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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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The only way a third party hurts Trump is if a right wing candidate eats into Trump's base of support.  That's the only way Trump could be hurt by a third party candidate. 

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People vote third party because they want to protest the candidate they are expected to vote for and/or because they think that candidate will win anyway.

 

Trump isn't winning or losing based on third party candidates. It's not worth worrying about.

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1 hour ago, Rufus T Firefly said:

People vote third party because they want to protest the candidate they are expected to vote for and/or because they think that candidate will win anyway.

 

Trump isn't winning or losing based on third party candidates. It's not worth worrying about.

I voted third party where I could in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. I don't believe either party serves the interests of the majority of Americans.  Voted Dem in 2018 and will in 2020 but will return to my third party ways in 2022. If firmly believe we need a third and maybe even 4th party or just have independents instead.

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4 hours ago, Momma There Goes That Man said:

 

Makes not a single bit of sense 

 

Me or Beto? He should be running for Senate and get out of the race for POTUS. 

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9 hours ago, PleaseBlitz said:

I think all third party candidates benefit Trump. Even someone like Hogan. 

I wish we could have an up or down recall vote for Trump.

 

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8 hours ago, Rufus T Firefly said:

People vote third party because they want to protest the candidate they are expected to vote for and/or because they think that candidate will win anyway.

 

Trump isn't winning or losing based on third party candidates. It's not worth worrying about.

 

2016 says hi. 

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He could just bail-out Exxon/Mobil.  I mean, it wouldn't be the craziest thing he did on any given day. 

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How many Dem candidates have cleared the bar that she says is too tough?  

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18 minutes ago, Springfield said:

 

I guess Biden isn’t running?

 

Not if some progressives get their way. :pint:

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9 hours ago, Rdskns2000 said:

Seth Moulton is dropping out.

Yes, we have officially hit the over on the August dropout odds, with over a week to go.

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20 minutes ago, Rufus T Firefly said:

Biden was up 2 points in that poll.

 

Thanks.  Funny they’d leave him out.

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Posted (edited)

As August winds down, we are getting close to the Presidential race getting serious.  After Labor Day, more voters will actually start paying attention. Especially, in the early primary states.  We are only 5 months away from those early primary/caucus states.  The serious campaigns will be hiring more people and have their people fanning out to those early states.

 

Time for a new look at the race, with the remaining candidates:

 

The real contenders- These candidates are most likely to be on the primary/caucus ballots

Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren , Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg &  Kamala Harris

 

The also rans- These candidates could be on the ballot next year but they need do do better this fall:

Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke & Julian Castro   -  If they don't show movement after the Sept. & Oct. debates; their candidacies are probably over before Thanksgiving.

 

On Life Support:

Kirsten Gillibrand - it's possible she could drop out soon.  She isn't going to qualify for the September debate but she probably try to make the October debate.  If she doesn't qualify for the October debate, I expect her to drop out then.

 

The delusional

John Delaney - he has little support & is out of step with today's Democratic party. He's independent wealthy, so he can stay in as long as he wants to waste his money.  He really just needs to drop out.

Andrew Yang - Interesting idea.  He's not going anywhere.  He's in the Sept. & Oct. debates. He's got money. So, he'll probably run as long as he wants to. 

Tulsi Gabbard - stop winning about debate criteria. You're a loon & a Syrian/Russian puppet.  If she doesn't qualify for the October debate, she's probably done then.

Marianne Williamnson - She provides some interesting quotes but she isn't qualifying for the September debate. If she doesn't qualify for the October debate, she's probably done. 

Tim Ryan - he needs to follow the lead of the others who dropped out & just drop out. He won't be making anymore debates.

Joe Sestak - He's barely running. He just needs to drop out.

Bill de Blasio - They are real progressives in this race. Why is he still running.  My guess, he's done in October; when he fails to make that debate.

Steve Bullock- he should be running for Senate instead.  My guess, he's gone in October; when he doesn't qualify for that debate.

Tom Steyer- He may qualify for September's debate. He only needs one more poll.  This is an ego trip. He'll probably run until he gets tired of burning his money.

 

I still think Elizabeth Warren will be the nominee. I think Joe Biden will implode.  There's still way to many Dems running but I don't think the field will drastically shrink until after the October debate deadline.

 

The GOP 

Bill Weld - he's not going to beat Trump. I read an article where their were rumblings that Mark Sanford, Jeff Flake and John Kasich are thinking about it; depending on what happens between now and the end of the year.  They are all delusional.  Noone will beat Trump.  Could they do what Buchanan did in 92 against Papa Bush & do well enough in New Hampshire where they weaken Trump? Will those who don't like Trump be willing to register a protest vote, in large enough numbers?  Stay tuned.   I don't see this happening because any candidate that runs and weakens Trump; will be forever blamed if Trump loses in 2020. Their GOP career would be over.

 

 

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On 8/22/2019 at 9:42 PM, Rufus T Firefly said:

People vote third party because they want to protest the candidate they are expected to vote for and/or because they think that candidate will win anyway.

 

Trump isn't winning or losing based on third party candidates. It's not worth worrying about.

He would if it was Kasich.

 

But I agree with you. Based on what is actually going to happen in the real world, it’s not worth worrying about. Ain’t gonna happen.

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4 hours ago, Renegade7 said:

 

It's a shame Trumps stain on Haley will never go away, I really like her.

Everyone associated with Trump is stained forever, they can't shake that stain.

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