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Governor Wolf, Administration Officials Urge Senators to Reject Graham-Cassidy Health Care Reform Proposal

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first_img Healthcare,  Medicaid Expansion,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Seniors Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and members of his administration today urged Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey to reject the seriously flawed Graham-Cassidy health care reform proposal, citing its devastating effects on millions of Pennsylvanians, many of whom have benefited from the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion implemented under Gov. Wolf.“The recent Graham-Cassidy repeal-and-replace health reform “compromise” proposal is anything but a compromise.  This plan includes the same “mean” provisions as the other reforms floated this year, which will result in loss of care for our most vulnerable residents, including seniors, individuals battling addiction, and children and adults with disabilities and pre-existing conditions. We implore you to reject Senator Graham’s and Senator Cassidy’s dangerous proposal that jeopardizes the wellbeing of the 12 million Pennsylvanians we serve and instead focus your efforts on stabilizing the insurance marketplace.”The letter, signed by Gov. Wolf and acting commissioner for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, Jessica Altman, and acting secretary for the Department of Human Services, Teresa Miller, reiterates that the Graham-Cassidy proposal contains many of the same flawed components of the failed earlier repeal-and-replace attempts by Congress.“Like the other “reform” bills, this proposal establishes a per-capita cap on Medicaid and ends Medicaid expansion, harms older Pennsylvanians by imposing what truly is an age tax, and threatens our most vulnerable by reducing protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions. But these provisions are even more extreme and will cost Pennsylvania severely.“In addition to forcing our seniors and those with chronic illness to pay more for less, this legislation shifts significant financial responsibility on to states. According to Avalere Health, Pennsylvania would lose $15 billion in federal funding by 2027 if Graham-Cassidy is passed. This extreme shift in funding will result in a fiscal crisis beyond what Pennsylvania has experienced to date. We would be tasked with replacing these federal funds or be forced to cut services, reduce provider payments, or eliminate coverage for some of our most vulnerable citizens.”The letter outlines Pennsylvania’s significant progress on providing affordable and accessible health care with the Affordable Care Act, and advises the senators that the only way forward is a bi-partisan approach as presented in a letter to Congressional leaders from Gov. Wolf and a group of bi-partisan governors.“Instead of going down yet another rabbit hole that could lead to devastating outcomes for residents across Pennsylvania, we urge you to do the responsible thing and work with Senators Alexander and Murray to enact the reforms – like mandating cost sharing reductions – that I, along with a group of bi-partisan governors, have proposed. Our proposal would stabilize the market in the short-term and, through bipartisan compromises, ensure the long-term health of individual markets around the country.We have advocated throughout this process for a bipartisan solution that builds off of the progress made with the Affordable Care Act. Once again, we urge you to oppose the Graham-Cassidy proposal and instead stand with Pennsylvania residents in supporting a responsible solution.”Read full text of the letter below. You can also view the letter on Scribd and as a PDF.Dear Senators Casey and Toomey:The recent Graham-Cassidy repeal and replace health reform “compromise” proposal is anything but a compromise. This plan includes the same “mean” provisions as the other reforms floated this year, which will result in loss of care for our most vulnerable residents, including seniors, individuals battling addiction, and children and adults with disabilities and pre-existing conditions. We implore you to reject Senator Graham’s and Senator Cassidy’s dangerous proposal that jeopardizes the wellbeing of the 12 million Pennsylvanians we serve and instead focus your efforts on stabilizing the insurance marketplace.Due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid Expansion, Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate is at a historic low of 5.6 percent. If the Graham-Cassidy proposal is adopted, we know this positive trend will be reversed and the commonwealth’s uninsured rate will skyrocket.  While the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will not have an opportunity to provide a full picture of how this plan will impact insurance rates, as noted above, many of the provisions in the Graham-Cassidy proposal were previously considered in House and Senate bills. Those bills would have, according to CBO estimates, resulted in anywhere between 23 million and 32 million Americans losing health care coverage by 2026. And, according to the Center for American Progress, the Graham-Cassidy plan will lead to more than one million Pennsylvanians losing health care coverage, taking them back to the days of seeking routine treatment in emergency rooms.Like the other “reform” bills, this proposal establishes a per-capita cap on Medicaid and ends Medicaid expansion, harms older Pennsylvanians by imposing what truly is an age tax, and threatens our most vulnerable by reducing protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions. But these provisions are even more extreme and will cost Pennsylvania severely.In addition to forcing our seniors and those with chronic illness to pay more for less, this legislation shifts significant financial responsibility on to states. According to Avalere Health, Pennsylvania would lose $15 billion in federal funding by 2027 if Graham-Cassidy is passed. This extreme shift in funding will result in a fiscal crisis beyond what Pennsylvania has experienced to date. We would be tasked with replacing these federal funds or be forced to cut services, reduce provider payments, or eliminate coverage for some of our most vulnerable citizens.The most likely outcome would be wrestling with the impossible decision of who should receive health care – a child born with a disability? A young adult struggling with an opioid addiction who needs our help to receive recovery services? A mom fighting cancer? A senior who has worked hard all his life and needs access to quality health care to age with dignity? We do not know the answer and are hopeful that you will take the responsible position of voting “no” to Graham-Cassidy so that no Pennsylvania leader ever has to make a decision about who deserves health care and who can go without.Instead of going down yet another rabbit hole that could lead to devastating outcomes for residents across Pennsylvania, we urge you to do the responsible thing and work with Senators Alexander and Murray to enact the reforms – like appropriating funds for cost-sharing reductions– that I, along with a group of bi-partisan governors, have proposed. Our proposal would stabilize the market in the short-term and, through bipartisan compromises, ensure the long-term health of individual markets around the country.We have advocated throughout this process for a bipartisan solution that builds off of the progress made with the ACA. Once again, we urge you to oppose the Graham-Cassidy proposal and instead stand with Pennsylvania residents in supporting a responsible solution.Sincerely,TOM WOLFGovernorTeresa O. MillerActing Secretary of the Department of Human ServicesJessica K. AltmanActing Insurance CommissionerWold Administration Letter to Senators Casey and Toomey Regarding Graham-Cassidy by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd Governor Wolf, Administration Officials Urge Senators to Reject Graham-Cassidy Health Care Reform Proposal September 22, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Accounting roundup: IASB, IFRS, Lane Clark & Peacock

