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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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LONG way to go yet. City will need more than one to win this.

Hail.

I think Alex Ferguson could have headed that ball away. However, yeah its gonna be long game. We've only had two games this year where we didn't score a goal. All I know is Utd better make sure the next goal is theirs or the lights may go out on their season.

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*waits for Alex to make some changes.....Still waiting*

Changes in personnel and some urgency on the park. City are coasting through this.

Hail.

*Edit* And that's what I hate about Mancini. Italian mentality. FAR too early to start sitting and inviting Utd back into this.

Edited by Gibbs Hog Heaven

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I can't believe how easy that was for City. No urgency, no quality, no nothing from Utd.

Not to rub it in Richmond, but if City now see this through this is the biggest single Premiership collapse for me that rivals anything Newcastle did. Honestly had Utd as champions back in February. A few weeks back when City lost at Arsenal and it was 7 points I officially called it. Still can't believe that's looking so wrong now.

Hail.

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embarrassing. No heart and no adjustments. Embarrassing.

---------- Post added April-30th-2012 at 04:58 PM ----------

I can't believe how easy that was for City. No urgency, no quality, no nothing from Utd.

Not to rub it in Richmond, but if City now see this through this is the biggest single Premiership collapse for me that rivals anything Newcastle did. Honestly had Utd as champions back in February. A few weeks back when City lost at Arsenal and it was 7 points I officially called it. Still can't believe that's looking so wrong now.

Hail.

Man Utd shouldn't have even gotten on the bus to the stadium if that's the way they wanted to play. Champs don't screw the pooch like this. They didn't deserve anything. If they had a gotten a draw they would have basically stolen the game.

Edited by RichmondRedskin88

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Americans distraught over ESPN airing soccer

Worst part about soccer on espn. Can't understand a damn word the announcers are saying lol
No, ESPN it's soccer not football. Football is played by men. #stupideuropeans
What is this country coming to... I'm watching soccer on ESPN and a 100% Spanish AT&T commercial comes on. Don't you know we speak American!
Look at @espn acting like it likes Soccer. You would think that Tebow was playing for Manchester United.

The notion of Americans being frustrated because they can't watch footbawl analysis shows in the off-season is hilarious.

Just ignorant trash. Makes me sick.

Edited by ixcuincle

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BTW, well done on clinching third and taking something out of this season. (Can't see you not picking up at least one win from the final two so I'll congratulate you now.).

Get outta here with that. You proclaimed Utd champs weeks ago, and look what happened. :D

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Despite angry Americans taking to twitter and complaining about their inability to watch the 100th rerun of Sportscenter or another offseason episode of NFL Live, ESPN's coverage of the Manchester Derby garnered record ratings.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505245_162-57425934/champs-semis-manchester-derby-get-big-us-ratings/

Manchester City's 1-0 win over Manchester United on Monday drew 1,033,000 viewers on ESPN, the largest U.S. audience for a Premier League match on cable. The previous high was 610,000 for Arsenal's win over Chelsea on ESPN2 on Dec. 27, 2010.

....a Monday afternoon soccer match gets over 1 million viewers.

Lotta people are going to have to get used to it, because that is a HUGE number.

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awesome. I hope they start showing more EPL and La Liga games on ESPN.

DC United (#2 in the East) plays tonight vs San Jose (#1 in the West). Kick off is 10:30pm EST. I'll be up watching!

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I often trash ESPN and their lack of journalistic integrity, but props to ESPN for their EPL coverage. Ian Darke is basically one of the best reasons to watch ESPN.

More EPL for ESPN is a good thing.

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awesome. I hope they start showing more EPL and La Liga games on ESPN.

What? And interrupt coverage of World's Fattest Man, or whatever else would be running on a weekday afternoon?

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DC United (#2 in the East) plays tonight vs San Jose (#1 in the West). Kick off is 10:30pm EST. I'll be up watching!

Good luck man. GO DCU!

Another noteworthy game tonight takes place in the North West of England when Bolton play 'Spurs. Noteworthy as Bolton's Fabrice Muamba will be making his first public appearance at the game since the 23 year old collapsed on the pitch and his heart stopped beating for 78 minutes 6 weeks ago in the game in north London between the same two sides.

Remarkable recovery to see him now in a great feel good story.

Hail.

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I want to start seeing more of Borussia Dortmund. I saw them once against Arsenal and they looked good. Fast/fit/skillful counterattacking football, er, soccer.

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I want to start seeing more of Borussia Dortmund. I saw them once against Arsenal and they looked good. Fast/fit/skillful counterattacking football, er, soccer.

Plus, they have this

borussia-dortmund-fans.jpg

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yeah, they're insane! Plus they don't have that evil empire vibe. One of their stars, Götze, lives at home with his parents.

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yeah, they're insane! Plus they don't have that evil empire vibe. One of their stars, Götze, lives at home with his parents.

I don't think Gotze will be at Dortmund or his parents house for long...

(yes, I know they have won the league two years in a row)

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I think he just re-signed, two ways to look at that he re-signed as a favor to BD so they could get a bigger transfer fee OR that he actually plans on staying. Could be a little of both. I THINK Kagawa is the one that wants out.

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I think he just re-signed, two ways to look at that he re-signed as a favor to BD so they could get a bigger transfer fee OR that he actually plans on staying. Could be a little of both. I THINK Kagawa is the one that wants out.

plus, it helps with his wages. He will get (more) interest from the superclubs and the transfer fees and wages will be too much to pass up

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'We're on the march with Kenny's army ..... '

Cup Final day.

Another trip to Anfield South to see the redmen send the rent boys packing and complete another double.

Not to sound arrogant, but not concerned about Chelski in the slightest. As poor as we've been, Liverpool don't do losing finals 9 times out of 10. Time to show the plastic flag waving, National Front supporting, small club with Russian money ****ney no-marks once again just what a proper football club with proper support look's and sounds like.

' **** off Chelsea FC,

Yuse 'aint got no his-to-ry;

5 European Cups, and 18 Leagues,

That's what we call his-to-ry ..... '

YNWA. Hail.

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'We're on the march with Kenny's army ..... '

Cup Final day.

Another trip to Anfield South to see the redmen send the rent boys packing and complete another double.

Not to sound arrogant, but not concerned about Chelski in the slightest. As poor as we've been, Liverpool don't do losing finals 9 times out of 10. Time to show the plastic flag waving, National Front supporting, small club with Russian money ****ney no-marks once again just what a proper football club with proper support look's and sounds like.

' **** off Chelsea FC,

Yuse 'aint got no his-to-ry;

5 European Cups, and 18 Leagues,

That's what we call his-to-ry ..... '

YNWA. Hail.

On the other hand .......

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