first_img Comments   Share   LISTEN: Rashad Johnson, Cardinals safety It didn’t happen overnight, but during the course of Rashad Johnson’s career with the Arizona Cardinals, the team has come to be known for its defense.The change can probably be traced to the 2011 season when Ray Horton was hired as the defensive coordinator. That year, the Cardinals improved from 29th in the NFL in total defense while allowing 27.1 points per game to 18th, while surrendering 21.8.Arizona’s improvement on that side of the ball continued in 2013 when Horton was replaced by Todd Bowles, as the Cardinals finished sixth in the league in total defense while allowing 20.3 points per game. Last season the team was just 24th in total defense but fifth in points per game allowed, with an average of 18.7. Your browser does not support the audio element. Johnson pointed to Tyrann Mathieu, who is listed as a safety but can play corner, Jerraud Powers, a corner who can play all over the field, and Deone Bucannon, a safety who helps out at linebacker. There’s also safety Tony Jefferson, who seems to have taken his game to another level this season.“Tony, he’s been developing every year, getting better,” Johnson said. “We all saw his athleticism as a rookie, but now he’s starting to understand the game even more. His physical style of play and his versatility as well has only allowed him to stand out each and every week. He’s getting better each and every week.“It’s crazy, all the guys we have in the secondary are all starters. It’s crazy that some of us don’t get opportunities to play every snap because we’re all good enough to play every single snap, we just unfortunately are all on the same team right now. But if we were on different teams, we would all be starters in this league.” – / 14 Four games into this year, with James Bettcher leading the way as defensive coordinator, the Cardinals are 15th in total defense and fifth in points allowed per game.The catalyst for Arizona’s stout defense is a ball-hawking secondary, of which Johnson is a part. The safety picked off two passes in Sunday’s 42-17 win over the Detroit Lions, giving him a team-best three on the season. As a team, the Cardinals have picked off an NFL-leading 11 passes. Along with Johnson’s three, Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson have intercepted two, while Jerraud Powers, Tony Jefferson, Justin Bethel and Cory Redding each have one apiece.“I would have to say this defense is a special one,” Johnson told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Monday. “I can say that the secondary is the best secondary that I’ve played with in my career. Just as the whole unit — there’s been some very special players that I’ve played with, of course Adrian Wilson  is probably by far the best player I ever played with in the secondary.“But as a total unit, there hasn’t been a unit that I’ve played with that gelled together that are as smart as we are, that are instinctive with ball skills. It’s just a very, very special group that can be as versatile as they can.” Top Stories center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) leads free safety Rashad Johnson, right, after Johnson intercepted a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_imgAbove: Tesla’s Model S (Image: Tesla)The EPA rates efficiency in terms miles per gallon equivalent, or MPGe. This can be useful for comparing different models, but it doesn’t give a precise picture of efficiency, as the formula used to calculate it relies on average fuel cost figures. More analytically-minded consumers may prefer to look at a vehicle’s direct efficiency rating, which can be expressed in kWh per 100 miles or in miles per kWh.Whatever metric you choose to use, you’ll find that Tesla vehicles offer significantly better efficiency than competitors of similar size. The recently released Jaguar I-Pace has a 90 kWh battery pack, 234 miles of range, and an EPA combined rating of 76 MPGe. The larger and heavier Model X with a 75 kWh battery offers 257 miles of range, and earns a 93 MPGe rating. Fox News reports, “Tesla clearly holds a significant advantage in power management, and should continue to do so through next year when the Audi e-tron, which is similar in size to the I-Pace, joins the fray with a 95 kWh pack and a range that’s likely to be less than 250 miles.”Efficiency is important for a car buyer because it affects the total cost of ownership. As is the case with a gas vehicle, a more efficient car costs less to drive (although the cost difference is relatively small, as electricity costs on average about a third what gasoline does). Above: Tesla’s Model 3 (Flickr: Markus Spiering)The cocky Californians cocked a snook at Audi’s upcoming AWD-equipped e-tron, pointing out Model 3’s energy efficiency of 4.1 miles per kWh, and noting that “our current or upcoming AWD (2019) competition is expected to achieve 2.4 to 2.8 miles of EPA range per kWh.” But wait, there’s more (there usually is): “Model 3 has far better energy efficiency while also providing the quickest acceleration (0-60 mph in as little as 3.3 seconds) and the highest top speed (155 mph). Additionally, the curb weight of Model 3 long range RWD is only 3% heavier than its gas powered equivalents.”===Written by: Charles Morris*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here. OFFICIAL: Jaguar I-Pace Range Just 234 Miles, MPGe Figures Disappoint Source: Electric Vehicle News See Tesla Battery Technology Explained In This 3-Part Video Series Above: Tesla’s Model X (Image: Tesla)Efficiency can also be a competitive advantage for an automaker (as Toyota or Honda would doubtless agree). If you consider the figures cited above, you’ll notice that Tesla’s superior efficiency allows it to deliver more range with a smaller battery pack. The company called attention to this in its third quarter investor letter, noting that efficiency is “an extremely important metric as it allows an EV to reach a long EPA range even when using a relatively small, inexpensive battery pack.”During the earnings conference call, Elon Musk expanded on the subject, telling analysts that not only are Tesla’s powertrains the most efficient, but its batteries are also cheaper to produce. As InsideEVs noted, Tesla has been improving its battery packs and powertrains for the last 15 years, while the legacy carmakers waited to see what would happen.It’s not just Model X that outclasses the competition in the efficiency department. Model 3 has earned an EPA rating of 116 MPGe, surpassing the 2016 Nissan LEAF (112 MPGe) and rivalling the smaller Chevy Bolt (119 MPGe). There are a few other EVs that beat Model 3 in efficiency, but as Tesla pointed out in its earnings report, none has all-wheel drive. Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 9, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News TESLA BEATS BIG AUTO’S EVS IN EFFICIENCYIn marketing materials and press coverage of EVs, the first spec cited is usually range – the distance a car can travel on a single charge. Now that a new generation of EVs offers enough range for most drivers’ daily needs, prospective buyers should also start looking at efficiency – the amount of energy a car consumes per mile.*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Charles Morris. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.Related Content: Tesla’s Efficiency Edge Speaks Volumes For Its Engineering Leadlast_img read more