Ravens vs Cowboys Preseason Review – Defense Struggles

The Ravens defeated the Cowboys last night 37-30 in the second preseason game for each team.   This is the first time Tony Romo got on the field and he looked like vintage Romo.  Early in the game Romo spotted the Ravens a 7 point lead by fumbling the hand-off to the RB DeMarco Murray.  After that Tony settled down and started making plays in and out of the pocket and he completed on 4/5 passes for 80 yard and a touchdown.  The Cowboys running and passing game looked solid and it really tested Dean Pees defense.  The Ravens defense has potential to be good and potential to be bad as well.  The Ravens really struggled defending the outside runs just like last week vs. the 49ers. They also showed lack of corner depth.  After Jimmy Smith left the game, the secondary was getting picked on.  Overall the “bend but not break” defense did it’s job by holding the Cowboys to just 10 points in the first half but there is some concern.

Lets start with the linebacking core,  Terrell Suggs seemed to have trouble getting through the O-line on run plays.  He ended up chasing a few of the outside runs to the sidelines.   Suggs pass rush still looked strong he got around Tyron Smith on a couple of plays.  Could Terrell be becoming a pure pass rush specialist? Courtney Upshaw had the big touchdown off of the Romo fumbled but other then that he was just a body on the field.  He finished the night with a solo tackle and a touchdown.  Upshaw looks to be in great shape and this should be his best year yet.  Elvis Dumervil seemed like he was no where to be found besides the one pass defense.  I wonder if bringing in Elvis on passing downs is affecting Upshaw’s overall performance.  If these three players don’t step up on outside runs this could become a huge weakness for the Ravens.  You saw the Cowboys have lots of success running outside and then moderate success when they came back to the inside runs.  Daryl Smith, Arthur Brown and rookie CJ Mosley where all over the field but it seems like they all have similar skill sets.  The Ravens could really use a big body, 250 lbs linebacker playing down hill in the middle.  Mosley seems like he will become a very good linebacker but he needs to add about 10-15 lbs to his frame.  The linebacker core has the most depth on the defense and possibly whole team.  They should be playing at the highest level, recording lots of sacks and tackles. 

The defensive line were part of the reason why the cowboys had such a successful outside run game.  Where was Haloti Ngata?  Before the season started he was quoted saying he wan’t to have a 10 sack season.  Ngata is getting paid a lot of money to make impact plays and he could be the most overpaid player on the team.   I saw him on the field but if you look at the box score he didn’t record a single statistic.  Not good for a man that possesses that much strength (or used too).  Chris Canty is another player shooting for a better year then last but I couldn’t even tell you if he was playing.  The ONLY starter on the defensive line that had a good game is Brandon Williams.  He looks very stout at nose tackle and he has the strength and power to tie up more then one blocker, and looks good against inside runs.  If the Ravens are going to have a good defense this year it all starts here.   Pernell McPhee is putting a good summer together he is listed as a linebacker but he may be a candidate to replace one of the struggling veterans.  McPhee has been delivering punishing legal blows to the quarterback which is something that could help put the fear back into this defense. 

We can’t talk about the secondary without talking about corner depth.  After Jimmy Smith left the field with the chest injury it was painfully obvious that the Ravens lack serious depth.  Smith has been pretty dependable player health wise so I do expect him to play a full season.  Lardarius Webb injury history definitely leaves the Ravens corner situation a huge question.  Asa Jackson is talented but lacks the size to be able to fill in on the outside.  The ideal role for Webb and Jackson is in the slot.  Chykie Brown may have had his best night, but it still was not impressive.  Brown really lacks ball skills and being able to track the ball coming in.  One play stuck out to me, he got beat down the sidelines but recovered to make a nice deflection to break up the play.  In reality he got beat bad and if the ball wasn’t under thrown then it was a touchdown.  During that play Chykie never looked up to see the ball coming he just happened to get lucky when he threw his hands up.  I fear that Chykie may get more playing time then he deserves because of his size and the lack of outside corners on the roster.  Terrence Brooks is trying to find a role on this team and he was playing a lot of corner.  He was right there with most of the receiver but still aloud some catches.  Brooks appears to be a solid tackler, wrapping up on his two solo tackles. He has potential to become a corner this year if he can’t see the field at safety.  The safety group was really average.  Matt Elam has not been making impact plays.  The coaching staff believed that if he changed positions to strong safety it would fit him better.   So far he still is playing the same as last year and hasn’t done anything to impress.  He also has not had many negative plays which makes him an average safety.  This could possible be a downgrade at strong safety because James Ihedigbo was playing at a higher level.  Ihedigbo is now a Detroit Lion after free agency.  The last question mark on the defense is free safety.  Darian Stewart had a good game but wasn’t doing a lot of deep zone coverage.  They had Stewart playing up on the line and even blitzing a few times.  He made some nice tackles and had recorded a hit on the qb.  However he was not making the typical plays you would think a free safety would make like breaking up passes.  It makes me wonder if he could play strong safety at a higher level the Elam.  I wanted to see Will Hill in action tonight because he could be the one player that could change this whole secondary.  Hill is a highly rated free safety and I would be willing to bet he starts day one after his 6 game suspension.  Dean Pees would then have some options like moving Brooks to corner and having Stewart and Elam compete for the strong safety job.  

