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Real Madrid to try and sign a Chelsea star that’s not Hazard

first_img Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 2 Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? TOP WORK Latest transfer news Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father REVEALED Paris Saint-Germain from Kante’s hometown are already keeping tabs on the France international, while there is reported to be interest from sides in Italy too.And now, according to AS, Real Madrid are also putting the wheels in motion to sign Kante this summer.The European champions have earmarked the midfielder as a prime target and they want a deal wrapped up quickly. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets RANKED IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LATEST LIVING THE DREAM moving on Kante is set to represent France at this summer’s World Cup, having helped them to the final of Euro 2016 Kante was named PFA Player of the Year as Chelsea won the Premier League in 2016/17 2 Kante, however, still has three years to run on his contract at Chelsea and he will be difficult to prise away from Stamford Bridge, as he is regarded as perhaps the club’s most important player alongside Eden Hazard.Kante was bought from Leicester in the summer of 2016 after helping the Foxes to the Premier League title, and he was named PFA Player of the Year in 2016/17 as Chelsea secured won the league championship. targets He made his international debut in 2016 and helped France to the final of that year’s European Championship, and he’s now preparing to represent Les Bleus at the World Cup. three-way race Real Madrid are preparing an audacious move for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante.The 27-year-old is in demand this summer as clubs believe he could be lured away from Stamford Bridge as the Blues failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti last_img read more

Erik Karlsson looking better, but will likely be tested in Game 3 vs Avs

first_imgSAN JOSE — Erik Karlsson’s end-to-end rush in the second period of Game 2 against the Colorado Avalanche was a good indication the two-time Norris Trophy winner is feeling better now than he has at any point in the playoffs.That’s obviously good news for the Sharks, because the offense Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen were able to generate Sunday was a good indication the Avalanche’s top line is starting to find a rhythm, as well.Rantanen was moved back alongside …last_img read more

