The Secret To The Rams Blocking Success Isnt The Linemen Its Sean

Returning to Los Angeles, the Rams used the 11 personnel more than any other team in the NFL in 2018. So it’s possible that instead of the Rams being generationally superior at run blocking — or instead of Gurley being a one-of-a-kind game-altering running back — the Rams’ offensive line just faced fewer crowded fronts than other teams. This would at least provide some context for their overwhelming success — and help explain how Anderson could Wally Pipp an MVP candidate in the playoffs.To find out, I created a reasonable facsimile of Football Outsiders’ adjusted line yards and then calculated the number of yards each team earned either over or under expected based on the number of men in the box and the field position from which the play originated.6I removed QB scrambles but left WR run plays in. I also did not adjust for shotgun. Finally, I did not scale the adjusted line yards metric so that it looks like running back yards per carry. My version of adjusted line yards will not agree exactly with Football Outsiders, but there still is a high degree of correlation. Each metric predicts the other at an r-squared of 0.68.Both Football Outsiders’ line yards and my version agree that the Rams had the best rushing offensive line unadjusted for box count. When we look at line yards over expected after accounting for box defenders, however, the Rams aren’t the best run-blocking offensive line ever. In fact, they’re not even in the top four since 2009. 18New England20093.062.720.364.43 *Box-adjusted line yards adjusts for number of defenders faced near the line of scrimmage.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group But an NFL offense is not just at the mercy of the defense when it comes to running against stacked or light boxes. Play-callers actually have a large degree of control over how many defenders near the line of scrimmage they will have to face. When an offense trots out three or more wide receivers, the defense nearly always matches with an equal number of defensive backs, which limits the number of linebackers on the field and lightens up the box.Since the 2009 season, the number of rushing plays that faced six or fewer defenders in the box has skyrocketed. This is a reflection of an evolving offensive philosophy, not a defensive one. The increasing number of light boxes was a response to the massive shift by NFL offenses to the “11 personnel”: 1 running back, 1 tight end and — most importantly — three wide receivers. Over the course of the past decade, the 11 personnel became the most popular personnel package in the NFL. It’s now the base NFL offense. And nickel5Defenses with five defensive backs on the field. is the current base defense — a sea change from the previous decade when 3-4 and 4-3 defensive fronts were the norm. 2New England20103.322.730.604.82 10Washington20123.162.740.434.24 Teamseason538 adj. line yds538 box adj. line ydsbox adj. line yds over expectedfootball outsiders adj. line yds 8New England20173.082.650.445.05 One explanation is that the Los Angeles Rams offensive line is just very, very good, and Gurley has been reaping the rewards. But I think there’s another factor at work — one that has more to do with the head coach than with the players on the field.Some football observers have gone so far as to suggest that the Rams 2018 run-blocking unit might be the best in the history of the NFL. While offensive lines are perhaps the trickiest position to evaluate with data, there’s actual evidence for this scorching-hot take using a metric created by Football Outsiders called adjusted line yards. Adjusted line yards are calculated by looking at each running play and using a formula to attempt to assign the proper credit to the offensive line. The metric punishes blockers for losses on run plays, credits the hog mollies with half of the yardage on runs from 5 to 10 yards, and gives the line zero credit for any field position gained 11 yards beyond the line of scrimmage.2Football Outsiders also adjusts for plays from shotgun, down, distance and situation, and it removes any scrambles and handoffs to players who aren’t running backs. By this measure, the Rams are the best-performing line in at least the past 22 years, the period for which data is available.31996 to 2018.But one problem with adjusted line yards is that the metric doesn’t account for the number of defenders the offensive line has to face during any given play, which has huge implications for how effective a rush will be. Running the ball when there are seven or eight defenders near the line of scrimmage is much harder than running against six or fewer. If a team runs more of its plays against light fronts, we should expect it to have more success in general. We’d also expect the offensive line in particular to have an easier time opening holes against defensive fronts that have fewer, rather than more, defensive players near the line of scrimmage that they have to block.Looking at 10 years’ worth of data from ESPN’s Sports & Information Group,4For a total of 126,154 running plays. We excluded scrambles and any plays for which no defender data was given. that’s exactly what we find. If we split the field up into 10-yard chunks, there isn’t an area of the gridiron that exists where running against seven or more men in the box is easier than running against six or fewer. 13New England20183.042.650.415.03 11Baltimore20183.122.710.434.61 5Los Angeles20183.312.830.515.49 1San Francisco20123.192.570.634.50 3New Orleans20113.312.730.594.95 14Houston20103.012.610.414.52 7New Orleans20183.122.690.455.19 Todd Gurley began the 2018 season on fire, accumulating yards and scoring touchdowns at a historic pace. Despite missing the final two games of the season, the second-highest-paid running back in the NFL led the league in rushing touchdowns and finished fourth in yards from scrimmage. And yet, Gurley may start Super Bowl LIII as a backup. Since returning from injury, the Rams star has been outplayed by fill-in journeyman running back C.J. Anderson, who has more or less relegated Gurley to a change-of-pace role.How is this even possible? How can a player go from being the league’s premier running back to backing up a guy who was cut by the Denver Broncos in May, the Carolina Panthers in November and the Oakland Raiders in December? We’ve seen backup running backs fill in admirably before — when the Chiefs released star RB Kareem Hunt this season, Damien Williams was just as, if not more, productive1Williams averaged 114 yards from scrimmage and 1.6 TDs in regular-season games he started, while Hunt averaged 109 yards from scrimmage and 1.4 TDs. — but it’s hard to remember it happening to a back as seemingly indispensable as Gurley, let alone on a stage as big as the Rams are on now. 15Seattle20123.142.780.374.42 12Carolina20113.112.710.424.32 9New York20103.172.730.434.56 17Dallas20092.982.600.374.48 19Tennessee20163.052.700.364.63 16Kansas City20103.062.700.374.44 6Miami20093.012.550.474.44 4Jacksonville20103.202.620.594.63 The Rams have the fifth-best offensive line since 2009NFL offensive lines by two metrics for regular-season adjusted line yards, yards accounting for the number of defenders in the box and yards over expected based on defenders in the box, 2009-2018 In fact, if all you know about a running play in the NFL is the approximate field position of a team and the number of defenders near the line of scrimmage, you’re able to predict the leaguewide yards per carry with an extraordinarily high degree of accuracy: 96 percent of yards-per-carry totals are explained by the offense’s field position and the number of men the opponent has in the box. How many defenders are in the box is almost certainly the most important factor in determining rushing success in football, so it follows that we should try to account for it. The 2012 San Francisco 49ers — who were 5 yards from winning a Super Bowl under Jim Harbaugh and QB Colin Kaepernick — take the honor of fielding the best run-blocking offensive line since 2009. Thinking back on the number of big plays Frank Gore broke off against stacked boxes, the ranking certainly passes the smell test. The 2010 Jaguars offensive line, ranking just ahead of the Rams, was also formidable: It opened massive holes for Maurice Jones-Drew and Rashad Jennings, who combined for nine touchdowns and 1,783 yards on the ground despite QB David Garrard doing nothing to scare opposing defenses away from crowding the line and trying to stop the run.The Rams still fielded the fifth best offensive line in our time frame and easily the best this year. But much of the credit for the success of the running game should probably go not to Gurley, Anderson or the Rams offensive line, but to Sean McVay. The second-year coach has put his players in the very best position to succeed through his scheme and play-calling. Running the ball out of the 11 personnel helps dictate to the defense and lightens the box for his linemen, allowing them to open holes even thrice-cut journeyman running backs can run through.While league observers can fall into the trap of over-weighting the effect of coaching, in some cases the credit and praise is warranted. The distribution of talent across teams is so even, it’s really not so much a matter of who you run the ball with — or behind — it’s a matter of when you run it. McVay chooses his spots as well as anyone in the NFL, and the Rams are in Super Bowl LIII because of it.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Woman gets 2 days in jail for killing dogs on her property

