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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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Oh, I think experience is a factor.  I'm not sure it should be an absolute requirement.  

 

And it can certainly be abused.  Remember when Hillary was completely unqualified, because she'd never been a Governor, and only experience as a Governor counts towards being President?  

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1 hour ago, PleaseBlitz said:

I also have no issue with unconventional candidates with good ideas.  But at the end of the day, I want a steady hand at the wheel, especially after the past 2+ years of chaos.  I personally value that return to stability and normalcy over any single policy issue, and I generally care deeply about policy.  I certainly don't think Biden is the only one that fits the bill, but he certainly has the most relevant experience of everyone.  I suppose you can spin that as a bad thing, but it reeks of spin to me. 

 

Not joking about picking Yang over Biden (I'm not voting for either of them anyways). The reason I would do this is because I don't think a return to normalcy is the only thing necessary after Trump.

 

And I don't know what return to normalcy really even means at this point. Normal before Trump was a Democratic Party getting outmaneuvered by Republicans time and time again, with a severe imbalance between how both parties choose to wield power. It effectively allowed the right to become more and more extreme while still gaining electoral power. Going by Joe Biden's recent statements on "across the aisle cooperation", it seems like he is supremely qualified to lead us into several more years of Democrats normally getting punked by a ruthless GOP.

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I would also suggest that when Obama was elected in 2008, the expectation was that he would be a lot more progressive than he actually was, as President.

 

So this idea that we need a "stiff centrist to restore order and balance in the world" is a bit silly as well. 

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20 minutes ago, NoCalMike said:

I would also suggest that when Obama was elected in 2008, the expectation was that he would be a lot more progressive than he actually was, as President.

 

So this idea that we need a "stiff centrist to restore order and balance in the world" is a bit silly as well. 

 

I don't think anyone said a centrist.  Joe Biden, "moderate" and Joe Biden, "former 2-term VP and former kajillion term senator" are two different considerations.  

 

I'm saying that it would be nice to have someone that knows how government works (and is supposed to work) and wont govern via tweets, won't publicly threaten allies or get into their politics, won't make major diplomatic faux pas like criticizing Americans on foreign soil and understands the roles and boundaries of the myriad pillars of government (e.g., won't neg the Fed, will let insist the DOJ have independence, etc).  There are a million little details that matter that have nothing to do with ones place on the political spectrum.  

 

I agree with everyone that Biden's statement about working with the GOP is delusional.  I also think/hope he said it as more of an exercise in branding himself as a moderate rather than because he actually believes it to be true.  

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Here’s my observation in the context of:

- I’m reading these threads but probably catching 70% of it

- I’m talking about the people I talk to outside the board, in the area I live

- the area is probably 65% always vote R no matter what, 25% I’ll go either way if you give me good enough reasons (or bad enough candidate), 10% dem. 

 

The dem candidate are not reaching the 25%. Maybe they don’t want to. Maybe the nature of it being a primary and them not caring makes it an impossible task anyways. 

 

But theyre not reaching those people here. I’d say about 3 months ago those people were sort of excited. They knew names of people as they declared. They’d say something like “yeah I’m excited to see who they get, because trump is awful”

 

now, when I ask or make a comment about a current event re: dem primaries, I get a “oh no I haven’t heard anything about any of it” sort of responses. 

 

Maybe the concern is irrelevant. It just feels like the 25% is being lulled into passive supporting trump. It feels like a strong build up of loathing for trump is sliding away. 

 

Id say half of the 25% is so far they’re not voting for trump no matter what. But that other half... I’m concerned. 

 

Also, I really like Warren. There’s only one policy I take issue with on her platform. I tried to talk to people about her economic patriotism release and I couldn’t even get people to want to pay attention. They heard her name and the conversation was over before it could begin. I don’t know how you overcome that. She’s easily my favorite (which means little considering how much I’m following it)

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Truth be told, plenty of the voting electorate is not going to be engaged into the election season until the general election is down to Trump and the (D) Nominee.  That is just how it works a lot of the time.  This is where sometimes I think the 24/7 news cycle hurts on things like the election and even on issues like the Russia Interference investigation.  People get tired of it, fatigued.  They don't want to hear about things anymore.  We are a long ways away from the days you came home from work, sat down for the "News Hour" got your update and moved on for the night.   

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3 minutes ago, TheGreatBuzz said:

For the further Left posters here, would any of you NOT vote for Biden if he were the nominee?

 

I will vote for a donkey that has been run over by a tank over Trump so Biden will still get my vote if he’s the nominee. I would just have very low expectations about what his admin would actually do to advance the liberal cause. He’s not a thought leader on any key liberal issue. 

