GridironGrit.com http://gridirongrit.com NFL, College Football, NFL Draft and Fantasy Football News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:44:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Colts Sign Robert Mathis To One-Year Extension http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/colts-sign-robert-mathis-to-one-year-extension/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/colts-sign-robert-mathis-to-one-year-extension/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:44:32 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=25912

The Indianapolis Colts have just given their star edge rusher Robert Mathis a one-year contract extension through 2016.

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Photo Credit: Colts.com

Mathis, 33, is coming off the most productive season of his entire 11-year career with 59 tackles and a career-high 19.5 sacks as the runner-up to 2013 Defensive Player of the Year Luke Kuechly.

Already suspended for the first four games of the season, the 6-foot-2, 246-pound star edge rusher and five-time Pro Bowler went down with a season-ending torn Achilles tendon early this month that left a crater the size of Indianapolis in the Colts’ front seven.

But the extension prevents Mathis from hitting the open market next spring and gives Indy a much-needed boost on defense next season as the Colts try to continue to build towards a potential Super Bowl run.

Check out a series of related videos on the Colts below.

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Report: Raiders Fire Coach Dennis Allen Over the Phone http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/report-raiders-fire-coach-dennis-allen/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/report-raiders-fire-coach-dennis-allen/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 03:50:50 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=25903

The Oakland Raiders have reportedly fired head coach Dennis Allen following Sunday’s embarrassing 38-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins in London.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Raiders actually fired him over the phone.

Photo Credit: Raiders.com

Photo Credit: Raiders.com

 

The Raiders came into 2014 as a potential sleeper team after overhauling their roster with an impressive combination of young talent and veteran leadership throughout the offseason.

But as expected, not all of the new pieces have lived up to expectations, and Oakland has struggled with the first quarter of a brutal 2014 schedule, coming up short in hard-fought defeats to the New York Jets and New England Patriots and suffering blowout losses to the Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins to open the season.

GM Reggie McKenzie and Allen knew they were likely facing a make-or-break year, and while Allen is the first to go, McKenzie certainly deserves much of the blame as well for his personnel decisions.

Replacing Allen won’t remotely solve all of the problems in Oakland. The organization has been one of the league’s worst run teams for over a decade, but you’ve got to start somewhere and Allen clearly wasn’t the right guy for the job.

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Joseph Fauria Blames His Ankle Injury On His Dog http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/joseph-fauria-blames-his-ankle-injury-on-his-dog/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/joseph-fauria-blames-his-ankle-injury-on-his-dog/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:02:40 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=25896

Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria — most-known for his elaborate touchdown dances — was sidelined with an ankle injury during yesterday’s hard-fought victory over the New York Jets.

Coming into the game, we knew that Fauria’s injury happened at his home, which was pretty bizarre since nearly all injuries to NFL players occur on the field during game action or at practice.

But on Monday, the 6-foot-7, 267-pound second-year tight end shed light on exactly how hurt himself, and we have to say it may be more bizarre than the way his former teammate Nate Burleson hurt himself last year.

Photo Credit: DetroitLions.com

Photo Credit: DetroitLions.com

“I hate to blame it on Lil Rufio but it is kind of his fault, and mine too, for not being athletic enough to catch myself,” Fauria said, via the team’s official website. “I just miss stepped with my left foot and couldn’t catch myself.”

“I hate to blame it on Lil Rufio but it is kind of his fault, and mine too, for not being athletic enough to catch myself,” Fauria said. “I just miss stepped with my left foot and couldn’t catch myself.”

While athletes have been known to make up stories after suffering bizarre and/or embarrassing injuries when they were doing something they shouldn’t be doing, Fauria’s claim seems too ridiculous to be a lie.

Within the same week, Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch went down with a season-ending torn ACL while celebrating a sack and trying to mock Aaron Rodgers with a “Discount Double Check” dance and quarterback Matthew Stafford barely avoided serious injury when a pedestrian bridge collapsed right in front of him while he was on his way to practice.

And of course last year wide receiver Nate Burleson broke his arm in a car accident while he was trying to keep a pizza from sliding into the floor.