first_imgMCMINNVILLE, Ore. — A woman who fatally shot two of her neighbors’ dogs after they wandered onto her rural McMinnville property has been sentenced to two days in jail.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 44-year-old Nicole Erica Wood was also sentenced Monday to pay a $1,000 fine, be on probation for 18 months, complete 200 hours of community service and give up the two guns she used to kill the dogs in 2016.The dogs, a boxer and a German short-haired pointer, belonged to two families who lived about three-quarters of a mile away from Wood.Wood told police she thought the dogs had killed her cat a few months earlier and were a neighborhood menace. Investigators say she warned one of the dog’s owners that if the dogs stepped on her property again, she’d kill them.She was found guilty of two counts of animal abuse.last_img read more

Martin Keown blasts Arsenals transfer policy

first_imgFormer Arsenal defender Martin Keown has blasted the club’s January transfer policy amid reports Unai Emery will only be able to sign players on loan.Reports suggest that Emery will only be allowed to make permanent signings if the club can sell Mesut Ozil this month.The policy has not deterred Emery going after Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez, although any deal to bring the former Villarreal midfielder to the Emirates will be a loan move with a view to a permanent move in the summer.With Arsenal sitting fifth on the Premier League standings and battling to secure a top-four spot, Keown admitted he is surprised by a “very weird situation” with the Gunners.“It’s a very weird situation at Arsenal,” he told talkSPORT on Thursday.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“For the club to say they’re only allowed to loan players…”“This is the sixth-wealthiest club in the world! And we can’t buy a player in this transfer window?”“I think that’s astonishing.”last_img read more