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first_imgFurther, staff said preparers were often exempted from applying the requirement in paragraph 11 to apply the requirements of the framework.The project to update the board’s conceptual framework has become something of a political hot potato in recent years.Many UK long-term investors have demanded the IASB reintroduce the concept of prudence into the framework.These investors believe a more conservative bias in accounting could serve as a brake on management exuberance. IASB staff also told the 15 November meeting that, in their assessment, the requirements of the updated framework were in many respects identical to the existing framework.The staff analysis was based on feedback received from 29 preparers.Meanwhile, staff at the IASB have analysed performance measures used in the press releases of 25 companies that report under IFRS standards.They found that performance measures fell into three broad categories: those specified in IFRS, those necessary for compliance with IFRS and non-IFRS information.Within the categories of non-IFRS information, some might simply enhance IFRS financial information, while others might be based on information that does not comply with IFRSs requirements.There is growing use of non-standard information in financial reports to communicate with interested parties.A June 2016 feedback statement published by the IFRS Foundation Trustees found that a minority of respondents made unprompted calls for the IASB to address the use of alternative performance measures.The debate comes as the board gears up to issue a discussion paper on ‘Principles of Disclosure’ in the next few months.That discussion paper could include guidance on the use of performance measures.Eventually, the proposals could mean preparers are required to disclose additional sub-totals such as Earnings Before Interest & Tax (EBIT) based on IFRS-compliant information.In a speech earlier this month, IASB chairman Hans Hoogervorst said: “We will be looking at possibilities of defining commonly used subtotals in the income statement, such as operating EBIT.“We might look at creating more disciplined ways for companies to adjust their earnings for infrequently occurring components of income.“We also need to do more work on electronic reporting, as financial information is increasingly being consumed electronically.”In other news, consultants Lane Clark & Peacock have warned that a drafting change to proposed amendments to the committee’s IFRIC 14 asset-ceiling guidance could adversely affect a large number of preparers.The warning came in a recently posted webcast.According to the LCP experts, revised drafting in paragraph 71 of Agenda Paper 3A for the September IFRS IC meeting could force schemes to recognise an additional liability where trustees have the power to mount a buyout.The warning comes as preparers face a perfect storm of low interest rates and lagging yields.LCP has advised preparers to revisit how a DB pension obligation is allocated within a group of companies.It also suggests sponsors revisit key assumptions such as discount rates, as well as less obvious assumptions such as retirement rates that, taken together, can have a material impact on the size of a pension liability.Lastly, the IASB has posted an update to its workplan following the conclusion of the latest agenda consultation project.In relation to pensions, the board confirmed that it would add a limited-scope feasibility study into post-employment benefits that rely on an asset return.The board confirmed it would not look at other aspects of pensions accounting. Staff at the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) are expecting the board’s new Conceptual Framework to have little impact on preparers reporting under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).The staff told a 15 November board meeting that this was because “few preparers develop accounting policies by reference to the framework”.Staff explained in a meeting handout that most transactions were covered by existing IFRSs.In addition, IAS 8 guides preparers to alternative sources.last_img read more