Mandela’s wish for South Africa

first_imgNelson Mandela bade farewell to Parliament on Monday 10 May 2004 – 10 years to the day after he was sworn in as South Africa’s first democratically elected president.In a cynical world, Mandela said, South Africa had become “an inspiration to many. We signal that good can be achieved among human beings who are prepared to trust, prepared to believe in the goodness of people.” (Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation)Brand South Africa ReporterNelson Mandela bade farewell to Parliament on Monday 10 May 2004 – 10 years to the day after he was sworn in as South Africa’s first democratically elected president – urging South Africans never to forget their past, but to use it as a guide in overcoming the challenges still facing the country.His wish, he said, was that South Africans “never give up on the belief in goodness”.“Let us never be unmindful of the terrible past from which we come,” Mandela told a special sitting of Parliament in Cape Town. That memory should be used “not as a means to keep us shackled to the past in a negative manner, but rather as a joyous reminder of how far we have come and how much we have achieved”.The country’s history of division, injustice and suffering ought to “inspire us to celebrate our own demonstration of the capacity of human beings to progress, to go forward, to improve, to do better”.Read more: 72 days that shaped South AfricaMandela’s speech in fullTwo decades ago, Mandela was installed as head of South Africa’s government, with FW de Klerk and Thabo Mbeki as joint second-in-commands, during a decisive period that ultimately set the “rainbow nation” on its path to peaceful democratic rule.Decade of democracyTen years ago, the trio of Mandela, Mbeki and De Klerk unveiled a commemorative inscription at Parliament marking South Africa’s historic path as well as celebrating 10 years of democracy.A guiding principle in South Africa’s search for a non-racial inclusive democracy, Mandela said, “has been that there are good men and women to be found in all groups and from all sectors of society; and that in an open and free society those South Africans will come together to jointly and co-operatively realise the common good”.In a cynical world, Mandela said, South Africa had become “an inspiration to many. We signal that good can be achieved amongst human beings who are prepared to trust, prepared to believe in the goodness of people.“Historical enemies succeeded in negotiating a peaceful transition from apartheid to democracy exactly because we were prepared to accept the inherent capacity for goodness in the other.“My wish is that South Africans never give up on the belief in goodness, that they cherish that faith in human beings as a cornerstone of our democracy.”National unity“Let us refrain from chauvinistic breast-beating,” Mandela said. “But let also not underrate what we have achieved in establishing a stable and progressive democracy where we take freedoms seriously; in building national unity in spite of centuries of apartheid and colonial rule; in creating a culture in which we increasingly respect the dignity of all.”Mandela warned of the challenges still facing South Africa – in particular poverty, unemployment, and HIV/Aids – saying that democracy “must bring its material fruits to all, particularly the poor, marginalised and vulnerable. Our belief in the common good ultimately translates in to a deep concern for those that suffer want and deprivation of any kind”.Referring to himself as an “retired old pensioner”, Mandela – uncharacteristically dressed in a suit – told the assembled MPs that he was grateful to have been elected to lead the country during its turbulent years.“This old man . notes with immense satisfaction and pride today the persistence and strengthening of that spirit of generosity, magnanimity and confident hopefulness about the future of our nation.”‘A modest man’Mandela indicated that he would be retiring from his active lifestyle, which continued even after he handed the presidential reins over to Thabo Mbeki in 1999.Mandela also praised Mbeki, saying that no president or prime minister in South Africa’s history could “claim to have done more for the people and the country”.Mbeki, Mandela said, was “a modest man and I know he would prefer that I do not sing his personal praises, but his achievement as president and national leader is the embodiment of what our nation is capable of”.De Klerk, Mandela’s predecessor as president and the man who released the ANC leader from prison, told the members of the legislature that 10 May was “the day of Nelson Mandela, of Madiba . a man who towered out like a giant in this transformation, a man who has shown all of us what it means to really build reconciliation”.De Klerk, who retired from politics in 1997, praised all South Africans for their role in bringing about change in the country, asking them to join hands for further socio- economic transformation, saying the challenges were still huge. “We must ensure that South Africa becomes a winning nation.”Mandela left the chamber assisted by De Klerk, as the gathered MPs sang: “Rolihlahla Mandela, freedom is in your hands, show us the way to freedom in this land of Africa”.FULL SPEECH: Mandela’s final address to ParliamentAddress during a joint sitting of Parliament to mark 10 years of democracy in South Africa, Monday 10 May 2004, Cape TownMadam Speaker, Mister President, Honourable MembersWe are deeply moved and humbled by your magnanimous gesture in inviting us to address this joint session of the two houses of parliament. We are aware, Madam Speaker, that an exception to the standing rules had to be made in order to allow a retired old pensioner, who is neither a member of parliament nor the serving head of state of any country, to address you.We remember, Madam Speaker, that on this exact day ten years ago democratic South Africa celebrated its ceremonial birth with the inauguration of its first president and two deputy presidents.We recall the joy and excitement of a nation that had found itself: the collective relief that we had stepped out of our restrictive past and the expectant air of walking into a brighter future.The national climate was one of magnanimity and a great generosity of spirit. As a people we were enormously proud of what we had achieved, negotiating amongst ourselves a peaceful resolution to what was regarded as one of the most intractable situations of conflict in the world.Hope and confidenceWe were not unaware of or blind to the extent, depth and gravity of the challenges ahead of us as we set out on that day to transform, reconstruct and develop our nation and our society.However, the overwhelming feelings in those early days of democratic nationhood were of hope and confidence. We had miraculously – as many said – transcended the deep