Power arms, Chapman’s home run lead A’s past Astros

first_imgOAKLAND — The Athletics rediscovered the formula that put them in the playoffs Wednesday night and did it against the team that stands in the way of American League West supremacy.A sixth-inning home run by Matt Chapman provided the winning run in a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros at the Coliseum, with the power-arm trio of Frankie Montas, Lou Trivino and Blake Treinen dominating before a crowd of 11,323 at the Coliseum.It was the first win by the A’s over the Astros after four consecutive …last_img

Who Me? I’m Not a Caregiver!

first_imgThis image was purchased by MFLNMC from iStock.com under member ID 8085767. This image (ID: 11429728) was purchased by MFLNMC from iStock.com under member ID 8085767. Return to article. Long DescriptionAnother strategy is to have the caregiver list the tasks they did before they became a caregiver and comparing it to what they do now.  Doing this provides a visual of exactly what they are doing and validates why they are so tired and overwhelmed.  Next look at the list and discuss possible responsibilities or tasks they really don’t like or feel uncomfortable doing. When working with caregivers I’ve found the tasks they feel most uncomfortable doing are the ones that create stress.  These are not things like caring for a wound or monitoring medications, they are usually something that has an emotional response. Focus on those tasks and try to determine why they are uncomfortable doing those particular tasks.  Often you will find it relates back to their identity—its’ not comfortable for a daughter to do personal care for her father, for a wife to be making major decisions on her own, or for a friend to take over finances. Each of these examples “break” a rule of the individual’s identity. In many families a daughter doesn’t see their father naked, thus when personal care is required they are uncomfortable doing the task.  Friends typically don’t know about each other’s finances thus when they are required to assume the finances it “breaks” a rule.  A couple typically makes major decisions together and when forced to do it alone the spouse feels uncomfortable.  These simplistic examples attempt to illustrate how the task creates an emotional response.  Understanding that the emotional response goes against a rule (often they don’t know they have the rule) that has guided their life.  Their rules come from being in a family, experiences they have had, the communities they are a part of such as a religious group, the military, and even their heritage or culture.Rules and IdentityRules and identity go hand in hand and are complex and unique to each individual.  They create emotional responses when caregivers assume a task or responsibility that goes against their rules. Helping caregivers understand that there are rules which they live by and when these rules are challenged they experience an emotional response. So, the goal is to “teach” caregivers to ask themselves why is what I’m doing making me emotional? What rule am I challenging and where did it come from? The reality is this process takes time and doesn’t have to be done while they are doing the task but can be explored at a later time.  Help them focus on the items that create the most emotional stress and think about how that task can become less emotional for them. Some ways could include having someone else do the task, exploring the rule and determining if the rule is one you want to keep or not, change, throw out or modifying the task and/or rule so it doesn’t create stress.  To learn more about the caregiver identity theory enroll in the free one-hour on-line course, Caregiver Identity Discrepancy and Implications for Practice.ResourcesMontgomery, R.J. V.  & Kosloski. K.  (2009). Caregiving as a Process of Changing Identity: Implications for Caregiver Support. Generations,33, 47-52.Montgomery, R. J. V.  & Kwak. J.  (2008). Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral (TCARE) process: An evidence-based model for effectively supporting caregivers. American Journal of Nursing, 108. 54-57.Savundranayagam, M.Y., & Montgomery, R.J.V. (2010). Impact of role discrepancies on caregiver burden among spouses.  Research on Aging, 32, 175-199.center_img Return to article. Long DescriptionWritten By: Mary Brintnall-Peterson, Ph.D., MBP Consulting, LLC, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin – ExtensionSeveral years ago, I was part of a team that conducted focus groups with military family caregivers to hear first-hand what they were experiencing and what types of educational programs they thought would be helpful to them. Our first hurdle was getting caregivers to participate in the focus groups because individuals didn’t identify themselves as caregivers.  They didn’t realize they became a caregiver when notified of their loved one’s injury or long-term medical condition. Their life changed at that moment!  In fact, it is often a professional who they interacted with, while providing care to their service member, that uses the term caregiver when talking with them. Over time they began to accept that they are indeed, a caregiver!  By accepting that they are a caregiver, they take on a new identity.Caregiver IdentityThe caregiver identity comes with expectations, rules, and is sometimes in conflict with their identity as a spouse, parent, sibling, etc. As you work with caregivers explore how they feel about their new caregiver identity which forces them to become an advocate, nurse, and protector while still being a spouse, partner, friend, or parent. Sometimes being a caregiver comes in conflict with their husband, parent, or sibling identity and causes stress. They find themselves asking, “Do I act as the caregiver or do I act as a spouse or partner in this situation?”As professionals we can help these new military caregivers understand the conflict they are feeling when their identifies are in conflict with each other. An example of this conflict is a parent bathing their son who has a prothesis. As a parent and caregiver, the individual understands the need for bathing and why it’s important to have someone help but don’t understand the emotions that surface when they do the task. As a parent the individual is thinking, “I shouldn’t be bathing my adult son” but as a caregiver the individual is thinking “he can’t do it by himself and I’m the caregiver.”  The conflict between parent and caregiver identities make the individual feel uncomfortable.One strategy to help the military caregiver understand the conflicting feelings or emotions is to have them jot down what they feel when it’s time to help bath their service member.  When they put on their caregiver hat, are the emotions different or the same when they have their parent hat on?  Then talk about the emotions and where did they come from?  Past experiences?  Unwritten rules that a parent doesn’t bathe an adult child?  Expectations that adult children take care of themselves? Thoughts about what a parent should or shouldn’t do with their adult children? Family values, culture, etc.? What’s important is to have the caregiver identify their feelings when needing to do a task they feel uncomfortable with and to explore what is causing them to be uncomfortable.Caregiver Taskslast_img read more

