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first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) scrambles as Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) pursues during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Passing the eye test is one thing. The Arizona Cardinals’ defense certainly did that in 2015.But putting a number on their success, especially in one specific category, helps to understand how good they are compared to the rest of the NFL.When it comes to finding a “sneaky strength” of Arizona’s defense last year, nothing stood out more from a statistical sense than the Cardinals’ ability to stop opponents on third-and-long. Based on Football Outsider’s defense-adjusted value over average statistic, Bruce Arians’ team was the best in third-and-long situations, and it isn’t particularly close.The Cardinals were far and away the best third-and-long defense with minus-97.6 percent DVOA, well ahead of second-ranked Houston and its minus-61.7 percent DVOA.That means Arizona was 97.6 percent better than the average team in a given situation. The statistic is based on several situational variables, including location on the field, score differential, quarter, the quality of the opponent and their ability in a given situation.The DVOA may be abstract, but it’s easy to understand why the second-best team in the NFL appeared far from matching Arizona’s third-and-long success.From cornerback to defensive end, the Cardinals’ defense was well-rounded in 2015. Its ability to blitz at such a high frequency, and the defensive backs’ competency to lock up downfield targets, likely had to do with opponents struggling to convert in third-and-long situations against Arizona. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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first_img by  O’Shea Bowens Page: 1 2This article originally appeared on MORE ON by  Tarra Jackson by  Roz A. Gee Featured Stories The Capital One Breach – Here’s What You Need to Know In the movie Baby Mama, Dax Shepard plays Carl, a quirky man who calls himself an “inventor-slash-entrepreneur.” When Carl meets Tina Fey’s character, he laments that he hasn’t yet hit a business home run: “I mean, when I saw the iPod the first time … I could have kicked myself.”[Related: The 3 Things That ‘Really’ Make Goals a Reality]The world is full of Carls. They think that billion-dollar ideas come from strokes of genius. But true entrepreneurs understand that the real value of an idea comes from its execution.When a great idea strikes, your first impulse is to leap into action. But if you’re thinking of building an app, you need to make sure your concept is sound and that you have the necessary resources to outsource its development or hire an in-house developer. Here are six questions you must ask before giving a project the green light:What Is Your Vision?Before hiring developers, make sure you have a specific vision for your business and concrete goals for the app. According to Richard Branson, experts advised the Virgin Group against expanding into other industries. The behemoth did it anyway, and has since started more than 400 companies. Branson himself is now worth $4.9 billion. How did he succeed? By developing a clear vision that enhanced people’s lives.I’ve met founders who want to make the next big something, but they don’t know what or why. That’s a huge red flag. Remember: a development team can bring your idea to life, but the vision must come from you.Do You Have the Funding?Whether you keep the work internal or outsource, app development is expensive. Developers’ salaries can range from $107,500 to $161,500, and hiring a development firm can be even more costly.TechCrunch found that the average iOS app costs $6,453 to build, but more complex or noteworthy apps can cost thousands more. Make sure you have the necessary capital upfront so you don’t run out of funds mid-project. Your funding must match your ambition. If you’re targeting a significant market, you need significant funds. If you don’t have them, focus your ambition on something achievable. Showcase an MVP that solves a real need for a small group. Then, use that to raise the funds for the next level of ambition.Who Is Your User Base, and Will They Be Interested?It’s critical to know everything about your target demographic before bringing in a development team. You need to understand the user’s journey and where and when he will engage with your app. Most of all, your app needs to enrich lives by solving a problem.What Does the Competition Look Like?Does your app fill a void, or are you diving into a saturated market? Will you be competing with a host of mediocre apps or dethroning a successful incumbent? Either way, you need to spend time with your competitors’ apps to determine how to differentiate your offering.(Continued on next page)Page: 1 2 Contributors Maryland Tech Company Pays It Forward To Local Small Businesses What’s New in TechnologyLatest News for EntrepreneursOur Best Videos Contributors Millennials, Are You On ‘FIRE’ to Retire? be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 read more