Dont Give Up On Ben Roethlisberger Just Yet

Jim Kelly1995BUF85.87.567.86.387.07.1 Struggling 35-year-olds mostly rebounded nicelyQuarterbacks who posted subpar numbers in their first five games during their age-35 season and how they fared in rest of that year, 1978-2017 Jim Hart1979STL70.66.949.05.759.06.0 The Steelers may be 3-2, but the mood in Pittsburgh is dour. Ben Roethlisberger is coming off a five-interception fiasco against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the latest and worst in a run of lukewarm performances this season. Plenty in Steeler nation are beginning to question whether the 35-year-old Roethlisberger has hit the wall. One of those people is the actual Ben Roethlisberger.The numbers are definitely not pretty, especially when compared to his career averages. That interception festival he hosted in Week 5 torched his passer rating, which has sunk to 75.8 and is way below his 94.1 career rating entering the season. More alarming than the spate of picks is that Roethlisberger’s yards per attempt, which for his career prior to this year stood at a near all-time-best 7.9, is a career-low 6.5 so far this season.But a closer look at the numbers shows there’s good reason to believe that this bad stretch is just that: a bad stretch. Here are the key reasons Steelers fans should still have hope — regardless of what Roethlisberger himself is saying or thinking.History is on his sideWe identified several quarterbacks who struggled in the first five games of their age-35 seasons when compared to what they did through age 34.1We looked at quarterbacks going back to 1978 to make sure all of them had played in the merged NFL for a decent amount of time. To qualify for the list, each quarterback needed to have a minimum of 125 pass attempts through five games. In almost every case, these QBs bounced back to something much closer to their established levels. To be sure, there’s some selection bias at play here — most of these quarterbacks are generally excellent, because erratic and unreliable passers do not usually last in the NFL until they are 35. Ben Roethlisberger2017PIT94.17.975.86.5 Drew Brees2014NOR95.37.591.87.299.67.7 CAREERGAMES 1-5GAMES 6-16 *Through age-34 season.Minimum 125 passes in first five games, with a QB rating worse than career numbers prior to that season.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Trent Green2005KAN87.97.780.56.994.38.3 PLAYERYEARTMRATING*YPA*RATINGYPARATINGYPA Dan Fouts1986SD81.87.855.46.384.07.7 Matt Hasselbeck2010SEA83.36.974.86.472.37.0 Brett Favre2004GNB86.97.186.07.195.47.8 Ken Anderson1984CIN82.07.368.07.796.17.6 Among the passers on this list, the average QB rating improved from 71.2 in the first five games to 86.0 for the remainder of the season. Their yards per attempt also rebounded, from a pedestrian 6.7 to a solid 7.4, on average. If Roethlisberger improves at the same rate, his passer rating for the rest of the year would be 88.4 and his yards per attempt would bounce up to 7.2. But Hall of Famers Dan Fouts and Jim Kelly beat those averages, so it’s certainly possible that Roethlisberger could outperform them as well.Roethlisberger is still doing Roethlisberger thingsWhile the box scores have been ugly, many of Roethlisberger’s underlying numbers have been typical for his career. His accuracy hasn’t declined significantly: Only 17.5 percent of his throws have been off target, which is only a shade worse than the 16.9 percent rate he posted in the regular season from 2014 to 2016. And on deep passes,2More than 10 yards. Roethlisberger has actually been a hair more accurate, 28.2 percent of his throws have been off target this year compared to 28.3 percent in the past three years.You would think that as Roethlisberger ages, he would start to lose his trademark ability to move outside the pocket on broken plays and find something down the field. But in a limited sample so far this year, he has still been effective when chased from the pocket — he has posted a 101.2 passer rating on just nine dropbacks in these situations this year compared with 124.2 on 93 dropbacks in the prior three seasons.One logical explanation for Roethlisberger’s poor start would be that something was amiss with his offensive line. Perhaps he’s under more pressure than usual? But in fact, the Steelers QB is tied with Oakland’s Derek Carr for the least pressured quarterback in the league this year — both have been under threat on just 15.1 percent of dropbacks. And that’s the way it has been for a while in Pittsburgh; Roethlisberger had the second-lowest pressure rate in the league (behind Peyton Manning) from 2014-16.So if Roethlisberger hasn’t suddenly become inaccurate and he’s not suddenly facing more pressure, the Steelers’ offensive problems may extend beyond the QB and O-line.Bell and Brown are not helping mattersThe real explanation for Roethlisberger’s poor start may be the decline in efficiency of his two top targets, wideout Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell.On Roethlisberger’s 62 targets to Brown this year, his passer rating has dropped to just 71, down from 112.2 on 480 targets in the past three years. And while it’s hard to tell from a passer rating whether the quarterback or receiver is more to blame, other stats provide some evidence that the 29-year-old Brown is not quite himself this year. According to the NFL, defenses are playing Brown much more tightly at the snap — his average cushion has declined from 5.2 to 4.5 yards, one of the lowest among all receivers. But he’s not making defensive backs pay by running by them, as his average separation is unchanged (2.9 yards).Bell’s receiving ability, meanwhile, is downright ordinary this year. The prior three years, Roethlisberger had 105 passer rating when throwing to Bell. This year, it’s 85.4. Bell is averaging 3.85 yards before contact and just 1.48 after. The prior three years, those figures were 6.64 and 2.20. It’s hard to blame Roethlisberger for Bell being unable to get open and make defenders miss.Bell’s ineffective performance so far has also meant that Roethlisberger can’t use him as a safety valve, which has crushed the QB’s stats against the blitz. In the past three seasons, Roethlisberger had a 96 rating on 381 dropbacks against blitzing defenses — mostly because the underneath pass to Bell was so effective. This year, his rating on those plays is down to 54.6, the lowest in the league.Sunday, Roethlisberger travels to Kansas City to face the unbeaten Chiefs, who have been winning more with offense than defense, which may mean his receivers will be able to find a little more space. And Roethlisberger’s attitude about his ability to perform has undergone a 180-degree turn. “They can question me. I don’t question myself,” he said, three days after his “Maybe I don’t have it anymore” interview. “I think you guys are much more panicked than we are.”And unless Roethlisberger is a huge outlier and suddenly craters at age 35, or Bell and Brown have completely lost their ability to be dominant receiving threats, it seems there actually is little reason for Steelers fans to panic. read more