A taste of faraway comes alive in a cookbook

first_imgJyotsna Surase, 27, from Yavatmal district, came to Thane two years ago with her husband, who had made the move in search of work. To help with family finances, she also works outside the home, cooking for three families in apartments near the tenement where she lives.She turns out the daal-rice-vegetable meals they ask for, but for her this is just work, with no soul. Her heart belongs to the dishes she remembers growing up with. Like the freshly-extracted sugarcane syrup that would greet her and her siblings when they visited their grandmother’s village every Makar Sankranti. Their grandmother would also feed them dhirde, prepared during Paush, the 10th month of the Marathi calendar, which ends with Makar Sankranti; women traditionally fast for five Sundays during Paush and break their fast with this wheat-flour flatbread.Dishes meet memory“Grandma insisted that we have this at least once a year, as she believed it was good for health,” Ms. Surase says. Of course, being with cousins and uncles and aunts all in a festive mood only added to the fun. “You don’t get that even in weddings in Mumbai,” she says. “The fresh village air, the fights for sugarcane syrup, running to the fields to pick guavas… dhirde is all these memories,” she says.Anita Saha, 30, left something similar behind when she, her husband and three children came to Mumbai two years ago. She remembers the monsoon back in Begusarai district, Bihar, especially during Bhadrapada (the sixth month of the Hindu calendar), when women break their fast with kheer and puri. “My mother taught me how to make it when I was 17 years old,” she says. While her mother-in-law makes this treat too, she misses the kheer puri her mother makes.You will find such family recipes, from different parts of the country, in Food Memories of Migrant Women, an ebook published by Mumbai Mobile Creches (MMC). The NGO has been implementing onsite education and healthcare programmes for children living in many construction sites. The book’s introduction says, “Through a series of personal recipes, narrated poignantly by the migrant women themselves, we wish to highlight the fascinating expanse of culinary traditions within India, and the importance of these traditions in preserving and celebrating each migrant family’s cultural identity.”A hearty connectionSays Shiny Varghese, MMC’s health coordinator: “We wanted to connect with the migrant community. What better way than food?”It took almost two years from concept to fruition. “The women were apprehensive and shy,” Ms. Varghese says. “After two to three meetings, and telling them that their photographs may appear on a global platform, they started to open up.”Even so there were hitches. Getting the right ingredients and implements was another challenge. Ms. Varghese says, “Back home, the women use tools that are found naturally in their surroundings, which are hard to come by here.” Like the right mortar and pestle to grind the ingredients for aapal, a dish from Telengana; iron rods used on the construction site came in handy.The book is more than just recipes. Stories of poignant struggles emerge too, in the voices of the women. Kashibai Kamble remembers how huggi, a white wheat pudding, was a luxury back in Gulbarga district, Karnataka. It was made only during Nag Panchami or Deepavali. She says, “We used to work in others’ fields, and whenever the owner had leftovers of wheat, he used to give them to us and we made kheer.”last_img read more

