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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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Seems like a talented kid slotted in as safety.  He says he feels more comfortable at safety, but could play some corner in a pinch.  I'll take it.

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I have my concerns, but I'm good with using a 6th.  I was worried we would go a lot higher than that, but a 6th for him could work out.  

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The way the Virginia Tech media guy killed Alexander on Finlay's podcast this week -- made me pause.  But a 6th rounder is a flier pick so what the heck?   The guy who covered Virginia Tech said he wasn't a polished CB and thought Stroman was better -- but his bigger concern was he said fishing around he heard the dude is a knucklehead who doesn't have the desire to push himself.

 

Having said that, we got his old CB coach here who knows him.  And guys like Norman who are committed to excellence might rub off on the dude if his attitude is an issue.

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6 minutes ago, Skinsinparadise said:

The way the Virginia Tech media guy killed Alexander on Finlay's podcast this week -- made me pause.  But a 6th rounder is a flier pick so what the heck?   The guy who covered Virginia Tech said he wasn't a polished CB and thought Stroman was better -- but his bigger concern was he said fishing around he heard the dude is a knucklehead who doesn't have the desire to push himself.

 

Having said that, we got his old CB coach here who knows him.  And guys like Norman who are committed to excellence might rub off on the dude if his attitude is an issue.

 

These are great points - for a 6th rounder, he's probably worth the risk. 

 

Perhaps having some VT alums in the locker room will keep him on the straight and narrow.

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34 minutes ago, Skinsinparadise said:

The way the Virginia Tech media guy killed Alexander on Finlay's podcast this week -- made me pause.  But a 6th rounder is a flier pick so what the heck?   The guy who covered Virginia Tech said he wasn't a polished CB and thought Stroman was better -- but his bigger concern was he said fishing around he heard the dude is a knucklehead who doesn't have the desire to push himself.

 

Having said that, we got his old CB coach here who knows him.  And guys like Norman who are committed to excellence might rub off on the dude if his attitude is an issue.

Pretty much how I feel, what the heck.

 

The fact his tape was much better when Gray was his coach makes it enticing at the very least.

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48 minutes ago, skinny21 said:

Is that now 4 VT secondary players drafted in the last few years?

We are the VT Burgundy Tide

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I think getting him in the 6th is a great move..Most 6th rd picks aren’t expected to pan out,or good back up player at best..if he pans out then it’s a steal,if not then we haven’t really lost out on too much(better than giving a 2nd round pick to a player that retired,came back then gets traded for peanuts..remind ya of anybody??)..he reminds me of a Richard Sherman type player(who was picked in the 5th if I’m correct??) his speed could be a lil faster but with his size and range,he should be an upgrade at least in the red zone!!

With T.Gray coaching him in college,he’s already familiar with what makes this kid tick and help get him up to speed pretty quick-should make a difference towards the adjustment coming into the league(especially this late on the season)..

im hoping they develop him as a corner and a backup safety only if needed-swapping a player from a position that he’s comfortable with only works with oh so many guys(Although Dunbar has been decent so far),being multidimensional is always great to have on a team but I’d keep him at CB till he makes the transition first(if he struggles then I’d see where else he could help out on the team)

But over all,I think it was a good move-not a lot given up and it’s nothing but all up side for the kid if he can keep it together-looking forward to seeing how he plays out!!!

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On 3/27/2018 at 3:31 PM, volsmet said:

 

 

In 2019 im keeping my eye on Olamide Zaccheaus of Virginia. 

 

Unknown prospect killing it, that’s why I get the big bucks, gentlemen, and republicans.

 

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