Dolphins players ‘irate’ at defensive game plan


The Miami Dolphins players are reportedly “beyond furious, irate” at the game plan created by defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle.

The Miami Dolphins defense struggled on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs offense, allowing 342 yards of offense and five touchdowns, and the players appear ready to point the finger at defensive coordinator, Kevin Coyle, for the unit’s deficiencies.

According to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, the schematic decisions of Coyle frustrated the team’s defensive players:

One source said Dolphins players are “beyond furious, irate” at Coyle’s defensive adjustments and game plan.

Players are privately questioning a host of decisions, including Coyle’s call to have Cameron Wake and Jason Trusnik cover speedy Chiefs running back Joe McKnight in space, said another. McKnight exploited the matchups and had two touchdown catches in the second half Sunday.

Only two teams have allowed more points than the Dolphins through the first three weeks of the season, despite the fact that the team ranks in the top 10 in yardage allowed. And while the Dolphins players are frustrated with the decision’s of Coyle, the tackling of the defense has been called into question. Miami head coach Joe Philbin joined that chorus after the game (via Beasley):

“I don’t think we tackled well enough,” said Joe Philbin, who is now 16-19 as Dolphins head coach. “We have to do better. … I don’t think any phase played well enough to win.”

Coyle is in his third season as the defensive coordinator for the Dolphins, as he joined the team as one of Philbin’s first hires. Prior to the Dolphins, Coyle spent 11 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals as a defensive backs coach.

The Dolphins will presumably have a chance to get their defense set straight, as the team will face the NFL’s worst-ranked offense, the Oakland Raiders, in Week 4 before a bye in Week 5.

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Fantasy football aftermath: The injuries of Week 3


Two of the Week 3 injuries might have ended seasons. We’ll take a look at those and the other injuries of note.

“We’ll see.”

It’s one of the most frustrating sets of words in the English language, as it means someone involved in the conversation doesn’t know enough, and maybe everyone in the conversation doesn’t know enough.

And that generally sucks. No one likes not knowing as much as they could, and even fewer than “no one” likes not knowing as much as the people they’re talking to.

Which is why fantasy football injuries are so frustrating. We don’t always know how hurt a player is even when teams are straightforward with us, but we do know that teams aren’t always straightforward with us.

So often, its guesswork as to a player’s health, especially within hours of the injury. Educated guesswork, to be sure, but still guesswork. But we still run through it, because we need to know. Are we right?

We’ll see.

Quarterback injuries in Week 3

  • Matt Cassel fractured “several” bones in his foot during the Vikings‘ game Sunday at the New Orleans Saints. He’s listed as out indefinitely. More important for fantasy, he was replaced by rookie Teddy Bridgewater. For Cassel, that means the only way he gets his job back when he’s healthy is if Bridgewater tanks as the starter. The job is the rookie’s to lose.
  • Going back to Thursday, Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown suffered what was described as a significant sprain of his thumb against Atlanta. He’ll be down several weeks, according to reports, with Mike Glennon taking his place. Neither quarterback is likely to be helpful in fantasy regardless of health, so this just makes the position easy to ignore.
  • Carson Palmer missed his second straight game because of a malfunctioning shoulder nerve. At this point, it’s silly to even predict when Palmer might make it back onto the field. There’s no way to know.

Running back injuries in Week 3

  • By all accounts, Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was close to playing Sunday. It’s possibly the team was overly optimistic about his health, but still, if Charles was that close Sunday, his owners have to think Charles will be fine in Week 4. The problem is, the Chiefs play Monday night, so if there’s any question about Charles’ status entering Sunday, and a Charles owner doesn’t also own Knile Davis, figuring out a lineup will be difficult.
  • We all shrugged our shoulders at Houston Texans running back Arian Foster’s hamstring injury early in the week, but the news kept getting worse until he was ruled out Sunday. Foster had gotten a huge number of carries through two games, and knowing his injury history we had to worry about him. Odds are good, though, that Foster will be back for the team’s game next Sunday against Buffalo. Still, Alfred Blue looks like a nice pickup.
  • San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead suffered an ankle injury early in the team’s game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday. Reports are that it was a high ankle sprain and fractured fibula, which would likely end Woodhead’s season. With Ryan Mathews already out for a few weeks, Donald Brown’s stock is rising, but man, that sucks for Woodhead.
  • We’ve made fun of the Carolina Panthers and their stash of running backs for years, but by the end of Sunday night’s game, they were out of them. DeAngelo Williams missed Sunday’s game, his second in a row, with a thigh injury. It was a late, surprise scratch, which I always take as a good sign for the player being active the next week. Meanwhile, Jonathan Stewart, starting in Williams’ stead, left the game with a right knee contusion. It’s too early to guess as to his status, but there didn’t seem to be any chance he would come back into the game Sunday. Finally, Mike Tolbert left in the last few minutes of the game. His injury wasn’t clear, and it’s as likely as not there were just keeping him out for “what’s the point?” reasons. Still, the entire situation is a mess.