Probe committee formed

first_imgMaharashtra Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil on Monday said that a five-member committee is probing the wall collapse incident in Pune in which 15 people were killed on Saturday.Replying to a discussion on the issue in the Assembly, Mr. Patil said that the probe panel will comprise the additional district collector, officials of the labour commissionerate, Pune Police, Pune Municipal Corporation and the deputy director of town planning.“A total of 11 people have been booked for culpable homicide and two have been arrested so far. The construction work was going on in a very narrow lane. There was no space for ambulances to arrive at the site of the accident. I wonder how permissions are given for construction of residential premises,” Mr. Patil said.The minister informed that the licenses of the structural engineer and the building’s architect have been suspended and they have been blacklisted, adding that the registration of the RCC (structural design) consultant has been stayed.Earlier, Nationalist Congress Party MLA Ajit Pawar demanded that the accused be booked for culpable homicide. “The poor should get justice. Developers should be punished,” he said.Congress MLA Amit Deshmukh asked if labourers from other States were registered with local authorities. “Accountability needs to be fixed and stricter laws are necessary,” he said.Leader of Opposition (LoP) Vijay Wadettiwar said residents of the building adjacent to the compound wall had complained to local authorities about defects in the wall four months ago.Fifteen people, including four children, were killed and two others injured on Saturday when a portion of a 22-feet high compound wall of a housing society in Kondhwa area of Pune collapsed on adjoining slums of construction workers following incessant rains. All the deceased labourers belonged to Katiharin Bihar.last_img read more

Watch: Assam flood takes its toll on people and animals

first_imgThe flood situation in Assam remaines grim with 29 districts marooned by the deluge, which has so far claimed at least 27 lives and affected 57 lakh people, officials said.According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) bulletin, a rhino died in the Kaziranga National Park while the Brahmaputra and its tributaries are flowing above the danger mark in various places in the state, including in Guwahati.last_img

US calls for halt to land reclamation in South China Sea

first_imgFrom Lalit K Jha Washington, Sep 16 (PTI) The US today demanded an immediate and lasting halt to land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea and asserted that turning an underwater rock into an airfield does not provide sovereignty or permit restrictions on international air or maritime transit. Along with many of its Pacific partners and nations across the world, America is deeply concerned about the pace and scope of land reclamation in the South China Sea, the prospect of further militarisation, the potential for these activities which increase the risk of miscalculation or conflict among claimant states, said US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter. “As a Pacific nation, an ally and partner to many of the nations of the region from Japan to Australia to India, the US will persist in its decades-long strategic approach,” Carter said, adding that America will continue to see a peaceful resolution of all disputes. “There should be an immediate and lasting halt to land reclamation by all claimants. We also oppose any further militarisation of disputed features. We all know there is no military solution to the South China Sea disputes,” he said. “Right now, at this critical juncture, is the time for renewed diplomacy, focused on a finding a lasting solution that protects the rights and the interests of all. As it is central to the regional security architecture, ASEAN must be a part of this effort,” Carter said, days ahead of the Chinese President Xi Jinpings first state visit to the US. He said the US saw its relationship with China as defined by elements of both cooperation and competition. “Our military engagement with China seeks to build sustained and substantive dialogue, to advance concrete, practical cooperation in areas of mutual interest, and to enhance risk reduction measures to diminish the potential for miscalculation,” he said. “At the same time, given our concern about Chinas growing military capabilities and coercive approach to disputes, we are taking prudent steps to prepare for heightened competition,” he added. Carter said the US will continue to protect freedom of navigation and overflight ? principles that have ensured security and prosperity in this region for decades. “The US will fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows, as US forces do all over the world. America, alongside its allies and partners in the region, will not be deterred from exercising these rights,” Carter said. “Turning an underwater rock into an airfield simply does not afford the rights of sovereignty or permit restrictions on international air or maritime transit,” he added. He said China with its actions in the disputed sea was out of step with both the international rules and norms that underscore the Asia-Pacifics security and the regional consensus that favours diplomacy and opposes coercion. “The US will always stand with its allies and partners. Its important for the region to understand that America is going to remain engaged?continue to stand up for international law and universal principles?and help provide security and stability in the Asia-Pacific for decades to come,” Carter said. PTI LKJ MRJlast_img read more