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Isolation routine: Jurgen Klopp settles for movies and dance

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first_img Loading… Jurgen Klopp says he has spent his time in self-isolation watching the Taken trilogy and trying to dance like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The Premier League season is currently on hold until April 30 at the earliest due to the coronavirus pandemic. The British government has enforced strident measures to try and halt the spread of the virus, insisting that people must stay at home as much as possible. And while Klopp is desperate for football to return, he has called on the public to be “disciplined” in the wider fight against COVID-19. “I didn’t cut the grass but I tried the dance of Ox!” he told Liverpool’s official website when asked what he has been doing. Liverpool celebration party in corona limboAdvertisement “Not as bad as you probably think! It’s very important in these times that we all show we take this situation seriously, but we are human beings. At the moment we are at home and when you are at home, you cannot do something to help outside. “We are not health workers, we don’t work in a supermarket. You have to keep your own mood up and you have to keep the mood up for other people. “If the boys do anything on Instagram, as long as it’s in a legal frame I’m overly happy about it – it just shows they are still cheeky and all that stuff. I like it, I like it a lot. I like the line-ups they do. All these things are really funny. It’s good. “I watched a few movies – I watched the Taken trilogy again! To be honest, that’s how it is – you do a lot of things you usually don’t do. I’m still in that period. Two weeks is long but it’s not that long.” Read AlsoKlopp says Liverpool spirits are high despite virus lockdown “We said it now often enough and I think everybody knows, football is not the most important thing in the world. One hundred per cent not. In this moment it’s clear what is. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The GlobeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeGeeky And Hilarious Shower Curtains For Adults7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madelast_img read more

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October 20, 2017 Police Blotter

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first_imgOctober 20, 2017 Police Blotter102017 Batesville Police Blotter102017 Decatur County EMS Report102017 Decatur County Fire Report102017 Decatur County Jail Report102017 Decatur County Law Reportlast_img

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English Premier League clubs agree on matchday protocols

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first_imgAll 20 Premier League clubs have approved matchday protocols for next week’s resumption of action after a three-month stoppage due to the COVID-19 pandemic.A shareholders meeting on Thursday discussed details of medical and operational measures, including how many backroom staff will be allowed to attend away games. The Premier League’s Project Restart kicks off next Wednesday with the first two of the 92 outstanding fixtures.Manchester City will host Arsenal and Aston Villa welcome Sheffield United.All the remaining games will be played without fans.Also, a limit of 300 people, including broadcast staff, written media, commentators, doping officials and scouts, will be allowed in stadiums on matchdays.Stadiums will be split into red, amber and green zones with the red zone to include 20 players, 12 coaching and medical staff and a further five “essential staff”. Other measures include deep cleaning of corner flags, goalposts, substitution boards and match balls, while medical staff will wear protective equipment when treating players.Players will be tested for coronavirus at their club’s training ground ahead of the journeys to stadiums for matches.Teams will take to the field separately, rather than side-by-side, and games will feature drinks breaks midway through each half.The technical area for managers will be reconfigured to allow for greater social distancing, as will team dugouts.VAR video reviews will be utilised but the Stockley Park centre, near London, which contains the review staff and equipment has also been re-arranged to allow for greater distancing of staff. Substitutes and managers on the bench will not, however, be required to wear masks and players do not have to wear masks when entering the stadium or dressing room.Clubs are being discouraged from using hotels to stay in before games and instead are being asked to make more use of planes to travel to games where suitable.Clubs will also respect a minute’s silence for those who have died during the pandemic and kits will include a heart-shaped badge in honour of NHS and frontline staff during the crisis.Reuters/NAN.RelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Tags: ArsenalAston VillaManchester CityMatchday ProtocolsPremier LeagueProject RestartSheffield Unitedlast_img read more

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Indian Premier League Condition-based planning in bowling and batting key to Mumbai Indians’ success: Jayant Yadav

