The Broncos Pass Defense Is Somehow Even Better This Season

TEAMYEARNET Y/A OF OPPONENTSVS. NFL AVG.PLAYOFF RESULTNET Y/A NEXT SEASON GMS 1-8 Football studies have generally shown that offenses are more consistent from year to year than defenses, and regression to the mean is always a key part of any analysis for a historically great unit. As a result, we wouldn’t expect Denver’s 2016 pass defense to be anywhere near as good as the 2015 one. And that’s exactly what you see with most of the other teams on the list above.The other pass defenses on the top 20 list above were, on average, 1.53 net yards per attempt better than average against the pass in their dominant season; however, in their first eight games of the following season, they were just 0.52 NY/A better than average. That’s a sign of how difficult is it for dominant defenses to sustain that level of excellence over a long period. Defensive backs and pass rushers are two of football’s most health-dependent roles, and even one player losing a step or leaving in free agency can sink a unit. But so far this season, the Broncos have been even better that last season, jumping from 1.30 NY/A better than league average to 1.73.There are three main variables determine a defense’s NY/A average, and Denver is great in all three areas:1. Sack rateThis year’s Broncos have taken down opposing passers on 8.4 percent of all pass plays, the third-best rate in the NFL behind the Bills and Eagles. The Broncos blitz a lot — in fact, on a league-high 38.6 percent of passes — and the team has pressured the quarterback on a league-high 50 percent of all blitz plays. But Denver has been great when not blitzing, too: The Broncos lead the league with a 10.2 percent sack rate on passes when not sending extra pressure. Von Miller is the star, of course, and his 8.5 sacks rank second in the NFL. But Derek Wolfe and Shane Ray have combined for 8.5 sacks, too, and the defense is even scarier now that DeMarcus Ware (two sacks in the first two games) is back from injury.2. Completion percentageLast year, Denver’s pass defense allowed 60 percent of passes to be completed, which ranked eighth in the league; this season, Denver has allowed opposing passers to complete just 53.5 percent of all passes, easily the best rate in the league through eight weeks. And on passes to wide receivers, Denver’s at 49.6 percent, the only defense in the league holding opposing wideouts to a rate under 50 percent.The Broncos are blessed to have two of the best cornerbacks in the game in Chris Harris and Aqib Talib. According to Pro Football Focus (link requires subscription), those two rank as two of the best three corners in the NFL this season, both overall and in pass coverage.1The third is Houston’s A.J. Bouye. And while the loss of linebacker Danny Trevathan (and pass rusher Malik Jackson) was supposed to harm the defense, linebacker Brandon Marshall and safeties T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart have helped mitigate any damage. Denver ranks seventh in completion percentage on passes to tight ends at 59.7 percent, which nearly matches last year’s production (59 percent, fourth).3. Yards per completionEven when opponents completed passes last year against Denver, they didn’t usually go for much, gaining only 10.3 yards on average, a hair behind Cincinnati for the league lead. The Broncos defense is again one of the leaders in this category, allowing only 10.7 yards per completion. Any decrease in this category is more than offset by the improved rate on completed passes, but another key is that the Broncos aren’t allowing opponents to do much after the catch. This season, opposing receivers have gained just 4.2 yards per catch after making the reception, fourth-best in the league. In other words, on the rare occasion when receivers do make a reception, they generally get tackled pretty quickly.The Broncos pass defense guided the team to a championship last year, helping shut down Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady and Cam Newton in the playoffs. This year, the pass defense has been even better: With a dominant pass rush, a back seven that doesn’t allow many completions, and a strong-tackling unit that limits gains, Denver’s allowing a minuscule 4.7 net yards per pass play. And while last year the pass defense allowed 19 touchdowns against just 14 interceptions, this year those numbers have flipped, with only six touchdowns against eight interceptions. By most measures, this pass defense is even better than last year’s. That’s a very scary fact for the other 31 teams in the league. 1Minnesota19703.46-2.05Lost Div-1.48 5Minnesota19894.47-1.64Lost Div-0.19 16Seattle20134.85-1.36Won SB-0.19 The Broncos defense is good Last season, the Broncos were defined by having one of best defenses in NFL history: After a dominant regular season, Denver’s defense carried the team to a Super Bowl title. The defense was particularly dominant against the pass, allowing just 5.1 yards per pass play to opposing offenses. But this year? The defense is, remarkably, even better.Let’s begin with a refresher on just how good last year’s pass defense truly was. On average, NFL teams in 2015 gained 6.4 net yards per pass attempt (net yards includes yards lost to sacks), meaning the Broncos defense was 1.3 net yards per attempt better than average. That was the 20th-best mark of any team from 1970 to 2015, and Denver was the seventh team in that group to win a Super Bowl: 6Pittsburgh19743.75-1.60Won SB-1.25 12Tampa Bay19794.36-1.40Lost Conf0.63 7New York20094.61-1.55Lost Conf-0.37 4Miami19733.51-1.77Won SB0.74 13Minnesota19714.18-1.39Lost Div-1.19 18Atlanta19773.82-1.36—-1.08 15Oakland19754.07-1.38Lost Conf0.85 10Minnesota19753.99-1.45Lost Div-1.49 9Pittsburgh20114.87-1.45Lost WC-1.05 3Miami19824.03-1.81Lost SB-0.66 8Dallas19773.69-1.49Won SB-0.09 2Pittsburgh20084.30-1.86Won SB-0.77 14Tampa Bay20024.50-1.38Won SB-0.82 19Philadelphia19914.62-1.35—-0.32 20Denver20155.11-1.30Won SB-1.73 11New Orleans19924.35-1.43Lost WC-0.54 17Los Angeles19804.60-1.36Lost WC-0.58 read more