Wide receiver injuries in Week 3

  • Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton was on his way to a good game Sunday — five catches for 80 yards by the second quarter — before an ankle injury forced him from the game. Reports from Indianapolis after the game indicate that his injury isn’t too severe, so for now, look at Hilton as a likely play for Week 4, but be aware that could change.

Tight end injuries in Week 3

  • This one sucked. Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta suffered a right hip dislocation Sunday. It’s the same sort of injury that cost him most of last year, and this one came with a possible fracture as well. It’s hard to imagine Pitta playing again this season, and (just speculation) there’s a chance we’ve seen the last of him.

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YouTube Launches Realtime Analytics


YouTubeYouTube has added realtime analytics to its creator dashboard. The new Realtime report shows estimated views data for the last 5 published videos. The data is also available when looking at reports for any individual videos. These reports provide early insights into the performance, so that creators can adjust their  promotion strategy.

Creators can now see two graphs for every video:

  • image from editorial.designtaxi.comHour-by-hour data is available for a sliding window of 2 days (“Last 48 hours”)
  • Minute-by-minute data is available for a sliding window of 1 hour (“Last 60 mins”)

For now, the new features does not show realtime analytics for assets, playlists or shows, but Google is hinting that may be added in the near future.

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MLB playoffs standings 2014: Royals still alive in AL Central after avoiding sweep


The Royals have kept their AL Central hopes alive by avoiding a sweep at home against the Tigers on Sunday.

The Kansas City Royals avoided a sweep at home by topping the Detroit Tigers, 5-2, at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The much-needed win keeps Kansas City within 1½ games of the Tigers for first place in the AL Central entering the final week of the regular season.

Jeremy Guthrie pitched well for the Royals on Sunday, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits over 5⅓ innings. The bullpen trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland came in after him and dominated, combining to pitch 3⅔ shutout innings with one hit allowed, zero walks and five strikeouts.

The Tigers’ pitching staff didn’t fare nearly as well, with starter Rick Porcello lasting just 3⅓ innings before being chased. He allowed four runs and nine hits, including a two-run triple to Norichika Aoki, and that was enough damage to get the loss.

American League

Division Team W-L Pct GB
ALW Los Angeles Angels 96-60 .615
ALE Baltimore Orioles 93-62 .600
ALC Detroit Tigers 86-69 .555
WC1 Oakland Athletics 85-70 .548
WC2 Kansas City Royals 84-70 .545
Seattle Mariners 83-72 .535
Cleveland Indians 81-74 .523
New York Yankees 80-75 .516
Toronto Blue Jays 78-77 .503

National League

Division Team W-L Pct GB
NLE Washington Nationals 91-64 .587
NLW Los Angeles Dodgers 89-67 .571
NLC St. Louis Cardinals 87-69 .558
WC1 San Francisco Giants 84-71 .542
WC2 Pittsburgh Pirates 84-71 .542
Milwaukee Brewers 80-76 .513

Notables

  • Masahiro Tanaka looked good in his first start since early July, pitching 5 innings of one-run ball as the Yankees topped the Blue Jays, 5-2. New York’s expensive ace struck out four and walked zero, providing a quality effort despite the months of rust.
  • John Danks pitched a no-hitter into the sixth inning against Tampa Bay, but the end result wasn’t a low-scoring affair when the Chicago White Sox won, 10-5. Avisail Garcia hit two homers for Chicago, including a 468-foot bomb in the sixth inning.
  • The St. Louis Cardinals clinched their playoff spot with Milwaukee’s loss on Sunday. Now St. Louis just needs to finish off the NL Central.
  • Atlanta got mathematically eliminated from the postseason on Sunday with a 10-2 loss to the New York Mets. The Braves have been long-shots for a while but now the news is official after a disappointing year for Jason Heyward and company.

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Uffsides: Bears-Jets preview and predictions


The Bears and Jets will close out Week 3 on Monday Night Football. Matt Ufford and the crew break down everything you need to know.

