Posts by Eric Edholm

  • Do you buy this excuse for Cam Newton bailing on interview?

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

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    No, it was not a good look for Newton who, as Yahoo's Eric Adelson so eloquently wrote, went from Superman to the "Incredible Sulk" with his postgame ghosting.

    But might there have been an extenuating circumstance to it?

    Consider: The Super Bowl postgame setup is often a circus. Podiums are placed wherever there's enough room in the cavity of whatever stadium the game is being played in, and they often are (a) positioned very close together, and (b) set up in the noisy, open bowels, separated by a thin sheet or riser.

    So what you have is players and coaches from both teams all talking into microphones at the same time, with hundreds of media members shouting questions at them, and those sounds are echoed like mad all over the area these interviews are set up in. It's madness for all involved for sure.


    Podcast: Denver triumphant, Cam despondent:

  • Russell Wilson pens provisional goodbye letter to Peyton Manning

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    No matter what Peyton Manning decides to do — retire or keep playing — he's already reached a certain level of respect from his peers — and that happened well before his second Super Bowl title.

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    In fact, for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, the first seeds of that respect for Manning started when he was in 10th grade at Manning's passing camp in Louisiana. That's where Wilson, he wrote in a letter to Manning at The Players Tribune, first learned to respect football and felt the burning desire to be great.

    Wilson wrote:


    If this is it, there’s one moment I won’t forget.

    10th grade. Louisiana. At your quarterback camp.

    You inspired the kid in the green shirt.

    You inspired me to work hard. To be disciplined. To be respectful. To take notes.

  • T.J. Ward rips Panthers: 'They want to be rappers, backup dancers'

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    And T.J. Ward, one of the hardest-hitting safeties in the NFL, saved his biggest blow for the postgame media session.

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    Via USA Today's Lindsay Jones, Ward said that the Panthers were too concerned about fame and not enough about football.

    “We don’t have to say nothing," Ward said. "We let them do all the talking. We let our pads talk. We talk with our helmets and our shoulder pads. They could do all the media talking, you know what I’m talking about? We’re not about that flashy stuff. We’re about that grind, putting in that work. Grind it. Work. That’s how you get the ‘ship."

    Then Ward laid the hammerblow.

    "They want to be famous. We want to be champions," Ward said. "They want to be rappers and backup dancers. We want to play football.”

    Oh my.

    A little Dab with do you but too much Dab will undo you!

    Podcast: Denver triumphant, Cam despondent:

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  • Three most likely picks for Broncos' 2016 season-opening opponent

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    You can have your preseason, the methadone of football. We like the real deal. Which is why we already are thinking about next season’s opener.

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    It has become tradition for the defending champions to host the Thursday night Week 1 opener in their building, and we have no reason to think that the Denver Broncos — fresh off their Super Bowl 50 title — won’t be afforded that privilege.

    Because we already know their home opponents, it’s easy to start thinking who they might face in that game. We have some pretty obvious possibilities.

    First, the process of elimination. The Broncos face four teams — the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons — with absolutely zero shot of earning that opening slot. The Kansas City Chiefs are a good team that gave the Broncos fits at times this season, and they in theory have a whisper of a chance, but we think there are three more clear-cut choices.

    They are:

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  • Thomas Davis played Super Bowl with arm sewn up like a football

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    That’s all fine and good as it related to Super Bowl 50. But for one player in particular, this game meant a little something more.

    Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis is a man who knows pain and who spits in its face, having come back from three brutal ACL tears in his career and remaining an elite defender. He played this game with at least a dozen staples in his arm, sewing up the surgery to repair his broken arm suffered two weeks prior.

    But now we’ve seen just what that arm looks like. A warning: It’s not for the squeamish.

    Davis’ arm looked like the football the teams played the game with. The cross-stitched pattern in his forearm showed just how fresh the sutures were as Davis played all 60 snaps on defense for the Panthers and ranked second on the team in tackles with seven, one for a loss.

    For all the bad look of Newton not jumping on a late fumble he had every chance to get, as well as his postgame ghosting, Davis came out looking even more like a warrior playing with wounds that fresh.

    This game meant everything to him, clearly. That’s why this can be a beautiful sport, but also an agonizing one.

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  • Did Peyton Manning turn in worst game by Super Bowl-winning QB?

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    If Peyton Manning wants to walk off into the sunset, he can do it with his head held high — and as a Super Bowl champion for the second time.

