Was Jalen Ramsey Right About Gronk

*YAC = Yards After CatchSource: ESPN Stats & Information Group Gronk fares worse against more defensive backsChange in key receiving metrics for Rob Gronkowski by number of opposing defensive backs on the field, 2016-18 Opposing DefenseTargets Per RouteAir Yds. per TargetCatches per TargetYAC* per CatchAdj. Catch Yds. per Route Percent change-41.4%14.5%-2.6%-1.4%-37.6% Although Gronkowski’s ability to rumble downfield after the catch isn’t overly affected by facing more defensive backs — which isn’t a surprise when a man of Gronk’s size is facing tiny cornerbacks — and his average depth of target actually increases a lot (meaning he’s running deeper routes), Gronk’s ability to get open and make plays dips significantly when there are fewer mismatches to exploit in the opposing coverage. As a result, Gronk’s Adjusted Catch Yards (a measure of receiving productivity that gives bonuses for touchdowns and moving the chains) per route run are down nearly 40 percent against five or more DBs over the past three seasons. By comparison, the average NFL tight end only sees his Adjusted Catch Yards per route fall by about 18 percent under those circumstances.So in that sense, Ramsey is right. And given how dependent the Patriots are on Gronk’s stat-stuffing, Jacksonville could gain a disproportionate edge if Ramsey and his fellow DBs neutralize the Pats’ big, lovable human wrecking ball. Against the Jags in the first half of last year’s AFC title game, Gronkowski was limited to one catch on three targets, with zero touchdowns (before a concussion took him out of the game for the second half). Not coincidentally, between Gronk’s limited impact and subsequent absence, the Pats barely mustered enough points to pull past Jacksonville and make the Super Bowl.That said, it should be noted that even a Gronk limited by opposing defensive backs is better than just about every other tight end on the planet. Since 2016, Gronkowski’s Adjusted Catch Yards per route against five or more DBs (3.25) was still 30 percent better than the overall average for NFL tight ends (regardless of opposing coverage). To paraphrase Dan Patrick, you can’t truly stop Gronk; you can only hope to contain him. And that goes even for Jalen Ramsey. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is the NFL’s undisputed best at his position, and he might even be the best of all time. Well, OK, that’s according to most football-watchers. Not everyone is buying Gronk’s greatness — and by “not everyone,” I mean Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who was considered to be the best in the game last season. In an … ahem, wide-ranging interview with ESPN’s Mina Kimes last month, Ramsey had this to say about Gronkowski:“I don’t think Gronk’s good. Let me say — I don’t think Gronk is as great as people think he is.”With the Jags and Patriots lined up to play Sunday, that quote has seen plenty of recirculation. “It motivates you to hear that,” Gronkowski told reporters when asked about Ramsey’s remarks. But there is something to Ramsey’s criticism, even if it means that Gronk can be reduced to merely regular-dominant, rather than ridiculously so.Ramsey’s central critique of Gronk surrounds the way he feasts on linebackers and safeties but isn’t as dominant against cornerbacks. “Any time Gronk has been matched up with a corner, he’s had a very bad game,” Ramsey told Kimes, “and that corner has had a very good game.” This echoed Ramsey’s comments in an earlier GQ story — the guy really made the media rounds last month! — where he said, “I think I match up well against him. Gronk’s never played a corner like me.”As Kimes notes in her story, Gronkowski’s numbers do drop when he is lined up on the outside rather than in the slot. “His catch rate drops from 71 percent to 56 percent,” she writes, “which is lower than that of the average NFL tight end.” Ramsey himself referenced similar numbers from Jacksonville’s analytics department. With more defensive attention from coverage specialists, Gronkowski doesn’t get as many favorable matchups — and unequal matchups are what he thrives against.Using the same key receiving metrics we employed when assessing Falcons wideout Julio Jones’ greatness, here’s how Gronk’s production changes depending on how many defensive backs he has to face (which, presumably, increases the odds he’ll face a cornerback like Ramsey): Five or more DBs18.912.767.16.123.3 Avg. NFL TE-7.2%5.6%2.3%-30.8%-17.6% Four or fewer DBs32.311.168.96.215.2 read more