Mikmaq author says Halifax on the right road to reconciliation

first_imgAnna Cormier APTN National NewsA respected Mi’kmaq author says Halifax is on the right road to reconciliation after the council voted to form a committee to review how it honours a controversial figure around the city.Edward Cornwallis is the former governor of the city – but maybe best known for putting a bounty on Mi’kmaq scalps.last_img

Barclays to pay 2 billion to US to settle mortgage suit

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – British bank Barclays became the latest big bank to reach a multi-billion dollar settlement with U.S. authorities over its role in the subprime mortgage bubble and subsequent financial crisis. But in a rare and notable move, U.S. authorities went further to fine two individual bankers as part of their alleged role in the subprime mortgage crisis.Barclays agreed to pay $2 billion in civil penalties on Thursday to settle charges that it sold fraudulent mortgage-backed securities to investors between 2005 and 2007, and that it misled investors on the quality of those loans that it sold to the public. They are similar charges that other banks like Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup have reached over the last several years in regards to their respective roles in the financial crisis. Barclays was one the last holdouts of the big banks.Two former Barclays executives will pay fines as well. Paul Menefee, a banker who helped package subprime mortgages into securities, and John Carroll, who was the bank’s head trader of mortgage-backed securities, will pay a combined $2 million in fines in exchange for having the charges against them being dismissed. It has been rare for U.S. authorities to charge Wall Street bankers for their alleged role in the subprime housing bubble.“Solely to put this matter behind him, Mr. Menefee has agreed to a settlement in which he has not admitted any wrongdoing,” said Barry Berke and Dani James, lawyers with the firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, who represented Menefee in the case.The law firm representing Carroll echoed similar statements.“John Carroll is pleased that the government has relented in its efforts to prove wrongdoing where none exists, and consistent with that position, we have agreed to settle this case without an admission to these meritless allegations,” said Glen McGorty, partner at Crowell & Moring, in a statement.The Justice Department originally sued Barclays and several of its U.S. affiliates in late 2016 over the sale of risky mortgage-backed securities. Barclays CEO Jes Staley said in a statement that the settlement was “fair and proportionate.”“The substantial penalty Barclays and its executives have agreed to pay is an important step in recognizing the harm that was caused to the national economy and to investors,” said U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue for the Eastern District of New York.last_img read more

