Legendary Quarterback John Elway Cant Figure Out Quarterbacks

13Indianapolis Colts91.760.5 6Pittsburgh Steelers94.665.4 John Elway sees a Hall of Fame quarterback every time he looks in the mirror. So you can imagine the frustration of the Denver Broncos’ general manager that he hasn’t been able to spot a new franchise QB since Peyton Manning left town three years ago.When the Broncos open the 2019 season, Joe Flacco is expected to be the fifth player to get a crack at the position since the 2015 campaign that culminated in a Super Bowl victory. Flacco’s signing came as a shock to Case Keenum, the team’s starting quarterback last year. But it should hardly have been a surprise given that, in Elway’s eight years in charge of the team’s roster, he has already cycled through seven different starting QBs.1This includes both of Brock Osweiler’s stints as starter, in 2015 and 2017, which were separated by a season in Houston. Flacco hardly seems a long-term answer entering his age-34 season — or an answer at all given that he’s 39th out of 42 qualifying starters in yards per pass attempt over the past three seasons, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group.The Broncos are 29th out of the 32 teams in Total Quarterback Rating2Total QBR is a metric on a 0-to-100 scale that incorporates all of the quarterback’s contributions to winning on all of his plays, adjusting for opponent quality. since the start of the 2016 season. And the teams behind them — the Jets, Cardinals and Browns — drafted quarterbacks in 2018 with top-10 picks. 26Chicago Bears85.547.5 9Minnesota Vikings98.862.2 2Atlanta Falcons105.971.7 20Baltimore Ravens82.750.2 Most of Denver’s success in this time frame came with Manning under center. He delivered consistency and success (45-12 regular-season record) to a franchise that hasn’t seen the same quarterback start five seasons in a row since Elway did it himself. So a more impressive showing may belong to the Houston Texans, who somehow posted a 51.2 winning percentage despite starting eight different quarterbacks. The Texans finally seem to have found their long-term answer: Deshaun Watson, for whom they traded up from the 25th slot in the 2017 draft. The Broncos had a higher selection to trade that year (20th) but held it to select tackle Garett Bolles.One of Elway’s problems is that even without Manning, the Broncos have not been bad enough to be in position to draft a top quarterback. This year, they’re slated to pick 10th — behind both the Giants and Jaguars. But with a 20-28 record over the past three seasons, they’re not overcoming bad QB play, either.If Flacco does take over as signal-caller, this would be the second year in a row that the Broncos will have looked to another team for its starting QB. That’s an unconventional path to finding a signal caller given that last year, with Keenum, Denver was one of just four teams3Along with Minnesota, New Orleans and Washington. to have a passing leader by attempts who had ever played with another club.Elway has tried drafting quarterbacks, too, selecting presumed Manning replacement Brock Osweiler in the second round of the 2012 draft, Trevor Siemian in the seventh round in 2015 and 26th-overall selection Paxton Lynch — Elway’s one first-round quarterback pick — a year later. Despite the opportunity to learn tips and tricks from Elway, who mastered the position at a Hall of Fame level, none of those players is currently on Denver’s roster.Elway had a chance last year to spend a premium pick on a quarterback but passed on Josh Allen and Josh Rosen. That was after being beaten to the punch by the Jets for the quarterback he was rumored to prefer among all others in 2018, Sam Darnold.4The Jets traded ahead of Denver to select Darnold.When he took the job, Elway expected that a consensus franchise quarterback would have to be acquired with a top-five-overall pick. He also believed that one could be developed with the right supporting cast, including the coaching staff. But he did not sound like someone who knew what to look for.“You look for those traits that you see in each quarterback that you believe can translate into a franchise guy,” Elway told the Denver Post in 2011. “There’s the stuff you can see on film, but there’s so much more that you can’t see on film.”Flacco has a reputation for being big-armed like Elway, who was famed for imprinting the “Elway Cross” into the chests of his receivers with the velocity of his perfect spirals. But that element to Flacco’s game has faded in recent years: Since 2016, he ranks 37th out of 41 quarterbacks in Raw QBR on passes 20-plus yards from the line of scrimmage.Yet Elway seems content to bet on Flacco’s reversing the team’s fortunes at least in the short term. Does Elway see something in Flacco that few others can, given how widely the transaction has been panned? Or is it possible that one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history just can’t judge or develop quarterbacks?Cognitive scientist Sian Beilock, the president of Barnard College, wrote in Psychology Today that there’s little chance that former athletes can remember what made them great. In fact, those athletes probably couldn’t have communicated it even when they were playing. “When your performance flows largely outside of your conscious awareness, your memories of what you’ve done are just not that good,” Beilock wrote. “This makes it hard to teach what you know to someone else. … As you get better and better at what you do, your ability to communicate your understanding or to help others learn that skill often gets worse and worse.”The same presumably holds true for knowing what to look for in a player at the position you played. So it just may be that the worst person to pick the new Elway for the Broncos is Elway himself.Neil Paine contributed research. 3New Orleans Saints105.969.7 12Philadelphia Eagles92.460.9 11Seattle Seahawks98.661.4 24St. Louis/L.A. Rams89.649.0 19Oakland Raiders91.551.1 7San Diego/L.A. Chargers95.562.5 21Carolina Panthers82.750.0 18Buffalo Bills76.951.2 RankTeamPasser RatingTotal QB Rating 28Miami Dolphins88.243.9 17Tennessee Titans86.855.1 16Washington Redskins90.356.2 14Tampa Bay Buccaneers90.660.2 15Houston Texans85.657.7 25New York Giants86.148.0 29Denver Broncos79.743.0 Source: Espn Stats & Information Group It’s difficult to make the case that Flacco is any more likely to reverse the team’s fortunes at quarterback than Keenum was. So the Broncos’ search for a quarterback probably isn’t over. Elway admitted after the season that the team needed to find a long-term solution. But they’re not the only team in the NFL with that problem.Washington, Miami and Jacksonville are reportedly looking for new quarterbacks, probably vying with Denver to add one via the draft. And the Giants are widely expected to draft a quarterback after general manager Dave Gettleman refused to commit to Eli Manning as the team’s 2019 starter.Usually, endless quarterback searches correlate with losing. The best example since Elway joined the Broncos’ front office in 2011 is the Browns, who have won just 24.6 percent of their contests while seeing 10 quarterbacks start at least five games. But Denver has managed to win 62.6 percent of its games in that time — the highest winning percentage of any team with at least five different quarterbacks who started at least five games. Denver is throwing nowhere fastNFL teams ranked by Total Quarterback Rating, 2016-2018 8Green Bay Packers93.062.3 27Jacksonville Jaguars80.947.3 22Cincinnati Bengals88.449.7 30New York Jets75.342.7 4Kansas City Chiefs102.869.3 32Cleveland Browns75.939.0 5Dallas Cowboys95.367.6 31Arizona Cardinals76.941.7 10Detroit Lions93.461.6 1New England Patriots103.272.5 23San Francisco 49ers83.149.3 read more