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15 minutes ago, TheGreatBuzz said:

For the further Left posters here, would any of you NOT vote for Biden if he were the nominee?

 

I'd say I'm center left, but I don't mind Biden specifically because I think he probably has the best chance to beat Trump.  

 

I ****ing hate Bernie Sanders.  I'd vote for him in a heartbeat if he wins the nomination.  

 

I think Andrew Yang is less qualified than I am to be President.  I'd still vote for him over Trump.  

 

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I view Biden as a less-good, but less baggage-y version of Hillary.  Am I excited to see him as the nominee? No.  Would I ever consider staying home and not voting because he is the nominee? Hell No.

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5 hours ago, BenningRoadSkin said:

The problem with Biden is that its 2019 and a lot of people see through what he is doing. Look at how he flip-flopped on the Hyde Amendment stuff. Did he really flip flop after nearly 40 years from when he supported it or is he trying to get in line with the current Dem party and appeal to people?

 

Or the environmental policy he put out after saying there is a middle ground we can reach? He said there was a middle ground and then plagiarized - not the first time he has done that - bits and pieces from policy groups.

 

I keep saying it, dude stands for nothing and will be out of here really early. He would have been a better candidate in 1988 when Reagan was king.

87-88 is when the plagerism scandal drove him out of the race.

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If Biden keeps answering questions like Trump, "No one has done more for.............than me!"  the debates are going to be hysterical. 

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You know, I don't think we've been saying enough about Yang.  He's got some good ideas.

 

 

 

(now how can I hook myself up with this money)   😉

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Another question for those of the left on this board.

 

Which is more important for a new Democratic Administration?

 

1) A return to normalcy/civility.

2) Making the former administration, GOP Congress members and supporters pay for their "crimes".

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1 hour ago, TheGreatBuzz said:

For the further Left posters here, would any of you NOT vote for Biden if he were the nominee?

 

I'll vote for him because I am a regular voter and I will never vote for a Republican.  But I'll tell you what will happen if Biden is the nominee--huge swaths of core Democratic constituencies won't show up at all.  It will be the same song and dance as with Hillary and Kerry, and Trump will win again.  He's been completely normalized for the core Republican constituencies, and they will be enough to win him a second term.  Republican candidates have a built in advantage through the electoral college, and the only way Democrats can win the presidency is by motivating high turnout.  Committed, principled partisans, left + right, are probably less than 40% of eligible voters.  The rest swing in and out, and they need a strong hand to lead them to the polls.  Biden is not that kind of leader.  He's an empty suit.

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7 minutes ago, nonniey said:

Another question for those of the left on this board.

 

Which is more important for a new Democratic Administration?

 

1) A return to normalcy/civility.

2) Making the former administration, GOP Congress members and supporters pay for their crimes.

If people committed crimes shouldn't they be pay for said crimes? That seems normal to me.

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7 minutes ago, nonniey said:

Another question for those of the left on this board.

 

Which is more important for a new Democratic Administration?

 

1) A return to normalcy/civility.

2) Making the former administration, GOP Congress members and supporters pay for their crimes.

 

3) Progress.

 

The GoP definition of civility is for Democrats to know their place and not fight back.

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13 minutes ago, nonniey said:

Another question for those of the left on this board.

 

Which is more important for a new Democratic Administration?

 

1) A return to normalcy/civility.

2) Making the former administration, GOP Congress members and supporters pay for their crimes.

 

The first one.  Hopefully Trump is defeated and the GOP goes into a period of turmoil between a group that wants to continue down the Trump path (but with nobody that can really pull off Trump's craziness) and a group that wants to return to Reagan-esque GOP orthodoxy, and they consume themselves and the Dems take that opportunity to show they can govern as responsible, normal, civil adults and enact significant changes to the current social contract that benefit the 99%. Trump will continue to snipe from Twitter, at both sides and everyone else in the world that he blames for losing, then he'll die soon.  

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1 hour ago, TheGreatBuzz said:

For the further Left posters here, would any of you NOT vote for Biden if he were the nominee?

Why ask this question? 

 

All of us want Trump out. The point is not repeating the same ol mistakes like the Tame Impala song. That’s what primary season is about.

 

Biden is the same ol mistakes and seeing how he runs his campaigns, he doesn’t come across as a good leader.

1 hour ago, Rdskns2000 said:

87-88 is when the plagerism scandal drove him out of the race.

I know, I referenced that in my post.

 

My point is Biden’s worldview belongs in that era.

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4 minutes ago, BenningRoadSkin said:

Why ask this question? 

Curiosity. 

 

Seemed a lot of posters here wouldn't like him as the nominee.  I was wondering just how much.

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