Posts by Eric Edholm

  • Mark Sanchez reportedly starting vs. Lions ... another Butt Fumble coming?

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 5 hrs ago

    But this Thanksgiving, he'll have the chance to add a new chapter to his legacy. Maybe. It's going to take something pretty special to knock his famous play with the New York Jets off the top shelf of his mantle.

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    According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Albert Breer, Sanchez will start for the Philadelphia Eagles against the Detroit Lions over Sam Bradford, who is still coming off a pair of injuries.

    The #Eagles will start QB Mark Sanchez today vs the #Lions, per @AlbertBreer & me. Sam Bradford (concussion, shoulder) sits for another week

    Could the Lions make Sanchez look bad again on this holiday? Could Sanchez make himself look bad? Both are entirely possible, and there are some people who would be absolutely thankful for this kind of entertainment.

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  • Shutdown Corner Playoff Projection: Can Buccaneers find way to sneak in?

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 22 hrs ago

    We're going to switch things up on the projections this week and take a look at the glut of teams in the middle class of the NFL that still could find their way into the playoffs.

    It's stunning how much parity there is outside the bottom few and the top handful of teams.

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    There are no more byes left on the schedule, so everyone has the same number of games left. But the schedules the teams still in contention must play are far different.

    Let's assume, for arugment's sake, that the AFC East, AFC West, NFC South and NFC West divisions are wrapped up — even though they aren't really. But all four of those division leaders have three-game (or more) cushions they should be able to hold onto.

    But there still is a glut of nearly 20 teams fighting for a wild-card or division berth with at least a 4-6 record, plus the 3-7 Dallas Cowboys who are only two games out of first. Let's take a look at how things stand for these teams looking forward.

  • Is the honeymoon over between Chip Kelly and Philadelphia Eagles?

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    We even took a long, hard pause before speculating too much about the pending opening for the NFL team that currently employs Kelly's college quarterback and apple of his eye, Marcus Mariota.

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    But now the din is starting to increase in Philly about Kelly and his future with the Eagles. Hint: It's not looking as rosy as it once did.

    ESPN's Adam Schefter said Tuesday night on Sirius XM Radio that the signs are pointing toward an offseason split with the NFL's most controversial coach and the team that has limped to a 4-6 record after back-to-back 10-win seasons.

    “I just think that Chip Kelly — if given a choice — might be comfortable elsewhere.”

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  • What are the worst calls by referees this season? Here are our top five

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Super Bowl 50, billed as a celebration of a half-century of what has become the pinnacle sporting event in the Western Hemisphere, was marred — before the game ever started — on an obscure automatic coin toss loss by the Carolina Panthers for sending too many captains (teams are allowed six) out to midfield against the New England Patriots, leading the Patriots to score on their deferred first possession of the second half in what would end up a 27-24 victory.

    Oh, phew, what a nightmare we just had!

    It’s understandable during this poor-call-plagued season to fear the worst: that a playoff game — or worse, the Super Bowl — could be decided on a blown call by the referees. Human error aside, the repeated issues have drawn all kinds of negative attention to the league, the quality of the games and the possibility of serious controversy for a league cloaked in it already.

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    1. Play blown dead in Pats-Bills

    2. Jags-Ravens ending

  • NFL draft: Will Ezekiel Elliott's postgame comments hurt his stock?

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    It was a more eventful postgame for Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott than it was a game last Saturday.

    After being held under 100 yards rushing for the first time in 16 games, Elliott fired a few salvos in the direction of the Buckeyes' coaching staff and then announced his plans to turn pro right after that. Quite the turn of events in the loss to Michigan State, putting a serious dent in the Buckeyes' chances of winning back-to-back titles.

    “We weren’t put in position to win this game,” Elliott said after his 12-carry, 33-yard game. “I deserve more than [12] carries, I really do. I can’t speak for the play-caller. I don’t know what was going on.”

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    Would this have any bearing on Elliott's draft stock? Shutdown Corner heard from three NFL talent evaluators on the matter. All three didn't seem too concerned overall, especially after Elliott issued an apology on social media the following day.

    An NFC scout added:

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  • Wait ... Carson Palmer is listing his Del Mar mansion for how much?

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Carson Palmer is quite the businessman, it seems.

