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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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The Official Washington Wizards Thread: The JOHN WALL ERA

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The NFL needs a rookie cap like the NBA, and the NBA needs a franchise tag like the NFL.

I can't imagine the NBA getting one. Player absolutely hate it and the NBA is already going to be demanding they give up guaranteed contracts which alone is a major concession. Plus it looks like they want a hard cap and draw the line lower than the current soft cap.

Unlike the NFL there are a lot of leagues in the world for basketball that will pay top dollar for current NBA players so most of these guys will easily be able to find work if needed in the event of a lock out. The only thing keeping many players in the NBA is the prestige of playing in the best league on the planet. T

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Not a consiparcy against the Wiz, because their problem is, they just plain suck. The NBA has their top 8 teams they like to see in the playoffs. With a league that has had only 8 teams win a championship in 30 years (and over half won by the Lakers and Celtics) its easy to see that Donaghy and the other refs were right.

It's weird, but when you think about it, the last 2 teams besides the Lakers, Celtics, Bulls, Spurs, Rockets, Pistons, Heat and 76ers to win the NBA championship, were the Sonics in 79 and the Bullets in 1978. I guess I can add the Blazers with 77. The Celtics won it in 76.

The 70's was the only wide-open decade with real parity in NBA history. Bring back the ABA!

I think endorsement dollars are prob more of an incentive than just the idea of playing in the NBA.

I've heard a few things that the owners are shooting for in this upcoming CBA:

- Hard Cap

- Franchise Tag

- Elimination of the MLE

- Allan Houston Rule

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- Allan Houston Rule

Sorry for my ignorance but what would be the Allan Houston rule? I remember he signed for the Knicks awhile back for a huge contract. Thats all I got haha.

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that last move by Wall was SICKKKKKKKKKKKK

dude is in full attack mode tonight

everything is to the basket, and he's finishing everything

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Sorry for my ignorance but what would be the Allan Houston rule? I remember he signed for the Knicks awhile back for a huge contract. Thats all I got haha.

I love the Allan Houston Rule. It was put in place in the last CBA in 2005. It's an amnesty move. It gave teams a one time chance to wipe themselves clean of a bad contract. They would still have to pay the player and it would still impact the cap, but it wouldn't be counted toward the luxury tax. They called it the Allan Houston Rule because of Allan Houston's absurd $100+ million contract with the Knicks. He blew out his knees and never played again after geting the contract. And then the Knicks didn't use the Allan Houston Rule with Allan Houston, lol (I forget who they used it on).

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I love the Allan Houston Rule. It was put in place in the last CBA in 2005. It's an amnesty move. It gave teams a one time chance to wipe themselves clean of a bad contract. They would still have to pay the player and it would still impact the cap, but it wouldn't be counted toward the luxury tax. They called it the Allan Houston Rule because of Allan Houston's absurd $100+ million contract with the Knicks. He blew out his knees and never played again after geting the contract. And then the Knicks didn't use the Allan Houston Rule with Allan Houston, lol (I forget who they used it on).

Ahh gotcha, thanks dude. Also wasn't it for that fatass Eddie Curray or something like that??

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Na Curry was still under his rookie contract with the Bulls then. And still somewhat productive and promising. The Eddy Curry/Allan Houston Rule talk you've heard is people wishing they would bring it back so the Knicks could let his ass go. I'm pretty sure he's in the final year of his contract so it's too late now.

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Harris isn't playing

Oh ok. I'm not watching the game so I was wondering. Strong showing by Wall after a clunker against the Warriors.

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where is stat watcher?

He'll be in later to look at the boxscore and tell all of us how we're wrong.

Is there any doubt Utah is drafting Jimmer Fredette?

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Is there any doubt Utah is drafting Jimmer Fredette?

no ****...me and forehead were just talking about that the other day..haha....sloan is gone now though...so who knows. Does Utah have three lotto picks this year?

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If he wasn't 70 i'd say replace Flip with Sloan. Who better to work with a franchise PG?

Here comes the collapse.

---------- Post added March-28th-2011 at 10:33 PM ----------

I know they have at least two (their own and Jersey's).

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Al Jefferson with 15 and 15. McGee with 11 and 12.

Who is playing better?

about even to be honest

McGee's numbers would be even better, but he missed alot of good looks around the basket in the 1st quarter

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and it pays off

---------- Post added March-28th-2011 at 10:47 PM ----------

hate it when guys give up uncontested lay ups and dunks....you have 6 fouls...might as well use 5 hard ones

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hate it when guys give up uncontested lay ups and dunks....you have 6 fouls...might as well use 5 hard ones

---------- Post added March-28th-2011 at 11:03 PM ----------

awesome....Yi fouls out...now he can't **** it up for us in the end....we will win now!

---------- Post added March-28th-2011 at 11:05 PM ----------

smart play by Jerrers

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