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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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Hello welcome back to Sportscenter. Adam Schefter is here with some Atlanta Falcons news. Adam what do you have for us?

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It seems like after the impressive performance rookie RB Jacquizz Rodgers may start getting more carries. A few sources close to the situation say if that starts to happen the one guy who may start demanding a trade is RB Jason Snelling, who has been very lackluster in the eyes of the offensive coordinator.

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Hey Adam, I hope you don't mind if I jump in. My sources tell me that Washington may be a possible landing spot for RB Jason Snelling to join Shanahan and the RB by committee group they have there. Look for Washington to deal the Falcons three first round picks, and London Fletcher, along with Santana Moss and Ryan Kerrigan.

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The Falcons just heard the comment from JLC and the Falcons have actually told Snelling if in any way JLC was right for ONCE in his life that Snelling needs to leave Atlanta right now and head to Washington. Whether he hitchhikes, Redskins One, bus, train, swims, walks, rides a bike, or bounces on a hippity hop he needs to leave immediately. Atlanta is also wondering if Vinny has came back to Washington?

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I will go wherever I am wanted, but I prefer to stay in Atlanta. A lot of the recent comments to my twitter make me realize what kind of fanbase we have here, and its not pretty. I'm ready to pack my bags. #sogone

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I will go wherever I am wanted, but I prefer to stay in Atlanta. A lot of the recent comments to my twitter make me realize what kind of fanbase we have here, and its not pretty. I'm ready to pack my bags. #sogone

You stay out of Atlanta affairs

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John Clayton here. My sources report a blockbuster trade sending Philip Rivers to the Arizona Cardinals for Kevin Kolb and a 1st. Generally we do not see a player of Rivers magnitude traded prior to the trade deadline, but it seems that, despite a recent win over the Dolphins, the Chargers are in full rebuilding mode.

John Clayton, E.S.P. N. Back to you, Adam.

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Mike Shanahan Bye Week Press Conference:

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Kelli Johnson (CSN Washington): Coach, you're entering the bye week at 3-1, with a big 55-28 win in St. Louis. Roy Helu is on pace for R.O.Y. if he keeps it up and Beck got his first start of the season and put up the best numbers this passing game has seen all year. How are you feeling about those two, in particular, going into the bye week?

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Mike Shanahan (Head Coach, Washington Redskins): Well, whenever you have a hard working group of guys working together you're always gonna have opportunities to win. We've played 4 really good teams but we've fought in every one. We really felt we could have gotten that win against Arizona a few weeks ago, but we fought a good football team and came up just short in the last second and that's all you can ask for out of your guys. But we're gonna take a couple of days off and come back ready to work, in-shape and focused on the Eagles.

Roy has played really well for a rookie, and I'm very proud of him. Beck, I thought he looked pretty good coming in for Rex against Dallas, and I've felt like he's been practicing better so we wanted to give him a chance to spark the passing game and I think that has worked out well so far.

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Jason Reid (Washington Post): Hey coach, there have been some people saying that you all are going to be making a trade for Jason Snelling, is that something you all have talked about or can you talk a little about that for me?

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Mike Shanahan: As you know, I don't like to talk about moves our team may, or may not make, when it comes to improving our football squad. If there's a guy we think can help us win, we're definitely gonna talk about it and see if it may be a fit for us. But as I had previously stated, we're very happy with what Roy has been doing in the running game, and I trust Tim and Ryan if they have to play in his place. It's the nature of the game we play, ya know, a guy can go down at anytime so the guys backing him up have to be ready at any second and I think both guys have shown that they are capable and I expect any of them to be ready when their number is called.

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Post conference, via @JReidPost: Mike Shanahan says team "definitely" trading for Snelling.

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Ok so advance is going to be late. I was waiting for s2thalayer on Xbox because he's on and just started watching a video. Gonna boot right now and play CPU.