Amendment Would Offer Congress a Role in Commissary Exchange Consolidation Plan

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR In an attempt to slow a Pentagon plan to consolidate the military’s three exchange services and the Defense Commissary Agency, lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee last week added an amendment to the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill requiring the department to assess the feasibility of creating a single military resale organization. The provision calls for DOD to prepare by Jan. 1, 2019, a financial assessment, a business case analysis, and “organizational, operational, and business model integration plans” for consolidating the commissary and exchange systems, reported Military Times. It also would bar the department from using congressional funding to carry out a merger. DOD already had been planning to launch a task force in July to look at the business case for merging the systems; officials also have prepared a legislative proposal needed to go ahead with a consolidation. But lawmakers want to have input on the process. “The fear is that DOD has already worked out the answer to the equation,” a congressional aide said. “We believe there needs to be more of a participative process. … There’s a lot to consider here.”Photo by Michael Strasserlast_img read more

Minor girl gangraped beheaded by brothers uncle in Madhya Pradesh

first_img Close 6-year-old girl raped by servant in Amroha IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:08/1:09Loaded: 0%0:08Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:01?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img The victim’s body was found the next day in an agricultural field outside the village.[Representational image] Creative CommonsA 12-year-old Dalit girl was kidnapped, gang-raped and beheaded allegedly by her brothers and uncle in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar district on Thursday, March 14. According to police, four of the accused have been arrested and one is absconding. The police have charged three of her brothers, her uncle and aunt for the heinous crime. One of the accused arrested is a minor.The girl, a class 6 student, did not return from school the previous day i.e. Wednesday. Her family started looking for her but failing to locate her the girl’s father filed a “missing” complaint with the police in the district.Her body was found the next day in an agricultural field outside Berkhedi village. Initially, the police declared a reward of Rs 10,000, which was increased to Rs 25,000 for information regarding the accused.”On March 14 at around 7 pm the headless body of the girl was found lying close to her village and her severed head was found around 50-100 meters away,” the ASP of Sagar district said. According to reports, when the girl threatened to inform the police, the accused raped her, strangled her to death, chopped off her head and dumped the body.The police doubted after the girl’s uncle alleged that one Chote Patel, who lives in the same village, had killed her. Patel and the family were locked in a land dispute, he informed the police. The body was sent for post mortem examination to the hospital in Banda town. The report revealed that the girl was raped.The girl’s uncle tried to mislead investigators but more questioning disclosed the involvement of the girl’s relatives in the horrific crime.WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED?The victim was allegedly taken by one of her brothers to their uncle’s place when she was returning home from school. The uncle, accompanied by his two sons, allegedly gang-raped her and when she threatened to go to the police, her aunt allegedly strangled her. She was then beheaded and dumped in the fields.The blood-stained clothes of the girl and the weapon used to murder her was also recovered. Further investigation is underway and the police are trying to locate the girl’s another brother.last_img read more

OnePlus 7 Pros screen replacement isnt going to be cheap Heres a

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:59Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:57?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … OnePlus is going to officially take the wraps off its 2019 flagships, OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro, on May 14. While rumours are rife about new details of the soon-to-be-launched OnePlus smartphones, the company and some of its top execs have left no stone unturned in adding more to the hype. If you’ve been enjoying the early leaks and teasers of the OnePlus 7 duo, the latest offer on the device is going to make you super-excited.If you’ve made up your mind on purchasing the OnePlus 7 Pro as soon as it is launched, regardless of it being the company’s priciest smartphone to date, here’s some good news. OnePlus has already confirmed that the OnePlus 7 Pro’s display will bring the best experience of “fast and smooth,” hinting at a 90Hz refresh rate panel. In addition, leaks have already pointed out at a curved display on the premium phone, and together it means the repair cost isn’t going to be light on the pockets of those with butter fingers.If you’re sure you will drop your new phone and refuse to shell out a premium repair cost for a screen replacement, OnePlus has just the solution for you. Pre-booking the OnePlus 7 Pro by purchasing an Amazon e-gift card worth Rs 1,000 will guarantee buyers a one-time screen replacement worth Rs 15,000 for free. The insurance is valid for 6 months from the date of purchase and the pre-booking amount of Rs 1,000 can be redeemed during the purchase of the phone. OnePlus 7 Pro prebooking offerAmazon.inIf you’d prefer walking to a physical store, OnePlus, Croma and Reliance stores will let you pre-book the OnePlus 7 Pro at Rs 2,000, which can be redeemed on the purchase of the device later. The one-time screen replacement warranty of 6 months will be applied here as well.It’s worth pointing out that the free screen replacement will attract a processing fee of Rs 750. If the OnePlus 7 Pro’s screen replacement is to cost Rs 15,000, then paying Rs 750 to claim the warranty is a steal. OnePlus 7 Pro display gets highest ratingOnePlusWhile the pre-booking offer is a suitable one for most buyers, the concerning factor is the rising repair cost of OnePlus phones. OnePlus 7 Pro’s price is already turning out to be a huge concern for consumers and critics have been vocal about their opinions. But OnePlus is trying to justify the price hike with features comparable to Samsung, Apple and Huawei flagships. Seeing flagships are now breaching $1,000 easily, OnePlus has a very little margin to remain disruptive without crossing the four-figure mark. Closecenter_img OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple Review: Fashionable and classylast_img read more