Prince Harry Meghan Markle win crown for fastest to 1M Instagram followers

first_img 0 On Wednesday, the couple also shared a post of Prince Harry meeting with people as part of his work in mental health.  Post a comment About an hour after the couple’s account launched, Instagram “partially crashed, preventing most users from being able to follow the account on first clicking the follow button,” according to journalist Benjamin Wareing.K-Pop star Kang Daniel previously held the Guinness record after joining Instagram earlier this year. He reached 1 million followers in 11 hours 36 minutes. Pope Francis, who got 1 million followers in 12 hours, held the record in 2016. The Royal Family is quite familiar with the social network. Its Instagram account has more than 5 million followers and over 2,400 posts. Even Queen Elizabeth herself has posted content to the account. Last month, the Royal Family shared a set of social media guidelines asking people to show “courtesy, kindness and respect” on its accounts. This came after Duchesses Kate Middleton and Markle became the target of hateful comments online. In January, Kensington Palace reportedly asked Instagram and Twitter to help curb abusive comments. Before her wedding to Prince Harry, Markle had deleted her social media accounts. It’s safe to say many people are happy to have her back. Instagram It may not be a crowning achievement, but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle broke an Instagram world record for reaching 1 million Instagram followers in under 6 hours. Anwar Hussein/Getty Images Prince Harry and Meghan Markle broke the Guinness World Record for being the fastest to get 1 million Instagram followers. The couple launched their account sussexroyal on Tuesday, reaching 1 million followers in 5 hours and 45 minutes, according to Guinness. At the time of publication, the account had 3 million followers. “Welcome to our official Instagram; we look forward to sharing the work that drives us, the causes we support, important announcements, and the opportunity to shine a light on key issues,” reads the account’s first post, which has more than 1 million likes.  Tags Online Share your voicelast_img read more