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BREAKING NEWS JUST IN TO SPORTSCENTER

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The Baltimore Ravens have agree in principle with the Pittsburgh Steelers in a rather odd deal.

Going to the Baltimore Ravens in this deal is 23 year old WR Antonio Brown... Stud... Accompanying Brown to the Ravens is none other than Shaun Suisham. In return the Steelers are getting Billy Cundiff from the Ravens.. Interesting deal to say the least.

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BREAKING NEWS JUST IN TO SPORTSCENTER

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The Baltimore Ravens have agree in principle with the Pittsburgh Steelers in a rather odd deal.

Going to the Baltimore Ravens in this deal is 23 year old WR Antonio Brown... Stud... Accompanying Brown to the Ravens is none other than Shaun Suisham. In return the Steelers are getting Billy Cundiff from the Ravens.. Interesting deal to say the least.

So a wr and a kicker for a kicker?.......thats a rape deal

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he actually proposed it to me first lol... i see what hes saying though..kickers with power will win you games.. especially for teams that play defense (which is what he does) and i don't think brown had of a roll for him since hes only recorded 3 receptions for 13 yards.. i admit i was taken back by the offered deal.. but i wont turn it down..

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lol, when your kicker comes up short on a 45 yarder with 98 percent power, its time to make a change.

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lol, when your kicker comes up short on a 45 yarder with 98 percent power, its time to make a change.

lmaoooooooooo... Joe Flacco gets another weapon and the Ravens GET STRONGER muahahahahahahahhahahahahahahaha

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During a press conference earlier today, Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid announced that he has "eaten" Jeffrey Lurie on one of his psychotic eating binges. It us unclear how this disorder was kept under the radar for so long, but because of lack of an owner and reportedly "obviously we are never going to win a superbowl or even come close to amounting to what our superior rival the Washington Redskins have achieved. Therefore we have decided to fold, to avoid the impending destruction the Redskins will cause Sunday."

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This just in. Rumors of a recent fall-out between Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and star outside linebacker Demarcus Ware appear to be true. Sources close to the situation are saying that during a recent Cowboys defensive meeting Ware called coach Ryan a "big fat fatty" and told him to "eat a bowl of d****", this after Coach Ryan called Ware out for "Pu**y-Footing" on a series against the Lions. Nevertheless, sources in the Cowboys front office have said that trade talks are really heating up, with as many as 3 teams bringing offers to the table for the All-Pro pass rusher. Stay tuned...

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The bengals have a new owner (therealbigrich ) left the bears to build a team.

hes trying to stop the undefeated streak..

come at me bro

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We have an update on the Demarcus Ware trade sweepstakes. This just keeps getting more intriguing folks - it seems another team has entered the mix. Cowboy's GM Pumpkin Escobar has gone on record to ask all teams to submit their highest and best offers by 7:30pm EST. A decision will be made tonight. Lets go to Marv Albert for some insight on the unfoldings of this potentially colossal deal....

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Thanks, Stuart. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds. Keep in mind whoever ends up with Ware will be a happy camper, even happier if they are sleeping in my tent with me. This guy has pass rushing ability to make an entire defense better, he is still under 30 years of age and continues to improve. The Cowboys, with a move like this, are obviously looking to rebuild the image of this franchise. Safe to say there will be some young virile talent thrown around in this deal. Who will be the lucky team? Back to you Stu....

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Thanks, Marv. You are a relentless creep.

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Adam Schefter is here with some Baltimore Ravens news. Adam what do you have for us?

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Sources close to the deal have told me that the Baltimore Ravens have struck a Deal with the Arizona Cardinals for DE Darnell Dockett.. Rumors are that its a draft pick + a player i would expect it to be Redding...

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Sources close to the deal have told me that the Baltimore Ravens have struck a Deal with the Arizona Cardinals for DE Darnell Dockett.. Rumors are that its a draft pick + a player i would expect it to be Redding...

Otis Redding?

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