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first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights New Delhi: Mumbai Indians produced a brilliant performance in the first qualifier against Chennai Super Kings as they defeated the three-time IPL champions by six wickets to reach the IPL final for the fifth time. This was their fourth consecutive win against Chennai Super Kings and it was a combined effort with both bat and ball that gave Rohit Sharma’s side a crucial win. The bowlers conceded just 32 runs and took three wickets in the powerplay during the Chennai Super Kings innings and Suryakumar Yadav led from the front with a blazing 71 and it was this condition-based planning in both departments that gave Mumbai Indians success.Speaking after the match, Jayant Yadav, who played in the match as the extra spinner has heaped praise on Rohit Sharma and his tactics. “Rohit has been brilliant, it is one of those occasions where he juggled his bowlers to the situation. I think in the power play, the batsman cannot get used to you because if he understands what you are trying to do in different deliveries, he can really size you up because of the field restrictions. As professional cricketers, and especially in an always evolving T20 game, there will be different match-ups in different overs and every over counts. We as professional cricketers need to be up for it,” Jayant said. The offspinner, who had played a couple of Tests and internationals for India in the 2016/17 season against England, New Zealand and Australia, was picked by Mumbai Indians after being released by Delhi Capitals and said the team had adopted a tactical approach to tackle Chennai Super Kings in their home turf at the MA Chidambaram stadium.”Our plans on batting or bowling have always been condition specific. For example in Wankhede, there are different plans for different people. In Chennai, there are different plans for different people. So, it’s about gearing yourself tactically to various situations and trying to execute those plans to the hilt. I played in Chennai because the track here offers spin. I played as an extra spinner and my match-up was against lefties or bowling in the power play. So, I think that was a tactical decision and came off well in the end,” Jayant said.Mumbai Indians will now await the winner of the second qualifier while Chennai Super Kings will be playing the winner of the eliminator between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Mumbai Indians entered the final for the fifth time in the IPL.Chennai Super Kings will play the winner of the Eliminator in Qualifier 2.Delhi Capitals have never won an IPL playoff game.last_img read more

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QuASA to publish OUTlist next week

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first_imgQueer and Ally Student Assembly co-Director Varsha Sivaram speaks at the Solidarity Rally in September. Sivaram said the annual OUTlist is a way to commemorate Coming Out Month. (Emily Smith)Early next week, the Queer and Ally Student Assembly will publish its annual OUTlist, a collection of University-affiliated names and organizations intended to show support for the queer community on campus. The list received 672 signatures this year throughout the month of October, including student organizations Asian Pacific American Student Assembly, Undergraduate Student Government, El Centro Chicano and Daily Trojan.“The OUTlist is a platform where transfers, students, faculty and staff can show their support and solidarity toward students of the queer community,” Undergraduate Student Government co-Chief Diversity Officer Milton Dimas said. The OUTlist, according to the LGBT Resource Center website, is inspired by a 1990 publication of 50 signatures from students who pledged to end homophobia and accept all people on campus. Since then, the OUTlist has only grown and gained support at USC.“We do it in commemoration of Coming Out Month because it’s a sensitive time for a lot of queer folks,” QuASA co-Director Varsha Sivaram said. Sivaram said an informal version of the OUTlist — a whiteboard people were encouraged to sign — was put up at QuASA events this year to help spread awareness for the actual online document. Another addition to the OUTlist, according to Sivaram, was a quote section where people could state why they had signed the document.One particular quote that stood out to her expressed that support is fundamental to queer individuals who are still coming out. “It’s the notion [that] if I had had someone who was publicly supportive of the queer community or was secure in their queerness who came out and said it was okay for me when I was coming out, that would have been enormously helpful,” Sivaram said. The OUTlist demonstrates USC’s commitment to supporting the queer community on campus, Dimas said. “It’s important to continue to [have the OUTlist] because students who identify as queer should feel welcomed, considering the fact that we [are a] Trojan Family,” Dimas said. Erin Cooney, co-director of QuASA, said that it is crucial to give allies a chance to declare their support and the LGBTQ community an opportunity to see its supporters. Sivaram emphasized that the OUTlist provides LGBTQ members with the reassurance that they are not alone without pressuring them to come out.“I think it’s a tangible show of support for folks,” Sivaram said. “It cultivates the notion that there’s a supportive environment for them at USC.” Chris Bradley, a senior majoring in business administration and accounting, signed to OUTlist. He said the list allows queer individuals a chance to be comfortable with their identities, regardless of whether they are out or not. “The biggest thing for me was to break the stereotype and to have people be open with themselves,” Bradley said. “There’s still a couple kids at USC who haven’t come out, which is surprising considering this is a relatively friendly campus. It goes to show that even in 2018 there’s a lot of work to be done.” Bradley said the OUTlist provides a source of pride for queer students. “It’s a mark of progress we’ve made,” Bradley said. “[The OUTlist] goes to show how confident [we are] and how far we’ve come. I feel very strongly that we are not going to go back.” Further plans to expand the OUTlist include coordinating an event geared toward garnering more signatures. “Our mission during Coming Out Month … is giving people safe spaces in order to express themselves,” Cooney said. “Even within the queer community people have such different identities and experiences that it is significant to give people a place or opportunity to have those conversations.”last_img read more