To sum up the defense, every position group has some positives and negatives.  Right now the defense looks average, but with all the high draft picks on this team they should be better.  They must be better then last year if they want to get back into the playoffs.  It still early in preseason but I do expect the Ravens defense to return to form this year.  Ozzie Newsome will make a move if needed.  He is most likely trying to find another outside corner to help out the secondary.  The Ravens have enough talent at defensive line and linebacker to make it work.  Veterans must show up to play and the young guys must pull their weight.  Playing average defense is not what the Baltimore Raven’s front office and fans are looking for.  Baltimore has a history of playing lights out defense and they are still striving to get back to that level.  Eventually they will get there but when will it happen?  They should get better as the season progresses and will receive an extra boast when Will Hill returns in week 7. 

-Pete Amos

8/17/14

The Scoop on Urgent Health Care

The way we receive health care in the United States is changing at a rapid pace. If you haven’t already noticed, urgent care facilities are popping up all over your town. So what makes urgent care different from your normal doctor’s office? The answer is convenience. No appointment is necessary to see a doctor. Any time you’re feeling ill you can come in and get checked out. These health care facilities offer a wide range of hours to choose from and they are generally open on the weekends. The location of these buildings are not hard to find. They have been placed next to major businesses and roads. The well-rounded Doctors can treat just about everything. For example, there is no need to look up a dermatologist for a skin issue anymore. Most dermatologist are booked ahead for weeks. By the time you get to see your doctor the condition may have gone away or worsened. If you are visiting an urgent care facility you could be treated very quickly.

The recent urgent care sensation is on the rise and will continue to grow in the next few years. Brian Solomon, writer for Forbes, claims that the “$16 billion industry” could follow the “Golden Arches-Style Model.” This could “make M.D.s wielding stethoscopes as accessible as baristas at Starbucks.” What is the “Golden Arches –style model?” You may have guessed it already… the business model that McDonalds and the fast food industry created. The idea is that a big brand could create franchise stores to be put on every street. In the future you could be looking at competing franchises in close quarters. Choosing your doctor’s office could become like choosing between fast food and pharmacies. Right now the largest franchise chain belongs to Humana. They own Concentra Urgent Care which has 330 clinics.

These clinics are great for convenience, but sometimes that doesn’t beat having a reliable family doctor. Depending on the situation, you should choose whether or not to visit an urgent care facility. Time is always a factor in our lives, so changing the way we receive health care can make our lives easier.

By: Peter Amos

Email: pamos1@gulls.salisbury.edu

Follow me on Twitter : @petehimself21

 

Sources:

Solomon, Brian. “Drive-Thru Health Care: How McDonald’s Inspired An Urgent Care Gold Rush.” Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 02 July 2014. Web. 04 July 2014.

Godzilla & Edge of Tomorrow Reviews.

Let me start out by saying I am no movie critic,  I just enjoy watching movies.  I recently watched a couple of the summers hottest movies and I had a little something to say about them.  Just a quick spoiler alert i will not give out the whole plot but will talk about a few interesting parts of it.