4th Pelotonia rakes in more than 168M rides past previous years proceeds

In its fourth year, Pelotonia raised more money than ever before with more than $16.8 million. Pelotonia, a bike ride to raise money for cancer research, broke the record for the largest single-event biking fundraiser in the nation this year and reached $42 million in donations since it began in 2009, according to a press release. In the annual bike ride – which begins and ends in the greater Columbus area – participants can ride 25 to 180 miles. This year, the ride took place during the second weekend of August, and each rider raised an average of $2,715. All proceeds went to Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and the Richard J. Solove Research Institute at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. In 2012, the fundraiser raised more than $16.8 million in donations, which was a 28 percent increase from 2011. Portions of the amounts raised have also gone toward 29 Idea Grants, or research grants, and 160 students receiving more than $5 million through Pelotonia’s fellowship. This fellowship is given to students at all levels who are conducting cancer research in faculty member’s labs, according to the press release. This year’s proceeds were presented to President E. Gordon Gee and  Dr. Michael Caligiuri, director of the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center and CEO of the James Cancer Hospital, on Nov.15, according to the press release. Tom Lennox, Founder and CEO of Pelotonia said in the press release that he is proud of the progress and the participants that have come from 43 states and 3 countries. “To donate $16.8 million in 2012 and more than $42 million in just four years expresses the relentless spirit of the Pelotonia community to end cancer. We recognize our responsibility to drive progress, and we accept the challenge of attracting friends to our movement,” Lennox said according to the press release. “We are incredibly grateful for the commitment of our riders, volunteers, funding partners and everyone who donated or supported this year’s ride. We have enormous potential going forward, and we are just getting started.” read more

Sevilla Hall of Fame place means everything – Pablo Blanco

first_imgOne of Sevilla club’s legends Pablo Blanco reveals that his introduction into the club’s Hall of Fame ‘means everything’ to him.In his 12-year career as a pprofessional footballer, the central defender made a record of 415 in first-team appearances in competitive games – a record only passes by Jesus Navas in 2017.“This Hall of Fame induction means everything to me,” Blanco told Sevilla club media via Football Espana.“I didn’t expect to be at the club continuously for this amount of time. It makes me proud and emotional and I had a lump in my throat when they told me.Top 5 La Liga players to watch for next weekend’s activity Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in La Liga next…“When the president told me in his office, I felt incredibly honoured, speechless. I didn’t know what to say or to do.“I have been fortunate enough to be able to continue working with the club and watching its development since I retired, which I think have improved the level of Sevilla FC.“With all the tough times that we have gone through over the years, we have reached where we are now and I have experienced it all first hand.”On the other hand, Blanco has been in numerous technical positions at Sevilla since his retirement. He  is at the moment in charge for the introduction of youth team players into the club’s Cantera.last_img read more