Judge Bars Trump Administration From Detaining Asylum Seekers Without Cause

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen AP Photo/Susan Walsh, FileA federal judge has blocked the Trump administration from arbitrarily detaining asylum seekers at the border. The ruling comes in response to a suit filed in March by the American Civil Liberties Union.U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg ruled the Trump administration was violating a 2009 Immigration and Customs Enforcement directive. Under that rule, ICE must grant parole to any asylum seeker who passes what’s known as a “credible fear interview.” That’s an interview used to determine if they have a legitimate reason to fear persecution or torture if they’re deported.  Geoffrey Hoffman, director of the University of Houston Law Center’s Immigration Clinic, spoke with Houston Matters. “In 2009, about 90 percent were actually released,” said Hoffman. “And then under the Trump administration, according to the stats that were given to the federal judge, about 100 percent were denied parole in various field offices, including El Paso, Philadelphia and Newark.”Houston Matters contacted the Justice Department for a response to the ruling, but the department declined to comment. 00:00 /00:51 Sharelast_img read more

Terminator Salvation VR Experience Opens Doors in Irvine

first_imgLocation-based virtual reality (VR) startup Spaces opened a new VR experience called “Terminator Salvation: Fight for the Future” at the Irvine Spectrum Center in Orange County, Calif. to the public Thursday.“Terminator Salvation” is a high-end location-based VR experience, which means that participants get to freely roam on a stage with physical props that are incorporated into the VR experience. Each and every participant wears their own VR backpack complete with an integrated computer, which in this case has been made by HP.Tickets for the experience cost $30 per person, and participants can get access to downloadable footage of their mission for an extra $10. Up to 4 players can take part in the experience together at any given time. Popular on Variety Spaces was founded in 2016, and has raised more than $10 million from investors including Comcast Ventures, Songcheng Performance Co., Match VC, Boost VC, Canyon Creek Capital and others. The startup also recently unveiled a “Terminator Genisys” VR experience in partnership with Skydance Media, and it has a $30 million partnership with Songcheng Performance Co. to build location-based VR in China.Spaces is just one of a number of location-based VR providers who are looking to provide a more experiential and social take on the medium. However, making the numbers work hasn’t been easy for everyone in location-based VR: Imax, which opened up 7 location-based VR centers last year, has since closed 2 of those locations. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “Our amazingly fun, social Spaces attractions are built to be shared,” said Spaces CTO Brad Herman in a statement. “We’re kicking off our first Spaces Center with a prominent franchise that is recognized and loved around the world, we make it easy for guests to share their Spaces experience the moment they take off their headset and that social-friendly mentality is built into every one of our Spaces attractions.”last_img read more

artigarvanGLENMORAN AREAHAVE EWE SEEN THESE RUSTL

first_img artigarvanGLENMORAN AREAHAVE EWE SEEN THESE? RUSTLERS HUNTED AFTER SHEEP STOLEN IN STRABANEstrabane ShareTweet Sheep similar to these were stolen in ArtigarvanPOLICE are investigating the theft of 62 sheep from farmland in Strabane.The incident occurred sometime between August 2016 and 15th October 2016 in the Glenmornan Area, Artigarvan..The sheep are described as: Scottish black faced Lanark sheep, horned ewes, aged approximately 1 year old, similar to attached photo.center_img Police are appealing to anyone with any information in relation to the incident to contact officers by ringing 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.HAVE EWE SEEN THESE? RUSTLERS HUNTED AFTER SHEEP STOLEN IN STRABANE was last modified: October 30th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags:last_img