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first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and quarterback Josh Rosen (3) talk it over prior to an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) “Josh, as he and I spoke the other day — just got to do a much better job of keeping his eyes down that field. Don’t worry about that rush,” Cardinals coach Steve Wilks said on Monday. “Because when he does, he’s pretty effective.“I’m really trying to pull out the positives. When you look at a young guy like this and the situations he’s been put in, I think he’s trending forward. The two-minute — quarterbacks in this league have to be able to operate in two-minute, and he’s shown the ability to do that.”Barnwell tends to focus more on the context around Rosen, including the offensive line that last week started three rookies and a receiving group that hasn’t gotten open.According to NFL Next Gen Stats, 34.4 percent of Rosen’s throws have gone to open receivers, which is last among players with at least 200 passing attempts. Barnwell also points to the numbers surrounding running back David Johnson’s use in the passing game, which haven’t changed much since Leftwich took over for McCoy.It’s fair to wonder whether the Cardinals could do more to create easy throws for Rosen. He hasn’t seen any sort of jump under Leftwich’s tenure. David Johnson’s usage rate in the passing game hasn’t changed much; after averaging 19.1 routes and 4.3 targets per game before McCoy’s firing, Johnson is averaging 18.3 routes and 5.2 targets per game under Leftwich.What’s the fix? 18 Comments   Share   Related LinksCardinals LB Deone Bucannon stays in the moment as free agency loomsWilks and Rosen clash … over who has the best holiday decorationsHe and the team know it’s not an ideal situation around him.ESPN’s Bill Barnwell agrees and in his rookie quarterback report card said he hasn’t seen any signs of bad habits from Rosen through 10 starts.If anyone deserves a mulligan out of this group, it’s Rosen. The 21-year-old UCLA product is already on his second offensive coordinator after Mike McCoy was fired and replaced by Byron Leftwich. Perhaps more importantly, Arizona has somehow lost each of its five starting offensive linemen, which is close to unprecedented for an NFL offensive line.…The most promising part of Rosen’s development remains his footwork, which is remarkably consistent. He just looks comfortable in the pocket, even as pressure whizzes by him. Rosen isn’t going to be much of a scrambler, but he already has superb instincts for when and where to step up in the pocket and create a throwing lane. If anything, he might be too focused downfield and take more coverage sacks than the Cardinals would want.Arizona’s coaching staff is well aware of Rosen’s best qualities.Some of the quarterback’s most eye-popping throws have come under pressure, when his head is up as he steps up into a collapsing pocket. His best series have come in crunch time. Rosen needs to find a better rhythm to improve his accuracy, and Barnwell puts that on the coaching staff. Adding weaponry would go a long way as well.The Cardinals have to throw more on early downs and give Rosen easier completions. If the current staff isn’t creative enough to create safe throws for its young quarterback, he’ll need a new offensive coordinator. If Fitzgerald retires this offseason, the Cardinals would suddenly have the worst set of receivers in the league.All in all, the numbers for Rosen this year don’t mean much.Look at the NFC West rivals in Los Angeles, for example. Rosen’s statistics through 10 games (55.4%, 6.08 YPA, 10 TDs, 12 INTs) look similar to Jared Goff’s in seven games of his rookie year with the Rams (54.6%, 5.31 YPA, 5 TDs, 7 INTs).A head coaching change was the biggest reason behind the uptick in Goff’s production in the two years since his rookie season (63%, 8.28 YPA and 55 TDs, 18 INTs).And that leads to wondering how the Cardinals approach the offseason when it comes to coaching staff decisions that could alter Rosen’s career trajectory. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The numbers rarely look good for a rookie quarterback.It’s hard to project players by looking at their first season on the job, which is why the Arizona Cardinals have hardly felt the need to criticize or nitpick Josh Rosen, the No. 10 selection in the 2018 draft. They know he has enough pressure on him.And he knows on-paper improvement will come as he gains experience and comfort.“I definitely need to throw to our team a lot more, in all facets,” Rosen said with a no-duh tone this week. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

