GridironGrit.com http://gridirongrit.com NFL, College Football, NFL Draft and Fantasy Football News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:46:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Watch: Marshawn Lynch Breaks Down Art of the ‘Crotch Grab’ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/01/watch-marshawn-lynch-breaks-down-art-of-the-crotch-grab/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/01/watch-marshawn-lynch-breaks-down-art-of-the-crotch-grab/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:46:35 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26831

Seattle Seahawks star running back Marshawn Lynch joined New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski for a “clueless gamer” Super Bowl battle for “Mortal Kombat X” supremacy in a Conan episode that aired Thursday night. 

Marshawn Lynch crotch grab on Conan

In the episode, Conan O’Brien also asked Beast Mode to break down the infamous “crotch grab” touchdown celebrations he did against Arizona and Green Bay, which cost him over $31,000 in fines.

Lynch was quite willing to provide a step-by-step tutorial of the strange TD celebration.

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Watch: Crocodile Picks Seahawks To Win Super Bowl XLIX http://gridirongrit.com/2015/01/watch-crocodile-picks-seahawks-to-win-super-bowl-xlix/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/01/watch-crocodile-picks-seahawks-to-win-super-bowl-xlix/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:45:34 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26828

A 15-foot, 1,500-pound crocodile by the name of Salty made his highly-anticipated pick for Super Bowl XLIX on Thursday in front of a horde of media at the Fort Worth Zoo.

Seahawks and Patriots chickens - Super Bowl XLIX

As you can see in the embed video below from the Dallas Morning News, Salty swims around in a swamp with the choice to devour two dangling raw chickens, each displaying a team logo.

It’s tough to disagree with Salty’s pick, as the Seahawks have a great shot to become just the eighth team ever to win back-to-back Super Bowl titles and the first to do it since the Patriots accomplished the feat a decade ago. However, New England is a very slight one-point favorite heading into Sunday’s game (47.5 over/under).

We fully expect an outcome similar to the last time these two teams clashed when Seattle pulled off a thrilling comeback win, 24-23 on on October 14, 2012. Don’t be surprised to see added fuel from Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady and the Seahawks’ cast of under-the-radar receivers in the wake of this week’s developments.

Who do you think will be crowned champions on Sunday? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Watch: Odell Beckham Jr. Shows How He Abused Richard Sherman http://gridirongrit.com/2015/01/watch-odell-beckham-jr-shows-how-he-abused-richard-sherman/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/01/watch-odell-beckham-jr-shows-how-he-abused-richard-sherman/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:25:30 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26818

New York Giants star receiver and human highlight reel Odell Beckham Jr. had an absolutely incredible rookie season. In just 12 games, the 5-foot-11, 198-pound wide out racked up a whopping 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns en route to Offensive Rookie of Year honors and a trip to the Pro Bowl.

In those 12 games, Beckham went over 100 yards seven timeseach of which occurred in November and December (the final nine games of the regular season). And the No. 12 overall pick from the 2014 NFL Draft did all of this despite playing through a nasty hamstring injury that apparently never fully healed and caused him to miss the entire offseason, including training camp, as well as the first month of his rookie season.

Photo Credit: Giants.com

Photo Credit: Giants.com

One of his most impressive performances came against the Legion of Boomthe world-renowned secondary of the Seattle Seahawks, who have an opportunity to become just the eighth team ever (and the first in a decade) to win back-to-back Super Bowl titles on Sunday against the Patriots (the last team to win back-to-back SB titles).

Beckham Jr. became just the third (and final) receiver to go over 100 yards against the Seahawks this past season back in Week 10 (joining Emmanuel Sanders and DeSean Jackson) when he caught seven balls for 108 yards.

D-Jax had the most success vs. Richard Sherman (82 receiving yards), followed by OBJ (66) and Dez Bryant (39).

So how was he able to have so much success in Seattle against Sherman and company?

He showed us how he got the job done on Thursday during an appearance on NBC Sports.

With his incredible change of direction skills, crisp route-running ability, impressive work-ethic, top-end speed and knack to win at the catch point, Beckham Jr. is quickly developing into one of the NFL’s best receivers.

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Tom Brady Dresses As Joe Montana in Thursday Throwback Post http://gridirongrit.com/2015/01/tom-brady-dresses-as-joe-montana-in-thursday-throwback-post/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/01/tom-brady-dresses-as-joe-montana-in-thursday-throwback-post/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:13:12 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26814

Tom Brady has idolized Joe Montana since he was a little kid. The New England Patriots star quarterback added another epic Thursday Throwback photo to his collection ahead of Super Bowl XLIX.

