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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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Hats off to the Draft team, Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen 2013

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Starting back when they were hired they decided to change the culture of the Redskins through frugal and wise FA acquisitions and astute drafting. I say they have achieved that. They have made the team competitive and relevant.

Just last year there was talk of firing Shanahan and starting over, however last year's draft and conservative FA approach while enduring a cap hit all while winning the NFCE deserves praise, this is the praise our FO thread. LL, TK and others said we needed patience and understood this was a process, however the team has changed spots virtually before our eyes. Much faster than we had hoped or thought possible.

I say great job Men, thanks from this Redskins fan who wondered if he would see his team rally to become relevant again. The last two drafts, the approach, the feel of the team is evidence that yes you are competent in your task, hats off! HTTR!:beavisnbutthead:

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A professional operation in every aspect, what a turnaround! One hell of a draft as it stands now. Shanahan was known for some questionable picks in Denver, but this time around him and the scouting operation have really gelled.

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Completely, 100% agreed. Four drafts in, and I don't think there's been a :wtf: pick yet.

Well last year Morris was a little of a WTF pick. :ols: So now this staff has the benefit of the doubt from me for a good while.

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Well, we haven't seen anyone play yet, but you certainly don't get the sense that we did anything silly like the three WRs in the second while missing on DeSean Jackson. Initial impressions look terrific! I hope the majority pan out as well as we hope. I also hope we pick up an OT, OG and ILB in FA who can contribute.

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Well last year Morris was a little of a WTF pick. :ols: So now this staff has the benefit of the doubt from me for a good while.

Well, to clarify, there hasn't been a Vinny Cerrato/Al Davis level :wtf: pick.

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Based on the immediate production the Redskins 2012 draft was one of the best drafts in history. RG3 had one of the best rookie seasons ever, Morris ran for the third most yards of any rookie in NFL history, and Cousins contributed right away. I believe those three players won twelve of the seventeen rookie of the week awards last year.

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I was worried because of the AJ Smith influence but I like who we picked. Not to mention we didn't trade picks to get players you shook your head at. I'll go cliche mode, training camp cant get here soon enough

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Kirk Cousins was the one that got the most heat and that seems like it's working out well at the moment. What round would Kirk have gone in this draft if the other teams knew what they know now.

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Id really have liked a WR in this draft. Our WR core is definetly left wanting, but I cant say I was upset at any of the picks. Most of the picks I actually really like...

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year 1- install the 3-4 defense, take out the trash

year 2- build the front 7, build the support system for the QB

year 3- get the QB

year 4- rebuild secondary

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Kirk Cousins was the one that got the most heat and that seems like it's working out well at the moment. What round would Kirk have gone in this draft if the other teams knew what they know now.

Even without hindsight, Cousins would have been the first QB off the board.

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Well last year Morris was a little of a WTF pick. :ols: So now this staff has the benefit of the doubt from me for a good while.

A RB is never a wtf moment with Shanahan / Bobby Turner

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year 1- install the 3-4 defense, take out the trash

year 2- build the front 7, build the support system for the QB

year 3- get the QB

year 4- rebuild secondary

year 5- collect underpants

year 6- ?????

year 7- profit!

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this is the first time i've EVER watched the entire 7 rounds of the draft. it has really been exciting. To say that these guys know what they're doing is an understatement.

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year 1- install the 3-4 defense, take out the trash......check

year 2- build the front 7, build the support system for the QB......check

year 3- get the QB......check

year 4- rebuild secondary

......check

Win the Super Bowl..........

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we don't know how any of these guys will turn out, or if they all make the team. But I like the picks they did make.

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Hats off to the gentlemen!

Although I really wish we had taken Ryan Swope with our 2nd 5th rounder.

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Completely, 100% agreed. Four drafts in, and I don't think there's been a :wtf: pick yet.

Yes there was..... Kirk Cousins......but he was right so I guesss that doesn't count. :)

I think this to be the best draft we have had under this regime, if not ever. We have had a single better draft pick, aka RG111, Darrell Green, Sean Taylor, etc; but this entire draft was great......This draft gets an A.

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FA was handled better than I expected, and I'm very happy with the draft.

The FO has proved itself to be very competent and professional for multiple seasons now. I'm proud to be a Redskin fan.

Just one thing, how are we gonna sign our picks again?

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