Is There Much Hope For The Colts With Jacoby Brissett As QB

The only person who appeared unmoved by the announcement was — unsurprisingly — Bill Belichick.When the rest of the football world recovered, the consensus outlook for the Colts under Brissett wasn’t particularly good. On Sunday, Las Vegas dropped the line on the Colts win total from 9.5 to 6.5 wins. Our FiveThirtyEight Elo system dropped the Colts from a 9.2 win team to 7.5 wins. And as seen on Sunday Night Football, the model developed by Pro Football Focus put the new Colts win total at 7.1, down from nine wins.Looking at Brissett’s performance over his career, it’s easy to see why the math and the markets are bearish on the Colts’ prospects. Indianapolis has a 4-11 record in games Brissett started, and the quarterback has averaged 6.6 yards per attempt over his career, below the league average of 7.2 for the years Brissett has been active. Brissett averaged just more than 200 yards passing per game in his only full season as a starter — a season in which he compiled a QBR of 41.5 — and his career completion percentage is just 59.1 percent. These numbers are not good.We can try to find a silver lining. Completion percentage can sometimes be misleading. Quarterbacks who attempt deeper passes at a higher rate than their peers will see their stat line punished despite the fact that they are helping their team by attempting more valuable throws. If we account for how deep Brissett’s passing attempts have been over his career, however, we find that there aren’t many depths where he’s above league average — although the sample sizes at some depths aren’t large enough for us to conclude this with certainty. It surprised everyone. The news that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was retiring Saturday night set Twitter on tilt and was met with skepticism from grizzled beat reporters, boos from the Lucas Oil Stadium crowd and even disbelief from new starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett: Among active QBs, Brisset ranks in the bottom 10 percent in completion percentage over expected. His poor performance is exacerbated by the fact that Brissett also doesn’t attack downfield as often as Luck did. Brissett’s average depth of target — a measure of the distance downfield a quarterback throws — is just 7.2 yards, 1.4 less than Luck’s 8.6. The Colts will need Brissett to target star wideout T.Y. Hilton often to compete offensively, and Hilton’s average depth of target is located well downfield at 12.4 yards. This is a legitimate cause for concern. In 2017 — the only full season Hilton and Brissett have played together — Hilton saw his targets drop to just 109 after 155 in 2016.1With 15 games of Luck.There’s really no sugar-coating the Colts’ 2019 prospects. Indianapolis general manager Chris Ballard has been widely praised for the work he’s done since taking over from Ryan Grigson in 2017. But losing a franchise quarterback when you’ve built a team around the idea that you’re currently in a championship window will stress the skills of even the most competent GMs. Ballard’s options are unpalatable but clear: Try to win now with the team he’s assembled and risk being trapped in a purgatory of mediocrity while the cheap talent ages out of their early contracts, or front-load the pain and tank this season in an attempt to secure a high pick in what looks to be a promising quarterback draft class.In a league where having a franchise quarterback is damn near everything, Brissett’s value to the Colts might be highest as air cover for a front office and coaching staff trying to lose as many games as possible. read more

House Passes Amendment Restoring Impact Aid Funds to Illinois School District

first_imgThe House on Tuesday approved an amendment to the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill that would provide additional impact aid funds to a school district serving military families based at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., that is slated to loss eligibility for about half of its current funding under the federal program intended to help school districts with large concentrations of military students.The Mascoutah School District, which receives about $8 million annually through the program, was recently informed by the Department of Education that it was losing eligibility for heavily impacted aid, which meant a projected loss of about $4 million annually, reported the Belleville News-Democrat.Illinois Rep. Mike Bost (R) sponsored the amendment, which would provide enhanced payment for students that live in privatized military housing within the school district boundaries. The additional funding wasn’t slated to start until next year, but if it is enacted into law, it will begin this year, according to the story.“When I learned that Mascoutah would no longer be eligible for this critical federal funding, I committed to securing a short-term fix until we can find a long-term solution. In addition, I am going to seek answers regarding why the school district wasn’t informed earlier so it could make adjustments to protect this funding,” Bost said in a written statement.On Wednesday, the House passed the underlying measure, which will have to be reconciled with the Senate version. Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk (R) is preparing a companion amendment. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Kesha Ed Sheeran SZA More To Honor Elton John In GRAMMY Salute

