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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 minute ago, Simmsy said:

There was a bet on the color of Pink's lipstick...why didn't I take that bet?

She did a good version of the anthem, especially since she has been battling the flu.

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4 minutes ago, thebluefood said:

Well, good news is: I didn't have to go to Philadelphia today. Started snowing in Harrisburg so everyone I was gonna take said "to hell with that." Dodged that bullet. 

 

Bad news is: I don't have TV so I'm gonna have to either play "find the strongest signal" on my 15 year old radio or go across the street to the pub and mingle with all the local Eagles fans. 

Go to the bar, man.

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1 minute ago, Rdskns2000 said:

She did a good version of the anthem, especially since she has been battling the flu.

So have I, but I bet no one praises the amount of shrimp I eat.

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1 minute ago, Rufus T Firefly said:

So have I, but I bet no one praises the amount of shrimp I eat.

There's been some horrible renditions; including during this playoff season.

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Just now, Rufus T Firefly said:

I thought the first was way better than Jurassic Park.

 Really? I skipped it.

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Just now, FanboyOf91 said:

Remember if the Patriots are losing at halftime, holding becomes legal for the rest of the game.

 

Well, holding for one team. 

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1 minute ago, Rufus T Firefly said:

I thought the first was way better than Jurassic Park.

The original?  The original was a classic. The sequels were trash.

The reboot JW was good.

 

Come on Pats and shut down the Eagles. 

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Just now, Simmsy said:

 Really? I skipped it.

I don't agree with him on the original, but Jurassic World was better then the other two that came out.

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1 minute ago, Rdskns2000 said:

The original?  The original was a classic. The sequels were trash.

The reboot JW was good.

 

Come on Pats and shut down the Eagles. 

Classic effects. A few great moments. The story I thought turned to total garbage late.

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1 minute ago, Renegade7 said:

I don't agree with him on the original, but Jurassic World was better then the other two that came out.

 I've only seen the first two. I had a massive crush on Arianna Richards.

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I only saw parts of World, but it looked ok and fun maybe.  I think Jurassic Park 3 was the worst.  1 was great, 2 was good (from what I remember).

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1 minute ago, Simmsy said:

 I've only seen the first two. I had a massive crush on Arianna Richards.

: )  took me until I started studying IT that I recognized that the GUI on the computer she was using literally said Unix on it.  Liked her character more after that.

 

 

Eagles bout that business right now.  

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3 minutes ago, Rufus T Firefly said:

Classic effects. A few great moments. The story I thought turned to total garbage late.

Both books were better then the original two movies.

They better get TDs against Brady, wasted opportunity there.

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1 minute ago, AlvinWaltonIsMyBoy said:

People think Jurassic World 2 looks good? Seriously? I think it looks like lowest denominator trash. Awful.

 

Iggles gonna get a ring. The year is **** sports continues.

 

 

 I'm watching on TV YouTube, I have a delay, you can't stuff like that...it scares me.

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