Get off the bandwagon

first_imgShould you really be congratulating Lawrence Davies in Lawyer in the News for jumping on the political correctness bandwagon, championing the rights of a Mexican national with a sense-of-humour failure? My own experience of the profession is that too many members take themselves too seriously. Perhaps, sometimes, when approached by a client on a matter such as this, one should just use the well-worn phrase ‘get a life’. JM Harrison, Bournemouthlast_img

How did Ravens inside linebackers stack up to rest of NFL in 2019?

first_imgThe Ravens recorded the best regular season in franchise history, but where did their individual players stack up across the NFL in 2019?Whether it’s discussing the Pro Bowl — Baltimore had a record-tying 13 selections — or determining postseason awards, media and fans spend much time debating where players rank at each position, but few watch every player on every team closely enough to form any real authoritative opinion.Truthfully, how many times did you watch the Tampa Bay offensive line this season? What about the Atlanta Falcons linebackers or the Detroit Lions cornerbacks?That’s why I respect the efforts of Pro Football Focus while acknowledging their grading is far from the gospel of evaluation. I don’t envy the exhaustive effort to evaluate players across the league when most of us watch one team or maybe one division on any kind of a regular basis.We’ll look at each positional group on the roster in the coming days, but below is a look at where Ravens inside linebackers ranked across the NFL this past season followed by the positional outlook going into 2020:SafetiesRunning backsCornerbacksWide receiversDefensive linemenTight endsPatrick Onwuasor2019 defensive snap count (including postseason): 503PFF ranking: 73rd among off-ball linebackers Skinny: Viewed by many as a priority to extend after a strong 2018 season, Onwuasor flopped in his move to “Mike” linebacker and suffered a Week 5 ankle injury that cost him two games. The 27-year-old remained a solid blitzer upon returning to the weak-side spot, but he surrendered a 118.6 passer rating in coverage and was closer to being an afterthought than an impact player in the second half of the season. Josh Bynes2019 defensive snap count (including postseason): 431PFF ranking: sixth among off-ball linebackers Skinny: The October signing of the Super Bowl XLVII champion slowed the heartbeat of a position group in total disarray after the opening month of the season. Though not an every-down player in Baltimore’s multiple defense, the 30-year-old Bynes saw more action than any other inside linebacker down the stretch and was quite solid in coverage, proving to be a crucial in-season addition.L.J. Fort2019 defensive snap count (including postseason): 270PFF ranking: n/a Skinny: After previously drawing offseason interest from the Ravens, Fort also arrived after Week 4 and was graded favorably by PFF in more situational playing time. A good special-teams player and a capable nickel linebacker, the 30-year-old signed a two-year, $5.5 million extension in November and is the only safe bet to be part of the inside linebacker picture in 2020 at this point.Chris Board2019 defensive snap count (including postseason): 64PFF ranking: n/a Skinny: The North Dakota State product created some buzz last summer and looked like he might be the next undrafted inside linebacker to earn a starting gig in Baltimore before late-summer injuries slowed his momentum. That preseason hype proved to be a greater indictment of former fourth-round pick Kenny Young, however, as Board played only a few defensive snaps after Week 4. Otaro Alaka2019 defensive snap count (including postseason): 0PFF ranking: n/a Skinny: A good preseason landed the rookie free agent from Texas A&M on the 53-man roster, but a hamstring injury eliminated any chance of him getting a look at inside linebacker as Alaka was placed on injured reserve in late September. He’s a name to watch this spring and summer, but the Ravens didn’t see enough of him as a rookie to assume he’s a viable rotation option at this point.2020 positional outlookFew would fault Eric DeCosta’s decision not to match the market-altering contract the New York Jets gave four-time Pro Bowl selection C.J. Mosley — especially after the ex-Raven missed all but two games with a groin injury in 2019 — but gambling on the youth and athleticism of Onwuasor, Young, and Board proved to be unwise, prompting an in-season reconstruction that worked surprisingly well. Still, there’s a reason why so many mock drafts have projected Baltimore to take Oklahoma’s Kenneth Murray or LSU’s Patrick Queen with the 28th overall pick. Even with the increasing popularity of the dime and nickel packages in recent years, a three-down linebacker would help stabilize the front seven and leave the Ravens less vulnerable against the run, a deficiency that was exposed in the playoff loss to Derrick Henry and Tennessee. The Ravens don’t need to find the next Ray Lewis, but drafting an inside linebacker early, re-signing Bynes to platoon with Fort, and continuing to develop Alaka and Board as long-term depth options would put the Ravens in better shape at this position for 2020 and beyond.last_img read more