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Bills Name Kyle Orton Starting Quarterback, Bench E.J. Manuel http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/bills-name-kyle-orton-starting-quarterback-bench-e-j-manuel/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/bills-name-kyle-orton-starting-quarterback-bench-e-j-manuel/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:41:38 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=25890

The Buffalo Bills have reportedly named Kyle Orton their starting quarterback and benched 2013 first round pick E.J. Manuel following Sunday’s hard-fought loss to the Houston Texans.

Through the first four games of the season, Manuel has completed just 58 percent of his passes with a measly 6.40 yards per attempt average. After opening the season with impressive wins over the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins, Manuel has been sacked five times the past two weeks and tossed a pair of crucial interceptions in Sunday’s loss to the Texans, one of which was an 80-yard pick-six by no other than J.J. Watt.

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Photo Credit: DallasCowboys.com

Taken in the same round of the same draft (No. 106 overall in 2005), Orton has completed 1,326 of 2,265 passes (58.5 percent) for 15,019 yards with an 83:59 TD-to-INT ratio through 75 games (70 starts) with the Chicago Bears (2005-08), Denver Broncos (2009-11), Kansas City Chiefs (2011) and Dallas Cowboys (2012-13).

He’s still only 31-years-old and played really well in his first start since 2011 in last year’s season finale, firing on 30 of 46 passes (65.2 percent) for 358 yards in a hard-fought 24-22 loss to the division rival Philadelphia Eagles.

Orton will be a game-manager in Buffalo, but he’ll probably be more reliable under center and give the Bills a better chance to win.

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Morris Claiborne Done For the Season http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/morris-claiborne-done-for-the-season/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/morris-claiborne-done-for-the-season/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:33:12 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=25885

Dallas Cowboys embattled cornerback Morris Claiborne is reportedly done for the rest of the season after suffering a torn left patellar tendon in Sunday night’s stunning 38-17 blowout win over the New Orleans Saints.

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Photo Credit: DallasCowboys.com

The former No. 6 overall pick from the 2012 NFL Draft reportedly “stormed out of the facility,” skipped the team’s walkthrough practice and went AWOL last Tuesday after learning he was demoted to the No. 3 CB role.

Claiborne cooled down and returned to practice the next day, but is now down for the season.

The injury-prone 5-foot-11, 192-pound cornerback has been one of the biggest draft busts in recent memory, and his roster spot is uncertain for next season. Claiborne, 24, is due a fully-guaranteed $2.607 million in the final year of his rookie contract, but Dallas’ defense is probably better off without him, at least with him out of the starting lineup.

Perhaps a change of scenery could turn things around for him in 2015, but this isn’t a big loss for Dallas.

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Report: Raiders Firing Coach Dennis Allen http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/report-raiders-firing-coach-dennis-allen/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/report-raiders-firing-coach-dennis-allen/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 02:45:06 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=25880

The Oakland Raiders are reportedly firing head coach Dennis Allen following Sunday’s embarrassing 38-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins in London. According to Terry Collins of the Associated Press, an announcement may not be made until Tuesday.

We assume that’s because the team won’t leave London until Monday morning and would naturally prefer to make the announcement in Oakland. Collins has since strangely deleted his tweet, but screenshots have surfaced.

Photo Credit: Raiders.com

Photo Credit: Raiders.com

Update: Collins has sent out an apology for he calls unconfirmed rumors about Allen’s firing.

We still fully expect Allen to be fired, perhaps later this week, but he’s still the Raiders’ head coach for now.

The Raiders came into 2014 as a potential sleeper team after overhauling their roster with an impressive combination of young talent and veteran leadership throughout the offseason.

But as expected, not all of the new pieces have lived up to expectations, and Oakland has struggled with the first quarter of a brutal 2014 schedule, coming up short in hard-fought defeats to the New York Jets and New England Patriots and suffering blowout losses to the Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins to open the season.

GM Reggie McKenzie and Allen knew they were likely facing a make-or-break year, and Allen will be the first to go, but McKenzie certainly deserves much of the blame as well for his personnel decisions.

Replacing Allen won’t remotely solve all of the problems in Oakland. The organization has been one of the league’s worst run teams for over a decade, but you’ve got to start somewhere and Allen clearly isn’t the right guy for the job.

