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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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Why does it need changing? (and I'm not) (but boysetsfire is)

Possibly going to the draft day party then the DCU game.

I'm thinking about going to the game this weekend as well

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Why does it need changing? (and I'm not) (but boysetsfire is)

He decided to play for Honduras instead of the US. But since (I assume) you care about how Honduras does, no need to change it. He is a real talent and I am not over the fact that he won't be running down the wing for the national team.

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I'm thinking about going to the game this weekend as well

Yea just let us know if you end up going

He decided to play for Honduras instead of the US. But since (I assume) you care about how Honduras does, no need to change it. He is a real talent and I am not over the fact that he won't be running down the wing for the national team.

Funny you should say that...

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That is me at a DCU game 2 summers ago, right after Andy got a goal. Sign reads "We love you Andy" with a US flag.

I'm not bitter, though. Never really believed he'd choose the US over Honduras. Especially considering there was no guarantee he'd get his citizenship in the short term, or even a spot on the US national team.

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^^^LOL my g/f and I were at that game with Ren and boysetsfire. Remember that? I'm probably blocked in that picture by Ren's sign. I was standing right behind you guys

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^^^LOL my g/f and I were at that game with Ren and boysetsfire. Remember that? I'm probably blocked in that picture by Ren's sign. I was standing right behind you guys

Haha and I think that was the Galaxy game. If so, I also had a thank you Landon and Edson sign. Surprised I didn't get punched bringing that into the Barra.

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Haha and I think that was the Galaxy game. If so, I also had a thank you Landon and Edson sign. Surprised I didn't get punched bringing that into the Barra.

Yea it was the Galaxy game right after Landon got back from the World Cup. Haha I remember you had to hide it behind the Andy Najar sign because when we got to our seats one of the Barra was like "what the hell does that sign say?!"

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Refs love handing out cards, even if Chelsea goes through they'll be missing Terry and Ramires for the championship.

To be fair Terry deserved a red - you just can't do that in the modern game. You would have been lucky to get away with it in the 70's.

Backs to the wall for the second half fior Chelsea - they HAVE to try to defend higher up the pitch ......

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To be fair Terry deserved a red - you just can't do that in the modern game. You would have been lucky to get away with it in the 70's.

Backs to the wall for the second half fior Chelsea - they HAVE to try to defend higher up the pitch ......

Oh yeah when you knee someone like that it's a auto RED.

Chelsea's hope is going turtle and play the long ball.

---------- Post added April-24th-2012 at 04:01 PM ----------

are you guys streaming the game anywhere?

http://livetv.ru/en/eventinfo/115978_barcelona_chelsea/

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Dangerous tackle from Lampard, lucky he's not send off.

50 Million dollar man Torres steps on for Drogba.

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Dangerous tackle from Lampard, lucky he's not send off.

50 Million dollar man Torres steps on for Drogba.

It was 50 million pounds - so circa 75 million dollars.

If Chelsea can hang on for another 5 minutes it will be a remarkable achievement .

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Chelsea is dominating in the air, Barca can't do anything against that 10 men D.

---------- Post added April-24th-2012 at 04:36 PM ----------

Torres pays off with the deciding goal. WOW

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When Messi misses a PK you know that it's just not meant to be for Barcelona...

It did seem that it was Chelsea's night - but even then to come back from 2-0 down and with 10 men to claw back and then hang on was a great effort and they showed real desire and spirit.

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We will probably have both underdogs playing the final. If Bayern qualifies, the Germans will have the homefield advantage and Chelsea will miss Terry, Mereiles, and Ramires.

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We will probably have both underdogs playing the final. If Bayern qualifies, the Germans will have the homefield advantage and Chelsea will miss Terry, Mereiles, and Ramires.

Terry, Mereiles and Ivanovich are the guys who will be suspended for the final. Cahill might not be fit either if it's a hamstring pull he had.

They can manage without Mereiles and Ivanovich as they have cover for them - but sorting the centre defense positions is going to be a challenge.

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Terry, Mereiles and Ivanovich are the guys who will be suspended for the final. Cahill might not be fit either if it's a hamstring pull he had.

They can manage without Mereiles and Ivanovich as they have cover for them - but sorting the centre defense positions is going to be a challenge.

You're right I forgot Branislav Ivanovic, 4 to 5 players missing that's a lot, but quite an interesting challenge. I hope the substitutes will fit in, and that we will have a very good game to watch.

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Depressing night. Barcelona have nobody but themselves to blame over the two legs.

Now here's to Munich tomorrow night, and again in the final on their own turf. (Thought that was NEVER gona' happen again UEFA after '84? ..... 28 years later ..... )

Bayern winning a 4th European Cup, beating the rent boys in the process; and Bob remaining as the only manager to win 3 will be a sweet end to the season.

Hail.

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Just saw the Chelsea/Barcelona game. Awesome stand by Chelsea. That was intense. I was getting pretty nervous near the end.

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Depressing night. Barcelona have nobody but themselves to blame over the two legs.

Now here's to Munich tomorrow night, and again in the final on their own turf. (Thought that was NEVER gona' happen again UEFA after '84? ..... 28 years later ..... )

Bayern winning a 4th European Cup, beating the rent boys in the process; and Bob remaining as the only manager to win 3 will be a sweet end to the season.

Hail.

I can't cheer against an English team whoever it is - apart from Man Utd, you have to draw a line somewhere!

I expect Real Madrid to go through which would make things interesting .....

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