FilmTrack a softwareasaservice SaaS rights

first_imgFilmTrack, a software-as-a-service (SaaS), rights and content management firm for the film, video and television industry, has closed a US$20 million (€15 million) equity investment round from Insight Venture Partners.FilmTrack said it will use the funds to “support rapid growth” as it looks to expand its global roster of clients. As part of the deal, Insight managing directors Peter Sobiloff and Nikitas Koutoupes will join FilmTrack’s board of directors. The company also announced that Michael Lang, who has been a strategic advisor to the company since 2012, has joined FilmTrack’s board.FilmTrack provides business and technology solutions to more than 100 companies including he Weinstein Company, Focus Features, Miramax, Lionsgate, Screen Australia and Starz.last_img read more

Reed Hastings Netflix CEO and chairman Reed Hastin

first_imgReed HastingsNetflix CEO and chairman Reed Hastings has kept hold of both roles, after shareholders at its annual general meeting reportedly rejected a motion that would have separated the two positions.According to a Wall Street Journal report, 53% of shareholders voted against the resolution to create an independent chairman, with a spokesman telling the paper “Netflix has demonstrated extraordinary long term success under the leadership of Reed and the board.”Last year, a similar proposal to divide the CEO and chairman roles – which Hastings has held since Netflix went public in 2002 – reportedly passed with 73% of the vote, but no action was taken.The WSJ reports that shareholder resolutions seeking an independent chairman “tend to win strong support, but rarely pass.”According to a New York Times report, two big proxy advisory firms, Institutional Shareholder Services and Glass, Lewis & Company, as well as two prominent pension funds, backed the request for an independent board chairman.Separately, Forbes reported yesterday that Hastings is now the first “on-demand billionaire” with his personal wealth now valued at more than a billion dollars thanks to a surge in Netflix’s share price this year.Hasting’s stock and options in the company are now estimated to be worth more than US$900 million, while his other assets are said to include around US$120 million in post-tax profits from stock sales over the past five years.last_img read more

MTG has invested in 11 US and European gaming and

first_imgMTG has invested in 11 US and European gaming and interactive entertainment startups since launching its US$30 million gaming investment fund last November.Jørgen Madsen LindemannThe company’s portfolio includes content, tools and live experiences spanning online gaming, eSports and virtual reality, with MTG now claiming to be one of the most active investors in the gaming sector.“The gaming ecosystem is made up of many platforms, titles, publishers, leagues, teams, influencers and tech, and MTG is assembling the most promising players in this sector under one roof,” said MTG’s head of games and eSports, Arnd Benninghoff.“Our portfolio of international companies strikes a healthy balance between established and high-potential companies that are turning their passion into successful business.”MTG’s investment portfolio includes two investment companies: early-stage eSports investor BITKRAFT Esports Ventures; and a VC fund that invests in games and game services, called Play Ventures.On the platform front it has invested in Playfull, an ad platform that connects advertisers and gamers; AppOnboard, a demo platform that lets mobile users experience apps without needing to download them first; and Boom, a livestream gaming platform that connects influencers and communities.In the VR space, MTG has invested in Nomadic, a US-based firm that offers location-based virtual reality experiences, while in the gaming market it has invested in Pheonix Labs, a studio that creates original multiplayer titles like Dauntless.Additionally, MTG has made smaller investments in companies like: eSports learning app Blitz; voice-controlled games company Volley; live streaming solution Mobcrush; and Runtime, a performance nutrition firm targeted partly at the gaming space.“MTG has proven to be an attractive partner for young companies that recognise our values-driven entrepreneurial culture,” said MTG president and CEO, Jørgen Madsen Lindemann.“With a rich history in multi-platform storytelling – and having operated a robust media business that has consistently outpaced the industry – we offer entrepreneurs a meaningful partnership and synergy benefits.”MTG launched its dedicated gaming fund last November with a plan to invest in five to 10 companies annually over three years.“Investments will be made in an early stage in companies that bring strategic value to MTG in the areas of online gaming, eSports and gaming-focused virtual and augmented reality,” said MTG in a statement at the time.last_img read more