The Browns Need A Great QB Which Is Why They Didnt Draft

Again, you can see that QBs who are consistent contributors are concentrated very early in the draft – so much that, by the time you get 30-40 picks into the draft, a QB’s expected contribution drops below Brock Osweiler/Cody Kessler levels.It’s amazing to me that Osweiler has spent three years on the bench, played reasonably well for half a season, and played badly enough in his only year as a full-time starter that his team gave away draft picks to avoid paying him – and yet, for all that, he has had above-average production for a second-round draft pick. That’s why you don’t reach down for QBs in the draft.The three quarterbacks taken high in the draft may yet prove to be as good as their draft positions suggest. Projections are often wrong, and NFL teams presumably know how to evaluate talent. You’d think as much, anyway. But reaching down in the first round hasn’t worked out very well of late. ESPN’s scouting gave Trubisky, Watson and Patrick Mahomes grades of 89, 88 and 85, respectively. Since 2009, six quarterbacks with grades lower than 90 have been selected in the first round, and a quick “where are they now” isn’t pretty: Christian Ponder, Josh Freeman, Brandon Weeden, Tim Tebow and Teddy Bridgewater did not play in 2016 (whether on account of poor play or injury), while E.J. Manuel had 131 yards passing (for the season) as a backup in Buffalo.And again, the Browns already have two players on their roster who have performed like late-first-round QBs!Of course, it’s always a gamble – and I have nothing against gambling – but part of being a good gambler is understanding the odds you’re getting. If the Browns thought none of these prospects was worth betting the franchise on (putting them in agreement with projections), their first-round choices were prudent. That chart may look like taking a QB at the top of the draft is even more imperative. But the key point is that, after the blue-chippers, things get dicey. So when you’re sitting in a blue-chip draft position (as the Browns were), and you don’t see any blue-chip QBs, taking the next-best thing doesn’t get you a rough approximation of a blue-chip QB. It gets you something substantially different.OK, that’s just a snapshot of where things stood last season using a crude (though dramatic) metric. Ultimately, a QB doesn’t contribute just by playing games, he contributes by playing well in them. (Though one, of course, can certainly follow from the other.) While I generally still think QB value is a mystery, there are some metrics – such as ESPN’s QBR – that at least try to divide credit between a QB and his team.Using the QBR breakdown, we can estimate how many points each QB has contributed to his team’s scoring. Here’s the average QBR points above replacement contributed by QBs depending on where they were drafted, from 2006 to 2016: The Cleveland Browns entered the 2017 NFL draft with a haul of draft picks and a dire need for a quarterback. Yet, despite rumors swirling for days that the Browns might use their No. 1 overall pick to take North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (ESPN’s 27th-ranked prospect), they were conservative and selected the draft’s top prospect, Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett. By the end of the round, the Browns still didn’t have a QB, having passed up the chance to take Deshaun Watson in the 12th spot, as well.So how could the Browns, pick-rich and desperate, fail to pick up one of the top QBs available in the draft? This has been cause for some criticism. For example, here’s ESPN’s Kevin Seifert:But failing to use any of [their draft picks] on a high(er)-end quarterback will doom them in the short- and mid-term. Unless you think the Browns can grow with 2016 third-rounder Cody Kessler or — gasp — recent acquisition Brock Osweiler, it’s difficult to see how they can move forward while continuing to slow-play the position.I see this type of argument made a lot: A team that needs a QB needs to take a QB. But it isn’t quite that simple. Quarterbacks are almost always high-risk prospects, and investing in a bad quarterback can kill a franchise just as easily as not having one.It’s a bit of a cliche, but there is only a small group of people walking this earth who are capable of playing quarterback for the NFL. And most QBs taken in the draft aren’t among them. QBs have long careers, and (by definition) there are only 16 at any time that are better than average starters.Most are not Tom Brady. Brady, a sixth-round choice in 2000, almost single-handedly gives late-round picks everywhere hope. But most successful quarterbacks entered the league as top prospects. For example, of the 37 QBs who started at least five games last season, nine were former No. 1 overall draft picks (of 12 drafted in the Brady era1Brady was the only starting quarterback last year who was drafted before 2001.). Another eight came from picks 2-10 in the draft (of 14 taken in the Brady era), and four came from later in the first round (of 19).2Two were undrafted, though the pool of undrafted would-be NFL QBs is impossible to measure.Of the 211 QBs drafted in the Brady era, what share from each round were in starting roles last year? read more