Domestic Violence Awareness called for by PDM Leader Police extend questioning of

first_img Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 May 2015 – The Leader of the Opposition PDM says she is incensed by the violence being played out against women recently; one of those women dying at the hands of her attacker. Hon Shalene Robinson said the battery of laws recently passed at the House of Assembly, as she put it, “provided greater rights and protection of and for women, parents and children. Among these pieces of Legislation was the Domestic Violence Legislation which secured greater rights and protection and called for greater resources.” Robinson believes, that in light of the two attacks – one a stabbing death, the other a woman lit on fire – there should be a mobilization of relevant agencies to begin “educating women and other persons in domestic relationships on the rights and provisions under this new Bill and also to provide the much needed resources for those who may need practical assistance.” Sharlene Robinson also expressed concern at a home invasion which, she said, “left one of our sisters battered and we are truly saddened by this event as we continue to see a serious change in the way we are used to living in our homeland.” The man police believe responsible for the Monday afternoon stabbing death of a 44 year old Haitian woman has already been to court; but not for formal charges to be laid. The Police got more time to question the suspect from the judge; ten days more. TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Related Items:domestic violence, Hon Sharlene Robinson, Pdm, police TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOAlast_img read more

WBMC questions 3 docs over infants death

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Medical Council (WBMC) on Friday questioned three doctors involved in the death of Kuheli Chakraborty – a 4-month-old child who died of alleged medical negligence after colonoscopy at a city hospital.”This was the third hearing at the Council. The enquiry that has been conducted so far has found negligence on the part of the Apollo Hospital authorities. The child was given no food for a long time and then, medicine was given to her on an empty stomach. This may have resulted in the death. We will be holding more hearings to arrive at a conclusion,” said WBMC president Nirmal Maji. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to sources, pediatrician Baishali Roy, Subhas Tiwary, who was on duty at the ITU and Sanjay Mahawar (anesthesiologist), deposed before the council on Friday. Tiwary has admitted that he was not aware of the side effects of the medicine that was given to the child, an official in the council said.Gastroenterologist Mahesh Goenka, who was also scheduled to appear for the hearing, did not turn up. “We will act tough against such negligence and will take steps,” the official reiterated. The deceased child’s parents were present at the time of the hearing. “We will fight till those responsible for the death of my daughter are punished,” said Shalu Chakraborty, Kuheli’s mother. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be mentioned that 4-month-old Kuheli died at the hospital on April 19, 2017, after a colonoscopy. Her parents Abhijit and Shalu Chakraborty had alleged medical negligence and lodged a complaint with Phoolbagan police and the West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission.The West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission, in its verdict on June 23, 2017, had found prima facie negligence on part of the doctors and had forwarded the case to WBMC.last_img read more

We will play better against South Africa spinners Rahane

first_imgIndia’s middle-order mainstay Ajinkya Rahane on Friday promised that the team’s batsmen would put up a much more impressive display against spinners in the coming four-Test series against South Africa than they had in the last few rubbers.Agreeing that Indian batsmen did not do too well against the spinning ball in Sri Lanka, Rahane said things would be different against South Africa at home.“Unfortunately, we got out to spinners in Sri Lanka. We played fast bowling very well in Australia and South Africa. The intention was to play out their first spells and then take them on. We are just looking to improve against spin in the series against South Africa. I’m confident in the series against South Africa we will do well against spin,” he said. Also Read – A league of his own!While rubbishing suggestions that the current lot of batsmen were suspect against quality spin bowling, Rahane said, “I don’t think we are playing spin bowling badly. In Sri Lanka, you have to give credit to their spinners. Rangana Herath and Tharindu Kaushal bowled very well.”Rahane said with the team preferring to play with five frontline bowlers, the onus was on batsmen to give them enough time to get 20 wickets for a Test win.  Also Read – Domingo named new Bangladesh cricket coach“With five bowlers playing as batsmen, it was our responsibility to get quick runs. We wanted to give enough time to the bowlers to take 20 wickets. That was our mindset in Sri Lanka,” said Rahane, who scored a century in the second innings of the second Test for a winning cause. Dravid prefers Rahane to bat at no. 5 in TestsJoining the debate over Ajinkya Rahane’s batting order in Tests, former India captain Rahul Dravid said on Friday he prefers his one-time Rajasthan Royals teammate to bat at no. 5 and not one-down, a position he was sent in the last two Tests in Sri Lanka recently. “He’s good at no. 5, or even 4, because of his ability to play with the tail-enders, the range of shots he possesses and for the opportunity he would get to face the second new ball too,” a visibly reluctant Dravid told former Test opener Aakash Chopra at the launch of the latter’s book “The Insider” here. It was interesting to note that Rahane was sitting by his side on the dais when Chopra put the question to the 42- year-old cricket legend, “Ajinkya at no. 3 or 5, what do you want?”  The debate has arisen as Rahane, who has been the most consistent of all Indian middle order batsmen on the overseas tours to South Africa, New Zealand, England and South Africa – at no. 5 – was asked to bat at no. 3 in the second and third Tests against Lanka, both played at Colombo and won by India for a 2-1 series win, after he had batted at no. 5 in the lost first Test at Galle. While scoring a second innings century for a winning cause in the second Test, Rahane failed to reach double figures in the other three innings in which he batted at no. 3. His Mumbai teammate Rohit Sharma, who flopped at no. 3 in the series opener, made two half centuries and also got good starts in the other two innings in which he was demoted to no. 5 – the slot previously occupied by Rahane.last_img read more