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Cam Newton Never Had A Chance

Photo by AAron Ontiveroz / The Denver Post via Getty Images; Chart by Allison McCann Packers72127137.620528.4 Seahawks65814021.320731.5 Cardinals71231344.022431.5 Broncos79431439.5%27334.4% Photo by AAron Ontiveroz / The Denver Post via Getty Images; chart by Allison McCann Photo by Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images; chart by Allison McCann Texans64320832.318929.4 Falcons60013722.813823.0 Browns55814225.414125.3 Panthers84823627.824829.2 Now here’s a slope chart, with the left column being Newton’s QBR on unmolested attempts, and the right his QBR when pressured: Bengals74714219.021829.2 Chiefs76618524.221728.3 This may be compelling evidence that Carolina simply stumbled in the big one, having just clubbed the second- and third-best pressure defenses in back-to-back playoff games. But Seattle and Arizona are both hugely different defenses from Denver. The Seahawks are a low-blitz team that relies on a killer secondary. The Cardinals also relied more on coverage before free safety Tyrann Mathieu went down for the year, but they also leaned heavily on blitz packages; their one-on-one pass-rushing was so anemic that 35-year-old Dwight Freeney led the team with eight sacks — and no other Cardinal had more than five.As you saw Sunday, that is not at all how the Broncos play defense. Raiders70023934.118125.9 This is a pie chart: Photo by Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images; chart by Allison McCann Vikings65517226.320431.1 Redskins65914421.915523.5 Giants67817626.017826.3 Buccaneers58516428.015426.3 Photo by John Leyba / The Denver Post via Getty Images; chart by Allison McCann TEAMDROPBACKSBLITZESBLITZ RATEPRESSURESPRESSURE RATE Titans56624443.115226.9 Ravens60717629.015625.7 Bears58212221.015326.3 To illustrate this, I’ve created a series of charts and graphs. Here’s a simple line chart showing various opponents’ pressure against Newton over the course of the game: Colts64024137.718328.6 Eagles68917124.817926.0 Chargers56117831.714425.7 Lions59319933.615526.1 For regular season and playoffsSource: TruMedia On the first fumble of the game, the one that set things spinning, Von Miller wheeled around the edge, sized up right tackle Mike Remmers like he was riding down on a quintain, and crashed past him and into Newton, knocking the ball out and into the end zone, all within something like two-and-a-half-Mississippi.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dk0KqS2Pb4Miller circled back around on Remmers often enough to run up 2.5 sacks, 2 more hits and a half-dozen more near-thumpings. We have stats that can reflect what a player does in a game, but not as much what he does to it. The old Bill James line is that baseball stats can acquire the powers of language, telling a story or calling a game all on their own. Those Broncos numbers are burly enough to carry luggage, but they don’t quite have the powers to tell you how different the game looks when the pocket collapses before the snap finds the center’s ass.This works the other way around as well. Cam’s numbers aren’t getting any prettier no matter how you slice them. But at least twice Sunday he carried a defender on his back as he wound up and got a throw off toward the sticks — incomplete pass, but not a sack. They were hand-to-God some of the most impressive feats of strength I’ve witnessed. There aren’t stats for that, at least not in the ESPN database, as there aren’t any for something like whispering a third-quarter pass 30 yards in the air, over the shoulder of the defender and into Jerricho Cotchery’s breadbasket at the 5-yard line, only for the defender — a linebacker sprinting 25 yards downfield — to close at the last second and knock it out. It was just Cotchery’s third drop of the season; it also happened to be his third drop of the game. The streaking ‘backer was Miller, naturally, who was named the game’s MVP.After the game, receiver Devin Funchess was one of the few Panthers to serve up more than platitudes — if just barely — about preparing for Miller and the rest of