Ballack urges Hazard to be more straight with Chelsea

first_imgGerman legend Michael Ballack, explained why he believes that Eden Hazard needs to be more demanding towards Chelsea if he wants to leave.The situation between Chelsea and Eden Hazard is reaching a point where the player is starting to get a little frustrated, club legend Michael Ballack already noticed this and wanted to send the Belgian forward a message.Just this Wednesday, manager Maurizio Sarri came after the player by stating that he is not a leader as a way to push him to make a decision about his future.But Hazard doesn’t want to precipitate anything until Real Madrid makes a move that ultimately convinces him to choose, Michael Ballack doesn’t agree with this behavior because he thinks the fans are the ones who are suffering the most with this whole situation.Eden Hazard is easily the best Chelsea player since Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba left the institution, which is why Ballack considers that the Blues fans have grown quite fond of the Belgian winger and the least he can do is to be straight with them.If Hazard wants to leave the club, all he needs to do is tell the board members and they can make it happen. Playing games is something that a veteran like Michael Ballack never appreciated.It’s time for Eden Hazard to decide whether he wants Real Madrid or Chelsea, according to Michael Ballack 👇https://t.co/GpjkqXdJIF— Goal UK (@GoalUK) January 23, 2019“Eden Hazard has to decide if he wants to stay or not,” he told Omnisport via Four Four Two.“He’s not only an outstanding player at Chelsea but also in the Premier League. Now, he has to decide if he wants to play at an ultimate, top club. That’s what he’s already communicated from time to time.”“In my opinion, he is a little bit too calm, especially at Chelsea. There, he should be more demanding and expressing of his wishes. He can do that because he is in an outstanding position. If he wants to win more titles with Chelsea, something has to happen, otherwise Eden Hazard will think about looking for another opportunity.”The German former player also analyzed the club’s recent form under the Italian manager: “Maurizio Sarri is also from Italy, like former coach Antonio Conte. As we know, Italians focus on discipline and an organized style of play but at the beginning I had the feeling that they want to play a little bit more offensive and creative,” he added.“He is a very relaxed guy who started well, although Chelsea lost some important and easy games now. In the Premier League, that’s dangerous because you lose sight of teams like Liverpool and Manchester City who have a big and well-balanced squad. Then you suddenly suffer a 10-point deficit, which is difficult to cut.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I don’t see any players in the team who really want to attack the top of the table. For the manager, it’s difficult to add quality to the squad. As I said, the squad is good but not good enough for the top.”Chelsea transfer news: Eden Hazard told to DEMAND Real Madrid move by Michael Ballack https://t.co/JjtZYNHPBY #sports #soccer https://t.co/GA5oXyiqcm pic.twitter.com/k2LtupPUgE— Manfred Rosenberg (@4PawShop) January 23, 2019There is still nothing written in stone about Eden Hazard’s future, Real Madrid keeps remaining silent and it kinda looks like president Florentino Perez doesn’t really want to buy the Belgian winger from Chelsea.The player keeps getting mixed signals from the Spanish press and he keeps talking about his burning desire to sign for Los Blancos, but he still doesn’t tell Chelsea what he really wants.This situation is getting tiring for everybody, but mostly for the Chelsea fans because they have a lot of uncertainty about their best player’s future in the club.If Eden Hazard doesn’t decide for himself soon, the whole situation will become uncomfortable for the club and he will have to leave next year for no money because his contract expires exactly one year from now.Chelsea obviously prefers to sell him now, but Real Madrid also remains silent. We will report anything that happens as soon as we get some news on the matter.Nice to see you boss! #CHEEVE @ChelseaFC pic.twitter.com/FLozS3x0Hr— Michael Ballack (@Ballack) November 11, 2018Why do you think Real Madrid doesn’t make a move on Eden Hazard? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Foreign Affairs Minister says Bahamas concerned about cuts to US Coast Guard

first_img Bahamas & TCI Meet, concerned on possible cut to US Coast Guard Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#fundingcutstoUSCoastGuard, #magneticmedianews, #OPBAT Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 13, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas is concerned about the decision by the new Trump Administration’s proposal cut in funding by $1.3 billion to the US Coast Guard.  “In the discussions with the Premier, there is a lot of concern in this country as there is in the Bahamas  about OPBAT and its future because there appears to be a draw back of resources in the United States.  And one of the things that happens, we find ourselves as countries in a kind of catch 22 with the U.S. accusing us of being conduits for drugs and illegal trafficking and smuggling and all the rest of it, but it’s really in their security interest, we are really paying the price for their security.”During his trip to the Turks and Caicos island this weekend, the Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister, Fred Mitchell told Magnetic Media that this matter was discussed as it is unclear how the announcement will impact OPBAT aka Operation Bahamas and Turks and Caicos which is a joint operation designed to control human, arms and illicit drug smuggling.Minister Mitchell said it is mainly a wait and see situation, but also advised that the Bahamas is not taking it lying down and has already made representation on how our smaller countries lack the capacity to cope with heavy smuggling operations; “We’re waiting to see who will become the Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, because that’s the person who will really be the key point person in the State Department to deal with policies with the Caribbean.  There is a meeting I think coming up on the 29th of March, which will have to do with this new Act that was passed by Congress for engagement in the Caribbean.”Minister Fred Mitchell said the US has to be made to understand that helping our countries ultimately means helping their own country in its interdiction and border control efforts.#MagneticMediaNews #fundingcutstoUSCoastGuard #OPBATlast_img read more