divisions of our past to create a new inclusive democratic order; we had confidence that as a nation we would similarly confront and deal with the challenges of reconstruction and development.Madam Speaker, this old man – who was greatly honoured by the nation and parliament to be elected founding president of democratic South Africa – notes with immense satisfaction and pride today the persistence and strengthening of that spirit of generosity, magnanimity and confident hopefulness about the future of our nation.Merely observing this parliament inspires national pride and confidence. We, the people of South Africa, the Preamble to our Constitution states, believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity. The make-up of this Parliament confirms that the people of South Africa had spoken in all its diversity, asserting the strength of our unity in diversity.Voice of the peopleAllow us, Madam Speaker to congratulate you, the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces and your deputies on your election to these important and prestigious positions in our democracy. Parliament is the voice of the people and you, the presiding officers, bear a heavy responsibility in ensuring that that voice is clearly heard in national affairs and that its role be protected and defended.Similarly, our congratulations to all the members of parliament in whom the nation has put its trust. Yours is the almost sacred duty to ensure government by the people under the Constitution.Madam Speaker, we also wish to extend congratulations to our president and to those that he has appointed as members of his national Cabinet and to the positions of provincial Premiers.I have said it so often, but want to repeat it here at what must certainly be the last time that parliament will bend its own rules to allow me to address it: no president or prime minister in the history of this country can claim to have done more for the people and the country than has been achieved by President Thabo Mbeki.National futureHe is a modest man and I know he would prefer that I do not sing his personal praises, but his achievement as president and national leader is the embodiment of what our nation is capable of. Public acknowledgement of his achievements is to affirm ourselves as a nation, to assert the confidence with which we face our national future and conduct ourselves on the international stage.Thank you, Mister President, for leading us with such vision and dedication to your task.Assuming, Madam Speaker, that Parliament is not cavalier about its own rules and that this is my last address to this House: what do I wish for our democracy in this second decade that we have entered?Let us never be unmindful of the terrible past from which we come – using that memory not as a means to keep us shackled to the past in a negative manner, but rather as a joyous reminder of how far we have come and how much we have achieved.The memory of a history of division and hate, injustice and suffering, inhumanity of person against person should inspire us to celebrate our own demonstration of the capacity of human beings to progress, to go forward, to improve, to do better.There are many theoretical debates about the meaning of democracy that I am not qualified to enter into. A guiding principle in our search for and establishment of a non-racial inclusive democracy in our country has been that there are good men and women to be found in all groups and from all sectors of society; and that in an open and free society those South Africans will come together to jointly and co-operatively realise the common good.Never give upMy wish is that South Africans never give up on the belief in goodness, that they cherish that faith in human beings as a cornerstone of our democracy.The first value mentioned under the founding principles of our Constitution is that of human dignity. We accord persons dignity by assuming that they are good, that they share the human qualities we ascribe to ourselves.Historical enemies succeeded in negotiating a peaceful transition from apartheid to democracy exactly because we were prepared to accept the inherent capacity for goodness in the other. We live in a world where there is enough reason for cynicism and despair.We watch as two of the leading democracies, two leading nations of the free world, get involved in a war that the United Nations did not sanction; we look on with horror as reports surface of terrible abuses against the dignity of human beings held captive by invading forces in their own country.Cynicism and despairWe see how the powerful countries – all of them democracies – manipulate multilateral bodies to the great disadvantage and suffering of the poorer developing nations.There is enough reason for cynicism and despair.But then we should take heart from our own experience and performance.Let us refrain from chauvinistic breast-beating; but let also not underrate what we have achieved in establishing a stable and progressive democracy where we take freedoms seriously; in building national unity in spite of decades and centuries of apartheid and colonial rule; in creating a culture in which we increasingly respect the dignity of all.InspirationIn a cynical world we have become an inspiration to many. We signal that good can be achieved amongst human beings who are prepared to trust, prepared to believe in the goodness of people.Poverty, unemployment, preventable disease and ill-health, and other forms of social deprivation continue to blot our landscape as we strive to give content to the democratic commitment of a better life for all. Nothing impairs the dignity of a person so much as not being able to find work and gainful employment. HIV/Aids continues to threaten our future in a particularly frightening manner.Our democracy must bring its material fruits to all, particularly the poor, marginalised and vulnerable. Our belief in the common good ultimately translates in to a deep concern for those that suffer want and deprivation of any kind.InclusivenessWe are inspired by the commitment that has emerged from all parties that have participated in the past elections. This parliament, leading into the second decade of democracy, promises to take seriously that contract with the people to improve their lives.We are impressed by the spirit of inclusiveness exuded by our legislature and our executive. We are warmed by the spirit of generosity that continues to characterise our nation and national efforts.Madam Speaker, we thank Parliament for this opportunity to greet the dawn of our second decade of democracy. We wish you well.May God protect our people.Nkosi sikelel’iAfrika. Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso.God seen Suid-Afrika. God bless South Africa.Mudzimu thatutshedza Afrika. Hosi katekisa Afrika.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