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Watch: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallett Knock Each Other Down http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/watch-ryan-fitzpatrick-ryan-mallett-knock-each-other-down/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/watch-ryan-fitzpatrick-ryan-mallett-knock-each-other-down/#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 19:22:42 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=25877

The Houston Texans finally found the end zone with under a minute left in the first half of Sunday’s contest against the Buffalo Bills after quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick found DeAndre Hopkins on a 35-yard strike.

But perhaps the most memorable moment of the first half came during the touchdown celebration when Fitzpatrick simultaneously leaped in the air with backup quarterback Ryan Mallett and they knocked each other down.

Ryan Mallett beats up Ryan Fitzpatrick during touchdown celebration - Texans vs. Bills 2014

As you can see in the hilarious blooper below, Mallett then got up and playfully bumped the Harvard alum on the chin. These two quarterbacks may want to find new ways to celebrate before they get each other hurt.

 

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Report: LeGarrette Blount Fined For Touchdown Celebration http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/report-legarrette-blount-fined-for-touchdown-celebration/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/report-legarrette-blount-fined-for-touchdown-celebration/#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 04:47:09 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=25872

Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount has done a relatively solid job of staying out of trouble throughout his NFL career, but his latest touchdown celebration has resulted in a fine.

Photo Credit: Steelers.com

Photo Credit: Steelers.com

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Wilkening reports that Blount has been fined $5,512 for tossing the football into the stands after finding the end zone in the fourth quarter of last Sunday night’s dominant 37-19 win over the Carolina Panthers.

How in the world the league came up with that exact figure is a real head-scratcher, especially since all Blount did was throw the ball into the crowd and provide a fan with a memorable souvenir.

Blount finished the game with 118 yards and a score on just 10 carries (11.8 YPC), yet second-year back (and our 2014 Steelers breakout candidate) Le’Veon Bell picked up 147 yards on 21 carries (7.0 YPC).

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Watch: Ohio State Coach Body Slams Fan To the Turf http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/watch-ohio-state-coach-body-slams-fan-to-the-turf/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/watch-ohio-state-coach-body-slams-fan-to-the-turf/#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 00:35:24 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=25867

During the Ohio State Buckeyes‘ battle with the Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday, one fan foolishly decided to trot onto the field. It didn’t take long before Buckeyes assistant strength and conditioning coach Anthony Schlegel to prove he can still tackle as the former Ohio State star linebacker slammed the fan to the turf.

Ohio State coach Anthony Schlegel body slams fan to the turf

A former 2006 third round pick (No. 76 overall), Schlegel recorded only one tackle in his first and only season with the New York Jets (2006), before appearing in 13 games (five starts) and recording 33 tackles in his final NFL season with the Cincinnati Bengals (2007). He also played for the Florida Tuskers in the UFL (United Football League) before returning to Ohio State as an assistant coach.

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Adrian Wilson Looking For High School Coaching Job On Twitter http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/adrian-wilson-looking-for-high-school-coaching-job-on-twitter/ http://gridirongrit.com/2014/09/adrian-wilson-looking-for-high-school-coaching-job-on-twitter/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 23:14:58 +0000 http://gridirongrit.com/?p=25863

Adrian Wilson has had an illustrious NFL career, racking up 893 tackles with 14 forced fumbles, 25.5 sacks and 27 interceptions in 12 NFL seasons with the Arizona Cardinals (2001-12).

But the five-time Pro Bowler and future member of the Cardinals’ Ring of Honor knows his days are done in the NFL after getting released by the Chicago Bears last month after just a couple of months with the team.

So he’s decided to pursue coaching, and with over 32,000 followers, Wilson thought he’d get the word out on Twitter about his interest in coaching at the high school level.

Photo Credit: AZCardinals.com

Photo Credit: AZCardinals.com

The former 2001 third round selection (No. 64 overall) out of N.C. State signed a three-year, $5 million deal with the New England Patriots in March 2013, but was ultimately released 13 months later after suffering a season-ending torn Achilles tendon during the 2013 preseason. Fortunately for Wilson, he was able to get a lead from his unusual job hunting method.

The soon-to-be 35-year-old former safety still holds the NFL single-season record for the most sacks ever by a defensive back (eight in 2005) and he became just the 10th player in NFL history to join the 20-20 club (20 career sacks and interceptions) in 2009.

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