Wilfred Ndidi And Kelechi Iheanacho At Risk Of Contracting Coronavirus After Leicester Quarantine Three…

first_imgSuper Eagles duo Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho could be in jeopardy of contracting coronavirus after Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers revealed that three of his first team players have self-isolated after exhibiting symptoms of the killer bug.Rodgers revealed the development in a press conference on Thursday saying that the affected players “have been kept away from the rest of the squad”.Rodgers did not disclose the identities of the affected players but added that the club had “followed procedures”.Ndidi only recently returned to action after a period out with a knee complaint and was in the starting line up along with Iheanacho in Monday’s 4-0 win against Aston Villa at the King Power Stadium.The Foxes are due to play Watford at Vicarage Road in the Premier League in Saturday’s early kickoff.“We had a few players that have shown symptoms and signs,” Rodgers said. “It would be a shame [if the Watford game were postponed], but the public’s health is the most important in all of this.”Asked if the game could be played behind closed doors, Rodgers said: “The game is all about the players and the fans and if you have one of those not there, it’s obviously not the same”.The development is the latest in a long list of unfortunate events that have come in the wake of the coronavirus which has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation.Juventus defender Daniele Rugani tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday and Sampdoria forward Manolo Gabbiadini was declared as Serie A’s second confirmed case on Thursday.Italy has been the worst-hit country in Europe with over 10000 cases and 900 deaths recorded. All sporting events in the country has been shut down amid a nationwide lockdown and Serie A has been suspended until 3 April at least.La Liga postponed fixtures for the next two weeks at least after the entire Real Madrid squad was placed in quarantine following the positive case of COVID-19 for the club’s basketball player.The league in France has also been postponed and there is uncertainty surrounding tonight’s Europa League last 16 fixtures with reports suggesting that UEFA could call the games off.Fixtures are set to go on in England as scheduled although reports say the Premier League has set out a plan to hold games behind closed doors if required.Basketball’s NBA suspended the season indefinitely after two stars tested positive for coronavirus and the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Australia has been called off after members of the Mclaren team tested positive to the disease.RelatedIheanacho Scores But Ndidi Error Costly As Iwobi Wins Battle Of Super Eagles, Aubamayang Moves Top Of Goals ChartJuly 1, 2020In “England”Ndidi, Iheanacho Shocked As Leicester Concede Late Equaliser At WatfordJune 20, 2020In “England”Iheanacho On Target In Leicester City Friendly As Musa, Ndidi Also FeatureJuly 29, 2018In “England”last_img read more

Mexico coach rages against Robben and refs

first_img He quipped: “What goes against football is to have to play in these conditions. The players were suffocated by the sun, heat and the humidity.” Herrera then decided to complain about the World Cup organisers for making the teams play in Fortaleza at 1pm, when it is extremely hot and humid. 29/06/2014 “Out of the four matches here in all of them the refereeing was disastrous,” he blasted. “Robben did three dives and he should have been cautioned. You should caution a guy who is trying to cheat, and then if Robben did it again he would be sent off. Upd. at 23:36 CEST The Dutch won 2-1 to progress to the World Cup quarter-finals at Mexico’s expense.center_img “I want the referee committee to take a look and that the referee goes home just like us.” Herrera criticised the referee Pedro Proenca and also blasted other refs his team had previously had. “And why did FIFA choose a referee from the same confederation as Holland instead of one from South America, Asia or Africa? Mexico manager Miguel Herrera was left raging at Arjen Robben after the Dutchman won a late penalty to help Holland beat his side. “The doubtful decisions were always against us. We have to say it in capital letters, in three matches we had horrible refereeing. The man with the whistle knocked us. Rik Sharmalast_img read more

Arsenal’s defensive woes worsen as Chambers option grades out

first_imgAdvertisement 61NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9wd6Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E885a6e( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6yrnq70Would you ever consider trying this?😱uu9nrxCan your students do this? 🌚bpRoller skating! Powered by Firework Arsenal’s problems in the defense have been heavily hit by long term, crucial injuries, and Unai Emery’s options in the back keep on running out. However, the situation has taken a turn for the worse as the option to recall on-loan Fulham defender Calum Chambers is not an option anymore. Advertisement Chambers signed for fellow Premier League side Fulham from Arsenal in August last year as part of a loan deal running for the whole of this season. The Gunners, being marred by injuries in all departments have looked much weaker all throughout the term. But having picked up some crucial ones in the back, with Hector Bellerin out for a long time and the recent ones of Sokratis Papastathpoulos and Laurent Koscielny against Manchester United in the FA Cup two days earlier, puts them in a tight spot.The option of recalling Chambers from Fulham was one prospect of saving some time until players return to full training. But that path appears to have been blocked as well.Advertisement Due to the clause of recalling Chambers back to the Emirates Stadium missing from his loan agreement with Fulham, Arsenal will be unable to retrieve the England national, and thereby taking a massive blow in the defense.Head coach Unai Emery will be relying on youngster Dinos Mavropanos for his talents in the back after his absence on the pitch since been injured back in pre-season last year.Advertisement Read also:-Arsenal target Sampdoria goalkeeper Emil Audero in the January transfer window Advertisementlast_img read more