Mario Carey Airbnb Potential to Spur Economic Growth Unlimited Could Drive Investment

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 21, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas has barely scratched the surface of benefits from the short-term home rental movement fostered by companies like Airbnb, says a top real estate broker.“Airbnb is revolutionizing the travel market enabling visitors to live in a home or apartment where they can experience local life.   Airbnb’s popularity among families is especially strong.   They may be able to enjoy a pool, a back yard where children can play, a patio for friends to come over for a barbeque,”  said Mario Carey, Chairman, Better Homes and Gardens MCR Bahamas Group.“While it is a great business for the homeowner and a great experience for the visitor, short-term home rentals like listings on Airbnb should also be viewed as a trigger for economic growth.   The potential is unlimited with the trickle down effects and now that the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism has signed an agreement with Airbnb the uncertainty about taxation, collection and referrals is resolved.   That is definitely a step in the right direction that opens many more doors without burdening the homeowner with over regulation.”Online booking portals like Airbnb and HomeAway are sweeping the market, opening new ways for visitors to experience destinations and accounting for a larger share of the visitor market with Airbnb’s growth in a few short years nothing short of remarkable.   The online portal now accounts for some 80 million guest arrivals in 191 countries with $3.5 billion in earnings projected by the year 2020.Carey sees its impact on The Bahamas where there are currently between 1,200 and 2,000 Airbnb rentals making the country an even more attractive destination.   Homeowners list their properties on the website, Airbnb posts availability with photos and comments about the property from those who have stayed there previously.   The homeowner cannot remove or alter negative comments, should there be any, without good reason, a feature that adds to the site’s credibility.According to Carey, whose MCR Bahamas Group handles luxury vacation rentals along with sales, leasing, property management and appraisals, the new market trend is a shot in the arm for construction, banking and Bahamian investment.“Banks should be able to rely on Airbnb revenue which can be verified so they can lend to a homeowner who wants to expand or improve their property or build a second home to take advantage of the market,” Carey said. “That means new business for banks or other lenders. Meantime, the homeowner is engaging a contractor so that adds jobs to the economy.   And that homeowner is growing their income stream.   This model has worked extremely well in the Family Islands. In Abaco, it was the model long before Airbnb was even created and there is a whole rung of the economic ladder that thrives on short-term home rentals.”Because it acts as a hotel, Airbnb’s should be entitled to certain incentives, Carey believes.“If Airbnb’s get real property tax exemption, it would encourage more people to use part of their homes or invest in improvements and the more interest there is in this sector of the economy, the more we grow the number of Bahamians who are owners and entrepreneurs,” said Carey.“Banks and government should fully embrace the concept and at some point, I believe that hotels will start to make design changes to compete with vacation home rentals,” Carey said.   “Hotels offer advantages that Airbnb’s do not, including restaurants, entertainment, shopping, spas and other resort amenities.   If they were to expand to include larger privacy areas, individual play areas, kitchenettes, I believe you would see a whole new industry emerge.   I truly believe we have barely touched the potential of the Airbnb and short-term vacation rental phenomenon that costs us absolutely nothing to pursue.”Carey was among the first to call for Airbnb’s to be recognized officially.“We need to officially recognize this facet because it is a growing and important part of our tourism product, but we cannot burden the homeowner extensively.   I believe a one-time health inspection or annual health inspection would be fine, a license, and payment of the fee at the front end directly to Airbnb would be a reasonable proposition.   The Ministry of Tourism already cleared up much of the confusion and we are moving in the right direction,” said Carey who has handled more than $2 billion in transactions in a career of more than 30 years with the highest certification in luxury marketing in the international real estate industry.   His company is a division of the world’s fastest growing residential real estate brand and Carey, a triathlete, has served in numerous capacities on various civic and business boards.Press Release: DPA News Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

1 Dead Following Sailboat Fire In Seward Harbor

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享One person was killed in a sailboat fire at the Seward Harbor on Saturday. According to first responders, the victim is an unidentified male and was found after firefighters brought the fire under control. Reports of the fire came in around 11:30am, on Saturday, at the harbor’s B float. Seward police, EMS and harbor personnel were on the scene until around 2pm. As of Monday the cause of the fire remains under investigation. This is the second fire at the Seward Harbor this winter. Boat fire in the harbor today! #sewardalaska #alaska #boat #firePosted by Seward Ocean Excursions on Saturday, February 16, 2019 Limited details are known at this time. Updates will be posted as they are made available.last_img