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Drew Brees Deserves Credit For The Saints Running Game Too

Washington3.627.92614 After more than a decade of tearing teams to shreds through the air, the New Orleans Saints made a stunning change this season to their offense: They grounded their arsenal. The 2017 Saints are the most dominant rushing team in football, comfortably leading the league in yards gained by running backs. So the obvious solution for the Carolina Panthers in Sunday’s wild-card game is to stack the box with too many defenders for the Saints offensive line to block.But this won’t happen. And here’s what makes the New Orleans offense something that previously existed only in a defensive coordinator’s night terror: Drew Brees is still one of the NFL’s most effective passers, even when he’s leading the game’s best rushing attack. To put it another way, the Saints are winning because of their running game, and the Saints running game is winning because of Brees.Despite racking up more than 2,000 rushing yards by mostly Mark Ingram (1,124) and Alvin Kamara (728), the running backs and the team’s offensive line rarely had to account for eight or more defenders near the line of scrimmage. Saints’ opponents have been unwilling to commit to stopping the run — which is what you generally do against great running teams. To measure this fairly across the league, we first need to get rid of all the obvious pass or run scenarios based on down and distance or game situation.1We threw out any play where there were more than two wide receivers in the formation or an offense was down two or more scores because this suggests to a defense that a pass is coming. We also dumped all short-yardage plays (1 yard from a first down) and goal-line situations (3 or fewer yards from the end zone). Lastly, we ignored the final six minutes of the game because an offense’s intentions here are frequently obvious — whether it’s to play catch-up (pass) or to kill clock (run). Looking at what’s left, the Saints faced stacked fronts of eight or more defenders on just 37 of their 172 rushing plays, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group — a rate of 21.5 percent that’s 25th in the league. The average for all NFL teams is 28 percent. Miami4.128.01513 NY Giants4.033.9168 Houston3.824.82419 Minnesota4.028.31912 Cleveland4.123.21022 The Saints weren’t the only team that seemed to be preventing defenses from loading the box, but they had by far the most running success. Like the Saints, the Chiefs and Falcons ranked in the top five in yards per pass, which was enough to keep defenses from committing to stopping the run. While the Rams appear to fit this profile too, they played so many three-plus WR sets that teams simply could not commit that many defenders to the line of scrimmage.Playing against conventional fronts even when employing run-friendly personnel (no more than two WRs) is the key to the Saints’ success in generating yards before contact. Their running backs led the NFL in 2.85 yards on average before encountering a defender. Yes, a lot of this is good vision by the backs and effective offensive line blocking. But the fact that there weren’t often too many defenders at the line of scrimmage was Kamara and Ingram’s secret weapon.On paper, Brees’s role in the offense seems more minimized than ever: 23 touchdown passes after nine straight years of 30 or more, just 536 pass attempts after averaging 656 the prior seven seasons, and a Saints career low of 4,334 yards. But this isn’t 2015 Peyton Manning clearly wheezing to the finish line and needing the team to dominate in other areas in order to win. Brees, 38, led the NFL this year in yards per pass attempt, and his 103.9 passer rating was his best since 2013.Look no further than the Saints’ opponent on Sunday for an example of a team that has to deal with stacked fronts because defenses don’t fear the passing game. Carolina running backs had to face at least eight defenders in the box on 42 percent of the rushing plays in our sample, the second-highest rate in the league. And why not? Cam Newton ranks 21st in passing yards per attempt and 24th in passer rating, and he’s more a threat when he’s running himself.But even Ben Roethlisberger’s Steelers (37.2 percent) and Tom Brady’s Patriots (27.7 percent) were forced to send running backs into defenses with extra run-stoppers at the line of scrimmage far more often than the Saints. Maybe defenses have been slow to adjust to the Saints’ new offensive model, but Brees’s presence helping the running game find room is no recent phenomenon. Since 2010, the Saints’ average of 4.5 yards per rush by their running backs is the third-best rate in football.The even worse news for Carolina on Sunday is that perhaps no team has been more flustered by the multidimensional Saints than these Panthers. In their two prior meetings, both Saints wins, Carolina allowed 149 and 148 rushing yards. Those are the two worst performances by the Panthers’ run defense all year. And it’s not like they’re stopping Brees either: The future Hall of Famer posted a 117.8 passer rating with four TD passes in those two contests. The Panthers seem to have been caught in between the new Saints and the old-model Saints — and able to stop neither.Check out our latest NFL predictions. Pittsburgh4.037.2174 LA Chargers3.924.12221 Denver4.021.21826 Philadelphia4.534.547 Seattle3.318.23230 Chicago4.119.51429 Arizona3.444.0301 Oakland4.137.5113 Detroit3.318.03131 San Francisco4.127.31316 Dallas4.336.665 NY Jets4.030.52010 Cincinnati3.719.62528 Excludes plays that are obvious passing or rushing situations: when a team is down by at least two scores, is in a short-yardage situation, is at the goal line or is showing three or more WRs; or when the game is in the final six minutes.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Kansas City4.722.9223 Buffalo4.028.92111 Green Bay4.124.61220 Indianapolis3.620.02727 LA Rams4.522.6324 New Orleans5.121.5%125 Carolina3.642.0282 RANK Teams don’t crowd the line to stop New OrleansNFL teams by rushing yards from running backs in 2017, with how often each offense faced at least eight defenders in the box Baltimore4.227.0817 Tennessee3.931.0239 Atlanta4.217.3732 Tampa Bay3.525.22918 Jacksonville4.236.296 New England4.427.7515 TeamYards/Rush8+ Box RateYards/Rush8+ Box read more