Residents concerned with plan to turn Cottonwood Golf Course into a sand

first_img November 28, 2018 Updated: 5:14 PM Residents concerned with plan to turn Cottonwood Golf Course into a sand mine KUSI Newsroom Posted: November 28, 2018center_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)- Concerns in east county tonight about the plan to turn a golf course into a sand mine.Residents near the golf course will meet to discuss their concerns.KUSI’s John Soderman is live in Rancho San Diego. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Netflix may rethink filming in Georgia if antiabortion law takes effect

first_imgNetflix’s production of Stranger Things may be leaving Georgia if a controversial abortion law takes effect. Video screenshot by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper/CNET Streaming giant Netflix may consider pulling its programs being produced in Georgia out of the state should a recently passed anti-abortion law go into effect, Variety reported Tuesday. Signed on May 7 by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, the bill would prohibit abortions from being performed in the state after a fetal heartbeat is detected. The move has prompted a backlash from many in the film and television industries to boycott the state, including Handmaid’s Tale director Reed Morano, actress Kristen Wiig and Bridesmaids writer Annie Mumolo.Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things is filmed in Georgia, as well as its Ozark series. Other productions filmed in the state include Marvel’s Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War and Ant-Man.”We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, said in a statement to Variety. “Given the legislation has not yet been implemented, we’ll continue to film there, while also supporting partners and artists who choose not to. Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia.”Georgia has become a major production hub in the past decade by offering 20% in tax credits. Last year, film production created more than 92,000 local jobs in the state and $2.7 billion in spending, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.The abortion ban is scheduled to go into effect in January 2020.Netflix didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 56 TV and Movies Politics Share your voice Tags Netflix Commentslast_img read more

Flight operations at Dhaka airport resume after 6 hrs

first_imgA blanket of fog once again disrupted the flight operations for six hours on Thursday at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA), reports UNB.Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) spokesperson Rezaul Karim said flight operations at the airport were suspended since 3:30 am and four inbound and outbound flights were delayed due to poor runway visibility caused by thick fog.A flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines had to be diverted to Chittagong and two other scheduled outbound flights did not take off from the airport while no domestic flight departed the airport, he elaborated.The flight operations at the airport resumed at 9:30 am after disappearance of fog, he added.On Wednesday morning, flight operations at HSIA were disrupted due to dense fog, affecting the schedules of over 33 domestic and international flights.last_img read more

RedHat contributes etcd a distributed keyvalue store project to the Cloud Native

first_imgYesterday, at the ongoing KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2018, RedHat announced its contribution towards etcd, an open source project and its acceptance into the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). Red Hat is participating in developing etcd, as a part of the enterprise Kubernetes product, Red Hat OpenShift. etcd is an open source, distributed, consistent key-value store for service discovery, shared configuration, and scheduler coordination. It is a core component of software that comes with safer automatic updates and it also sets up overlay networking for containers. The CoreOS team created etcd in 2013 and the Red Hat engineers maintained it by working alongside a team of professionals from across the industry. The etcd project focuses on safely storing critical data of a distributed system and demonstrating its quality. It is also the primary data store for Kubernetes. It uses the Raft consensus algorithm for replicated logs. With etcd, applications can maintain more consistent uptime and work smoothly even when the individual servers are failing. Etcd is progressing and it already has 157 releases with etcd v3.3.10 being the latest one that got released just two month ago. etcd is designed as a consistency store across environments including public cloud, hybrid cloud and bare metal. Where is etcd used? Kubernetes clusters use etcd as their primary data store. Red Hat OpenShift customers and Kubernetes users benefit from the community work on the etcd project. It is also used by communities and users like Uber, Alibaba Cloud, Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, and Red Hat. etcd will be under Linux Foundation and the domains and accounts will be managed by CNCF. The community of etcd maintainers, including Red Hat, Alibaba Cloud, Google Cloud, Amazon, etc, won’t be changed. The project will continue to focus on the communities that depend on it. Red Hat will continue extending etcd with the etcd Operator in order to bring more security and operational ease. It will enable users to easily configure and manage etcd by using a declarative configuration that creates, configures, and manages etcd clusters. Read more about this news on RedHat’s official blog. Read Next RedHat shares what to expect from next week’s first-ever DNSSEC root key rollover Google, IBM, RedHat and others launch Istio 1.0 service mesh for microservices What Google, RedHat, Oracle, and others announced at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2018last_img read more