More evidence that this Washington season has gone off the rails: The franchise already may be trying to figure out how to both fire Mike Shanahan and deny him the money owed to him over the remainder of his contract, Mark Maske of the Washington Post reported.
Shanahan is signed through 2014 at $7 million per season. Should the Redskins can him at any point prior to then, they still would be on the hook for the remainder of that cash. However, per Maske, Washington could contend that Shanahan violated the terms of his contract by allegedly leaking to ESPN that he considered quitting as head coach because of frustration with owner Daniel Snyder.
Traveling to the upcoming Super Bowl might be a hassle in the event of a winter snowstorm. The MetLife Stadium employees would face the tall task of keeping the field and seats clean, fans (and some cranky journalists) might be miserable and the players could struggle in the elements.
But here’s what the NFL action Sunday reminded us of: Football in the snow is awesome.
Sure, the play itself can be kind of clunky — an argument some made in advance against a New York/New Jersey Super Bowl. As a television spectacle, though, few sporting events can compete with a football winter wonderland. Pittsburgh, Washington, Baltimore and Green Bay all saw some flakes during Sunday’s games, while the action in Philadelphia was impossible to turn away from as the snow piled up.
The New Orleans Saints had a few things they needed to prove in their Sunday night matchup against the Carolina Panthers. It was incumbent upon Sean Payton’s team to establish that Monday’s 34-7 loss to the Seahawks in Seattle was a freak occurrence. The Saints had to gain some separation from a Panthers team that had won eight straight games, and was tied with New Orleans for the NFC South’s best record (and the NFC’s second-best record) at 9-3. And Rob Ryan’s defense wanted to show that despite being riddled by Russell Wilson in the air and on the ground, his charges knew how to handle dual-threat quarterbacks.
In their 31-13 win over the Panthers at the Superdome, it was a hearty “Mission accomplished” on all counts. Quarterback Drew Brees came back from his 147-yard debacle in the Pacific Northwest and rebounded to the tune of 30 completions in 42 attempts for 313 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions against one of the NFL’s best defenses. Brees also became the fastest quarterback ever to reach the 50,000 yard mark (in 183 games to Peyton Manning’s 191), and set a league record by exceeding 30 touchdown passes for his sixth straight season.
“We knew the challenge, especially on a short week,” Brees told NBC’s Michele Tafoya after the game. “Playing a great divisional opponent in the Carolina Panthers — they’d won eight in a row, so they were rolling. But he wanted to hit our stride and get our swagger back, and no better way than to come into the dome and do that. All three phases played exceptionally well tonight, and we got a team win.” Continue Reading
Almost another full week of NFL action in the books means more movement among the 2014 NFL draft order.
The latest full mock draft here on Audibles had Teddy Bridgewater leading four top-10 quarterbacks. How have things changed with some shake-up in the early picks?
Update (Monday, 12:00 p.m. ET): According to multiple reports, tests revealed that Mathieu tore both his ACL and LCL Sunday. The injuries will end his promising rookie season.
Tyrann Mathieu has been everything the Cardinals hoped for and much, much more since they rolled the dice on him in the 2013 draft. Now, they may have to continue their surprising playoff push without him.
Mathieu injured his knee on a kick return in Sunday’s win over the Rams, and Arizona coach Bruce Arians said that it appears Mathieu tore his ACL. An MRI Monday could confirm that injury, which obviously would end Mathieu’s exceptional rookie season — and may put him at risk of missing part of the 2014 campaign, as well.