Denver’s defense. “You can’t do that in practice,” he said, asked about preparing for the rush versus actually having to play against it. “Our guys can’t mimic that.”It’s true of the stats just as much as it is of the players. Other teams may have pressure numbers that resemble what this Denver defense put together this season, but only because our tools of observation remain imperfect. Near as we can tell, the Broncos are the best defense the Panthers faced in a postseason flush with top units. But for really unusual teams, our best guesses can often be far enough out that we can’t fully appreciate what it is that we’re watching without accepting that greatness affects the game in ways we can’t yet fully capture.Or, as Madden might tell you just as easily, When you have great players playing great, well, that’s great football.4An actual Maddenism. Denver’s defense was a force of nature Steelers77526133.719825.5 Dolphins58612721.715326.1 SAN FRANCISCO — If there’s one thing years of quarterback data have taught us, it’s that QBs do poorly under pressure.1ESPN Stats & Info defines a “pressure” as any instance in which a QB is sacked, hit, forced from the pocket, forced to alter his throwing motion, forced to move within the pocket or otherwise hassled by a defender in his line of sight. In about a quarter of all dropbacks, the QB is under pressure, according to ESPN Stats & Info, and in those cases, their QBR is 7.9.2Since 2010, one of the first years for which “pressure” data is reliable. QBR is ESPN’s measurement of quarterback performance. Some of you will never warm to QBR, which is fine. I’m falling back to it here for two reasons. First, it’s the best we have for big-bucket quarterback stats. Second, the ancillary stuff QBR picks up — rushing, fumbles, bad throws, lousy decisions — are precisely the sort of things we want to see when we’re talking about QBs escaping the rush. This is very bad. It is, to shine a little point of reference, JaMarcus Russell on an off day, and helps reverse engineer a John Madden quote: When a quarterback is being harassed, he doesn’t have much of a chance.3Not a real Maddenism, but it sounds like one. Great.As it happens, Cam Newton did not have much of a chance in Super Bowl 50. Stats & Info has him down for 48 dropbacks, of which 21 were pressured. His QBR on those 21 plays was 2.6; for the game, it was 16.9 — just a hair over his 15.6 mark on pressured plays for the season. He was sacked six times, hit 15 times (five on plays that didn’t generate a “pressure”) and blitzed 25 times. He threw an interception, and a few other balls sailed high, and he gave up two fumbles in his own red zone that would result in 15 points for the Broncos. It was, as our MaddenBot might say, a very bad day for Cam Newton.(Peyton Manning was pressured on 11 of 28 dropbacks, and had a similarly miserable 2.5 QBR on those plays.)Days like Sunday didn’t happen to Newton very often this season. Through the league championship, he was pressured 179 times in 654 dropbacks, or 27.4 percent. (His QBR on those plays was 15.6.) Going by pressures per dropback, the Panthers played only four top-10 pressure defenses this season. During the regular season, the Texans, Seahawks and Colts each played the Panthers tight and held Cam under 50 QBR (and under 80 in the traditional passer rating), but the Panthers defense and general mediocrity of those teams carried Carolina on through. In the divisional round rematch against the Seahawks, defensive end Cliff Avril — one of Seattle’s best pass rushers — left the game in the second quarter and didn’t return. The Seahawks pressured Cam just twice all game. The Cardinals brought pressure six times in the conference championship, a season-low for them. A histogram showing the distribution of pressure plays by scoring margin: Jaguars65418227.815123.1 Saints59816026.814023.4 49ers60016327.216928.2 Rams66825538.219128.6 As the data shows, Newton was well and truly, uh, accounted for. Cowboys55911720.915026.8 Patriots75914318.820026.4 Jets66729243.819929.8 Bills63819831.015223.8 This one is a stacked bar chart, in two segments: read more

