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      In today's Divisional Debacle, the Defense under Greg Manusky in the first half, gave up 207 yards of offense (105 rushing/102 passing) and two touchdowns.  That said, they did manage a single INT on which the Offense actually managed to score a touchdown off of. They allowed 12 of 16 passes to be completed . 
       
      In the second half it was 107 yards given up (58 rushing//49 passing) a field goal and a touchdown. They traded their first half pick for a second half sack. However, Dallas completed all five of their pass attempts. 
       
      Don't read that thinking "Well it seems like they tightened up some in the 2nd half."  They didn't. They simply had about half the plays in the second half. 30 plays in the First and 18 in the Second.
       
      So far in two Divisional matchups, the Defense has faltered in the Second half. They start out like a house of fire for the first few drives until their opponents gradually make adjustments. This Defensive coaching staff fails make any adjustments, whether in game or at the very least at Halftime. They've given up over 30 points per game for a total of 63 points given up in two games. While the Bears are up next, the Pats await and they've put up over 70 points in two games. Yeah. Ok. They did shut out the Dolphins today which is looking like the NFL version of ... ahem... shooting fish in a barrel. 
       
      The frustrating thing is Manusky is the DC that the Front Office actively looked to replace during the off season without firing him. When you know they're looking to replace you, most people would make a concentrated effort to show an improvement. Yet Manusky's Defense still keeps acting like it's starring in Groundhog Day.
       
      In his post game presser, when asked directly about if any coaching changes would be made, Gruden said "No, I think after two games – you’re talking about playing two very good offensive football teams and two of the best offensive lines in pro football we just played back-to-back. That’s no excuse whatsoever, but I don’t think we need to hit the panic button yet. We just have to continue to focus on what we can do better to win. Get Jonathan [Allen] in here, get a couple of our corners back in here and let’s go back and strap it up against Chicago [Bears] next week and see what happens.” 
       
      Here's another frustrating thing. The defensive communication was an issue last season as well. Wasn't this supposed to have been worked on during OTA's and Training Camp? It's understandable that the rookies would still be on a learning curve, but NFL vets like Collins and DRC you'd think they would have down by the start of the season. 
       
      Gruden said they're a very talented group on Defense but that they weren't reaching them. When questioned as to why the coaching staff that has been in place for several years, wasn't reaching them, he defended the comment as them being a young defense. “We have some moving parts now. Landon Collins is a veteran guy but this is his first year, [Montez] Sweat’s in his first year, [Cole] Holcomb, it’s his first year, [Jon] Bostic is in his first year. We’re playing Dominique [Rodgers-Cromartie] at corner and this is Jimmy Moreland’s first year, so it’s not like we are the most experienced group. We feel like were very talented, but we`re still fighting through somethings. There are a lot of things to look forward to, without a doubt, but we do have to play better and strap it up and get back to work."

       
       
       
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If you have a hotel with an infinite number of rooms, it is possible for every room to be occupied and for there to always be a vacancy at the same time.

No.

How come girls sleep with you than call you an ass when you dont call em for a week?

Beer.

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I want to retire from life and live on a Greek island and eat goat cheese, fish that I have caught, and drink good local red wine.

No tv, no computer, no cell phone...just the water by my feet, good food, local people, and the beautiful land...and someone who loves me just for me with all my hangups and neuroses.

Oh and a bar during the football season that I can watch my Redskins games on. :cheers:

That's it - that's all I need.

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Sometimes when I play PS3 Madden 08 online with my friend, I let my 14 play for me cause he is awesome at it. Then I take credit for the win.

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There are times when I feel the breezetunnel bend above my head. My dead grampa speaks to me through broken records. It buzzes crystal bounces over the green hills. There is a spring that reflects into cloud masses that dripp mysteriously from the sky. The doves beneath catch the tears. It's a weightless drop that hits the ground and subsequentially becomes a life form. It sprouts and splashes into an absorption of the found sequence. The solution. It's eternally heavy headed, like a siren on a cerebral pack.

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You know you and your friends drink too much when one starts a story about a particularly debuacherous night, and another one adds "oh yea, thats the night i ran into a tree" and then the question has to be asked "in a car or on foot?" :laugh:

Even better is when the answer is "on foot." :laugh:

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Yesterday I discovered for the first time radio legend Jack Fleming. Great WVU football / basketball announcer back in the day.

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Yesterday I discovered for the first time radio legend Jack Fleming. Great WVU football / basketball announcer back in the day.

WVU is going to name their pressbox in the football stadium in honor of him pretty soon.

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Not all thoughts should be threads. :D

Yeah, I'm sure that somebody cracked that by page 30, but it really wouldn't be worth my time to check.

My real random thought: most people probably aren't really as bad (or, if you're naive like me, then "as good") as we think they are.

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I love the fact that for some reason people believe that they somehow have some power over whether I answer their questions or not because they ask something in a really stupid way. Like Im somehow going to get worried or nervous over some chatter on here.

And I love how people want intelligent conversations yet throw around words like "foolish" and "childish" like they expect you to respond well to it.

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The small pointy eyed rabbit chops on the granola bar with its two front teeth. ya ya ya. If you like skipping, dee dee, follow the pointy eyed rabbit. Thumper is his name. Hit the ground with his two thumpy feet. But don't flatten me son.

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