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Europe to get universal gluten-free symbol for packs

first_imgAs sales of ‘free-from’ goods rocket, the UK’s leading coeliac body has sealed a Europe-wide agreement to promote one universal front-of-pack symbol for gluten-free products.Currently, a confusing mish-mash of logos dominate branded and own-label bakery food packs, but the Association of European Coeliac Societies has agreed to adopt Coeliac UK’s ‘cross-grain’ symbol to standardise gluten-free labelling across Europe.  The aim is to promote the logo as the universal quality standard for gluten-free products. Sarah Sleet, chief executive of Coeliac UK told British Baker, “We have just concluded a European-wide agreement to share the symbol and its quality assurance measures.“It has huge potential as the commonly-used symbol on packs, because all coeliac consumers recognise it. In the UK, while we have licensed that symbol to the likes of Warburtons, the supermarkets have gone their own way and produced their own symbols. “My colleagues in Europe are getting a lot of interest from big players like Carrefour and the German discounters, who are looking to take up that symbol licence. That may put pressure on supermarkets in the UK to adopt it too.”Within Europe, the UK has the largest percentage of consumers who avoid gluten as part of a health-focused diet and lifestyle. The total UK gluten and wheat-free market is now worth £135.9m, with sales soaring 15.5% year on year (Kantar Worldpanel data, 52 w/e 4 September, 2011).Qualitative research on gluten-free consumers conducted by McCallum Layton (Sep 2011) supported calls for a clear, industry-wide symbol, with interviewees complaining of ambiguous pack symbols and product labels that require careful study. Similarly, a survey conducted at The Allergy & Gluten-Free Show 2011 found that 80% of people thought ‘free-from’ symbols were helpful, with 85% wanting to see specific logos such as ‘wheat-free’ flashed on the front of products.“I think it would be hugely beneficial for consumers if there could be some agreement about logos,” said Michelle Berriedale-Johnson, editor of gluten-free information website Foodmatters. “The current situation is both confusing and potentially dangerous for those with health issues; it’s just confusing for everyone else.”last_img read more

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A Year In Review: Rex-A-Vision 2017 Video Wrap-Up (Part 2)