The first movie I saw was “Godzilla”.  I was glad to see that the monster resembled more of the classic look rather the completely different looking monster in the last film.  In fact this whole movie had a classic appeal to it. The last film had Godzilla running around terrorizing everything, while this version of Godzilla was a hero.  Brian Cranston had the best role and its one we are all familiar with…the crazy scientist.   It seemed that he was going to be the main character which instead ended up being his son.  Most of the other character lack personalty and seem rather dull.  However the plot and special effects make up for all that and the two hour film is a pretty good one.  One thing I really didn’t like was how dark the film is, there are certainly a few times where you can’t see whats happening.  8.9/10

Judging by the commercials for “Edge of Tomorrow” there were two things I was sure of before seeing the film.  I had no idea what this movie is about and it doesn’t really make sense to me.  I gave it a shot and I must say I am impressed with this film.  The plot is so unique it got me thinking of how did they come up with it?  The movie almost resembles a video game where you battle until you die, then you start over at the last checkpoint.  I thought they did a good job of not making the movie seem to repetitive even though the characters are living the same day over and over. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt played the parts well.  Both of their roles were believable and it was cool to see the transformation of Tom’s character.  There is plenty of action in this movie, just picture D-day happening on repeat.  The special effects in the movie are awesome and it gives us a look at possible future war technology.  The best way I can describe it is a war film infused with science fiction.   Give this movie a shot!  9/10

Overall I would recommend you check both movies out.

How to Prevent Injury in Exercise Progression

June 26th, 2014

By: Pete Amos, Peninsula Pilates & Wellness

Many of us have encountered injury or pain while adhering to an exercise program.  A key factor in preventing injurys is posture alignment.  During exercise progression it becomes very easy to lose track of posture while you are pushing your body.  Nick Titley, an NPI- certified posture specialist says that “if you begin an exercise routine and have tight shoulder and rotator cuff muscles, you could be causing more harm in the long run if you decide to perform pushups.”  You may change your posture to adjust for the tight shoulders as a result of progressing to fast.  The key is to create an effective system of goals and evaluation.   Always use proper technique and posture.

I recently went through a slight foot injury caused by running on the treadmill.  I tried to push myself everyday and I ended up changing my posture to adjust for progressing too fast.  The pain was enough for me to stop running for two weeks, in the long run I lost all the progression I had made.  Take your time, wear proper equipment, and always watch your posture.

Sources:

Titley, Nick A. “Why Postural Alignment Is Important in Exercise Progression.”Why Postural Alignment Is Important in Exercise Progression. N.p., 6 Mar. 2014. Web. 24 June 2014

YouTube-Personal use and business

By: Pete Amos

 

Overview & Description

 

                YouTube is a social media site where users can view and upload videos.  There are many different ways to use YouTube but perhaps the most popular are for self-promotion and learning tools.  An example for self-promotion would be the NFL draft coming up in a few months.   Players from small schools that normally don’t receive attention can now upload highlight videos of themselves.  The result is coaches are getting to see their game tape where otherwise they might not, the player can now be drafted higher than they normally would.   YouTube can be an effective learning tool that can turn a boring lecture into something fun.  Teachers can use it to help aid a discussion by bringing up YouTube in the classroom.  Teachers are claiming that by using YouTube for projects, “students have repeatedly gone above and beyond the project’s requirements, surpassing all expectations.”  As a result “students are always eager to share their creations with their peer; the presentations typically result in a lively discussion and entertaining class period.”  If you think you a handyman but you always need help fixing things, YouTube can be that guide that helps you accomplish your tasks.  (Ferris)

 

What makes it Unique?

 

“The beauty of a tool like YouTube, in contrast with social networks is that you don’t have to sign up or create a profile to start using it.” (Brown)  Not logging in can save you some time, and the ability to view it on a mobile phone or the internet gives you access everywhere.  Perhaps the best thing about YouTube is the number of users.   They claim to have “More than 1 billion unique users visit YouTube each month” and “100 Hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.” With all the users involved, you should be able to find the video you want to watch without a problem.  Also if you’re a creator of videos you can have you work viewed almost instantaneous and you will be able to monitor effectiveness through the comments left by other users.  YouTube also has some signature qualities that may be lacking on other visual social media sites.  You are allowed to embed links or words into the video itself so you can read along or click to other videos.  YouTube also allows you to share your videos on a number of different social media sites with a click of a button.  Also you can feature YouTube videos on any website.   (YouTube)

 

History

 

YouTube was “created in 2005 by three former emplyees of PayPal, using US$11 millionin venture capital.”  They moved from a place above a pizza shop in California, to a “permanent three story facility in San Bruno.”  YouTube had received enough attention that “the company had been bought by Google, Inc., and now is a division of Google.” Then got involved in the film industry in “2008, YouTube signed a deal with MGM, Lions Gate Entertainment and CBS allowing the companies to post full-length films.”  Today YouTube remains one of the most popular visual social media site in the world. (Ballard)

 

 

Key Performance Indicators

 

                Just like Facebook, you can like videos on YouTube.  What is interesting is the ability to dislike the video as well.  Video creators can get instant feedback with the comments that the viewers leave.  The most popular KPI for YouTube has to be the number of views a video receives.  Other ways to measure performance would be the number of subscribers a user has.