6 Brain Sensors You’ll Be Using Soon

first_imgRelated Posts First photo by Dierk Schafer. Last photo University of Utah Neurosurgery Brain Computer Interface (BCI) – a technology that creates a direct connection from our brains to our computers – is beginning to reach the market via toys and game controllers. In the process, these thought-controlled sensors are inspiring innovations that, for instance, allow you to call someone on your phone by simply thinking about them. From the first-ever thought-generated tweet, to the U.S. military funding the development of advanced prosthetic limbs, to implantable brain sensors, advancements in BCI are not only transforming the lives of people who are locked in because of total paralysis, but are ushering in an era where we will be able to build the Internet as fast as we can think.Here’s a snapshot of the stages of development that these technologies are currently in. Also see Marshall Kirkpatrick’s post The Internet Brain Implant: Why We Should Say No. And if you have an opinion or a favorite BMI-based innovation not mentioned please post it in the comments below. First Person to Think a TweetOn April 1, 2009 University of Wisconsin doctoral student Adam Wilson became the first person to think a tweet: “USING EEG TO SEND TWEET.” Wilson was wearing a cap that was connected to a standard electroencephalograph while staring at a screen of flashing letters. He wrote the software that connected his brain to Twitter in only a few days. According to the press release, “Wilson is among a growing group of researchers worldwide who aim to perfect a communication system for users whose bodies do not work, but whose brains function normally.” Time magazine recognized his work as the ninth best invention of 2009. Ever Thought About Hacking a Thought-Sensing Toy?Mattel’s MindFlex is a toy where you use your thoughts to move objects on a gameboard. The device is a headband with sensors on each side, as well as wires that that clip to your ear lobes. Thought signals read by the sensors control the speed of a fan that levitates a styrofoam ball. Once you learn to keep the ball aloft you can turn a knob that will guide the ball around an obstacle course. While this toy doesn’t yet connect to your computer it’s one of the first inexpensive mass-produced devices, along with Force Trainer to use a thought controlled chip. Beginning last fall, hackers began looking for a way to alter the MindFlex, and by March of this year the device was hacked to give users a severe electrical shock if they didn’t stay relaxed.NeuroSkyNeuroSky‘s first commercial product is a brainwave interface headset with medical-grade data acquisition capabilities. The device has a non-gel sensor and supports a Bluetooth headset with MP3 and VoIP capabilities. The first function of the headset was to help users pay attention and focus; subsequent upgrades now allow it to help users relax and meditate. If you’re inclined to design your own programs based on this device you can download the SDK, as well as learn more, here.EPOC’s NeuroheadsetWe featured the Emotive EPOC neuroheadset in our Smart Clothes You’ll Be Wearing Soon post. The device features 14 saline-based sensors and a gyroscope. Primarily marketed to gamers, the device also helps people with disabilities regain control of their lives. Included with the device is the EmoKey, which is a lightweight application running in your computer’s background. It allows you to map out thought-controlled keystrokes. This headset is the preferred device of the Dartmouth Mobile Sensing Group, which created a brain-to-mobile interface that allows you to call your friends by thinking about them.Injectable Brain ImplantsIn the future, instead of wearing headsets we’ll have the option of getting implants. One of the devices being developed is a 1.3mm “multi-contact brain probe” that is injected into you. Dr. Jon Spratley from the University of Birmingham says the device consists of four coiled antennas that are 1mm across. Once implanted, they unfurl on the surface of the motor cortex portion of the brain. Signals from the sensor are sent to a 16mm receiver that is placed in the hole left behind by the needle. Spratley says that this will allow “patients with conditions that lead to severe communications difficulties or muscle control problems to be able to control communications devices and other computer controlled aids.” Electrode Arrays, Prosthetics and Military Investment Tiny electrodes physically plugged into a person’s brain was an idea made possible by the 100-electrode Utah Electrode Array at the University of Utah. This device literally plugs into the brains of people who are paralyzed so they can map out new ways to communicate. According to this month’s Neurosurgical Focus, the university’s latest research suggests that sensor advancements now make it possible for the instrument to sit on the surface of the brain rather than penetrating it. This new, less-invasive technique considerably extends the current 10-year life span of the previous 100-electrode array. This research is funded in part by the Pentagon’s $55 million investment in thought-controlled prosthetic limbs. Some of the military’s most advance thought-controlled software technologies might find their way to the public sector via this research program. deane rimerman A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Internet of Things#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Events and Competitions Coordinator – TouchWest