CSECCVQ results released

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 25, 2017 – Providenciales – The anxiously awaited results for the May/June 2017 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate Examinations (CSEC) and the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) were released on August 18; when students from schools throughout the country joined counterparts around the Caribbean in viewing their grades by logging into CXC’s Online Registration System.This year, four hundred and eighty-four (484) students registered two thousand, three hundred and seventy-one (2,371) entries in twenty-nine (29) subject areas; an increase of 3.62%. The country’s pass rate increased by 1%, from 72.59% to 73.59% this year.   Government Secondary Schools recorded pass rates between 70-94%.   There was improvement in the number of Grade I’s and II’s achieved; with the number of passes at Grade I increasing from 237, representing 11.43%, to 303, representing 13.85% and the number of passes at Grade II increasing from 589 or 28.41% to 636 or 29.07%; a difference of 2.42% and 0.66% respectively.Of the candidates who sat, two hundred and twenty-one (221) received passes in 1-4 subjects, one hundred and seventy (170) received passes in 5-9 subjects while five (5) received passes in ten or more subjects.Although the pass rate for English A remained at 69%, the quality of passes improved with 14.96% receiving Grade I versus 14.10% last year and 27.27% receiving Grade II when compared with 20.66% in 2016.   There was also a decline in the number of Grade III passes.While Mathematics again recorded a pass rate of 42%, there was a slight increase in the number of passes at Grade III.Please note that the results for English A and Mathematics are not a true reflection of performance in these areas, as a number of students would have passed these subjects at earlier sittings.It is worth noting that eleven (11) students sat Additional Mathematics this year with nine (9) or 81.82% achieving a passing grade; one (1) student received a Grade I and two (2) received Grade II.The 2017 results also revealed that there was improvement in the pass rate for fifteen (15) of the twenty-nine (29) subjects sat, namely: Chemistry, Physics, Integrated Science, Information Technology, Office Administration, Principles of Business, Electronic Document Preparation and Management, English B, Geography, French, Spanish, Visual Arts, Textiles Clothing and Fashion, Food Nutrition and Health and Technical Drawing.For the first year of registering for CVQ, fifteen (15) students pursued certification in four areas; Carpentry – Level 2, Commercial Food Preparation – Level 1, Data Operations – Level 1 and General Office Administration – Level 1.   Two students received unit certification for Carpentry, two for Commercial Food Preparation, three for Data Operations and two for General Office Administration.Commenting on this year’s performance, Minister of Education the Honourable Karen Malcolm said, “It is with a sense of pride, that I congratulate the students who successfully obtained passes in the CSEC examinations.   I am delighted with the overall improved academic results in 15 of the subject areas and awards for the first ever CVQ entrants. I also wish to congratulate the dedicated teachers who gave of themselves diligently to ensure that our students have a solid foundation to begin their adult lives.   I must commend and congratulate the parents and guardians who provided strong support to their children and encouraged them to do their best.   I wish all students much success in their future endeavors.   May God bless you.  Congratulations once again.”The Ministry of Education will continue to facilitate professional development opportunities for high school teachers.   Early in the 2017/18 academic year training will be facilitated for teachers in the Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQ) programme.   Our teachers will participate in the regional subject specific workshops and seminars facilitated by the Caribbean Examinations Council during the year.   In addition to professional development the Ministry will continue the upgrading of laboratories, expansion and refurbishment of classrooms and outfitting of schools with the technological and other learning resources that are required to improve the quality of teaching and learning.Press Release: TCIG Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Older Persons Celebrated at Church Service Luncheon

first_imgPhoto caption:  Church Service Celebrating Older Persons at Christ the King Church, October 23, 2017.(BIS Photos/Derek Smith) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 24, 2017 – Nassau – Elderly persons from communities throughout New Providence were celebrated at a special church service and luncheon organized by the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development along with stakeholders in commemoration of the United Nations 27th International Day of Older Persons and Older Persons Month 2017.The seniors, who ranged in ages from 65 to 90 and represented urban communities and senior citizen centres, filled Christ The King Anglican Church, Ridgeland Park, to capacity as they jubilantly worshiped and praised in songs, prayers and scripture readings on Monday, October 23rd, 2017.The theme for Older Persons Month is “Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.” Music was provided by the Urban Renewal Combined Senior Choir and the Department of Social Services Choir.    Archdeacon James Palacious, Rector of Christ the King Church, also rendered a solo.   Acting Director Lillian Quant-Forbes, represented the Hon. Lanesha Rolle, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development.Archdeacon Palacious, in his sermon, appealed to the seniors to positively influence the young people in their families and in the community, teaching them values of integrity, honesty, good manners, respect for elders and cleanliness.   He urged the elderly to let go of regrets and ‘hurts in their hearts’ including unforgiveness, bitterness and envy and encouraged them to nourish their bodies through exercise, eating right and positive thinking.The service was followed by a luncheon in Christ the King’s Parish Centre sponsored by the Department of Social Services Senior Citizens Division, and the Urban Renewal Unit.By: Kathryn Campbell (BIS)center_img Related Items:last_img read more