 

Tips

 

Sometimes you cannot find a video that is perfect for you, but you can find one that is related that will work.  For example I was looking for a video to remove an alternator from my Nissan Maxima, but I ended up using a video of someone removing an alternator from an Altima which has the same engine setup.  I would also recommend browsing through the channels because you can find videos recommended for that category.  Also if your advertising on YouTube make sure your video is not offensive to anyone because there are many followers not just in the United States.

 

Marketing/ Advertising Opportunities

 

                No matter what industry you’re involved in marketing and advertising has changed since the creation of YouTube.  “According to Nielsen, YouTube reaches more US adults ages 18-34 than any cable network.”  Marketing students should take note that if your target market is 18-34 year olds in the United States then you must be advertising on YouTube.   It is going to be more effective to post a video on YouTube then on a cable channel.  We are all aware that international business is becoming an increasingly important role in business.  YouTube has a lot of international followers so the chances that your advertisement catches on in another country are high.   One of the best kinds of advertisement you cannot buy is publicity.  YouTube is the perfect platform to feature videos of a company giving back to the local community or other forms of publicity.  Finally if you’re in the marketing industry YouTube may be the best forum to study advertisements since you have access to so many videos. (YouTube)

 

Examples

 

RevZilla, a motorcycle gear retailer, has used YouTube since they were founded in 2007 has a way to provide customers their best customer service.  It just a small store out of Philadelphia but with the help of YouTube Revzilla is competing with some big time companies.  The co-founders uploaded videos for the customers where they could learn the products that RevZilla was selling.  “With an ongoing YouTube promotion on their website, RevZilla tripled their subscriber base in just a few months” also they have “achieved revenue growth of 50+% for past 3 years.” (Case Study- RevZilla)

Berklee College of Music is dedicated to teaching music online.  They are based out of Boston but their goal was to increase exposure worldwide.  Berklee now utilizes a YouTube channel that “has over 300 videos, more than 33,500 subscribers, and over 16.7 million views.”  Berklee is not only teaching through YouTube they are also using it for marketing, by upload short videos to attract inspiring musicians.  While using YouTube Berklee was able to recruit “500 students from more then 40 countries.” This would have been impossible without YouTube and all the international users. (Case Study- Berklee)

 

Future Impact

Steve Rosenbaum is the CEO at Magnify.net and he believes that YouTube has too many videos.  The future for “YouTube is embracing the next phase of video. It’s called curation. A uniquely human activity that brings together often-diverse things, creates new experiences and makes content contextual.”  While the addition of curation may help organize and find videos easier most of YouTubes impact has already been seen but the advantages will always keep YouTube on top of the visual social media world. (Rosenbaum)

 

Works Cited

 

Ballard, Terry. Google This! : Putting Google And Other Social Media Sites To Work For Your Library.

Burlington: Elsevier Science, 2012. Ebook Library. Web. 16 Feb. 2014.

 

Brown, Scott. Social Information : Gaining Competitive And Business Advantage Using Social Media

Tools. Burlington: Elsevier Science, 2012. Ebook Library. Web. 16 Feb. 2014.

 

Case Study- Berklee College.” YouTube. Gooogle, n.d. Web.

Case Study- RevZilla.” YouTube. Google, n.d. Web

 

Ferris, Sharmila; Wilder, Hilary. The Plugged-In Professor : Tips And Techniques For Teaching With

Social Media. Burlington: Elsevier Science, 2013. Ebook Library. Web. 16 Feb. 2014.

 

Rosenbaum, Steve. “YouTube Plans Curated Future for TV.” The Huffington Post.

TheHuffingtonPost.com, 11 Oct. 2012. Web. 16 Feb. 2014.

 

YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 13 Feb. 2014