first_imgThe successful applicant will be employed full time, however the hours of work will be flexible due to travel and weekend work. This diverse role will see you responsible in providing leadership and support overall direction and management for the delivery of TouchWest Events and TFA competitions. Salary range for the position is $35,000 – $50,000 depending on qualifications and experience for the role. Applications close COB Friday, 18 June 2010. Applicants should email a one page letter of introduction addressing qualifications and experience along with a resume containing details of referees to [email protected] Please find attached a copy of the job description. Related Fileswa_events_and_competitions_coordinator-pdflast_img read more

Five get three years in jail for animal cruelty

first_imgMuzaffarnagar (UP), Apr 10 (PTI) A fast-track court in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat district has convicted five people of animal cruelty and sentenced them to three years of imprisonment. Fast-track court judge Abid Shamim on Tuesday also slapped a fine of Rs 10,500 on each of the accused — Kapil, Alijan, Ashraf, Yusuf and Tehseen — after holding them guilty under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. According to prosecutor Anuj Dhaka, on July 13, 2016, police intercepted a truck during checking and recovered 16 live animals and a dead buffalo at Bhadal in Baghpat, following which a case was registered.last_img read more

Arsenal bid to reverse slump as Brighton fight for survival

first_imgLondon: Arsenal have one foot in the Europa League final but know they cannot afford the luxury of taking it easy in Sunday’s match against struggling Brighton as they chase a Premier League top-four berth. Unai Emery’s team have wobbled badly in the league in recent weeks, losing four out of their past five matches after putting themselves in a strong position. They are two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with two matches remaining, the first at home to Brighton on Sunday and the second away to Burnley the following week. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju But they still have two chances to reach next season’s Champions League — by winning the Europa League or moving up a place from their current position of fifth in the Premier League. Arsenal lead Valencia 3-1 ahead after the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday. Victory in that competition guarantees entry into the Champions League next season. Emery, who said reaching the Champions League again after an absence of two seasons is the club’s “first objective”, is aware that he is not in control of the situation.last_img read more