In the Facebook post, Brady, at the age of six, is dressed up as Montana for Halloween.

Brady has surpassed plenty of Montana’s records over the course of his 15-NFL career with the Patriots, and on Sunday, he’ll have an opportunity to tie him (and Terry Bradshaw) for the most Super Bowl wins (four) ever by an NFL quarterback.

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Jonathan Dwyer Pleads Guilty To Disorderly Conduct http://gridirongrit.com/2015/01/jonathan-dwyer-pleads-guilty-to-disorderly-conduct/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/01/jonathan-dwyer-pleads-guilty-to-disorderly-conduct/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:23:33 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26811

Former Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals running back and current free agent Jonathan Dwyer has reportedly pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct, according to the Associated Press.

Photo Credit: Steelers.com

Photo Credit: Steelers.com

The former 2010 sixth round pick out of Georgia Tech was arrested and originally charged with felony aggravated assault after allegedly assaulting his wife last summer.

Dwyer, 25, has now been sentenced to 18 months of probation plus community service.

The 5-foot-11, 229-pound running back was placed on the Cardinals’ reserve/non-football illness list after recording just 59 total yards (51 rushing) and a touchdown through the first two games of the 2014 season in the wake of his arrest.

He spent his previous four NFL seasons with the Steelers, rushing for 971 yards and two touchdowns on 230 carries (4.22 YPC) with 27 receptions for 178 yards through 35 games (six starts).

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Richard Sherman Says He Could Miss Super Bowl For Son’s Birth http://gridirongrit.com/2015/01/richard-sherman-says-he-could-miss-super-bowl-for-sons-birth/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/01/richard-sherman-says-he-could-miss-super-bowl-for-sons-birth/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:15:40 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26807

Seattle Seahawks star cornerback Richard Sherman says he could miss Super Bowl XLIX, but not because of the injury (torn ligaments in his elbow) he sustained in the NFC Championship Game.

Sherman’s girlfriend, Ashley Moss, is expected to give birth to their son in the next week.

If their son decides to enter the world on Sunday, ESPN.com’s Josh Weinfuss notes that the All-Pro cornerback could be “faced with a career-defining decision.”

“We’ll cross that bridge when we get there,” Sherman said. “We’re not thinking about the possibility.”

Photo Credit: Seahawks.com

Photo Credit: Seahawks.com

Sherman also said at Media Day on Tuesday that he feels added motivation with his son the way.

“It’s someone that actually depends on you for everyday living,” Sherman said. “Everything they do is dependent on you and how you provide and how successful y0u are. As a parent, you want to set a great example for them, so I guess, to a degree, a lot of things are riding on it.”

You can’t blame Sherman if he winds up missing the big game to be there for his son’s birth. But if that does happen, Seattle will definitely find itself in a bind. Backup cornerback Tharold Simon (who was torched by the Panthers in the divisional round of the playoffs) would likely fill in for Sherman if he missed the game for his son’s birth (or if he aggravated his elbow injury to the point where he couldn’t play through it).

While Simon is a decent corner, he’s a backup and clearly a massive downgrade from Sherman. However, the outspoken star All-Pro cornerback is cautiously optimistic he won’t be forced to make that decision.

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Watch: Rob Gronkowski, Marshawn Lynch On Conan Is Must-See TV http://gridirongrit.com/2015/01/watch-rob-gronkowski-marshawn-lynch-on-conan-is-must-see-tv/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/01/watch-rob-gronkowski-marshawn-lynch-on-conan-is-must-see-tv/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:05:46 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26804

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynchtwo of the biggest stars ahead of Super Bowl XLIXjoined Conan O’Brien for a “clueless gamer” Super Bowl battle for “Mortal Kombat X” supremacy that will air Thursday night at 11 pm ET/10 pm CT on TBS.

Based on the brief preview the show posted on YouTube, this is going to be must-see TV.

YouTube screenshot

YouTube screenshot

Among the brief highlights shown in the preview, Beast Mode is convinced that Conan is on drugs.

“I’m not anything, O’Brien says. “I’m on Lipitor. It’s my drug of choice. Lipitor get yours today …I get free money that way.”