first_img Little Big Town On Paying Tribute to Elton John Kesha On Growing Up Listening To Elton John News Facebook 5 Charities Elton John Supports Email All-Stars Pay Tribute To Elton John NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Apr 10, 2018 – 9:38 am All-Stars Pay Tribute To Elton John Tune in to CBS on April 10 to catch “Elton John: I’m Still Standing — A GRAMMY Salute” featuring an all-star tribute plus special performance of a medley of hits from John himselfNate HertweckGRAMMYs Mar 13, 2018 – 7:00 am How do you celebrate a career as illustrious as that of the great Elton John? With a star-studded concert, of course. “Elton John: I’m Still Standing — A GRAMMY Salute” will air April 10 on CBS and features performances by some of music’s biggest names, including Alessia Cara, Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Little Big Town, Chris Martin, Shawn Mendes, Maren Morris, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, and SZA. 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Additionally, there will be special appearances by Jon Batiste, Neil Patrick Harris, Christopher Jackson, Anna Kendrick, Gayle King, Lucy Liu, Valerie Simpson, and Hailee Steinfeld.The festivities will culminate with a medley of hits performed by John himself, culminating with the event’s title song, “I’m Still Standing” from John’s 1983 album, Too Low For Zero.Here is the full list of performances:”The Bitch Is Back” — Miley Cyrus”Candle In The Wind” — Ed Sheeran”Daniel” — Sam Smith”I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” — Alessia Cara”Your Song” — Lady Gaga”Rocket Man” — Little Big Town”Border Song” — Christopher Jackson & Valerie Simpson”Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” — SZA & Shawn Mendes”Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters” — Maren Morris”We All Fall In Love Sometimes” — Chris Martin”My Father’s Gun” — Miranda Lambert”Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” — Kesha”Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” — John Legend”Bennie And The Jets” — Elton John”Philadelphia Freedom” — Elton John”I’m Still Standing” — Elton John & Ensemble”Elton John: I’m Still Standing–A GRAMMY Salute,” continues the tradition of previous Emmy-winning TV specials presented by CBS, the Recording Academy, and AEG Ehrlich Ventures, including “Sinatra 100 — An All-Star GRAMMY Concert,” “Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life — An All-Star GRAMMY Salute,” “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America — A GRAMMY Salute” and “Stayin’ Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees.” Miranda Lambert’s Crazy Connection To Elton John Elton John Talks GRAMMY Special, Tribute Albums The Lyrical Longevity Of Elton John, “Border Song” Elton John To Be Honored At GRAMMY Salute Concert The Lyrical Longevity Of Elton John, “Border Song” Ed SheeranPhoto: Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images Shawn Mendes On Covering Elton John With SZA Little Big Town On Paying Tribute to Elton John 5 Charities Elton John Supports How Did Elton John Help Ed Sheeran? 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Taj Mahal tourists injured by marauding monkeys

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 16 December, 2016, macaques monkeys playing next to a tourist in the grounds of a temple in Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Photo: AFPIndian officials on Tuesday urged tourists to steer clear of monkeys after two French visitors were attacked by apes while taking selfies at the Taj Mahal.The tourists were left with bloody scratches and bite marks after being chased and set upon by the monkeys as they took photos at India’s most famous attraction.Footage captured on a mobile phone showed scores of monkeys chasing tourists from the legendary monument to love in the city of Agra early Tuesday.Tourist police officer R. V. Panday told AFP the international visitors were given first aid after being attacked.”They were taking selfies in front of the Taj when a group of monkeys attacked them,” Panday said.In this file photo taken on 7 May, 2018, a monkey shouts as it sits in a pond during a hot summer day in Allahabad. Photo: AFPHordes of monkeys roam the vast Taj complex and authorities have struggled to stop them harassing visitors.Panday advised tourists to avoid the monkeys and refrain from feeding them, adding the cheeky primates were known to snatch food and other items from unsuspecting visitors.Last year a tourist was injured after she tried to retrieve her purse from a monkey at the Taj.India has an estimated monkey population of 50 million and roughly 10,000 are believed to roam Agra.They are fed by Hindus who revere the monkey god Hanuman but their numbers are difficult to contain.Nationwide figures are not available but nearly 1,900 people were bitten by monkeys in the capital New Delhi in 2016, government figures show.last_img read more