    This is a quarterback who has earned a rare quartet — four banner huge contracts since coming into the NFL, and he's still going strong, very much steeped in the league's MVP race at age 35. 

    Total estimated career earnings, per Spotrac: more than $138 million.

    God bless the NFL. And America.

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    And god bless real estate, which apparently could net Palmer another windfall. Check out this listing of Palmer's house in Del Mar, Calif., per the Los Angeles Times, which he's listing for a breathtaking $24.995 million.


    Worth $25 mil? Who knows? But it's fun to click and dream a bit ...

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  • Referee Gene Steratore's answer for final play in Bills-Patriots is guff

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Monday night's game between the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots was a poorly officiated mess. If we can call out coaches, players and even TV analysts, then why should referees be above reproach?

    They shouldn't. And when they offer less-than-satisfactory and, lo, incorrect reasoning for their mistakes then it's fair game to go to town.

    The center of many folks' ire in the game was the inadvertant whistle that essentially blew dead a would-be huge play from Tom Brady to Danny Amendola, and the clean-up act — awarding the Patriots the ball at the spot Amendola caught the ball — felt an odd concession.

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    But the final play of the game, with Sammy Watkins rolling out of bounds untouched but the referees letting the clock run out, was just as bad. The explanation was worse.

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  • Marvin Lewis bemoans 'phantom call' against Bengals on Cardinals field goal

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    But Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis thought his team got jobbed a bit on the Cardinals' penultimate offensive play. The Cardinals drove 56 yards in 52 seconds to set up what would have been a 47-yard field goal to win the game.

    Until Bengals nose tackle Domata Peko was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for what the referees said was mimicking the Cardinals' snap count, which is a no-no. Lewis said all that was hooey, saying it was "phantom call" and that it was "kind of ridiculous," per The ensuing 32-yarder was good, and the Cardinals won a big game.

    "I trust what our player did and said," Lewis said. "He's alerting a run [play] and [it was] not anything to do with what they're saying.

    "I don't see how they make that call at that point in the game like that. I trust our guy to be honest with me."

    Lewis has a point: Making that call at that point required some serious stones by Terry McAulay's crew; they had better have been darned sure.

    Still, Peko defended his actions.

  • Jerry Jones comes to Greg Hardy's defense after two reportedly meet

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones came to the defense of embattled defender Greg Hardy after their Week 11 win over the Miami Dolphins.

    Although Jones wouldn't talk about it specifically, he and Hardy met last Thursday — as ESPN first reported — to discuss Hardy's behavior. Jones said that Hardy is trying to change for the better. And no surprise here: It comes off as another form of enabling of a player who believes he has done nothing wrong.

    "He is aware that everything he does — his personality, his style, his enthusiasm — it's all going to be interpreted negatively," Jones said. "If he's not aware of that, then he's hurting a lot of people.

    "I think he really gets that. We certainly feel that way. He understands it, and he has agreed to really work on it."

    This report comes on the heels of another one that dropped Sunday morning, before kickoff, from NFL's Ian Rapoport that suggested Jones and the Cowboys might be inching away from the troubled Hardy.

    We'll believe it when we see it.

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  • Top Five Must-See Plays from Week 11 in the NFL (Video)

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Did you miss any of the Week 11 action in the NFL? We've got you covered. Here are five plays you shouldn't miss.

    Hopkins dusts Revis

    DeAndre Hopkins said he heard the hype all week about Darrelle Revis, and Hopkins did his best to change the narrative. Watch as Hopkins goes to the post for a 61-yard touchdown — even having to slow up a step to catch it — beating one of the best corners in the NFL by two steps as the Houston Texans beat the New York Jets and reached .500 in doing so.

    Former Bird bites back

    The defensively challenged Atlanta Falcons decided to let their former safety, Dwight Lowery, walk in free agency this offseason. The defensively challenged Indianapolis Colts were happy to add his services. The Week 11 game in Atlanta served as Lowery's reminder what the Falcons were missing. Watch as he corrals a terrific pinball interception off the hands of Falcons receiver Roddy White. Lowery also made a great pass breakup on the penultimate play of the game to help preserve a Colts road win. 

    No score, but full bore

    Shorts goes long

    Follow the bouncing INT

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