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Housing Commission and Mayor Faulconer announce 50 million in funding for affordable

first_img September 4, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 5:46 PM KUSI Newsroom, Sasha Foo, KUSI Newsroom, Sasha Foo center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Housing Commission announced Tuesday it will award up to $50 million to housing developers to fund the construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing in the city.The SDHC announced the available funding at a news conference with Mayor Kevin Faulconer and City Councilwoman Georgette Gomez at San Diego City College’s campus at 14th and C streets.Under two of the three Notices of Funding Availability, up to $20 million will be granted to create affordable housing for low-income residents and housing with services for the city’s homeless population. The third grants $10 million in funding to projects that rehabilitate affordable rental housing.“Housing affordability and homelessness are inextricably connected,” Faulconer said. “We’re working aggressively to cut red tape and create more incentives to spur development of new housing that working families can actually afford. The release of $50 million for more affordable housing continues that momentum and sends a clear message: It’s time for builders to build.”The SDHC plans to choose developers via a competitive bidding process. As part of the notices, housing created or rehabilitated must remain below 80 percent, and in come cases 60 percent, of the area median income for at least 55 years. The 2018 AMI in San Diego is $81,800 according to the county.“Addressing our city’s housing affordability crisis is one of the top priorities for me,” said Gomez, vice chair of the Select Committee on Homelessness. “San Diegans need access to housing they can afford, and this funding is an important part of providing those opportunities.” Posted: September 4, 2018 Housing Commission and Mayor Faulconer announce $50 million in funding for affordable housinglast_img read more

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Time Inc Names Rich Battista EVP and President of People EW

first_img Battista’s entrance comes on the heels of People and Entertainment Weekly merging staff and a series of other executive-level staff changes. Concurrently, Ripp announced the promotion of Karen Kovacs to group publisher of People and Entertainment Weekly. Kovacs, a 22-year Time Inc. veteran, is “a driving force behind the success of the People brand,” says Ripp. Kovacs has played a heavy role in digital expansion for the brands, working on integrated packages, People’s digital launch and multimedia spinoffs such as People Now and the People Magazine Awards. Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp has named Rich Battista the executive VP of Time Inc. and president of People and Entertainment Weekly. He will report to Ripp and starts his new role on April 6 based out of the New York headquarters. Battista, a 25-year veteran of the entertainment and media industry, joins Time Inc. from his previous role as CEO of Mandalay Sports Media.  Battista’s new duties will include full operational oversight of growing the brands’ core businesses, as well as extending their print and digital properties across media platforms. And with experience leveraging content across television, film and digital while at Mandalay, it’s a safe bet he’ll bring that to People and EW.  “Rich’s proven success in building large-scale businesses across multi-media platforms makes him the perfect choice to lead the powerful People and Entertainment Weekly,” said Ripp in a staff memo earlier today. last_img read more

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BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons UniFirst To Sponsor NASCARs William Byron Chevrolet At May