    But it's not as if Manning was the reason the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. In fact, you can't even say Manning managed the game, really. After all, he turned the ball over twice — once with a telegraphed interception to a defensive lineman in the red zone.

    Here's a look at Manning's statistical work stacked up next to some of the other Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks who had less-than-sterling statistics in their teams' victories:

    Defense won this game for the Broncos, just like the defenses of the Steelers and Ravens won their respective bowls, for sure. Roethlisberger is a great quarterback, no doubt, but he played a poor game this particular Super Bowl — it just wasn't his day.

    The difference with Manning, more like that of Dilfer, is that his team has expected this level of performance most of the season. The formula didn't change all that much.

  • Von Miller earns Super Bowl MVP with dominant pass-rush clinic

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Von Miller, you just won the Super Bowl! Where are you going now?

    Straight to the bank.

    The free agent-to-be cashed in big time with one of the more dominant pass-rush performance in Super Bowl history, leading his Denver Broncos to a 24-10 win in Super Bowl 50 over the Carolina Panthers.

    Miller won game MVP honors with 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles, both of which led to Broncos touchdowns, harrassing regular-season MVP Cam Newton and the Panthers all game. The linebacker almost added another one just before the two-minute warning, and it would have been for a safety.

    Decent timing, with Miller's contract set to run out. Even before this game, the Broncos were preparing to pay him as one of the game's elites — and perhaps as the top defensive player in the NFL.

    Why the Panthers let Remmers try to handle Miller is anyone's guess.

    More on Super Bowl 50

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  • Jordan Norwood sets Super Bowl record with 61-yard punt return

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    We have a Super Bowl record set early in SB50.

    Denver Broncos punt returner Jordan Norwood did what no one has done in the first 49 Super Bowls: return a punt longer than 45 yards.

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    On his first return attempt of the game, Norwood caught Brad Nortman's punt at his own 25-yard line in traffic, and the Carolina Panthers stood around after as if he had called for a fair catch. Norwood didn't, and he sidestepped two Panthers — Colin Jones and Teddy Williams — and turned up the right side of the field, sprung by a nice block from teammate Lerentee McCray on tight end Ed Dickson.

    Sixty-one yards later, the Broncos were in business — yet another momentum shift in a wild first half — after the Panthers appeared to have seized control after falling behind 10-0.

    Although the Broncos' offense stalled in the red zone, Norwood's Super Bowl-record return of 61 led to a Brandon McManus field goal and a 13-7 lead.

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  • Mike Carey wrong again?! Panthers' first challenge fails on drop

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Mike Carey jinxed Jerricho Cotchery and the Carolina Panthers.

    With the Panthers backed up at their own 15-yard line, Cam Newton dropped back to pass midway through the first quarter of Super Bowl 50 and drilled a pretty pass to Cotchery, who bobbled the pass but appeared to haul it in after getting tackled by the Denver Broncos' Darian Stewart.

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    But the call on the field was incomplete, which Panthers coach Ron Rivera quickly challenged. During a short look at the replay, Carey — the former NFL ref and current CBS analyst, who has a notoriously horrific batting average on live-broadcast first guesses — immediately praised Rivera and said there was no evidence of the ball coming loose and hitting the turf.

    So naturally, as he has been so often this season, Carey was wrong. The replay confirmed the call on the field.

    What did they see? The tip of the ball hit the field, but it looked to be in control by the receiver. The referees disagreed.

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  • Lady Gaga crushes national anthem, but did it go 'over' on length?

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    What a rousing start!

    Lady Gaga was viewed as a bizarre choice to sing the national anthem at Super Bowl 50, although no more bizarre than Coldplay as the halftime entertainment.

    Is it too late to add her to performance, too?

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    Gaga turned in a hair-raising rendition of the anthem, dressed in a red suit with red eye shadow — both glittering in the gorgeous Santa Clara afternoon before the kickoff of the Carolina Panthers facing the Denver Broncos.

    What a version, and one of the best in recent memory. No one touches Whitney Houston's version, and no one likely ever will. But Gaga's was right up there with Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys and Beyoncé as some of the finer ones in the past generation of talented singers we've had.

    It shouldn't have been a shock. Despite her odd wardrobe, she's an incredible talent. Sounds like a certain quarterback we know.

    And for those keeping score at home (aka, betting), we clocked her in at just over 2:29 — the over-under total was 2:20 in Vegas, so we assumed the over wins. But then we saw this: