Say What NFL Scouts Would Take Derek Carr Over

So, let’s get this straight: Colin Kaepernick is 27-years-old, has led the San Francisco 49ers to within one play of advancing to the Super Bowl, has his team in contention again this season, and a group of NFL executives/coaches say they would take Derek Carr over Kaepernick.I know what you’re saying: “Who’s Derek Carr?”Fair question. He’s the rookie quarterback of the Oakland Raiders. The same Oakland Raiders that have won just one of 11 games this season. The same Oakland Raiders Carr led last week in their 52-0 humiliating loss to the St. Louis Rams, who are not exactly the ’85 Bears on defense.But according to cbssports.com, former NFL scout John Middlekauff polled several league personnel and QB coaches about the two quarterbacks who were, as fate would have it, both taken No. 36 in the draft, only three years apart.How could Carr go from a nondescript young quarterback to the subject of such an inquiry? Well, here is Middlekauff’s assessment of Kaepernick via the anonymous execs:“The consistent sentiment is [Kaepernick] may just be what he is and some of his fundamental flaws will not change (accuracy/touch) over time. Kap’s frenetic play is just something his coach and skill guys will have to learn to live with, it may not be something that changed. He will always be a guy that forces you to live with the bad because the good is so special.”Translation: That was a bunch of double talk. Fundamental flaws will not change? Why not? Why can’t he improve? Frenetic play? What’s that? And here’s the real kicker: “. . . live with the bad because the good is so special.”When are “special” talents that have produced on the field rated lower than a quarterback most did not know was in the league? Carr, who looks to be a nice player, has not distinguished himself in any way, yet NFL talent evaluators would take him over Kaepernick? Here is Middlekauff’s word on Carr:“Carr’s pocket presence and natural development over the ‘14 season has caught the eye of many around the NFL. His arm strength was never the question and he has quieted the ‘he may not be tough enough’ crowd quickly. Everyone I spoke with was very bullish on his potential and what he will become once Oakland surrounds him with talent.”What he really said was Carr, a 23-year-old rookie out of Fresno State, has not done much, but could do a lot. Maybe. They cannot be certain. And he’s rated ahead of Kaepernick? Does that ring reasonable?Granted, Kaepernick has been less the player expected of him after a 2013 season that landed him a $126 million contract. But even as he searches for a rhythm, the 49ers are 7-5 and fighting for a post-season position.He has completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 2,736 yards with 15 touchdowns against 8 interceptions. Carr has completed 59.3 percent of his passes for 2,422 yards with 14 TDs and 11 interceptions.So, what’s really going on here? We have seen with Robert Griffin III and many other quarterbacks that one season does not make them an NFL star QB. It’s one thing to say Carr has a chance to be a solid or even a star quarterback if he continues to develop. To say he’s the choice over a battle-tested Kaepernick who has flourished against some of the more physical and sound defenses in the league, well, it’s a stretch at best, curious at worst.If Kaepernick’s last-second pass to Michael Crabtree in the NFC Championship game in January was not broken up by Richard Sherman, he could have been the second Black quarterback to win a Super Bowl, not Seattle’s Russell Wilson. What then?Of course, playing the “if” game could go on for a while and gets us nowhere. The reality is Kaepernick, for reasons unknown (wink, wink), is being judged quickly and harshly. Perhaps the significant contract contributes to the skepticism. Perhaps he’s been looked at through the lens that measures performance alongside salary.If that’s the case, Carr should be judged from the standpoint that his body of work is hardly enough to stack up against a playoff-winning quarterback who just turned 27 and has the capacity to grow. Why would Carr’s potential be greater than Kaepernick’s, especially when “Kap” has already won in the NFL?Why would they compare him to Kaepernick anyway? Why not Cleveland’s Brian Hoyer? Or Arizona’s Drew Stanton? Maybe it’s because Kaepernick and Carr face off on Sunday. Or maybe it’s something deeper. Could it be that Carr is white? Maybe not. But all of it is curious. read more