TCI Autopsy and Police evidence insufficient manslaughter charge dropped against Fulford and

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#haitianfresh, #markfulford, #robertschuster Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – March 6, 2018 – Two young men were today freed of the burden of having to continue to prove that they were not responsible for a 2017 murder of Julliot ‘Haitian Fresh’ Pierre; at least one attorney is calling it a major victory for his client.Jermaine Fulford Jr and Clayton Morris, represented respectively by attorneys Mark Fulford and Lara Maroof (Stanbrooks Law) had the charge of manslaughter dropped against them after it was proven that there was insufficient evidence to proceed to trial. Justice Robert Schuster today determined that after having reviewed all evidence, in the police sufficiency hearing there was simply not enough condemning material to move the manslaughter case forward against the two men.Mark Fulford of F Chambers Law firm reported to Magnetic Media that he “argued before Justice Schuster, that the DPP Jillian Williams did not have enough evidence to convict their clients of the manslaughter of Julliot Pierre.”Julliot Pierre, who was 24 year old at the time of his death in July 2017, is better known by his nickname, Haitian Fresh and was chopped with a cutlass during a fight, hospitalized and he later passed away.  Originally, his death was classified as ‘unexplained’.  The autopsy report later confirmed that the injuries in that fight did cause Pierre’s death and the investigation became a homicide probe.It is widely believed the real killer got away.Magnetic Media is told that the suspected man, who police were hunting for the killing hopped a flight to Haiti and never returned to Provo.In July last year TCI Police were reported as looking for Richard ‘Rich Boi’ Gail in connection to the murder of the Kew Town man. One comment shared with Magnetic Media following today’s outcome said, “Police should have never wasted their time and the people’s resources to charge Clayton Morris and Jermaine Fulford Jr. in the killing of ‘Haitian Fresh’…. The DPP knew quite well the Police had nothing in the bundle against those two by themselves but a much stronger case against the individual that fled the country…  Police put out a wanted poster for Richard Gail but it was too late…  It is sad that this poor Haitian boy’s life was taken away from him… one cannot rejoice in the victorious results of the sufficiency hearing today… as a young man’s life was cut short.”Photo:  Julliot ‘Haitian Fresh’ Pierre, 24center_img Former PNP Election candidate and businessman calls for swifter reconstruction for Capital, Grand Turk TCI: Three airlifted with gunshot from Provo to Jamaica; attorney activist says try his crime prevention planlast_img read more

A Peek at The Economists Digital Strategy

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Congressman Al Green Visits El Salvador To Meet Deported Houston Man

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HISD to Open 13 New Or Renovated Campuses for New School Year

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11 arrested including spa manager for running sleaze racket

first_imgKOLKATA: A sleaze racket has been busted by the city police on Thursday night and as many as 11 persons including some women have been arrested for their alleged involvement.Acting on a tip-off, the Anti-Women Trafficking department of the city police raided an apartment under Karaya police station and arrested the accused. The sleaze racket was operating in the guise of Spa centre. Among the arrested, there were some sex workers, a woman manager of the Spa, some touts and customers. Police had received a complaint from locals saying certain ‘illegal’ activities were taking place inside the Spa for quite some time. On the basis of the information, police raided it on Thursday night. They are trying to know the names of others involved in the racket. Some of the policemen went to the flat and caught the accused. Police have started a case under the Immoral Trafficking Act. They are conducting raids to nab the other culprits. Locals informed police that people used to visit the place throughout the day. Initially, they thought it to be a Spa centre operating at the apartment and could never realise that a sleaze racket was active. However, locals smelled a rat and reported the matter to the local police. During the preliminary investigation police came to know that the manager used to operate the sleaze racket. A detailed probe has been initiated in this regard. Cops have also come to know that the sex workers who have been arrested, aged between 21 and 27, used to visit the Spa on a regular basis. They are being interrogated in detail.last_img read more