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — UniFirst Corporation, a North American leader in providing customized work uniform programs, corporate attire, and facility service products, in partnership with 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports, is gearing up for the 2019 NASCAR season debut of the No. 24 UniFirst Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by 2018 Cup rookie of the year and 2019 DAYTONA 500 pole winner William Byron for this weekend’s race at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, May 11. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on FOX Sports 1 (FS1).UniFirst is a primary sponsor of the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 team with Byron for three races during the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season. At 21 years old, he became the second-youngest driver in history to earn the pole for the prestigious DAYTONA 500 when he kicked off 2019 by capturing the top qualifying spot for “The Great American Race.” Now a third of the way through the season, fans will get their first chance to see the refreshed No. 24 UniFirst Chevrolet on the racetrack, featuring a dynamic, contemporary paint scheme with the company’s signature green and white colors, along with its corporate logo.In 2016, UniFirst and Hendrick Motorsports announced an eight-year partnership that runs through the 2023 NASCAR season. UniFirst is the official workwear provider of Hendrick Motorsports, supplying work clothing and uniforms to the team and its sister company, Hendrick Automotive Group, which is the largest privately held retail automotive organization in the United States.“We’re as excited as ever to see the debut of our updated UniFirst race car design, as well as our driver, William Byron, who got off to a strong start this season,” says Adam Soreff, director of marketing and communications for UniFirst. “We’re revved up from William winning rookie of the year win last season and his pole award for the 61st running of the DAYTONA 500, and we’re really looking forward to his performance in the UniFirst Chevy this weekend in Kansas.”In 2018, Byron became only the second driver to win rookie of the year honors in each of NASCAR’s three national series in consecutive years — earning titles in the Cup Series in 2018, the Xfinity Series in 2017 and the Gander Outdoor Truck Series in 2016. He was named the driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet in August 2017.The next race for UniFirst after this weekend will be at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 2:30 p.m. ET, and will be televised on NBC. UniFirst will then return with the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. ET, also live on NBC.About Hendrick MotorsportsFounded by Rick Hendrick in 1984, Hendrick Motorsports has earned 253 points-paying race victories and a record 12 car owner championships in the premier NASCAR Cup Series. The organization fields four full-time Chevrolet teams on the Cup circuit with drivers Chase Elliott, William Byron, Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman. Headquartered in Concord, North Carolina, Hendrick Motorsports employs more than 600 people. For more information, please visit HendrickMotorsports.com or interact on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.About UniFirstHeadquartered in Wilmington, Mass., UniFirst Corporation (NYSE: UNF) is a North American leader in the supply and servicing of uniform and workwear programs, as well as the delivery of facility service programs. Together with its subsidiaries, the company also provides first aid and safety products, and manages specialized garment programs for the cleanroom and nuclear industries. UniFirst manufactures its own branded workwear, protective clothing, and floorcare products; and with more than 250 service locations, over 300,000 customer locations, and 14,000-plus employee Team Partners, the company outfits nearly 2 million workers each business day. For more information, contact UniFirst at 888.861.2709 or visit UniFirst.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from UniFirst.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s UniFirst To Sponsor William Byron’s Race Car For 2019 NASCAR SeasonIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s UniFirst Teams Up With IndyCar Driver Marco Andretti For Two July RacesIn “Business”Wilmington’s UniFirst Unveils New Race Car Design For Driver William Byron for 2018 NASCAR SeasonIn “Business”last_img read more

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Daudkandi road crash kills 4

first_imgAt least four people were killed and 15 others  injured when a bus hit a tree in Singuladighirpar area of Daudkandi upazila of Comilla early Monday.The deceased are- Rifat Hossain, 29, of Lohagara in Chittagong, Shahab Uddin, 35, Abu Hanif, 6, and Amjad Hossain, 28, of Satkania upazila in Chittagong.The accident occurred when the driver of Saudia Paribahan lost control and the bus hit the tree leaving the four dead on the spot at around 1:30am, said Daudkandi police station officer in-charge Abul Kalam Azad.The injured, some in critical condition, were rushed to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, the OC added.last_img

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200 arrested over attack on police

first_imgBNP men attack prison van, snatch away two activists. Photo: Saiful IslamA total of 200 people have been arrested in three cases filed with Shahbagh and Ramna police stations in connection with the ‘attack on the police’ and snatching of two people from prison van in front of the High Court, reports UNB.Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mia on Sunday revealed the number of arrestees while briefing newsmen after inspecting the overall security of the on-going Ekushey book fair premises in the capital.Earlier on 31 January, police filed two cases against 700-800 people in connection with snatching of two BNP activists from a prison van on 30 January.Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi and its standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy were also sued in the cases.The DMP chief also said police will be in a strict position to protect people’s security and maintain order in the capital.He said all out preparations have been taken to maintain the law and order in the capital on 8 February, day scheduled for pronunciation of verdict in a graft case filed against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.DMP Commissioner added that all the DMP units including Detective Branch and Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit have been working in coordination.The DMP commissioner alleged that attacking on the police and snatching two people away from the prison van were arranged to create an unstable situation in the country. Those who have been found involved in the incident must be brought under the laws, he said.About the aftermath of 8 February verdict, he said, nothing will happen.No anarchy will be allowed centering the verdict.last_img read more