Diver who helped with Thai cave rescue sues Elon Musk

first_imgA British diver who helped rescue youth soccer players trapped in a cave in Thailand is suing Elon Musk, alleging that the Tesla CEO falsely accused him of being a pedophile.Diver Vernon Unsworth, who lives north of London, contends that Musk made the false allegation on Twitter and then repeated multiple other falsehoods after the dramatic rescue of a dozen youth soccer players and their coach in July.The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles federal court Monday seeks more than $75,000 in damages and a court order stopping Musk from making further allegations. Tesla did not respond to requests for comment Monday.Musk called Unsworth a “pedo” in a tweet to his 22.5 million followers after Unsworth criticized Musk in a July 13 television interview with CNN about the rescue.Musk and engineers from his rocket company, SpaceX, built a small submarine and shipped it to Thailand to help with the rescue. The device wasn’t used and in the interview, Unsworth called it a “PR stunt” and said it wouldn’t have worked to free the boys who were trapped in the flooded cave. He also said Musk “can stick his submarine somewhere where it hurts.”The lawsuit alleges that Musk, apparently angered by Unsworth’s remarks, began a campaign to destroy his reputation “by publishing false and heinous accusations of criminality against him to the public.”In a series of tweets July 15, Musk, who personally delivered the submarine to the cave, wrote that he never saw Unsworth and challenged him to show a video of the final rescue. “Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it,” Musk tweeted. Later on Twitter, Musk wrote “Bet ya a signed dollar it’s true.”Later Musk deleted the tweets and apologized after being criticized by shareholders, the lawsuit alleged, stating in a tweet that his words were “spoken in anger” and that the sub was built out of kindness according to specifications from the dive team leader.But on Aug. 28, Musk tweeted about Unsworth once again, writing: “You don’t think it’s strange he hasn’t sued me? He was offered free legal services.” The lawsuit states that with the tweet, Musk sought to tell the average reader that Unsworth’s failure to sue at the time was evidence that Unsworth is a pedophile.Two days after the Aug. 28 tweet, Musk emailed a BuzzFeed News reporter, suggesting that the reporter investigate Unsworth and “stop defending child rapists,” according to the lawsuit, which is 65 pages with exhibits.“He’s an old, single white guy from England who’s been travelling or living in Thailand for 30 to 40 years,” Musk wrote, adding that Unsworth moved in Thailand “for a child bride who was about 12 years old at the time,” according to the lawsuit.Then in a second email to BuzzFeed, Musk accused Unsworth of being a liar and said he wasn’t on the cave dive team.“Mr. Unsworth is not a pedophile. Mr. Unsworth has never engaged in an act of pedophilia. Mr. Unsworth is not a child rapist,” the lawsuit stated, adding that Unsworth has never been married to a minor.Unsworth has a “significant other” in Thailand, a 40-year-old woman with whom he shares a house, according to the lawsuit. He first started going to Thailand in 2011, where he explored and mapped caves, the documents stated.The lawsuit explains Unsworth’s role in the rescue, saying that on June 23, when the soccer players became trapped, several Thai officials called and asked him to go to the cave as soon as possible. He was the first foreign rescuer to arrive.He recommended that the Thai government seek help from divers in the United Kingdom, and Unsworth called friend and fellow diver Rob Harper. Harper, who had just returned from exploring Thai caves with Unsworth, brought two other divers, John Volanthen and Rick Stanton, to help with the rescue.The boys, ages 11-16, were found July 2 by Volanthen and Stanton, according to the lawsuit.The last soccer player was rescued July 8. “Together with Mr. Unsworth, Mr. Harper, Mr. Volanthen, and Mr. Stanton put together the dive portion of the rescue plan that ultimately saved the boys,” the lawsuit stated. It concedes that Unsworth was not involved in the final planning stages of the rescue because he didn’t have enough experience to make the dive.The lawsuit was filed by lawyers led by L. Lin Wood, an Atlanta attorney who has represented plaintiffs in several high-profile libel cases including the family of homicide victim JonBenet Ramsey and security guard Richard Jewel, who was accused in media reports of being a suspect in a 1996 bombing during the Olympics in Atlanta, a crime committed by anti-government extremist Eric Rudolph. The documents said a separate lawsuit would be filed in England.Unsworth will not do interviews, Wood said, but the attorney said in a statement that Musk’s wealth “cannot convert his lies into truth or protect him from accountability for his wrongdoing in a court of law.”Unsworth’s British lawyer, Mark Stephens, said that “Twibels (Twitter libels) show that falsehoods by the rich and powerful can circulate round the globe to their 22.5 million followers and to the media before the truth can pull its boots on.”“The truth has now got its boots on and Elon Musk is being brought to account for repeatedly attacking and taunting the good name of an ordinary spelunker: Vernon Unsworth who answered the call and (with others) put his life on the line to help rescue the 13 trapped in the caves in Thailand,” he said.Stephens did not say when Unsworth planned to file a claim in the British courts.___Krisher reported from Detroit. Jill Lawless contributed to this report from London.last_img read more