first_imgOver the past year, I’ve worked as Live For Live Music’s videographer, traveling around the country to film and share videos of countless concerts. As 2017 winds to an end, here is the second part of a two-part series dedicated to collecting my favorite clips from the past twelve months. Also, in 2018, I will be focusing more of my energies on raising money for children stuck in months-long hospital visits. Click here for more information and to donate. Enjoy the videos below!A Year In Review: Rex-A-Vision 2017 Video Wrap-Up (Part 1)The Russ Liquid Test | New Tune | 6/2/17 | Purple Hatter’s BallThis video from the Russ Liquid Test stands out, as the balance between the electronica and on-the-spot live instrumentation is excellent.Clusterpluck All-Stars | “Midnight Rider-Amos Moses-Sailing Shoes-Holy Ghost Building” | 6/23/17 | ClusterpluckLeftover Salmon‘s Drew Emmitt and the mayor of the “FestiVAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL” land himself, Vince Herman, know how to organize a pick-off. This is what happens when you add Larry and Jenny Keel, the entire Jon Stickley Trio, and the Rev. Jeff Mosier to the mix!moe. | “The Chain” | 6/30/17 | moe.down Music FestivalAfter a two-year hiatus, we were all overjoyed to see the return of the moe.down music festival and the promise of three straight nights of long sets and guest stars. The video version of Fleetwood Mac‘s “The Chain” below saw Hayley Jane and Ryan Montbleau joining the band for an impassioned take on the 70’s classic.moe. | “We Are famoe.ly” | 7/1/17 | moe.down Music Festivalmoe.down’s traditional day set, the annual “Kids Parade,” and the subsequent takeover of the stage is one of the best moe.ments each festival. This year, bassist Rob Derhak’s daughter led on vocals and charmed even the hardest of hearts with this disco-era fave!Elephant Revival | “Have A Cigar” | 7/14/17 | Northwest String SummitThis clip of Elephant Revival covering Pink Floyd‘s “Have A Cigar” is the result of a variety of botched attempts to film the band doing their hushed and reverent version of the tune finally working out.Yonder Mountain String Band | “Echoes” | 7/15/17 | Northwest String SummitFor close to two decades now, Yonder Mountain String Band has hosted the Northwest String Summit at Horning’s Hideout just outside Portland, Oregon. The band always pulls out something special for the crowd and this year was no exception, thanks to their nearly spot-on cover of the Pink Floyd classic “Echoes.”Todd Snider | “The Ballad Of The Kingsman Trio” | 7/16/17 | Northwest String SummitA native to the region, Todd Snider brought his idiosyncratic blend of song and wryly observational tall tale to the Northwest String Summit. He won hearts and minds of new fans and plastered appreciative smiles on the faces of those already hip to his music with this iconic tale of government hysteria at its finest.Sideboob | “Straight Up” | 7/13/17 | Northwest String SummitThe ladies of the Shook Twins teamed with Allie Kral of Yonder and seemingly every other lady on the Northwest String Summit’s lineup for a GIRL! power tribute to 90’s classics. The sing-a-longs alone made this one of the best sets of the weekend!Greensky Bluegrass with Sam Bush | “The Four-Bringing In the Georgia Mail” | 8/18/17 | HoxeyvilleHoxeyville has sort of become, by default, a Greensky festival, and watching them play host and welcome heroes like Sam Bush onstage makes it all the better. The delight shown by Anders Beck as he trades licks with Sam Bush simply can’t be faked.Greensky Bluegrass with Larry Keel | “Rain Jam” | 8/18/17 | HoxeyvilleI filmed this during a raging storm that caused Greensky Bluegrass’ Larry Keel Hoxeyville sit-in to go from a full-band electric affair to a guitars-only defiance of the elements.Porter, Skerik & Dillon | “Is It Nature’s Rock N’ Roll?-Ain’t No Sunshine” | 9/23/17 | Brooklyn Comes AliveWhen you put together the funkiest man alive, George Porter Jr., and the improvisational funk madmen, Mike Dillon and Skerik, you get a once-in-a-lifetime blend of in-the-moment music that speaks to many folks’ cores. Turn it up, and let these guys speak truths you haven’t heard.Herbie Hancock Tribute | “Hang Up Your Hangups” | 9/24/17 | Brooklyn Comes AliveOne of the coolest aspects of the Brooklyn Comes Alive festival is the mix-and-match nature of the event. Rather than booking bands, they book artists, often pairing them with other players they generally wouldn’t or haven’t stood alongside in the past. To help promote some sort of structure, they often use legendary artists to serve as a musical common cause and to guide the set . With that in mind, check out the action on this Herbie Hancock jam from BCA.Roosevelt Collier | “Amazing Grace-Churchin’” | 9/23/17 | Brooklyn Comes AliveThe death of Charles Bradley cast a dark cloud over the Brooklyn Comes Alive Festival—at least until sacred steel wizard Roosevelt Collier got onstage and took the crowd to church. Mixing “Amazing Grace “alongside more traditional hymns is a specialty of Collier’s, and he showed a dexterity of the body and spirit that will serve him well on his path to true greatness.Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn | “BanjoMingle.com” | 10/12/17 | Roots RevivalI had to include this hilarious interaction between the husband-and-wife banjo (and apparently comedy) duo of Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn. The music they made was, as always, heartfelt and lush. But the silliness and execution they showed on their impromptu banjo dating site testimonial was as good as anything they did with their instruments.The Wood Brothers | “River Takes The Town” | 10/14/17 | Roots RevivalFor this Wood Brothers tune, the band tipped me off to make sure to be on time and recording early, as this was a brand-new song that they wanted people to be able to hear after the show!Col. Bruce Hampton Tribute | “I’m So Glad” | 10/15/17 | Roots RevivalThe second and final Col Bruce Hampton tribute on the list comes from the closing-day Suwannee Roots Revival set filled with his friends and past bandmates. They closed down they proceedings with a fittingly time Col Bruce classic, a rollicking cover of “I’m So Glad” that had everyone in the Spirit Of The Suwannee either fighting back tears or getting down and dirty on the dance floor. Heck, I’m pretty sure if you look close enough you can see folks doing both.Umphrey’s McGee | “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” | 10/26/17 | HulaweenIn a year of stellar Pink Floyd covers, this Umphrey’s McGee rendition of  “Shine On” will go down as the heaviest by far. The band literally shook the land—though the EDM act on the main stage might have had something to do with that…Ween | “Take Me Away” | 10/30/17 | HulaweenWeen might not be for everybody, but I bet they have at least one song everyone loves. This version of “Take Me Away” seemed to be the crowd favorite of what I managed to record, so hopefully, the broad smiles and bliss I saw on the faces around me will end up on your faces as well.String Cheese Incident | Cover Set | HulaweenThis is another one of those “You had to be there” moments for me. While filming these tunes, a wonderful crew of volunteers helped me fight off giant inflatables so I could film the mayhem from as close as safety and sanity would permit! Thanks to all of those who made these videos possible, but to that bunch of loonies in particular!The Benevento/Russo Duo with Mike Gordon | “Scratchitti” | 10/27/17 | HulaweenThe crowd at Hulaween got a super special treat during the festival when bassist Mike Gordon of Phish joined The Benevento Russo Duo for a smokin’ version of “Scrachitti.”Yonder Mountain String Band | “Don’t Fear The Reaper” | 10/31/17I got to the show early to say hi to the Yonder Mountain String Band and heard them rehearsing a few special covers for the Halloween show that was coming, including this Blue Oyster Cult classic. The added bonus of their long-serving sound man on cowbell during the song was comedy gold though.North Mississippi All-Stars | “You Got To Move-Need To Be Free-Meet Me In The City” | 11/18/17 | Big Orange FestivalThis trio of jams from The North Mississippi All-Stars is included for more than just their kick-ass sound. It was truly wonderful to film such great music with such a lovely sunset behind the stage!Karl Denson | “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More” | 11/18/17 | Big Orange FestivalKarl Denson and his backing band, Tiny Universe, have booked a number of Allman Brothers tribute shows for next year, including a highly anticipated one for next year’s Wanee Music Festival. With such high profile versions of this show coming up soon, it was fun to get this little taste of what the sax player and his crack band could do with such legendary material.JJ Grey & Mofro | “Brighter Days” | 11/18/17| Big Orange Music FestivalAnytime JJ Grey has the mic, the show is in danger of turning into something resembling an old-school tent revival, and that is not a bad thing whatsoever! Songs like “Brighter Days” are tailor-made for Grey’s brand of preaching and get the crowd more ready to face life’s many challenges with fresh hope in their hearts. Mike Dillon | “Opener” | 12/4/17 | Aisle 5 | Atlanta, GAMike Dillon makes the list again, this time for his monumental tour closer with special guest, moe.’s Jim Loughlin. Loughlin and Dillon have a long history of working together, and with moe. on temporary hiatus, it was wonderful to watch the chemistry that has developed between these percussive pioneers as they pursued sonic excellence together in the most chaotic way possible! Turkuaz | “Change” | 12/8/17 | Nashville, TN | Exit/InThe last show I filmed this year was Turkuaz’s show in Nashville (save the New Year’s Eve show). Great vibe in the Exit/In, great sound, great musicianship, and best of all, incredible showmanship from the band themselves.last_img read more