Sensex Closes Lower on FIIs Selling Pressure WPI Inflation Rates Ease to

first_imgCompucom Software LtdCMPU11.38-1.55-11.99 Sudal Industries LtdSDAL19.95+2.90+17.01 Vikas Granites LtdVIKS15.85+2.64+19.98 Top losers from BSE:NameNameSymbolSymbolLast traded in RupeesLast traded in RupeesChange in rupeesChange in rupeesChange in %Change in %NameAce Edutrend LtdSymbolACELLast traded in Rupees35.25Change in rupees-8.80Change in %-19.98NameCompucom Software LtdSymbolCMPULast traded in Rupees11.38Change in rupees-1.55Change in %-11.99NameKallam Spinning Mills LtdSymbolKALSLast traded in Rupees54.65Change in rupees-6.60Change in %-10.78NameSanofi India LtdSymbolSANOLast traded in Rupees2900Change in rupees-330Change in %-10.22NameR R Financial ConsultantsSymbolRRFCLast traded in Rupees11.34Change in rupees-1.26Change in %-10 Advani Hotels and resorts IndiaADHO51.60+8.60+20 Mobile Telecommunications LtdMOBI3.35+0.45+15.52 Ace Edutrend LtdACEL35.25-8.80-19.98 NameSymbolLast traded in RupeesChange in rupeesChange in % Kallam Spinning Mills LtdKALS54.65-6.60-10.78 Sanofi India LtdSANO2900-330-10.22 BSE Sensex closed lower on Monday, after falling for previous four sessions as overseas investors turned sellers. The Sensex closed 17.37 points or 0.07 percent lower at 25006.98 points, whereas the Nifty ended 0.07 percent lower after falling 5.45 points at 7454.15 points.Foreign investors sold shares worth Rs. 7.23 billion ($120.6 million) on Friday, after purchasing $1.6 billion worth stocks for six sessions.According to analysts, Narendra Modi’s budget lacked enough details about how to tackle fiscal deficit rates.”The budget euphoria is over. And we have seen a meaningful correction, which is giving an opportunity to add quality stocks to the portfolio. There could be some minor corrections, but the undercurrent is still positive,” Reuters quoted Deven Choksey, managing Director, KR Choksey Securities.On the other hand, the rupee weakened by 17 paise at 60.10 per dollar versus its previous close of 59.93 a dollar on Friday, due to demand for dollars from oil marketing companies and concerns for wholesale price inflation that was found above expectations.After the BJP-led government curbed farm exports, India’s wholesale price inflation eased to a four-month low in June at 5.43 percent.”We continue to remain cautious on the (inflation) trajectory given the scanty rainfalls witnessed across different parts of the country,” Reuters quoted Upasna Bhardwaj, an economist at ING Vysya Bank in Mumbai.”At the same time, pick-up in demand is further likely to keep the core prices under pressure leaving no room for RBI to ease monetary policy at least through this year.”RBI Governor had raised interest rates three times since taking charge in September 2013. In the policy meeting last month, interest rate was fixed at eight percent.Indian Stock IndicesAmong 12 indices, 50 percent surged while the rest plunged. Apart from Sensex and Nifty that closed lower on Monday, BSE IT, FMCG, Realty and healthcare stocks also ended lower by 119.11 points, 27.45 points, 14.87 points and 61.99 points.Moreover, among Blue chips, Hindustan Unilever lost 2.94 percent, ICICI Bank fell 0.91 percent lower and Bharti Airtel ended one percent down. Other losers were Infosys, Sun Pharmaceuticals Limited and Titan.While metal stocks were among the gainers, Hindalco, Tata Steel and JSW Steel ended higher by 3.99 percent, 2.3 percent and 1.02 percent.Top gainers from BSE:NameNameSymbolSymbolLast traded in RupeesLast traded in RupeesChange in rupeesChange in rupeesChange in %Change in %NameAdvani Hotels and resorts IndiaSymbolADHOLast traded in Rupees51.60Change in rupees+8.60Change in %+20NameVikas Granites LtdSymbolVIKSLast traded in Rupees15.85Change in rupees+2.64Change in %+19.98NameSudal Industries LtdSymbolSDALLast traded in Rupees19.95Change in rupees+2.90Change in %+17.01NameMobile Telecommunications LtdSymbolMOBILast traded in Rupees3.35Change in rupees+0.45Change in %+15.52NameMeuse kara & Sungrace MafatlalSymbolMEUSLast traded in Rupees11Change in rupees+1.37Change in %+14.23 NameSymbolLast traded in RupeesChange in rupeesChange in % R R Financial ConsultantsRRFC11.34-1.26-10 Meuse kara & Sungrace MafatlalMEUS11+1.37+14.23 On the other hand, the top gainers from NSE were Advani Hotels and Resorts, JK Tyre & Industries, Delta Corp, IVP Limited and Raj Rayon Industries, whereas the top losers were Birla Cotsyn India, Antarctica Ltd, VKS Projects, Compucom Software and Pan India Corporation Limited.last_img read more

