- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
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.
After the anthem the Saints and Falcons came to the middle of the field, got in a circle and held hands.LiveAtlanta28 - 14New OrleansFollow Game
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
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.
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’ transcripts. “It’s our job to help him with that process and maturing.”Sun, 25 SepWashington29 - 27NY GiantsGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Once again, Anthony Davis has informed the San Francisco 49ers that he no longer wants to play football.
Davis, 26, considered retirement prior to the 49ers’ first game this season after initially stepping aside from the game in June 2015, citing health reasons. On Monday, he did not waver — he no longer plans to play.
After telling the team he felt great this summer and wanted to continue his career, it appeared the 49ers would have more depth at tackle. The former first-round pick had been a promising young player, starting 16 games at right tackle in each of his first four NFL seasons.
But Davis started having doubts this season and suffered a concussion. Davis played three of a possible 81 snaps on offense in the 49ers’ opener against the Los Angeles Rams and was inactive Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers and Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks while dealing with the concussion.Sun, 25 SepSan Francisco18 - 37SeattleGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
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.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago
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.Sun, 25 SepDenver29 - 17CincinnatiGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
The Washington Redskins finally had something go their way this season when they beat the unbeaten New York Giants and earned their first victory of the season. But some bad news was close behind.
DeAngelo Hall, one of their defensive leaders, is reportedly done for the season with a torn ACL. The ligament was completely torn when he went down in a bad-looking fall in the first half of Sunday’s game. He was ruled out shortly afterward, and though he returned to the sideline to watch the victory Hall said after the game that he feared he had torn his ACL.
An MRI on Monday confirmed those fears. The Redskins have not placed Hall on injured reserve yet but are expected to.
Hall is the NFL’s active leader in interceptions with 43 but actually had gone 18 straight games without a pick. Still, he had played an important role for the Redskins as the starting free safety, playing all but two defensive snaps in the team’s first two games. Hall, 32, also has had a remarkably long career — this is year No. 13 — after entering the league at age 20 as a rookie with the Atlanta Falcons in 2004. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/leaders/def_int_active.htm
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
Peyton Manning has been out of the NFL less than a year, and already his replacement apparently already has arrived. We’re only sort of kidding.
(No, not Trevor Siemian, although he’s good too.)
It was shocking Monday morning to hear Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson compare Carson Wentz and the future Hall of Fame quarterback at least in one way.
Pederson said that Wentz’s preparation and obsession with film study was “Peyton Manning-ish,” which, if you think about it, is about as high a compliment as a rookie QB can get. Don’t believe Pederson? Well, Wentz’s girlfriend did once catch him watching game film under the dinner table while they were out on a date. That’s pretty obsessive.
Wentz reportedly was watching game tape early before the Eagles’ destruction of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday and back doing the same Monday. That’s a good work ethic, we’d say. Is there a new sheriff in town?Sun, 25 SepPittsburgh3 - 34PhiladelphiaGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
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.”
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
It’s tough to compare the career of Steve Young to any other quarterback considering the odd path he took. From the USFL to under-fire Tampa Bay Buccaneers starter to Joe Montana’s backup to Super Bowl winner whose best years were in his mid-30s, Young pretty much took a unique road to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
So it’s striking to look at the career totals of Young vs. another player who will end up in Canton one day. Through three weeks, Aaron Rodgers is off to a good start — despite everyone wondering what was wrong with him after a tough game against maybe the best defense in football.
Thanks to the terrific statistical tools of Pro Football Reference, we can put the career totals of Young and Rodgers side by side and note some stunning similarities — even accounting for the different eras in which they played.
- Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
Fourth-year linebacker Manti Te’o will miss the rest of the season for the San Diego Chargers after a Monday morning MRI confirmed the worst fears: he suffered a torn Achilles tendon in his left leg in the first half of Sunday’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
For the Chargers, it’s the third time in as many weeks they’ve lost a key contributor to a major injury: in Week 1, it was receiver Keenan Allen who tore his ACL; in Week 2, it was Danny Woodhead suffering a torn ACL as well, and now Te’o.
For Te’o, it marks the end of an important season: this is the fourth and final year of his rookie contract (he was a second-round pick out of Notre Dame in 2013), and despite injuries every year (he missed at least three games a year in his first three seasons), he had become not just a starter, but a leader, voted a defensive captain by his teammates this season.Sun, 25 SepSan Diego22 - 26IndianapolisGame Recap