NFL Coaches Are Going For Two More Than Ever It Took Them

Perhaps this is partly a knee-jerk reaction to the special-teams carnage on display in Week 2, when NFL kickers missed 19 total kicks between field goals and extra points. (Although it should be noted that, on the whole, kickers have made 95.3 percent of their extra-point tries this season, which is right in line with the past couple years — and an improvement over their 94.4 percent mark from 2015, the first year at the new distance.)But maybe a better explanation is the fact that two-point conversions are working really, really well so far this year. When teams go for two, they’ve gotten into the end zone 63.2 percent of the time, which easily tops the success rates from any other season since 2006.2The first season of ESPN’s detailed play-by-play data. Remember that if the baseline accuracy rate for a regular extra-point is roughly 95 percent, a two-point conversion needs to succeed only 47.5 percent of the time to break even. So at 63 percent, the decision to go for two practically becomes a no-brainer!Of course, sustaining that 63 percent conversion rate will be pretty much impossible going forward. Prior to 2018, the league hadn’t even cracked 50 percent in any season since 2012. But the way in which teams are finding the end zone on conversions might offer some path toward sustainability. Two-point passes are being converted at a rate of 56 percent, up from their post-2005 average of 45 percent. And an even bigger leap has happened on runs, albeit in a small sample of 11 plays: 82 percent of two-point rushing attempts have found paydirt this year, way up from the historical average of 54 percent.Statheads have been saying for years that running in short-yardage situations is more effective than passing, and teams across the league have been proving that decisively this season, whether lined up on the 2-yard line after a touchdown or just in the course of regular play. In what Football Outsiders defines as “power” situations — third or fourth down, with 2 or fewer yards to go — runners are picking up the first down (or touchdown) 75 percent of the time this year, 6 percentage points more than their previous high going back to 2006. And although they haven’t figured into many two-point conversions yet in 2018,3Dallas’s Dak Prescott is the only QB to try a two-point run this year. quarterbacks are driving much of that short-yardage success, picking up the first down more than 96 percent of the time when rushing in power situations this season. (Some teams, like the Saints with Taysom Hill, are employing certain QBs as rushing specialists, which could add intrigue to conversion tries down the line.)Throw in gadget plays like Cleveland’s co-opted “Philly Special” during the Browns’ Week 3 win over the Jets, and teams may be only scratching the surface of their potential on two-point conversions early this season. After a few years of tinkering under the new rules — and perhaps a newfound willingness to accept perceived risks, following the influence of aggressive play-callers such as the Eagles’ Doug Pederson — coaches are finally starting to see the benefits that a second point after a TD can bring. Who knows? Maybe it won’t be long before we have to retrain ourselves to count in increments of eight, not seven, while doing the mental math of football.Check out our latest NFL predictions. It may be long overdue, but it appears that the NFL has finally learned to stop worrying and love the two-point conversion. Or at least that’s the leaguewide trend through four weeks in 2018.Three full seasons have passed since the league moved its extra-point distance to the 15-yard-line, making kickers boot the ball 33 yards for a PAT instead of the old, nearly automatic 20-yard distance. But head coaches seem to be embracing the trade-off between kicking and going for two more than ever this season. After they eschewed the extra point 14 times on Sunday, coaches have now gone for it after 11.8 percent of their touchdowns so far,1Through Sunday’s games. which (according to Pro-Football-Reference.com) is the highest rate for the first four weeks of any NFL season since the 1970 AFL merger.That continues a trend that has been generally building since that 2015 rule change, and it reverses a slight downturn from 2017: read more

Woman shot vehicle shot up in Kew Town ambush this morning

first_img Walkin Murder investigation needs your help Related Items:crime stoppers, kew town, shot, woman Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Update: Women robbed while exercising (21 year old Arrested) Bold burglaries & break-in attempts; three arrested boy, 16 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Feb 2016 – In a situation which could only be described as the wild, wild west, a young couple is reportedly the victim of an insane shooting in the Kew Town area early this morning. Once again this part of Provo is with report of the vilest of violence and this time a young woman was shot in her back. The woman told Police that she and a male friend were driving through Kew Town, when their vehicle was approached and that when the driver did not stop the car, shots were fired after them. The 21 year old woman went to the Cheshire Hall Medical and that is when it was discovered that she was struck by one of the bullets. The shooting happened shortly after 4am today. Police say they have established a crime scene and confirmed that the car was full of bullet holes. Police are also investigating some home burglaries where residents in Blue Hills actually report awaking to missing items and in the other case seeing the robber walking out with their microwave; in hand. Incredibly, these culprits stole the people’s standing fan, four cell phones, handbag, TV set and Nike shoes. Police need the public’s help… You can report what you know at Crime stoppers, anonymously.last_img read more

TT Cabinet minister fired 48hrs after being hired

first_img T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTrinidad and Tobago, July 6th 2017 – Port of Spain – A female member of parliament in Trinidad and Tobago has now made history as the shortest-serving minister in the country’s history, and possibly the region. Just 48 hours after being sworn in as Public Utilities Minister, Marlene McDonald was fired – again.Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley had re-awarded McDonald a seat in his cabinet last week. However, two days later Rowley advised President Anthony Carmona to revoke the appointment, allegedly over the guest Mrs. McDonald invited to her swearing-in ceremony.In March 2016, Mrs. McDonald, the then Minister of Housing and Urban Development was placed under investigation by the integrity commission and later fired, after allegedly giving her husband and brother positions in her constituency office, breach in Parliament rules and suspicions of mismanagement of her ministry’s finances. After 15 months without any evidence to charge or any basis to say that she had breached any laws, the Prime Minister announced a reshuffling of cabinet and appointed McDonald a position in cabinet once more.However, the public was shocked when photos from the swearing-in ceremony surfaced, showing Mrs. McDonald’s guest, an ex-gang leader standing in the company of national dignitaries. As a result of the negative backlash, Mrs. McDonald was fired last Friday.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews Anti-Gang law passed in Trinidad and Tobago Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TrinidadandTobago Bahamians robbed in Trinidad, Carnival festival plagued by terror plot and armed robberies Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

San Diego County School closures 111418

first_img Updated: 6:16 PM KUSI Newsroom November 13, 2018 Posted: November 13, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img San Diego County School closures 11/14/18 Del Lago Academy – Campus of Applied Science in the Escondido Union High School DistrictSolana Santa Fe School in the Solana Beach School District The safety and security of students, faculty, and staff is of the utmost importance to schools across the county. Because San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has activated a public safety power shutoff in certain parts of the county, the following districts and schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 14.DistrictsJulian Union School DistrictJulian Union High School DistrictSpencer Valley School DistrictRancho Santa Fe School DistrictSchools This article will be continually updated. last_img read more