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Martial hoping for an extended Solskjaer stay

first_imgAnthony Martial has tipped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to retain the managerial position at Manchester United on a permanent basis.The French midfielder revealed the entire squad is enjoying the reign of the Norwegian boss ahead of their clash with PSG.Martial scored a superb solo goal in United’s 3-0 win over Fulham on Saturday to enter the top four and further extend the unbeaten run under the 45-year-old to 11 games.French connexion ⚡️⚡️⚡️ pic.twitter.com/6q6N13MBFS— Anthony Martial (@AnthonyMartial) December 22, 2018“Well, obviously things are going really well at the moment. We’re really happy to have him here,” the France forward told a news conference ahead of Tuesday’s mouth-watering Champions League showdown against Paris Saint-Germain.“Sure, I hope we can continue with him. The final decision isn’t down to us but certainly, we’re happy he’s here at the moment.”“We’ve got a coach who’s got different intentions, a different approach,” Martial disclosed via FourFourTwo. “We’re trying to do what he wants us to do.“When our new coach came in he had a lot of confidence and a lot of determination. That’s really a boost to us.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He had a lot of confidence in us and we’re trying to pay him back in kind.“He’s asking me to attack more, that’s my job after all – to make the difference, as it were, to be more decisive“Things are working out well for the other attackers as well. I hope we can continue to be as effective and efficient.”.@AnthonyMartial: “Obviously things are going really well at the moment so we’re happy to have him [Ole] here with us.” #MUFC pic.twitter.com/5pELklKcg0— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 11, 2019However, Solskjaer feels that there is still room for improvement when it comes to Martial’s finishing.“He’s often said that to me and even previous managers have said that to me,” he added.“I think if I do manage to do that [and] get beyond the defence then I will score more goals.”last_img read more

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Ry Cooder To Release The Prodigal Son First New Album In Six

first_imgNews Facebook Twitter The GRAMMY-winning guitar guru unleashes a new single from his forthcoming album to go along with news of his first North American tour in nine yearsNate HertweckGRAMMYs Mar 1, 2018 – 3:53 pm Guitarist/songwriter Ry Cooder’s long and varied career stretches back to his first band, Rising Sons, which he joined at age 16. Countless signature sessions, shows, collaborations, tours, and guitar licks later, he’s come full circle, announcing his first new album since 2012’s Election Special. Ahead of the release, Cooder has dropped the album’s first single, “Shrinking Man.”The 11-song track list for The Prodigal Son, due out May 11, is a mixture of original material (including “Shrinking Man”) and new interpretations of songs by Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Roosevelt Graves, the Stanley Brothers, and other. Cooder describes this new project as, “a deft commentary on our ailing moral state,” saying in a statement, “I do connect the political/economic dimensions with the inner life of people, since people are at risk and oppressed on all sides in our world today.”Known for his staggering mastery of his instrument, especially on slide guitar, Cooder has graced recordings by The Rolling Stones, Captain Beefheart, Little Feat, Taj Mahal, Randy Newman, and many more, in addition to his own prolific output of solo recordings since his 1970 self-titled debut. Along the way, Cooder has racked up 14 career GRAMMY nominations and six wins spanning such varied categories as Best World Music Album, Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album, Best Pop Instrumental Album, and Best Recording For Children.Cooder’s return comes complete with the announcement of his first North American tour in nine years, kicking off June 3 in Alexandria, Va. and running through July 21 where it wraps up in Napa, Calif. A full list of dates and ticket info can be found on Cooder’s website.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead more Email Ry Cooder Rides Again With New Album & Tour ry-cooder-release-prodigal-son-first-new-album-six-years Ry Cooder To Release ‘The Prodigal Son,’ First New Album In Six Years last_img read more

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Dyson EV patent drawings hide clever engineering behind familiar forms