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The horrifying tale of the ECU Pirates commandeering the ACC Coastal


East Carolina is the best football team in the ACC Coastal, despite not being in the ACC Coastal.

It was supposed to be easy, they said. Everyone would just go 4-4 and they’d call the whole thing off. No winners, no losers, and everyone goes home happy.

That’s when they showed up. Pirates.

Led by a former captain who goes by the name “Ruffin,” these pirates come from an unknown land called “East Carolina.” They wear purple — lots and lots of purple — and show no mercy in their attacks, the damage from their cannons reaching record-breaking levels.

The latest raid has taken both North Carolina and Virginia Tech, two of our finest (note: every Coastal member is technically one of our finest). At first, ACC admiral John Swofford decided the losses were acceptable, but murmurs within the camp suggest he fails to realize the true scope of Ruffin’s plan.

The pirates declared anything with “Coastal” in its name is rightfully theirs. Some tried reasoning with them. “We’re Pittsburgh,” they said. “We’re nowhere near the Coast!” but it was to no avail.

Pitt was first, in 1991, but the lack of any meaningful connection at the time to rest of the colonies left suspicions unraised. The pirates continued to work at the fringes, taking Miami in 1996 (and again in 1999), when Miami was on the coast but not of the Coastal. Their next two targets came nearly a decade later: Duke (2005) was soon followed by Virginia (2006), both of them formally members of the Coastal alliance.

In recent times, the pirate attacks have become swifter; bolder. Virginia Tech and North Carolina were captured in consecutive weeks in 2014, bringing East Carolina’s true goal into focus: stealing the conference’s Charlotte booty.

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The ACC just never knew it had been boarded until it was too late. Georgia Tech, captained by a former naval officer, is our last hope, but it’s landlocked and has insane traffic. Its ships will never arrive in time.

My ACC Coastal comrades, we’ve been left with no choice but to accept Ruffin and to trust the pirates to represent us fairly in Charlotte against the Atlantic horde (and, if we’re lucky, Arlington). They’ve proven themselves capable, but doubters remain.

As night sets on New East Carolina, a distant cry can be heard from Tallahassee: “ain’t played nobooddyyyyyyyyyy

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Adrian Peterson pushes for accelerated trial date, per report


Pro Football Talk reports that Peterson hopes the move will allow him to potentially play during the 2014 season.

Adrian Peterson is making an effort to accelerate his legal process and get a trial date set in 2014 for the child abuse charges he currently faces, according to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio. Peterson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, had previously said that he expected to go to trial in 2015.

If Peterson is able to get a trial sooner rather than later, it would increase his chances of returning to action as soon as possible, and do so with the Minnesota Vikings. While ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on Sunday that the Vikings are likely through with Peterson, if the running back can clear himself of the charges in a way that is satisfactory of the team and the NFL’s personal-conduct policy, that could feasibly change.

Currently, Peterson is on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list after he was indicted on Sept. 12 for reckless or negligent injury to a child. The charges were filed after Peterson’s four-year-old son came home to his mother with bruises and injuries caused by a switch that was allegedly used to discipline the child.

Peterson was indicted for reckless or negligent injury to a child dating back to the incident on May 18. Originally a grand jury decided not to indict him on Sept. 4, but just over a week later, he was indicted in Montgomery County. Peterson was deactivated for Week 2 by the Vikings, and was subsequently placed on the exempt list after Peterson’s actions were criticized by several, including Peterson’s own sponsors and the Governor of Minnesota Mark Dayton.

More information regarding the trial date of Peterson is expected this week, according to Florio.

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Iranians Sentenced To Jail And Lashing For Dancing To Pharrell’s “Happy”


image from http://bit.ly/1eKs2osSeven young Iranians who recorded a video of themselves dancing to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” have been sentenced to suspended jail terms and lashing. According to the Associated Press, Lawyer Farshid Rofugaran said his clients received suspended sentences of six months in jail and 91 lashes each after their video was deemed to be “indecent.” One of the defendants was also charged with possessing alcohol.

“My clients did act in a video and their actions are contrary to religious requirements but are not crimes to deserve legal punishment. Saying prayers is a religious obligation in Islam but no one gets jail terms for not saying prayers,” Rofugaran told The Associated Press.

“The happy part of the verdict is that it’s a three-year suspended sentence. The verdicts won’t be carried out unless my clients are found guilty in a court of law for the next three years,” Rofugaran added.

The seven were arrested in May after posting the video online. Iranian law prevents women from dancing in public, or appearing without a hijab covering their hair. – via Celebrity Access

 

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