How the NFLs Top Receivers Stats Would Change If They Played With

The New Orleans Saints’ Jimmy Graham lost an arbitration hearing Wednesday in which he sought classification as a wide receiver rather than a tight end. Graham’s desire to be a wideout might seem counterintuitive to fantasy football players used to a game where being a tight end makes Graham even more valuable. But in the NFL, Graham will lose money as a result of the decision. He’s been designated with the Saints’ franchise player tag, which means that his compensation is determined by the top salaries in the NFL at his position. The five highest-paid NFL wide receivers make an average of about $12 million per season — more than the $7 million the top tight ends do.The arbitrator’s decision might seem unfair to Graham. Over the past three NFL seasons, Graham ranks eighth in the NFL in receiving yards, fourth in receptions and first in receiving touchdowns. He’s put up stats comparable to the best wide receivers — but he won’t be paid like one.But there’s a catch, and it has nothing to do with Graham’s position. Instead it involves his quarterback. Over the past three NFL seasons, Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees has ranked first in the league in passing yards, passing touchdowns and completions. Graham has been a big part of that. But even if we subtracted Graham’s receiving statistics from Brees’s totals, Brees would rank seventh, third and sixth in those categories.So we can say Brees’s numbers would still be very strong with an average tight end (or even with no tight end at all). But what would Graham’s numbers look like with an average QB?We can come to some reasonable estimates by using ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating. Unlike most other quarterback statistics, Total QBR seeks to isolate the contribution of the quarterback as opposed to his receivers and his offensive line. It does so by using play-by-play tracking to account for things such as misthrown balls, yards after the catch and defensive pressure.Unfortunately, there’s not yet any analog to QBR for wide receivers and tight ends. But we can use QBR to estimate the effect a quarterback has on his receivers’ statistics. The next couple of paragraphs, which detail the method, are going to be a little dry; scroll down if you want to see just the results.To come up with these estimates, I used a subcomponent of QBR called Pass EPA, which focuses on a quarterback’s passing performance (as opposed to Total QBR, which also accounts for his rushing statistics and his propensity to avoid sacks and draw penalties). I ran a series of regressions on team totals from the 2011-13 NFL regular seasons, which estimated a team’s receiving yards, receptions and receiving touchdowns as a function of its Pass EPA. In essence, this reflects what a team’s passing statistics would look like given average receivers and pass protection but its actual quarterbacks. For example, a team with the quarterbacking of the 2013 Dallas Cowboys (mostly Tony Romo) would project to about 360 receptions, 4000 passing yards and 29 touchdowns given average receivers and offensive linemen.We can then divide a team’s projected statistics by league-average figures to estimate what effect its quarterbacks had on its receivers. For example, the average team since 2011 has had 24 passing touchdowns. Since the 2013 Cowboys projected to 29 touchdowns instead based on their QBR — about 20 percent higher than average — this implies that Romo boosted his receivers’ touchdown totals by 20 percent. Thus, we can reduce the touchdown totals for Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and other Cowboys receivers by 20 percent to estimate how they would have done with league-average quarterbacking.Let’s return to Graham. His quarterback isn’t the good-but-not-consistently-great Romo; it’s the spectacular Brees. Here’s what I estimate Graham’s numbers would have looked like with an average quarterback instead of Brees:In the table above, REC, YDS and TD represent a receiver’s unadjusted receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.Graham has been averaging about 90 receptions and 1,200 yards per year under Brees. I estimate that his totals would be more like 75 receptions and 900 yards with an average QB. And he’d go from having about 12 touchdowns per season to seven or eight instead. (Quarterbacks have an especially large impact on their receivers’ touchdown totals, in part because it requires consistent quarterbacking to get a team into the red zone.)These revised totals would still qualify Graham as an exceptional tight end — but they’d only be very good by the standard of a wide receiver. In the next chart, I’ve listed the actual and QB-adjusted receiving statistics for the top 50 players in the NFL as ranked based on a fantasy football scoring system of one point per reception, one point per 10 receiving yards and six points per receiving touchdown. (Fantasy football scoring systems place too much emphasis on touchdowns rather than yardage, but I’ll leave that argument for another day.)Based on his average fantasy points (FP) per season since 2011, Graham ranks third among all receivers and tight ends. But his FPs decline by almost 25 percent using his QB-adjusted statistics, so he falls to 14th place instead.Graham has benefited as much from his quarterbacks as any player in the NFL. Other pass-catchers for the Saints have been helped almost as much. So has Wes Welker, who left the New England Patriots and joined the Broncos just as Patriots quarterback Tom Brady began to show some signs of age. In Denver, Peyton Manning, apparently ageless, had perhaps the best QB season of all-time.The biggest gainer is the Browns’ Josh Gordon, who has posted excellent statistics despite a horrible quarterbacking situation in Cleveland. If Johnny Manziel lives up to the hype, Gordon could be a fantasy football monster next season (if he plays; Gordon failed a drug test and will be suspended for a yet to be determined number of games).For most other players, the effects are not so dramatic. Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall rate as the No. 1 and No. 2 receivers according to both raw and QB-adjusted statistics.But the league’s best tight ends tend to fall with the adjustment for quarterback quality. Rob Gronkowski drops from No. 20 to No. 39, for instance. Witten falls from No. 21 to No. 31 and Antonio Gates from No. 42 to No. 48.This could be a fluke — it’s a small sample of players. But it could also mean that tight ends are especially dependent on having good QBs. Along with slot receivers like Welker (it might be best to think of tight ends like Graham as being analogous to slot receivers), they tend to rely on routes based on precision and timing rather than beating their man downfield. Running those routes — and catching passes in traffic — requires a lot of skill. But the quarterback’s impact may be proportionately higher. That may be part of why NFL teams do not pay the best tight ends as well as the best wideouts. read more