first_img Electric Cars Future Cars 29 Photos Dyson V11 Torque Drive up close More From Roadshow 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous James Dyson Dyson Comment The man who makes high-art vacuums might one day make your electric car. Dyson’s upcoming electric vehicle is hotly anticipated, yet we haven’t heard much from the company about what to expect. That changes with a new set of patent drawings.Dyson’s patent drawings for its future EV have been published, and while the company is ordinarily known for some revolutionary designs, its car seems almost too traditional by comparison. It mimics a traditional crossover shape, with a long, flat roof, enough interior space for three rows of seats and an overall design that, while efficient, still looks like a car at the end of the day.Of course, what we see is only part of the story, according to an email from company founder James Dyson to his employees regarding the published drawings. “The patents certainly don’t reveal what our vehicle will really look like or give any specifics around what it will do,” Dyson’s email reads. “Rather they show an androgynous vehicle and provide a glimpse of some of the inventive steps that we are considering.”Enlarge ImageBy positioning the seats as low as possible, there can be some semblance of ride height without tall glass eating into the drag coefficient. Dyson There are some interesting touches in there, though. The wheels, for example, seem awfully large for an EV. As the patent notes, while large wheels are traditionally seen as range-sucking chunks of mass, Dyson believes they can confer benefits. “The engineers observed that the decrease in the rolling resistance that is achieved at this wheel size can offset the increase in inertia such that a net gain in the driving range may be achieved,” the patent reads, which is some interesting and unconventional thinking. The wheels and the general shape of the vehicle are both aimed at reducing aerodynamic drag. Usually, that would require the vehicle to be as low to the ground as possible, but Dyson’s engineers believe the car can maintain SUV-like ride height without any negative effect on the drag coefficient. Paired with a raked windshield and a low roofline, and the car is surprisingly sleek for something that’s about the size of a Range Rover.If there’s one thing we have no idea about, though, it’s the powertrain. The patent drawings don’t make any motive-force intimations, but we do know that Dyson is leaning on its strengths and designing its own electric motors for the vehicle. According to Autocar’s report, Dyson hinted that multiple motors might be on offer to expand on the benefits of brake regeneration. The company is also working on solid-state battery technology that it wants to include in the car. With a debut slated for 2021, it shouldn’t be too much longer before Dyson throws out more details of what to expect. Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 1 Share your voicelast_img read more

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Standard Chartered Sheds Consumer Business Units in Hong Kong and Shenzhen

first_imgStandard Chartered, the British multinational banking giant, sold its consumer finance units in Hong Kong and Shenzhen to a consortium of investors for a deal worth $600 to $700 million as  part of their new restructuring deal.The consortium of investors includes financial firm Pepper Australia Pty Ltd., U.S. hedge fund York Capital Management Global Advisors and a state-run firm China Travel Financial Holdings.Standard Chartered confirmed the deal on Tuesday adding that the consortium will sell $761 million worth of residential mortgages to The Bank of East Asia on completion of the deal.Though it didn’t confirm the amount it sold the units for, the bank had announced earlier that it was seeking about $700 million in the sale.The decision to sell its consumer finance unit came as it had been grappling with slow sales and growth in the consumer banking sector in Asia.Also, the economic slowdown in China has been threatening risk of bad debts, which is why the bank thought it best to do away with the unit. Standard Chartered generates 90 percent of its profits from emerging markets and like its regional peers, it is also shoring up finances to avoid huge losses.Meanwhile, Standard Chartered is facing fresh scrutiny from US regulators after the administration found that it breached sanction rules the government had imposed against trade with Iran in 2007 and after.Shares of Standard Chartered have been underperforming after it was hit with a series of fines for sanctions breach since August. The management at the bank has come under pressure given its depressing performance and the top-level executives are trying to do damage control.The management was in Hong Kong last month reassuring investors, where they also said that the company would be sanctioning $400 million in cost cuts, according to The Guardian.last_img read more

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Everything you need to know about the majestic breed of horses from

first_imgFor some, horse riding is a sport, for some, it’s a hobby, and then there are some for whom it is a passion. Most equestrians have an indescribable love for horses. They are extremely knowledgeable about various breeds and spend a lifetime learning about them, grooming them and mastering riding techniques.One such passionate equestrian is Hassan Al Mannai. Born and brought up in Qatar, Hassan Al Mannai started horseback-riding early on in life. At the age of three, he would ride horses with his father and his family. As he grew older, his interest in them only grew.The Arabian horse breed is considered to be one of the strongest breeds in the world. They have notably improved speed, endurance, and bone strength as compared to various other breeds. Considered to be one of the mightiest breeds of horses, Hassan Al Mannai’s interest in them is completely justified.His founded stud, Al Reeh Stud has managed to participate in multiple shows, both national and international, ever since. In 2018, they participated in an Arabian horse show auction. Their breed is so impressive that they were able to sell all the entered horses in the auction. In a short span of time, Al Reeh Stud has achieved great heights under the leadership of Hassan Al Mannai.Al Reeh Stud is one of the leaders in breeding the best quality of Arabian horses and continue to improve every day. Mannai is doing everything in his power to spread knowledge about the breed. He’s also an Executive Committee Member in ECAHO (European Conference for Arab Horse Organizations).IBT does not endorse any of the above contentlast_img read more

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