Former NSI DG arrested in case over crimes against humanity

first_imgTribunalA former director general of National Security Intelligence (NSI) and Department of Immigration and Passports was arrested on Tuesday as the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 issued arrest warrant against him. Mohammad Wahidul Haque, 69, was arrested from his Baridhara house in the capital at 12.30 pm soon after Tribunal-1 issued arrest warrant against him.”Haque was an adjutant with 29th Cavalry Regiment in Pakistan army at Rangpur Cantonment. On 28 March 1971, Pakistani army gunned down 500 to 600 Bengalis and Santals in Rangpur, using machineguns on top of four military jeeps. Haque was in charge of the first vehicle as the sole Bengali officer who was still free to roam around,” senior prosecutor Tureen Afroz told BSS.”Haque and his associates didn’t stop there. They brutally charged bayonet on the injured and later burnt them to death. Haque left for Pakistan in April 1971 and returned to the country in 1974. He was made Superintendant of Police in 1976. He was made acting director general of NSI in 1996-97 and later became the DG of passports,” Tureen added.Meanwhile, investigation officer Motiur Rahman said the accused will be produced before the tribunal tomorrow (Wednesday).”A complaint was lodged against him on 5 December 2016, and we are investigating the case based on the complaint. He is very influential and was trying to influence the probe. So, for the sake of proper investigation, we needed to put him behind the bars,” said the senior investigator.last_img read more

Kamal questions Mainul arrest

first_imgDr Kamal HossainAlleging that the government has gone ‘crazy’, Jatiya Oikya Front convener Kamal Hossain on Thursday said it is turning a civilised country into a ‘jungle’, reports UNB.He made the allegations while addressing a discussion organised by ‘Jatiya Ainjibi Oikya Front’ at the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) auditorium as the chief guest.Criticising the arrest of Mainul Hosein in a defamation case, Kamal, also Gano Forum president, said it has manifested the government’s absolute ‘autocracy’. “This is not democracy. The constitution never gives such power which enables someone to do whatever he/she wants,” he said.Taking a swipe at law minister Anisul Huq, he sought explanation from him why Mainul Hosein was sent to jail in a bailable case. “You must explain it to people as you claim there’s democracy. You (Anis) also have the responsibility.”On 22 October, a team of Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested the former caretaker government adviser in front of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president ASM Abdur Rob’s Uttara residence in a defamation case filed in Rangpur.last_img read more

Target American Greetings Apologize for Racially Insensitive Baby Daddy Card

first_imgThe Associated PressAmerican Greetings has apologized for a Father’s Day card that drew criticism on social media for depicting a Black couple over the words “Baby Daddy.”The inside of the card reads: “You’re a wonderful husband and father — and I’m so grateful to have you as my partner, my friend, and my baby daddy! Happy Father’s Day.”(Screengrab)American Greetings says the front page communicated “an unintentional meaning that is out-of-touch and offensive.” Communications director Patrice Molnar says the company is adding steps to its product review process “to ensure cards like this are not created.”Retailer Target saw the discussion on social media and asked American Greetings to remove the card from 900 stores where it was available. Spokesman Joshua Thomas says it was never the company’s intent to offend.Thank you for raising this concern and bringing it to our attention. This card was intended to be a playful husband card, but we have notified the product team that it missed the mark. Please accept our sincerest apologies and know we will do better in the future.— American Greetings (@amgreetings) June 13, 2018The phrase “Baby Daddy” is “not sweet or nice,” wrote Dallas-based Facebook user Takeisha Saunders, reported USA Today. “It’s a term used to describe a deadbeat or absent parent. Yeah it’s sweet on the inside, but whomever created this card doesn’t know what it means.”Not everyone was as offended, however.Facebook user Antwan Lester, responding to Saunders’ post, said the issue was “not that deep.”“I’m a black man who finds NOTHING wrong with this card,” he wrote. “ But to sit here and compare this card with the real s**t we had to overcome though? If you’re not, I’m embarrassed for you and the woman who posted this.”last_img read more

People Underestimate How Fun It Is to Do the Same Thing Twice

first_imgA common, low-stakes living-room scenario: A couple is trying to decide on a movie to watch. There’s an option one-half of the relationship is thrilled about, but the other has already seen it. On those grounds, it’s ruled out. In one experiment, O’Brien and his research team approached people near an exhibit on genetics at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, asking them to rate how much they enjoyed the exhibit and how much they think they’d enjoy perusing it again. While the subjects tended to predict that the exhibit would be less fun the second time around, the ones who did another walkthrough at the researchers’ request rated it roughly as enjoyable as the first. In other words, the museumgoers, as a group, underestimated how much they would like doing the same thing twice. Read the whole story: The Atlantic But a new study suggests that this notion that having already seen it—or read it, done it, visited it—automatically precludes a second go-around might be mistaken. Repeating something, it turns out, “may turn out to be less dull than people think,” writes Ed O’Brien, the author of the study and a behavioral-science professor at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.last_img read more