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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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Sad emotion for the 3th post beeing about a QB. 

 

Personal I feel this year is gonna suck for my favorite teams. Florida there locker room is questionable and have a freshman QB. Maryland is loaded with talent but there Schedule is painfull. 

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in my perpetual honoring of rufus's avatar, i'd like to quickly go on record: whatever you're for, i'm against it.

 

i had a hard time not posting the video.

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I'll be watching Alabama's duel DTs this Saturday. Notwithstanding, Payne's recent DUI.

 

 

http://gridironnow.com/nfl-analyst-likes-alabamas-block-of-granite-daron-payne-dashawn-hand/

An NFL draft analyst thinks highly of both Alabama’s Da’Ron Payne and Da’Shawn Hand.

 

 

NFL Media’s Lance Zierlein ranks both Payne and Hand in his top 11 college football defensive linemen to watch in 2017.

Payne ranks No. 3 and Hand ranks No. 7 on his list.

Zierlein writes that Payne “proved more than capable” of taking over for the departed A’Shawn Robinson last season.

 

“Payne is a block of granite with great lean muscle mass as well as exceptional body control and contact balance,” Zierlein writes. “He is an elite run-stuffer with heavy hands and is only on the ground when he’s finishing a tackle. His textbook approach to handling double teams is classic Crimson Tide and he should be an easy fit in a nose spot for either 3-4 or 4-3 teams on the next level.

 

“He’s not a total stiff as a pass rusher, but he still needs to improve in that area.”

Payne played in all 15 games for Alabama last season as a sophomore. He had 36 tackles (3.5 for a loss), 1.5 sacks and one fumble recovery.

Hand, a former No. 1 overall recruit, did not play as much as expected last season behind Jonathan Allen and Dalvin Tomlinson, though that’s expected to change as a likely starter this fall as a senior.

“… Hand is in a position where he should see plenty of playing time,” Zierlein writes. “He needs to produce against both the run and the pass so that teams view him as an every-snap talent and not just a physical specimen. Hand is long with good core strength and some flashy potential at the point of attack as a run defender. He should be an NFL consideration for both 4-3 and 3-4 teams at the defensive end spot with an ability to rush from the inside.”

 

In three seasons at Alabama, Hand has 44 tackles, including 11 for a loss and six sacks.

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The other D lineman I'll watch closely in the Florida State-Alabama game, Derrick Nnadi.  His rep is he's stout against the run and also brings push in the pass rush.  Seems to be thought of as a late first rounder by some right now.   Derwin James, I am guessing is a top 10 pick right now and hopefully out of our range because we wouldn't be picking that high.

 

 

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All throws and QB draws/read option keepers on Penn State's first drive.  Lon drive ends in an INT in the end zone.

Marcus Allen #2 S and Mike Gesicki #88 TE are also top prospects to watch.

 

Allen looks good so far.

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Gesicki made it look easy on that touchdown.  The size really stands out.  Huge firing out of his stance in the slot.  Safeties can't match up 1 on 1.

Barkley is electric.  Only a few touches in the game so far, but he makes the most of each one.  So shifty and patient.  Already hurdled two tacklers so far.

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Ty Johnson.  Runs a bit upright but has sort of a Dalvin Cook style explosiveness.  At this rate he probably gets to 100 yards or close by the half.

 

I'll give Randy Edsall credit.. Raved about Ty Johnson.. Kept telling me #Terps need more guys like him.. He's a big play waiting to happen

 
 
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