The former Australian Diamond added her name to a wealth of talented international players who will be on the English stage in 2021, so let’s take a look at them in detail…Madi BrowneBrowne is arguably one of the most high-profile signings that the Vitality Netball Superleague has ever seen. The two-time winner of the Liz Ellis Diamond Award is one of Australia’s most decorated athletes, in any sport.From the start, Dan Ryan – Leeds Rhinos Netball’s high performance director and Superleague head coach – said he wanted to have the right blend of experience and youth in his inaugural squad.- Advertisement –
What happens when your starting quarterback goes down?Panic? Confusion? Mass hysteria? Maybe. But is losing a starting quarterback really that bad?Recently in the NFL, there seems to be a parity between starters and their backups. Teams have begun to realize that, at any time, their starter could go down for a prolonged period of time, and they are making quality investments in backups.Long gone are the days of Bubby Brister, Moses Moreno and Cleo Lemon. Instead, teams are putting in former starters, such as Byron Leftwich or Gus Frerotte, who have legitimate NFL experience and a decent knowledge of the playbook.Even if the backups have not been as experienced, there have been many instances where backups have come in and become the starter. The best example is Tom Brady’s emergence in 2001, when he took over for Drew Bledsoe and eventually led the team to the Super Bowl. Before taking over the offense, Brady had just one professional completion, but was still able to take the team to the championship the next year.The Patriots have seen a similar scenario this year as Matt Cassel has taken over for the injured Brady. Even before Cassel came to the Pats, he was a career backup at USC, playing behind Heisman Trophy winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart. Before Brady went down, Cassel had only had 22 NFL completions, but is leading the Pats to a successful season despite losing the league MVP.The same thing happened in Dallas, let alone Bledsoe, when Tony Romo took over as quarterback. Since then, the Cowboys offense has gained one of the first legitimate passing attacks since Troy Aikman. Plus, he brings a little extra scenery to Texas Stadium every Sunday.Over the last few weeks, we have seen a number of starting quarterbacks go down. Just last Sunday, the Bears lost the power of the neck beard in Kyle Orton, and Big Ben Roethlisberger went down against the Redskins on Monday. However, both teams were able to pull out the win behind the leadership of quality starting backups.Now, in Chicago’s instance, I am not saying things will be as consistent as they may be under Leftwich in Pittsburgh. The Steelers have a solid running game and a staunch defense to support Leftwich for however long Big Ben is out. However, the Bears might have to rely on the schizophrenic Rex Grossman to get them through a few games, leaving Chicago fans wondering who will show up on Sunday: Good Rex or Bad Rex.But, you will notice there is not any panic coming from Lovie Smith. Sure, the Bears head coach isn’t one to show emotion, but at least he doesn’t have to automatically hand the reins of Ron Turner’s offense over to an unproven rookie. Instead, he can keep the playbook open and hopefully create a game plan to limit Grossman’s mistakes and take advantage of the strong play of rookie running back Matt Forte.Although teams like the Bears and the Steelers are in decent shape to make a run at the playoffs despite losing their starting quarterbacks, there are teams who are not as fortunate. The Kansas City Chiefs are now relying on Tyler Thigpen, who was drafted out of Coastal Carolina University by the Vikings in 2007 and was picked up as a free agent by the Chiefs in 2008. He is the third quarterback to start for Kansas City this year after both Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard have gone down.The lowly Detroit Lions find themselves in a bind as well after losing starter Jon Kitna to injury and getting inadequate play from Dan Orlovsky. They have recently signed former Minnesota Viking, Miami Dolphin and Oakland Raider Dante Culpepper to a two-year contract to try to stop the bleeding in Detroit. The Lions are trying to go for an experienced quarterback, rather than an unproven rookie, to try to get a few wins in the second half of the season.Needless to say, it seems as if NFL teams are trying to prepare for injured starting quarterbacks rather than pray an unproven backup can be an effective game manager while the starter is nursed back to health. This trend should make teams that have had injury problems a little more competitive and prevent a wave of panic from spreading to fans and coaches.Ben is a senior majoring in journalism. Think teams stress too much importance on their backup QBs? He can be reached at email@example.com.
StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Share EveryMatrix increases virtual sports offering via CasinoEngine March 19, 2020 Si14Bet: P2P betting is a driving force for the future June 26, 2020 Igor Vasilj: Making sure the price is still right for NSoft May 22, 2020 Share Metric Gaming has agreed a fresh partnership, that is to see the firm supply its golf pricing solution to digital entertainment and sports betting company BetBright.The sports betting technology, software and services organisation details that its service “offers operators the chance to differentiate themselves from rivals in an increasingly competitive market”.Giving customers access to a broad selection of in-play betting options across outrights and other 72, 18 and hole-by-hole markets, the service also enables golf fans to their expertise to the test across a variety of major PGA and European tour events throughout the year. Owen Duffy, Product Manager at BetBright, said: “We are delighted to have integrated Metric Gaming’s golf solution. We see Golf as an important element of our overall customer proposition and we look forward to a successful partnership with Metric in to the future.” Available on a standalone basis through the Metric modulus platform, the company’s proprietary golf and racing products provide “cost effective access to customisable products”.Accessible as either a fully managed or feed-out service, plans to launch a fully managed football product later this year were also detailed, which will encompass a create-a-bet solution.Jim Supple, Chief Operating Officer at Metric, said: “We are delighted to partner with another fast-growing and forward-thinking brand like BetBright. Metric’s cutting-edge Golf product will complement BetBright’s existing product range and support the impressive momentum the company has achieved to date.”This follows news earlier in the week that BetBright has entered into an agreement with Betradar, in a deal that sees the firm set to utilise its Managed Trading Services (MTS) division.Detailing that it is to engage in selective trading in key sports for the Dublin based operator, it was also noted that its fully managed outsourced trading solution offers various degrees of support, including fixtures to resulting, odds compilation and risk management.