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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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Mighty Mouse seems to be getting better.  He does pretty much everything well but he used to be all about the judges score cards, now he has finished three fighters in a row.  

 

Look out world, Demetrious is going to make you care about flyweights.   

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Haha, gotta watch this fight. Gotta watch this card!

You know what is CRAZY though, Anderson Silva grabbing Chael Sonnen's shorts in their second fight. It was for a stupidly long time. He softened Chael up a lot as he did it.

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Kennedy was bending the rules himself with that flurry to end the 2nd round:

 

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I saw that too, must be why Big John decided to give Yoel the benefit of the doubt. 

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Kennedy's directing his anger at the wrong one, should be more pissed with the ref than anybody.

 

Exactly. I did not like it, but the worst thing that would have happened was a point deduction. It would not have mattered in the end. It might be a little bit of poor sportsmanship, but Big John needs to be a little more proactive there.   

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http://sports.yahoo.com/news/dana-white-conor-mcgregor-bigger-200002202.html

 

 

"He's a legit force, bigger than I've ever seen," White told Ariel Helwani after the fight. "Bigger than Brock Lesnar. Let's just say we're way over budget. The numbers, we attributed it to Conor."

 

White also confirmed that McGregor was bigger than "king" Georges St. Pierre.

 

Dana just can't help himself......

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He loves stretching the truth, that's for sure. 

 

 

One thing I can say though is that McGregor gives the 145lb division a much-needed boost of excitement. Featherweight's had its moments but Aldo isn't the most exciting champ to represent the weight class. 

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Kennedy was bending the rules himself with that flurry to end the 2nd round:

 

 

 

 

 

What am I missing here? Is there a rule I don't know about that's being broken in that video? (Did not watch the event.)

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What am I missing here? Is there a rule I don't know about that's being broken in that video? (Did not watch the event.)

 

He is holding on to his glove with one hand and pummeling him with the other.

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He is holding on to his glove with one hand and pummeling him with the other.

 

 

Fishhook on the wrist.

 

 

 

Thanks, gents. I was unaware that you can not do that in MMA. 

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Thanks, gents. I was unaware that you can not do that in MMA. 

 

Its rare that it happens while standing, but I've heard refs warn fighters while grappling to not grab the gloves like that.

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Its rare that it happens while standing, but I've heard refs warn fighters while grappling to not grab the gloves like that.

 

Yep, I was thinking that was the only time I have seen it while standing. 

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Cung Le tests positive for HGH:

 

http://www.mmafighting.com/2014/9/30/6876375/cung-le-tests-positive-for-hgh-at-ufc-fight-night-macao

 

 

Not that we needed a test to know that he was juiced out of his mind. 

 

Yeah, that is the least surprising suspension ever. It is unfortunate, but I don't think anyone was caught off guard by that one. My first thought when i saw it yesterday, was "at least he lost the fight." There would have been a lot more controversy if he actually won. 

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Rory Mac vs. Tarec Saffedine tonight on FS1

 

Not much interest in the rest of the card, but I'll watch the main event.

 

If Tarec can keep it standing, he's got a shot at pulling the upset. Picking Rory Mac by 2nd Round (T)KO.

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