How the CES of Blockchain Technology Is Producing Regulatory Leadership

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. ­For the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the U.S. has Las Vegas. For blockchain technology and sweet new startups, Malta, aka “Blockchain Island,” has the DELTA Summit. So in a sense, the DELTA Summit has become the CES of blockchain technology.Malta has become the tropical breeding grounds for technologically innovative blockchain startups. This year has been the year of regulatory exploration. Whether we are talking about the U.S. or international authorities, the entire cryptocurrency community, as well as the blockchain technology enthusiasts, have all wanted the answer to one question — How can we do this without getting in trouble?Related: Entrepreneurs Are Flocking to Europe to Open Cryptocurrency BusinessesDubbed “Blockchain Island” for a reason, Malta, in its allowance of newly-innovative projects to establish themselves on the island, wants to show the rest of the world how it can lead, especially when it comes to regulation.The DELTA Summit.Earlier this month, Malta held its blockchain conference, DELTA Summit, attracting more than 3,500 industry experts and government officials. The Summit operates as a platform for investors and experts to share their experience and opinions, specifically on the controversially debated issue of regulation, with fellow entrepreneurs and investors of all ages.Congress speaks out.Blockchain and cryptocurrency has sneaked up on all of us and has shot into the kind of relevance that many are calling long-term. The result is that it isn’t just crypto-enthusiasts that are asking for guidance in the regulatory framework anymore, Congress is speaking out as well.Last month, more than a dozen members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton, urging him and the agency to provide clear guidance to investors on how it plans to regulate cryptocurrency.Since the 1946 U.S. Supreme Court decision SEC v. W.J. Howey Co., the Howey Test has been used for clarifying whether or not an asset was considered to be a “security” versus a “commodity.”Under Howey, the Court held that a transaction is an investment contract, or security, if “a person invests his money in a common enterprise and is led to expect profits solely from the efforts of the promoter or a third party.”Currently, the SEC believes U.S. Securities law to be guidance in itself for this newly created digital asset class. While Bitcoin and Ether have both been declared “commodities” by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), all other assets are currently regulated under the Howey Test.The SEC, prior to the recently received Congressional letter, has made it clear that there would be no exceptions to U.S. Securities law made for cryptocurrencies.Related: What It’s Actually Like to Work at a Crypto Startup“We are not going to do any violence to the traditional definition of a security that has worked for a long time,” Clayton said in a previous CNBC interview. “If you have an ICO or a stock, and you want to sell it in a private placement, follow the private placement rules. But, if you want to do any IPO with a token, come see us.”In Clayton’s eyes, the U.S. has already built a $19 trillion securities market that the world looks to for guidance, but according to investors and crypto-enthusiasts, this isn’t so cut and dry, and if there isn’t clear guidance, innovation could be driven elsewhere, overseas perhaps.From AngelList to straight up compliance.The U.S. has previously passed legislation allowing for the creation of companies such as AngelList, Kickstarter and Indiegogo. As we have seen, new companies like the AngelList spinoff, Republic, has taken shape, redefining the bounds of regulation.Back to the DELTA Summit, it was extremely exciting for the sponsored companies like Binance, OKEx and ABCC aim to be a regulatory model for their own demographic. After the Summit concluded, ABCC’s CEO, Calvin Cheng, spoke about what it takes to be a leader in this space and what they had done to make it into the Top 5 category of mobile applications in the Google Play Store. “What distinguishes our exchange from similar ones is our team and commitment to long term sustainability,” he said.Cheng said that in a year full of data breaches like Equifax and Facebook, they have begun to jump on board with various insurance companies, looking at readily available “cyber-insurance” policies which the space has been lacking for quite some time.Related: Why Entrepreneurs Shouldn’t Panic About the Bitcoin SlumpThis highlights another problem that the blockchain space has faced. Sure blockchain is getting hotter right now, but how long will it last? The partnerships with insurance companies to create a cyber-insurance policy, such as ABCC has done, is an approach many other platforms are now adopting. In my opinion, it is an absolutely necessary step as the entire nature of blockchain is to handle information and often sensitive information. This is a step in the right direction for the regulation of the every growing blockchain space.The relevance of Malta and the DELTA Summit is that it offers enthusiasts and entrepreneurs in the space and avenue to meet, innovate and hence, they are not waiting around for governments to do the work of regulation. There are enough people and even governments enthusiastic enough to both adopt it, invest in it and to push for proper regulation.If that doesn’t spell long-term for you, then I don’t know what will.  Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global December 21, 2018 Register Now »last_img read more

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