How The Atlanta Falcons Offense Went From Good To Great

The Atlanta Falcons had the NFL’s most explosive offense this season, racking up yards and points with efficiency and balance. As a result, the Falcons are the NFC’s No. 2 seed in the playoffs, quarterback Matt Ryan is a leading MVP candidate and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is reportedly interviewing for four different head-coach openings.The Falcons led the NFL in many offensive metrics this season, finishing No. 1 in points per game (33.8), yards per play (6.7), per-drive scoring rate (52.6 percent) and Football Outsiders’ offensive DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average).But Ryan, Shanahan, star wideout Julio Jones and the Falcons’ dynamic tailback duo of Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman were all in Atlanta last season, and the Falcons finished below or around the league average in all of those categories.So what has transformed an underperforming offense into the most effective unit in the NFL?Nearly every element that has made the 2016 Falcons offense special was on display in Week 12, when they welcomed a hungry, talented Arizona Cardinals defense. Despite their struggles with consistency, the Cardinals ended up finishing first in sack rate (8.1 percent), second in yards-per-play allowed (4.8), ninth in per-drive scoring rate (32.1 percent) and 10th in per-drive turnover rate (13.0 percent).The Cardinals received the opening kickoff and then drove for a touchdown, putting Ryan and company in a 7-0 hole. How the Falcons offense answered is a microcosm of how it’s dismantled NFL defenses all season long.Anchoring the run gamePerhaps the best free-agent acquisition of the offseason, center Alex Mack — the second-highest rated center in the league, according to Pro Football Focus — has transformed the Falcons’ line, providing a vital boost to the team’s pass protection and run-blocking. And his leadership on the team has set the tone for the Falcons’ young offensive line, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff told me during an August interview on SiriusXM’S “NFL Inside Read.”On Monday, Falcons head coach Dan Quinn called Mack a “real critical factor in what we do and how we play.” That was evident on the second play of the Falcons’ opening drive against the Cardinals in Week 12.On a zone run to the left, Mack (No. 51) engaged and overwhelmed Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell (No. 93). Freeman (No. 24) cut behind Mack’s block and exploded through the opened seam:Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/538_falcons_mack-1.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Football Outsiders’ offensive line metrics rank the Falcons 10th in Adjusted Line Yards (4.09), up from 15th (3.82) last season. The balance provided by being able to run the ball is keeping the Atlanta offense on schedule and the chains moving; the Falcons’ run game was third in expected points added (+22.12) this season, up from 31st in 2015 (-62.96).Outstanding receiver playJulio Jones’s raw numbers this season were down from 2015, when he was a first-team All-Pro and led the league with 1,871 yards on 136 catches. But his efficiency is up significantly, and the Atlanta offense has been better for it. During the 2016 regular season, Ryan targeted Jones on 24.2 percent of his pass attempts, down from his force-fed 33.1 percent rate in 2015. The effectiveness of new receivers Mohamed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel, plus the continued impact of Freeman and Coleman out of the backfield, means that the entire Atlanta offense doesn’t have to run through Jones anymore. With Jones free to concentrate on beating defenses deep, his yards per catch exploded from a career-low 13.8 last season to 17.0. That’s Jones’s highest mark since his rookie season (17.8), when he was a high-powered complement to veteran No. 1 Roddy White.Ryan’s accuracy and ball placement haven’t been markedly better this season than in the past, as Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus wrote, but his receivers are getting open more often and catching the ball much more reliably.Gabriel (1st), Jones (2nd) and Sanu (34th) all rank among the top 35 receivers in DVOA, reflecting the per-play value each delivered on passes thrown their way. But Ryan’s collection of weapons is so robust that even down-roster players make big contributions. On the opening drive against Arizona in Week 12, rotational wideout Justin Hardy made a spectacular catch that turned an incomplete pass into a 27-yard gain:Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/538_falcons_hardy.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Dictating matchupsBut watch the Hardy catch again: The tight end goes in motion right, then turns around and sprints out to the left flat. The offensive line sells a zone run to the right, only for Ryan to sell a play fake and roll back to the left. Hardy’s two-move route takes him with the run action, then upfield, then back out to move with the quarterback.All-Pro Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson should have no problem covering a fourth-string wideout one-on-one, but his eyes are checking on the run action. By the time he gets his head around and watches Hardy make a second move, there’s too much separation for Peterson to recover. Ryan puts it high, and Hardy makes an outstanding catch.Throughout the drive, Shanahan uses motion, spread formations, bunch formations and varied personnel packages. Sanu lines up outside, inside — even as a Wildcat quarterback, fooling a linebacker with a read-option keeper:Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/538_falcons_sanu_b.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Any offensive coordinator can install a bunch of goofy looks and pre-snap window dressing. But Shanahan is dictating matchups and getting players open.Aggressive coachingThe 11-play touchdown drive (discounting a defensive penalty on the Cardinals’ 2-yard line) seems like a master class on how to execute a scripted game plan against a stout defense.But the Falcons’ offense did fail at one point in the drive. Peterson sniffed out a screen to Freeman on a 2nd-and-4 play from the Arizona 44, and on the next play, Coleman was stopped three yards short of the sticks.A 4th-and-3 in opponent territory? Other NFL head coaches might punt the ball away and surrender possession, but Quinn went for it. Shanahan dialed up a rub route, and Sanu made a drive-saving catch.The Wall Street Journal named Quinn the fourth-most-aggressive head coach of 2016, factoring in fourth-down decisions, play-calling and special-teams decisions. By pressing his talent and scheme advantage, Quinn is maximizing his chances of winning.It’s not just that Ryan has cut his interceptions down this season, from his career rate of 2.4 percent to 1.3 percent. It’s not just that the offensive line is playing much better, receiver depth is dramatically improved or that the coaches are getting optimal results from the available talent. It’s all of these factors coming together to challenge NFL defenses on every front — and make the Falcons look as ready as anybody to make a Super Bowl run.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more