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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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Seems a little odd that of all the people analyzing the Diaz-Silva fight, I havn't heard a single mention of the fact that Diaz will be fighting at 185 for the first time in his career.

Does anyone think this might be a better weight for him ?

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Werdum was training in a place without power, so they hooked up a gas generator, trained, and went to bed. They woke up in the middle of the night with headaches and started puking. Went to the hospital, doctors said if they stayed asleep 2 more hours they would've died.

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http://mmajunkie.com/2014/10/cain-velasquez-out-mark-hunt-fabricio-werdum-set-for-interim-title-at-ufc-180?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

 

UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is injured and unable to fight Fabricio Werdum at UFC 180, a UFC official today confirmed to MMAjunkie.

 

Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole first reported that the champ injured his knee and Mark Hunt has stepped in to fight Werdum for the interim title at the pay-per-view event in Mexico City. UFC brass subsequently made an official announcement.

 

A source close to Velasquez’s camp also confirmed the injury and said the fighter injured his right meniscus. Velasquez was benched for several months in 2012 after injuring his knee prior to a TKO loss to Junior Dos Santos at UFC on FOX 1.

 

UFC 180 takes place Nov. 15 at Arena Mexico in Mexico City. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. Velasquez, as a Mexican-American champion, was to be the long-talked about major draw for the UFC for its first event in Mexico.

 

Cain stay injured smh.

 

 

Would be pretty awesome if Hunt held a title, even if it is an interim belt. All fights still start on the feet, he has to land that killshot before Werdum ties him into the world's largest pretzel.

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Bull****, I know JDS already lost twice to Cain, but Hunt doesn't deserve it. Also, the UFC apparently ****ed up Cung Lees drug test, he was innocent.

JDS is booked with Miocic, a fight Junior already pulled out of. When you look at it not as a JDS fan but from a UFC marketing perspective it makes sense: they need to build up other contenders-like Miocic & pulling him from a fight with JDS again means you have to reschedule that fight before a title fight since all other competitors at 265 aren't all that. If JDS wins the interim belt, do you really want to see JDS Cain 4? As a JDS fan that might be a yes but not too many other people do.

If Hunt somehow wins-and Dear God, Buhdda, Vishnu, Mohammed & Ron L Hubbard PLEASE let me see hunt with gold around fat belly- then you have 2 fights for Cain lined up with Hunt & Werdum waiting in the wings.

If JDs wins you get a fight you can't sell but at least if Hunt wins you have options. Hunt was also looking for a fight.

I gotta laugh, I pointed this out a while ago with how shallow the talent is at 265, all it takes is one injury to a key fighter to throw the whole division into a panic.

As for Cung, that's what happens when you pay the cheapest non accredited lab in Hong Kong to do your lab tests. I work in the lab business & have heard of that lab, it's like 1 step above taking a home pregnant test at that place, hardly any actual lab techs at all, just a bunch of machine operators who would have no way to verify anything-if machine says yes, then it's a yes, so I'm not that surprised.

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Bull****, I know JDS already lost twice to Cain, but Hunt doesn't deserve it. Also, the UFC apparently ****ed up Cung Lees drug test, he was innocent.

 

"deserve" is a word rarely followed in the fight game

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Are we really expected to spend money on UFC 179 this weekend? Spend my Saturday at friggin' Hooters? Looks like another card I'll be reading the play by play of. Won't even start reading 'til the co-main.

Jose Also vs. Chad Mendes

Glover Teixeira vs. Phil Davis

Fabio Maldonado vs Hans Stringer

Darren Elkins vs. Lucas Martins

Carlos Ferreira vs. Beneil Dariush

Really?

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Are we really expected to spend money on UFC 179 this weekend? Spend my Saturday at friggin' Hooters? Looks like another card I'll be reading the play by play of. Won't even start reading 'til the co-main.

Jose Also vs. Chad Mendes

Glover Teixeira vs. Phil Davis

Fabio Maldonado vs Hans Stringer

Darren Elkins vs. Lucas Martins

Carlos Ferreira vs. Beneil Dariush

Really?

 

UFC went with the "quantity over quality" model, and this is the result. I love everything about Aldo's game, but I'm not paying $55 for that card. Lately I haven't even bothered "streaming" the weak PPV's. 

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UFC went with the "quantity over quality" model, and this is the result. I love everything about Aldo's game, but I'm not paying $55 for that card. Lately I haven't even bothered "streaming" the weak PPV's.

Like I eluded to a little while back, the WEC was free. Aldo was merking fools even worse back then. The cards were better than this one. Heck, there are free cards these days better than PPVs. It's baffling.

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Maldonado was getting dominated for nearly 2 rounds, as Stringer's strategy to take it to the ground and keep it on the ground, seemed to be working perfectly. But in an ironic twist, Maldonado, known for his boxing, flipped position on the ground in a snap, and within a matter of seconds grounds and pounds Stringer to a 2nd round TKO. Quite a comeback in a very sharp turn of events. Then Anderson Silva, jumps onto the cage fence, and hugs and congratulates Maldonado.
 

And speaking of Silva - after an easy UD win over Texieria - Phil Davis just called out Anderson for his next fight,

Said he wants to keep up his streak of beating up Brazilians

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Phil Davis rules, that is all.  I refuse to listen to counter-arguments ;)

 

With a claim like that, now I don't feel so crazy and embarrassed to admit that I have bought into the hype of the great Conor McGregor, and that the little man will soon be champ. :)

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And I agree with you.  The Irish in me wants McGregor to succeed as well.  They're at different weight classes so I have no issues there.

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Conner's a wildman, him vs. Aldo would be epic. I say do it now before anything happens. Like Aldo losing or getting injured, or Siver pulling the big upset. Who knows? Huge, enormous, insane fight that would be. Has July 4th weekend written all over it.

I can see either guy winning via TKO, I give Aldo the edge going the distance.

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