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Purpose Does Not Emerge from Neurons

first_imgA neuroscientist just doesn’t get it.Sunday Editorial by David CoppedgeGuillaume Thierry, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at Bangor University, should do some homework before entering The Conversation about purpose in life. He proposes a simplistic answer: “Life’s purpose rests in our mind’s spectacular drive to extract meaning from the world.” Anyone see a problem here? Let him have his head for a moment:What is the purpose of life? Whatever you may think is the answer, you might, from time to time at least, find your own definition unsatisfactory. After all, how can one say why any living creature is on Earth in just one simple phrase?For me, looking back on 18 years of research into how the human brain handles language, there seems to be only one, solid, resilient thread that prevails over all others. Humanity’s purpose rests in the spectacular drive of our minds to extract meaning from the world around us.For many scientists, this drive to find sense guides every step they take, it defines everything that they do or say. Understanding nature and constantly striving to explain its underpinning principles, rules and mechanisms is the essence of the scientist’s existence. And this can be considered the most simplified version of their life’s purpose.If Thierry thinks he has identified the source of purpose in life, his answer is about as satisfying as a liberal preacher’s sermonette, “The meaning of life is to live a life of meaning.” It’s a tautology: a pretended explanans that contains nothing beyond the explanandum. Yes, humans have a spectacular drive to extract meaning from the world around us. How did that evolve?To say that ‘our purpose is to extract meaning’ is no different than to say that ‘our meaning is to derive purpose.’ Now what?Recently, we have been able to show that even an abstract picture – one that cannot easily be taken as a depiction of a particular concept – connects to words in the mind in a way that can be predicted. It does not seem to matter how seemingly void of meaning an image, a sound, or a smell may be, the human brain will project meaning onto it. And it will do so automatically in a subconscious (albeit predictable) way, presumably because the bulk of us extract meaning in a somewhat comparable fashion, since we have many experiences of the world in common.Thierry’s job is to explain how this purpose arose, not just to describe it.The drive of humans to understand is not limited to just language, however. Our species appears to be guided by this profound and inexorable impulse to understand the world in every aspect of our lives. In other words, the goal of our existence ultimately seems to be achieving a full understanding of this same existence, a kind of kaleidoscopic infinity loop in which our mind is trapped, from the emergence of proto-consciousness in the womb, all the way to our deathbed.None of this contradicts the view of the theologian who argues we show these traits because we are created with imago Dei, the image of God. And yet Thierry appears to describe “our species” as a matter of animal behavior which, for Darwinians, demands an explanation.Thierry’s views on theology or evolution are not clear from his brief autobiographical statement. But if materialists or atheists think they have something to latch onto in order to explain this exceptional human trait, they will be grasping the wind.He briefly endorses the view that information is fundamental to the universe, referring to John Archibald Wheeler’s famous quip, “It from bit.” But is information equivalent to matter, or something different?Information – that is atoms, molecules, cells, organisms, societies – is self-obsessed, constantly looking for meaning in the mirror, like Narcissus looking at the reflection of the self, like the molecular biologist’s DNA playing with itself under the microscope, like AI scientists trying to give robots all the features that would make them indistinguishable from themselves.This, again, is tautologous and unsatisfying. Who is the real being, Narcissus looking at his reflection, or the reflection looking at Narcissus? Unless one is really autonomous with free will and choice, no one could say. They would both be manifestations of the behavior of atoms.Perhaps it does not matter if you find this proposal satisfying, because getting the answer to what the purpose of life is would equate to making your life purposeless. And who would want that?An escape from reason should be beneath the dignity of a university professor. Thierry needs to escape from his infinite loop and and escape to reality. He needs to find a worldview that can account for all this. Who is the “it” that”wants” purpose in life? It’s not language. It’s not molecules. It is a being with a conscience, knowing that he has been endowed by his Creator with a desire for purpose.(Visited 331 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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How to Choose a Metal Roof

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Metal roofing has a long history in the U.S. but until 20 years ago it was a bit player in residential construction with just a 3.6% share of the reroofing market. That number has roughly quadrupled since then, according to an industry trade group, as metal claims an increasingly larger slice of the pie.What happened? Product offerings are more extensive than the simple corrugated panels that have long been used on barns and sheds. Metal roofing is available in a range of styles — from several kinds of standing seam to a variety of stamped metal shingles that look like slate, clay tile, and even asphalt. Paint and stone coatings are more sophisticated and more durable, giving roofing a very long service life while appealing to homeowners with a variety of aesthetic preferences.The industry also is working harder to win over consumers who once thought that metal roofing was too hot, too heavy, noisy, or prone to rust, says Dick Bus, president of ATAS International and head of the Metal Roofing Alliance. “Those myths are gone, and people want to reroof with something that has some permanence to it,” he said. “Metal roofing that’s properly installed can last upwards of 50 to 60 years or more.”Metal roofing may never catch up to asphalt in the residential arena simply because of cost. Light gauge, through-fastened panels might be competitive with asphalt on a simple roof shape, but the industry acknowledges that a standing seam or metal shingle roof can be two or three times the initial cost of asphalt. Still, manufacturers think they can continue expanding on the strength of other attributes: long-term performance, recyclability, high fire resistance, and low maintenance.Steel and aluminum are the two most common and least expensive metals used for residential roofing. “On about 80 percent… last_img read more

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Chromebook Sales Expanding Despite Tablet-Leaning Market

