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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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Im determined to not let this league fail and with that in mind I can't accomplish that alone. I have may have the "title" of commish but at the end of the day a league is nothing without committed owners and I understand that 100%. Im going to be addin

g as we go along that I believe will allow everyone to feel some ownership over the league as a whole and not just your team.

Im looking for volunteers who want to be a part of a trade board. This board will consist of three owners who evaluate proposed trades to ensure they are 1.Fair to each party 2. In best interest of the league health overall. The trade board will be monitored by myself to make sure they take it seriously And don't just approve everything. I also will monitor that no personal agendas come into play by not allowing teams in the Divison to strengthen themselves.I don't plan on overriding. The board but in rare cases I might if neccessary.

When I mention league health its in regards to a team getting gutted by dumb trades leaving it unappealing for a new owner to play with if need be.

I also will be appointing a assistant commish and someone who would like to lead the online community.

Let me know if your interested or any other ideas you have. Thanks.

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If I wasn't blocked at work from the internet all day {doing this post from my phone) I would do this.

I don't know exactly what it will accomplish yet, it will likely grow into something as it goes along, but I will volunteer to head the ES Madden League twitter feed. I am a total twitterholic and will always be on. Twitter is a great resource for those of you that aren't on there. I'll try to make something up early tomorrow and ill post it on the board......

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If I wasn't blocked at work from the internet all day {doing this post from my phone) I would do this.

I don't know exactly what it will accomplish yet, it will likely grow into something as it goes along, but I will volunteer to head the ES Madden League twitter feed. I am a total twitterholic and will always be on. Twitter is a great resource for those of you that aren't on there. I'll try to make something up early tomorrow and ill post it on the board......

Great idea and I love my twitter lol ill talk to soul and leftcoast to see about some graphics as well.

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I wouldnt mind being on it. Just let me know what I gotta do and who to communicate with.

Cool will do. Im also looking at going to something like http://www.maddenleagues.net/ but before I put my money up want to get through half a season atleast.

Nevermind they only host PC leagues.

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It Seems like there are enough but I'll definately do it if you need me. Maybe making sure all 3 people are from different divisions would help with bias.

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I would pick all of you but 5 is to many for communication reasons. Mr.Moore is pretty available due to work, how available or easy to get a hold of are you guys? Sweet sassy molassy and hitman#21 seem pretty available from my twitter feed.

I don't expect you to be on call 24/7 but just able to quickly communicate with eachother.

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well im always checking ES.....and i have a lot of down time during work so im pretty free....

Cool so I have Mr.moore and you, trying to figure out the last member.

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Ok so it looks like Mr.moore,thunder,and Capt.chaos. sweet sassy is tied up between 4-8 so if everyone else checks in and out frequently. Any of you guys on twitter? I think it might be pretty easy if so to have the league twitter send out the trade proposal so everyone's aware then vote by tweet or dm or something? Brainstorming

However you guys can communicate efficiently is cool with me.

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ok well it looks like sweet sassy, thunder, and hitman will be our trade board. please follow @esmaddenleague if your not doing so already. I will let all the owners know to contact me when they have agreed on the parameters of a trade. I then will pass it on to @esmaddenleague who will tweet it then you guys can vote in response. @esmaddenleague can then tweet out approved/denied ect.

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