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Published: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 @ 4:31 PM
— The website FootballPerspective.com has come to a conclusion about championship quarterbacks that should interest Cincinnati Bengals fans.
In a post titled, “Is Having a Great QB More Important Than Ever To Win It All?” the answer turns out to be no.
When analysts say that you need a great quarterback (or a great passing game) to win it all, that’s simply not true unless they are using the phrase in a big tent sort of way: if a mediocre quarterback who plays well for four games qualifies as a great quarterback, then yes, you probably do need a great quarterback to win (except for, you know, the 2015 Broncos). But in general, far too much deference is given to the phrase “you need a great quarterback to win.”
This conclusion was reached upon the realization four of the last 10 Super Bowl champions had quarterbacks that ranked 14th or lower in adjusted net yards per attempt. That number (four) matches the total from the previous 41 Super Bowl winners.
It just so happens Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is 14th among active passers in ANY/A, but that’s not all.
FP also examined the seasons for every Super Bowl-winning quarterback one year before he hoisted the Lombardi Trophy and found 12 who weren’t coming off great years even if they had been great at some point in their career.
This descriptor would also fit Dalton, who was third in the league in ANY/A two years ago but has not finished in the top 10 in any other season.
Last year with many of his best weapons hurt or gone via free agency, Dalton’s ANY/A slipped from 8.17 in ’15 to 6.53. His quarterback rating went from 106.2 to 91.8 last season.
Does this all mean Dalton and the Bengals are poised to break through?
Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 10:12 AM
Simidele Adeagbo, a former track star at Kentucky, made Winter Olympics history this weekend as the Nigeria native became the first African female athlete to compete in skeleton.
“Competing in the Olympics has been one of the most inspiring and proudest moments of my life,” Adeagbo said on her website. “It was a dream that started a long time ago and to be able fulfill that dream for myself, for Nigeria, and for future Olympians was so much more than I could have asked for.”
Adeagbo was one of four Nigerians who competed in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. It’s the first year Nigeria has sent athletes to the winter games.
Adeagbo finished in last place with a combined time of 3:36.78, but even qualifying was a significant accomplishment as she first touched a skeleton sled last September. It seemed much more likely that her Olympic path would be through track and field.
Adeagbo was a four-time All-American at Kentucky. She still holds the school record in the outdoor triple jump (44’0/5″). She narrowly missed a spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team in the triple jump.
Adeagbo graduated from Kentucky in 2003.
“Ultimately, for me, this is about breaking barriers in sports,” Adeagbo said. “It’s about making history and leaving a legacy. It’s about moving sport forward. That’s so much bigger than just me being an Olympian. This will open doors and unlock the potential of future generations of athletes.”
Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 5:27 AM
With all the hoopla surrounding the Clemson quarterback battle between incumbent starter Kelly Bryant and the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit Trevor Lawrence, Hunter Johnson has somehow been forgotten.
The former 5-star quarterback was the MVP of the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and arrived to enormous expectations that he’d step into the starting job vacancy created by Deshaun Watson’s decision to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. When Johnson didn’t, it became easy to stash him into the outer reaches of our brains, knowing that Lawrence was on the way.
Lawrence is on campus now, and not many would blame Johnson if he wanted to leave and take his chances elsewhere. Zerrick Cooper saw the writing on the wall and transferred to Jacksonville State so he could play immediately.
However, Johnson is staying and taking his chances. And he’ll have a limited opportunity to grab everybody’s attention in the spring.
The benefit that he may have is that expectations that challenged him when he first arrived on campus now are gone. He no longer has to be the savior of the program and he’ll be free to take some chances when he gets his reps, and that could allow him to backdoor his way into the conversation.
Lawrence now faces all the pressure that Johnson faced when he arrived, only multiplied because the Georgia product has been billed as a generational talent. Several national publications have made it clear that they expect him to dethrone Bryant, who just led Clemson to the College Football Playoff in his first year as a starter, and take over a team with national championship designs.
For those of you who left the transitive property where it belonged in some high school math course somewhere, that means people expect a freshman to lead the Tigers to a title.
Those people will point to Georgia’s Jake Fromm and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa duking it out in the second half of the National Championship Game last month, but that’s far from normal and it took extenuating circumstances to put both players in that position. Expecting Lawrence to start from Week 1 on and do it is presumptive to say the least.
And then there’s Bryant.
He’s facing just as much pressure because it’s his job being threatened. The Clemson roster is so good that it’s expected that whoever comes away with the job can lead the Tigers to a national title, so he has all of that weighing on him, plus the possibility that everything he’s worked for potentially being ripped away.
Both Bryant and Lawrence will be under an enormous spotlight from a fan base whose expectations are rising exponentially. Two calendar years after rising to true national prominence, look at how Clemson fans reacted to the loss against Alabama.
That’s how quickly they came to expect excellence.