Gronk is unfamiliar with the blood cholesterol medication, but he wants in on the free money.

Lipitor, but decides to get in on the action.

“You get free money for Lipitor?” Gronkowski, aka Yo Soy Fiesta, asks. “Lipitor!”

“Gronk, you just can’t say Lipitor!” O’Brien responds.

“Lipitor! Gets your heart right!” Gronk added. “Lipitor! If it’s harder for four hours call a doctor!”

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Ranking Top 10 Coaches That Never Won A Super Bowl http://gridirongrit.com/2015/01/ranking-top-10-coaches-that-never-won-a-super-bowl/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/01/ranking-top-10-coaches-that-never-won-a-super-bowl/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:15:21 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26796

It’s tough enough to reach the Super Bowl, let alone win on the game’s biggest stage. Not only does your team have to be loaded with talent, but luck has to be on your side. With the stage set for Super Bowl XLIX, let’s take a look at the 10 best head coaches in NFL history that have never hoisted the Lombardi Trophy.

Photo Credit: Chargers.com

Photo Credit: Chargers.com

10. Chuck Knox kicked off his head coaching career with a bang, leading the Los Angeles Rams to the playoffs with at least 10 wins in each of his first five seasons (1973-77). His following five-year stint with the Buffalo Bills (1978-82) and nine-year tenure with the Seattle Seahawks (1983-91) were less impressive, as he guided Buffalo and Seattle to eight winning seasons combined with just six trips to the playoffs over the 14-year stretch.

Despite never making it to the big stage and finishing his career with a bad taste in his mouth with three losing seasons with the L.A. Rams (1992-94), Knox ranks 10th as the all-time most winningiest coach with a 186-147-1 record (.559).

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Bills Giving E.J. Manuel ‘A Very Clean Slate’ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/01/bills-giving-e-j-manuel-a-very-clean-slate/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/01/bills-giving-e-j-manuel-a-very-clean-slate/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:45:10 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26794

New Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman says the team is giving E.J. Manuel “a very clean slate” this offseason.

“I definitely think he’s done some very good things and displayed some good traits. I’d say we just have to get his level of consistency a little big greater,” Roman said at his introductory press conference, via NFL.com.

“Really he and everybody else, once we get through this evaluation process, we’re going to have a very clean slate,” Roman continued. “What [he] might’ve been asked to do or done in the past is really not relevant to what we may or may not ask him to do.”

Photo Credit: BuffaloBills.com

Photo Credit: BuffaloBills.com

Roman’s remarks come just a week after new Browns OC John DeFilippo said Johnny Manziel is getting a “clean slate.” Maybe Roman saw DeFillippo’s comments. Perhaps it’s just a coincidence.

Like Cleveland, Buffalo has also faced plenty of questions over the last several months (and years) about its quarterback situation. New Bills head coach Rex Ryan has previously said the team will explore all avenues to resolve their QB quandary. That’s unlikely to include landing a top quarterback in the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft (barring an unbelievable slide by Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston) since the Bills lost their 2015 first round pick when they moved up to get Sammy Watkins last year.

Manuel, 24, was benched after completing 76 of 131 passes (58.0 percent) for 838 yards with five touchdowns and three interception through just the first four weeks of the season.

Kyle Orton, 32, came in and helped lead the Bills to their first winning season in a decade, going 287-of-447 (64.2 percent) for 3,018 yards with an impressive 18:10 TD ratio through 12 games (all starts).

Orton informed the team that’s retiring just a day after the team’s season finale, leaving Manuel and Jeff Tuel as the only two quarterbacks on the Bills’ roster heading into the offseason.

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Watch: Marshawn Lynch Blows Kiss, Says ‘You’re Sexy, Too’ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/01/watch-marshawn-lynch-blows-kiss-says-youre-sexy-too/ http://gridirongrit.com/2015/01/watch-marshawn-lynch-blows-kiss-says-youre-sexy-too/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:15:19 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=26787

Seattle Seahawks star running back Marshawn Lynch inevitably didn’t say much at the podium for Super Bowl Media Day, responding to every question with the same remarks: “I’m here so I won’t get fined.”

Marshawn Lynch blows kiss at Super Bowl media day - 2015

But just about a minute after getting settled at the podium, a woman tossed Lynch what looked like a banana (could have been something else). Beastmode responded with a thumbs up, blew her a kiss and said “you’re sexy, too.”

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