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Countdown to Camp: With Dungey’s propensity to get hurt, who are the No. 2 and No. 3 options in the pocket?

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: July 31, 2017 at 1:58 p.m.Syracuse football’s training camp begins July 30. Every day leading up to camp, The Daily Orange’s football beat writers will take a look at some of the upcoming season’s most pressing storylines, players and position battles. Read more on the Countdown to Camp here.You’ve seen Zack Mahoney play quarterback before.For the last few years, whether with Terrel Hunt or Eric Dungey, the Orange has at some point in the season needed to summon from the sideline a new signal-caller for at least a somewhat sizable portion of the season. Mahoney has thrown 117 and 135 passes, respectively, in the last two seasons while Dungey missed time. Whether he can remain on the field this season is among the team’s biggest questions.Mahoney, a 6-foot-2, 217-pound senior, has appeared in some of Syracuse’s biggest games in the past two years. There he was with three touchdowns against Louisiana State in 2015 and with seven total touchdowns against Pittsburgh in last season’s last week. He’s proved capable enough to hang onto the backup job for now at least.  AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDaily Orange File PhotoIf Dungey is forced to miss time, it would likely be Mahoney filling in again — unless the coaching staff decides to give its big-time prospect Tommy DeVito a go.DeVito is, after Mahoney, one of only two quarterbacks currently on scholarship with redshirt freshman Rex Culpepper. Though, redshirt sophomore Clayton Welch will reportedly receive a scholarship soon. While past success with Dino Babers’ run-pass options and experience clearly places Mahoney ahead of the other two, the line between Culpepper and DeVito is blurrier.Courtesy of Tommy DeVitoNeither has thrown a collegiate pass, and though Culpepper theoretically has a better understanding of Babers’ offense from helping run the scout team last season, it makes sense that DeVito would have an advantage over Culpepper for playing time. That’s because Babers recruited DeVito, an Under Armour All-American and Elite 11 Finalist, as his guy. Syracuse could redshirt DeVito, but the staff also needs to balance the QB of the future’s desire to play after he turned down other competitive, Power 5 offers to sign with the Orange.If DeVito redshirts and the Orange needs a quarterback and neither Dungey nor Mahoney are available, expect Culpepper. If DeVito doesn’t redshirt, expect to see DeVito’s new era underway early. Comments Published on July 30, 2017 at 8:39 am Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TRlast_img read more

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Raiders hope offseason changes lead to stingier defense