And that really does create a small window for Johnson. Bryant and Lawrence will bear the brunt of the spotlight all spring and summer, with scrimmage stats being pored over as if they were prophetic and every throw diehard fans can get their hands on being analyzed in tremendous detail.
Meanwhile, Johnson should have the chance to play relatively free and loose. Most would consider it a surprise if he even remained the No. 2 quarterback, let alone won the starting job.
The same can be said to a lesser extent for Chase Brice, who redshirted as a freshman in 2017. But Johnson’s talent level is on another plane than Brice, from what we’ve seen, and his skill set does make him an intriguing darkhorse in this competition.
It’s unlikely that Johnson wins the job. But it’d be crazy to think how we’d find a “rises from the ashes” story about a 5-star prospect entering his sophomore year if he did.
Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 2:00 AM
The 2018 NFL Draft is once again expected to be loaded with talented players.Below find a 2018 NFL mock draft, and an up to date NFL draft order. The first round of the 2018 NFL Draft is set for April 26. Baker Mayfield should be a high pick in the draft as will USC quarterback Sam Darnold.
This draft figures to be quarterback heavy, with potentially four signal callers, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen going among the top-10 picks. Of the non-quarterbacks, Penn State’s Saquon Barkley and Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick could be selected in the top 5.
Pick Nos. 1 through 20 are set now that the regular season is finished.
1. Cleveland Browns
2. New York Giants
3. Indianapolis Colts
4. Cleveland Browns
5. Denver Broncos
6. New York Jets
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Chicago Bears
9. San Francisco 49ers OR Oakland Raiders (coin flip)
11. Miami Dolphins
12. Cincinnati Bengals
13. Washington Redskins
14. Green Bay Packers
15. Arizona Cardinals
16. Baltimore Ravens
17. Los Angeles Chargers
18. Seattle Seahawks
19. Dallas Cowboys
20. Detroit Lions
21. Buffalo Bills
22. Buffalo Bills(Via Kansas City)
23. Carolina Panthers
24. Los Angeles Rams
25. Tennessee Titans
26. Atlanta Falcons
27. New Orleans Saints
28. Pittsburgh Steelers
29. Jacksonville Jaguars
30. Minnesota Vikings
31. New England Patriots
32. Philadelphia Eagles
Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 11:35 AM
— Who: Cleveland State (8-21, 5-11) vs Wright State (20-8, 12-3)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Nutter Center
Probable Wright State starters
Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 14.3
Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 5.0
Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 9.9
Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 12.5
Cole Gentry, 5-10, So., G, 9.6
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Probable Cleveland State starters
Kenny Carpenter, 6-5, Sr., G, 12.6
Tyree Appleby, 6-1, Fr., G, 10.9
Bobby Word, 6-4, Sr., G, 10.6
Anthony Wright, 6-7, Sr., G, 8.1
Stefan Kenic, 6-9, Fr., F, 8.5
Series history: Wright State leads 35-34.
Coaches: Scott Nagy is 41-19 in two seasons at Wright State. His career record in 23 seasons is 450-259. Dennis Felton is 8-21 in his first season at Cleveland State and 192-166 in 12 seasons overall.
Last games: Wright State beat Northern Kentucky 69-67Friday night. Cleveland State lost 82-66 to visiting Oakland on Friday.
About Wright State: WSU is tied with Northern Kentucky for first place in the Horizon League. … the Raiders are 13-2 at the Nutter Center and can tie the Division I school record for home wins in a season with a victory against CSU (seven other teams in program history have recorded 14 home wins, most recently in 2010-11). … WSU also can tie the record for league wins in a season (13-3 in 2007; 13-5 in 2015). … And a victory will assure the Raiders of no worse than the No. 3 seed in the HL tournament. … Love is 33 rebounds shy of the single-season school record of 305 set by Thad Burton in 1997-98. … The three 3-pointers WSU made Friday against NKU were the team’s fewest since Nov. 26 in a 57-56 victory against Fairfield. … The Raiders have committed a season-low eight turnovers in each of their last two games. … WSU has a 92 percent chance of winning according to KemPom.com, which predicts a final score of 75-60.
About Cleveland State: The Vikings are 3-3 in their last six games after starting the season 5-18. … The Vikings rank 10th in the HL in scoring offense (68.2) and seventh in scoring defense (75.1). … CSU tied a school-record with 14 3-pointers in its 77-74 win against the Raiders on Feb. 1, including a 60-footer by Carpenter at the halftime buzzer (the 14 3-pointers also tied the WSU record for most allowed). … The 733 3-pointers the Vikings have attempted are the most in the HL. … CSU has made at least one 3-pointer in a school-record 626 consecutive games, and the Vikings have made at least three treys in their last 175 games. … Sophomore guard Evan Clayborne is a Thurgood Marshall graduate averaging 3.4 points and 2.3 rebounds in 18 games. … CSU is 323rd out of 351 Division I teams in the Pomeroy ratings.