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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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1 hour ago, stevemcqueen1 said:

I'm going to laugh if Kawhi signs with the Lakers and he, LeBron, and Davis all spend next season injured.

I'm with Kosh, you better then that.

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I'm with Jay Williams, if Kawhi signs with the Lakers that's a weak ass move.  It's one thing to bail on a loser franchise for a chance to win, it's another to jump off a championship parade and try to form a super team. 

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4 hours ago, Destino said:

I'm with Jay Williams, if Kawhi signs with the Lakers that's a weak ass move.  It's one thing to bail on a loser franchise for a chance to win, it's another to jump off a championship parade and try to form a super team. 

 

Weak move, but he already proved that he can be the man.  Now it's just about piling on and getting more rings.  Dude just cares about winning, I don't think he really cares about how he goes about doing it.

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Power of a brand. 

 

Only the Lakers biblically sacked city smoldering dumpster fire of a franchise could turn on a dime and do this.

 

Respect. I dont really see it as weak but its strange.  

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46 minutes ago, Mr. Sinister said:

Power of a brand. 

 

Only the Lakers biblically sacked city smoldering dumpster fire of a franchise could turn on a dime and do this.

 

Respect. I dont really see it as weak but its strange.  

Brand sure, but I think it's the Lebron brand more than the Laker brand at work here.  Talent has a gravity all it's own.  You saw it in Golden State when Durant left OKC.  You might see it now that AD and Lebron have joined forces.  All reports said Kawhi wanted to be a Clipper, but now doing so might leave him on the lesser LA team next season. 

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13 minutes ago, TryTheBeal! said:

Teaming up to go to the Knicks feels like a terrible mistake...which is why it must happen.

 

Two players with doomsday clock legs

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This is why all the game jokes about how nobody wants to play for the lakers and it being a dumpster fire etc have always been ridiculous. This is why FA are always linked to them. 

 

Theyre the lakers. No matter how down they might be, they’ll always attract premier players and it only takes 1 to turn around the perception of a recent down era. 

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All it takes is LeBron.  But LeBron could recruit a super team in Winnipeg, if they had an NBA team.  He and Rich Paul are the most powerful people in the sport.  Don't kid yourself, the Lakers are along for the ride with this, they're not the ones driving.

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Just watching Stephen A ramble about basketball is worth watching First Take 🤣

 

That and his anti-Cowboy rants. "Ain't nobody scared of you!" - him to Michael Irvin 

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13 minutes ago, stevemcqueen1 said:

All it takes is LeBron.  But LeBron could recruit a super team in Winnipeg, if they had an NBA team.  He and Rich Paul are the most powerful people in the sport.  Don't kid yourself, the Lakers are along for the ride with this, they're not the ones driving.

 

My point was even at the height of everybody’s jokes and lakers bashing, they still landed Lebron. They were still valuable to him and then the rest fell into place 

 

I don’t think Kawhi is going there but they’re still in the mix and always will be. And after Lebron it’ll be Davis and after Davis it’ll be someone else 

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Stephen A is arguably the GOAT Hot Taker, and he's in the midst of his prime.  We should appreciate his run while it's happening, because it might be a while before we get someone else like it.

 

And it might be over sooner than we think.  The other day I was listening to his show and I got the feeling he is thinking about retiring.  He was talking about walking away to illustrate a point, but it felt like there was some truth there.  You have to wonder just how long a man can keep up the energy for his takes day in and day out.  I'm not just talking about showing up for playoff time or during a Lakers meltdown when everyone's going hard.  I'm talking about bringing the fire on a random Tuesday afternoon in the middle of February like an MVP.

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18 minutes ago, stevemcqueen1 said:

Stephen A is arguably the GOAT Hot Taker, and he's in the midst of his prime.  We should appreciate his run while it's happening, because it might be a while before we get someone else like it.

 

And it might be over sooner than we think.  The other day I was listening to his show and I got the feeling he is thinking about retiring.  He was talking about walking away to illustrate a point, but it felt like there was some truth there.  You have to wonder just how long a man can keep up the energy for his takes day in and day out.  I'm not just talking about showing up for playoff time or during a Lakers meltdown when everyone's going hard.  I'm talking about bringing the fire on a random Tuesday afternoon in the middle of February like an MVP.

 

didn't he just reup with ESPN for somethin like 10mil a year?

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5 minutes ago, StillUnknown said:

 

didn't he just reup with ESPN for somethin like 10mil a year?

 

😯.  Unrelated question, how does one get into the professional Hot Take business?

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Even though Stephen A's hairline tells a story like those geological rings on igneous rock, I doubt he's going anywhere.

 

He's like Gollum and the mic is his ring

 

 

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