first_imgreadwrite Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Finding a Chromebook from Google has never been particularly hard to do, since they’ve been available at Best Buy and Amazon for quite a while. But now Acer’s $199 model Chromebooks have gotten even more prolific, now available on the shelves of 2,800 U.S. Wal-Mart stores.The expansion of Chromebook inventories doesn’t stop there, according to Google’s blog post yesterday. Starting this weekend, Staples will have Chromebooks from Acer, HP and Samsung in every one of its 1,500-plus U.S. stores.Expansion is coming to other markets as well, wrote David Shapiro, Director of Chromebook Marketing:In addition to Dixons in the UK, now 116 Tesco stores are selling Chromebooks, as well as all Media Markt and Saturn stores in the Netherlands, FNAC stores in France and Elgiganten stores in Sweden. In Australia, all JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman stores will be carrying Chromebooks for their customers as well.See also HP TouchPad is Clever, Not a KillerWhile sales numbers of Chromebooks have not been made available, the numbers must be at least decent enough for Wal-Mart, Staples and the rest of these retail outlets to be interested in selling them. Clearly, a repeat of the HP TouchPad debacle is not happening here.Is the Chromebook about to succeed in a market that seems to lean hard on tablets? Thinking about getting one yourself? Let us know.Image courtesy of Google. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Chromebook#Google#now center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

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Brendan Rodgers predicts exciting times ahead for Leicester City

first_imgNew Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has promised his players there are “special things on the horizon” after watching them beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 in the Premier League on Tuesday.Rodgers’ appointment was confirmed an hour before kickoff, with the Northern Irishman replacing Claude Puel, who was sacked on Sunday after a seven-game winless run in all competitions.The former Celtic boss was given a warm reception by Leicester’s fans as he took his seat in the King Power Stadium and watched on from the stands as Demarai Gray and Jamie Vardy both scored for the Foxes.”He spoke to the lads in the dressing room. He was proud of them and liked the spirit. He promised them there are special things on the horizon,” interim Leicester manager Mike Stowell told reporters.”The atmosphere has lifted with a win and with the new manager. I’m sure he’ll bring a lot of good things and he’s got a lot of staff with him. It’s exciting times.”Leicester’s first win since New Year’s Day moved them up to 11th in the league table, above Bournemouth, who play Arsenal on Wednesday.Rodgers, who returns to the Premier League for the first time since being sacked by Liverpool in 2015, will be in the Leicester dugout for Sunday’s league trip to Watford.Also Watch:last_img read more

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Nova Scotia wont pay to exhibit works of famed photographer Annie Leibovitz

first_imgHALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government says it won’t ante up to help the provincial art gallery exhibit an iconic collection of Annie Leibovitz photographs, even as the gallery continues negotiations with the famed American photographer.Culture Minister Leo Glavine had said in May it “wouldn’t be out of the question” that the province could consider helping the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia pay the exhibition fee to showcase the collection, though he said no request had been made to the province.But Glavine now says the government isn’t prepared to spend provincial dollars to get the works on display.“So at this stage no, we are not making any offer of a monetary position,” Glavine said.Toronto’s wealthy Mintz family donated the multi-million-dollar collection of Leibovitz photographs in June 2013, but they have been stuck in storage at the Halifax gallery as a tax battle waged with Ottawa.The Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board ultimately turned down a series of requests to grant the collection of more than 2,000 photos a stamp of cultural significance, thus withholding lucrative tax incentives to the art donor and the final payment to Leibovitz, which is more than $2 million.Glavine said art gallery CEO Nancy Noble has been trying to negotiate a resolution for the last year. Noble was not available for comment on Friday but in an emailed statement, gallery marketing director Colin Stinson said discussions were ongoing with “Ms. Leibovitz’s team.”“No decisions have been made at this point in time — the gallery will provide an update to Nova Scotians as soon as we have new information to share,” he said. “Sharing the work of this iconic and celebrated artist remains a priority for the gallery and for government.”Karen Mulligan of the Annie Leibovitz Studio also declined Friday to shed light on the situation.“Unfortunately, due to confidentiality reasons, we are not able to provide comment,” Mulligan said in an email.The influential works include an introspective image of the Queen and a portrait of a pregnant Demi Moore.Other works include Whoopi Goldberg bathing in milk, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as the Blues Brothers, and a striking photo of a naked John Lennon and Yoko Ono hours before the musician was gunned down in front of his New York apartment.The Mintz family had purchased the art for an estimated US$4.75-million, with half held back pending the outcome of the cultural panel. But the photos have an appraised value closer to $20-million, Toronto art lawyer Aaron Milrad has said.Glavine said Thursday he believes there is a “real desire” by the art gallery and Leibovitz’s representatives to have the works on display.But he said the Mintz family should be responsible for the outstanding bill.“The deal was made with the Mintz family and not so much with the Government of Nova Scotia,” Glavine said.last_img read more

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The Browns Need A Great QB Which Is Why They Didnt Draft