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first_img WATCH US LIVE Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther felt a little hamstrung his first two years on the job.A roster overhaul left few proven pieces at his disposal and contributed to the Raiders ranking among the worst defenses in the NFL in almost every category.Guenther hopes the changes made this past offseason will finally give him the talent necessary to have a competent defense.“It used to be when we have one guy out with an injury, we bled to death,” Guenther said Thursday. “Now we have some depth across the board in the secondary, on the d-line, we can roll guys through and create roles for each and every guy. It may be 10 snaps to help us win, it may be 60 snaps to help us win, whatever it is, we have different guys and different portfolios. We can put those guys in certain spots and utilize their strengths. So, it’s exciting to actually get going and put the pads on.”The Raiders had another overhaul on defense this offseason and figure to have at least five new starters led by versatile linebackers Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski, pass-rushing defensive tackle Maliek Collins, free safety Damarious Randall and either Prince Amukamara or rookie Damon Arnette at cornerback.In all, the Raiders have no one left on the roster who started on the defense in Guenther’s first game with the team in 2018.“We really rebuilt the engine here with some new, young talent,” he said. “Very excited with where they’re at. They’re doing a hell of a job picking up the system, the scheme and techniques of everything we’re doing.”Change was definitely needed after the results of the past two seasons as the Raiders struggled to find a replacement for star pass rusher Khalil Mack and had a revolving door in the secondary.In Guenther’s two seasons at the helm, the Raiders allowed the most points per drive (2.46), tied for second most yards per play allowed (6.08), have the fewest sacks (45) and tied for fewest takeaways (32). Perhaps the biggest indictment is the league-worst 11 TD drives of at least 90 yards during that time.“A lot of times the last couple years, guys to be honest with you, you look down at your call sheet and say, ‘Well, I can’t put this guy in that situation,’ or ‘this guy in this situation.’ You have to pick and choose your spots during games,” Guenther said. “But I think, with the young talent that we have, the speed that we have, the first thing that I noticed is that we’re much faster on defense. We got some good rushers, we got some good cover guys. That’s what you need in this league to be successful.”The biggest upgrades this season will come in the middle of the field where the Raiders hope they finally have the pieces needed to neutralize tight ends and backs in the passing game.Littleton and Kwiatkoski give the Raiders their best pair of linebackers in more than a decade, and Johnathan Abram adds a physical presence at safety after going down with a season-ending shoulder injury in the opener of his rookie campaign in 2019.Randall will be counted on to clean up any mistakes on the back end.“That’s what the NFL is about, matchups, and to have as many versatile guys as you can to help match up with anything an offense gives is definitely a plus for us,” Randall said. “So, definitely happy to have Nick and Cory on the team. Cory is very, very athletic. Nick is smart and he’s the leader of the defense.”The key addition, according to coach Jon Gruden, will be defensive tackle Maliek Collins. Collins ranked eighth in the NFL last season in pressure rate among defensive tackles, according to SportsInfo Solutions, giving the Raiders another inside rusher to go with Maurice Hurst.New defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, who coached Collins in Dallas, advocated for his addition in Las Vegas.“He’s officially about to enter the prime of his career,” Gruden said. “He’s got a lot of playing experience. He’s got a lot of technical knowledge of what we want done. He’s the key to our defense. I think he’s got a chance to be one of the better ones. We’re happy about that.” FOLLOW US LIVE TV Written By Last Updated: 14th August, 2020 14:29 IST Raiders Hope Offseason Changes Lead To Stingier Defense Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther felt a little hamstrung his first two years on the job.center_img First Published: 14th August, 2020 14:29 IST COMMENT Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

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Tim Tebow told top NFL, MLB prospect Kyler Murray to ‘follow his heart’

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first_img Kyler Murray’s NFL decision ‘made sense,’ Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley says Kyler Murray received sound advice from another two-sport athlete before making the decision to focus on the NFL instead of MLB.Tim Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, told Murray he should follow his heart when deciding between a baseball career that would start with the Athletics or preparing for the NFL draft. NFL Draft 2019: Opening odds favor Dolphins taking Kyler Murray “You know what? Don’t do it for your agents, or your friends and sometimes necessarily even your family. Do it for what’s on your heart, and don’t let other people define you. You’re going to have all these coaches that you look up to and everybody else that’s going to tell you what they think, but what’s most important is following your heart and your passion. And so, I don’t know, hopefully, he did that.”From one dual-sport player to another, Tim Tebow told Kyler Murray to follow his heart regarding Murray’s decision to become an NFL quarterback. pic.twitter.com/qkynrk0BSU— Deesha Thosar (@DeeshaThosar) February 16, 2019After last year’s baseball draft, Murray agreed to a minor league contract with Oakland that had a $4.66 million signing bonus attached. The deal allowed Murray to receive $1.5 million after approval last summer by the league and $3.16 million on March 1 — he now must return a portion of the money he received ($1,285,714).Murray, who was the talk of both leagues before making a decision earlier in the week, had 54 total touchdowns and only seven interceptions as the Sooners starter last season. He is ranked as the No. 2 quarterback in this class by ESPN draft experts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay.center_img Murray, who won the Heisman last year during his only season as Oklahoma’s starting quarterback, announced Monday he was fully committing to football despite being selected ninth overall in the 2018 amateur baseball draft.”Kyler, I think he’s a really good young man, and I think this was a really tough decision for him,” Tebow told reporters Saturday when he arrived at Mets’ spring training. “He loves two sports, and I can really relate to that. And he went with something that he’s been really good at lately and dominating in. When we talked about it, and we did talk about that, I just gave him the advice to follow your heart. Whatever you’re passionate about. Related News “Football has been my love and passion my entire life. I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100 percent of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships,” Murray wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. Tebow, a former NFL quarterback, is now an outfielder in New York’s system. He spent time with the Broncos, Jets, Patriots and Eagles before pursuing baseball full time in 2016.last_img read more

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