but they probably didn’t expect to surpass their 2015 loss total in the first three weeks of this season. Or to lose at home so soon this season, in just their second home game. The Panthers didn’t lose at home all last season.

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    This doesn’t look like the same Panthers team that took the NFL by storm last year, though it’s still early. There isn’t as much celebration, though there’s not much to dab about when you’re 1-2. Newton has just five touchdowns and five interceptions after an all-time great 2015

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  • Rams hang on, thanks to Bucs mismanagement, after hour-long weather delay

    The Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were having a weird game, and that was before referee Ed Hochuli evacuated the stadium.

    With two minutes left in the game, the two-minute warning became a severe weather warning. Hochuli made the announcement that the game would be suspended because of lightning in the area. The delay ended up lasting a little more than an hour.

    The Buccaneers didn’t spend the break going over clock management issues, apparently. The mismanagement of the clock cost them dearly in a 37-32 loss. In the final minute, Jameis Winston hit Charles Sims on a pass, Sims didn’t get out of bounds and for some reason the Buccaneers didn’t call timeout even though they had two left. They ran a play instead and lost valuable time, which cost them at the end.

    With the Buccaneers down to one final play, Winston ran way past the line of scrimmage, and was wandering about 8 yards past the line still looking to pass when Rams defensive end Robert Quinn tackled him from

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  • Rejoice Wentzylvania, the Eagles have a rookie star at quarterback

    Before this season started, the Cleveland Browns for some reason were openly telling the media they didn’t think Carson Wentz would be a top-20 quarterback in the NFL, so they traded the second pick of the draft instead of taking Wentz.

    That seemed like a strange thing to brag about in public before the season, and now it looks downright dumb (especially from a Browns team that has been historically awful finding a quarterback). Three games don’t make a career, but there aren’t 20 quarterbacks you’d select over Wentz right now. I’m not sure you can find a definitive list of 10. And Wentz is still in his first month as a professional.

    The Philadelphia Eagles hit the jackpot. Sure they gave up a ton to move up in a trade with the Browns and take Wentz second overall, but it looks like a wise investment now. The Eagles demolished the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-3 on Sunday to improve to 3-0. Wentz was fantastic yet again. He was 23-of-31 for 301 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. It’s

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