The Browns Need A Great QB Which Is Why They Didnt Draft

Again, you can see that QBs who are consistent contributors are concentrated very early in the draft – so much that, by the time you get 30-40 picks into the draft, a QB’s expected contribution drops below Brock Osweiler/Cody Kessler levels.It’s amazing to me that Osweiler has spent three years on the bench, played reasonably well for half a season, and played badly enough in his only year as a full-time starter that his team gave away draft picks to avoid paying him – and yet, for all that, he has had above-average production for a second-round draft pick. That’s why you don’t reach down for QBs in the draft.The three quarterbacks taken high in the draft may yet prove to be as good as their draft positions suggest. Projections are often wrong, and NFL teams presumably know how to evaluate talent. You’d think as much, anyway. But reaching down in the first round hasn’t worked out very well of late. ESPN’s scouting gave Trubisky, Watson and Patrick Mahomes grades of 89, 88 and 85, respectively. Since 2009, six quarterbacks with grades lower than 90 have been selected in the first round, and a quick “where are they now” isn’t pretty: Christian Ponder, Josh Freeman, Brandon Weeden, Tim Tebow and Teddy Bridgewater did not play in 2016 (whether on account of poor play or injury), while E.J. Manuel had 131 yards passing (for the season) as a backup in Buffalo.And again, the Browns already have two players on their roster who have performed like late-first-round QBs!Of course, it’s always a gamble – and I have nothing against gambling – but part of being a good gambler is understanding the odds you’re getting. If the Browns thought none of these prospects was worth betting the franchise on (putting them in agreement with projections), their first-round choices were prudent. The Cleveland Browns entered the 2017 NFL draft with a haul of draft picks and a dire need for a quarterback. Yet, despite rumors swirling for days that the Browns might use their No. 1 overall pick to take North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (ESPN’s 27th-ranked prospect), they were conservative and selected the draft’s top prospect, Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett. By the end of the round, the Browns still didn’t have a QB, having passed up the chance to take Deshaun Watson in the 12th spot, as well.So how could the Browns, pick-rich and desperate, fail to pick up one of the top QBs available in the draft? This has been cause for some criticism. For example, here’s ESPN’s Kevin Seifert:But failing to use any of [their draft picks] on a high(er)-end quarterback will doom them in the short- and mid-term. Unless you think the Browns can grow with 2016 third-rounder Cody Kessler or — gasp — recent acquisition Brock Osweiler, it’s difficult to see how they can move forward while continuing to slow-play the position.I see this type of argument made a lot: A team that needs a QB needs to take a QB. But it isn’t quite that simple. Quarterbacks are almost always high-risk prospects, and investing in a bad quarterback can kill a franchise just as easily as not having one.It’s a bit of a cliche, but there is only a small group of people walking this earth who are capable of playing quarterback for the NFL. And most QBs taken in the draft aren’t among them. QBs have long careers, and (by definition) there are only 16 at any time that are better than average starters.Most are not Tom Brady. Brady, a sixth-round choice in 2000, almost single-handedly gives late-round picks everywhere hope. But most successful quarterbacks entered the league as top prospects. For example, of the 37 QBs who started at least five games last season, nine were former No. 1 overall draft picks (of 12 drafted in the Brady era1Brady was the only starting quarterback last year who was drafted before 2001.). Another eight came from picks 2-10 in the draft (of 14 taken in the Brady era), and four came from later in the first round (of 19).2Two were undrafted, though the pool of undrafted would-be NFL QBs is impossible to measure.Of the 211 QBs drafted in the Brady era, what share from each round were in starting roles last year? That chart may look like taking a QB at the top of the draft is even more imperative. But the key point is that, after the blue-chippers, things get dicey. So when you’re sitting in a blue-chip draft position (as the Browns were), and you don’t see any blue-chip QBs, taking the next-best thing doesn’t get you a rough approximation of a blue-chip QB. It gets you something substantially different.OK, that’s just a snapshot of where things stood last season using a crude (though dramatic) metric. Ultimately, a QB doesn’t contribute just by playing games, he contributes by playing well in them. (Though one, of course, can certainly follow from the other.) While I generally still think QB value is a mystery, there are some metrics – such as ESPN’s QBR – that at least try to divide credit between a QB and his team.Using the QBR breakdown, we can estimate how many points each QB has contributed to his team’s scoring. Here’s the average QBR points above replacement contributed by QBs depending on where they were drafted, from 2006 to 2016: read more

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