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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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Game of Thrones Season 8

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The binge_mode podcast just released a live show they did at Con of Thrones, and it’s hysterical. But warning, Binge Mode contains adult content.  (Like, “would you rather receive the Lords Kiss from Jon Snow or spend the night with Pod the Rod” adult content...) 

 

They played a game of “would you rather.” See above for example.

 

Anybody who needs a good laugh, it’s great. 

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On 7/18/2019 at 7:12 PM, Forehead said:

Has anyone read Fire and Blood or that giant companion book to the main series?  Are either worth it?

Sorry to be a few weeks behind this post, but I highly recommend both.

 

World focuses on the entirety of the universe the book is built around, including geographic depictions of every aspect of the known world, as well as the histories of each civilized part of said world. I'm just guessing off the top of my head, but the Targaryan family history in Westeros probably lasts like 40-50 pages in World ... Fire and Blood took those 40 pages and did a 400 page version of the first half (so 20 pages) of what was in World of Ice and Fire.

 

World of Ice and Fire dedicated about 1.5 - 3 pages to each Targaryan ruler (including pictures) ... Fire and Blood dedicated about 50-75 pages for every ruler through about 150 AD, or halfway through the Targaryan rule and gets into extensive detail about how Westeros was ruled, the personalities that helped rule the kingdom, and the inter-family dynamics and order of rule among the Targaryans. Very compelling, if you're a nerd like me.

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4 hours ago, StillUnknown said:

i remember when I was actually excited for them prequels

 

fun times they were

 

Yeah seeing how it ended I just don’t give a crap anymore. They broke me. 

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2 hours ago, Momma There Goes That Man said:

 

Yeah seeing how it ended I just don’t give a crap anymore. They broke me. 

Agreed, and time has done nothing to diminish my annoyance with it.  The series was best when it had books to follow, and the writer has pretty much stopped writing.  There are no prequel books to follow.  Hard to get excited about an entire series written like the worst season of game of thrones.  

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I'll give it a look as long as D&D aren't anywhere near it.  

 

I always thought giving a full account of Robert's Rebellion would have been awesome.   We saw a brief flashback in the show, but it had little context and just didn't resonate.

 

Netflix's The Witcher has a shot to knock them down a peg  so they need to get this right. 

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6 hours ago, Momma There Goes That Man said:

 

They broke me. 

 

Yep.  The bumpage of this thread just annoys me all over again :(

 

Spoiler alert: THE SHOW DIES IN SEASON 8

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4 hours ago, Destino said:

Agreed, and time has done nothing to diminish my annoyance with it.  The series was best when it had books to follow, and the writer has pretty much stopped writing.  There are no prequel books to follow.  Hard to get excited about an entire series written like the worst season of game of thrones.  

 

they really had no idea how to write the more clever and smarter characters once the source material dried up.

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Yep.  The bumpage of this thread just annoys me all over again :(

 

Spoiler alert: THE SHOW DIES IN SEASON 8

 

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I’ll honestly just ignore 7-8 and stop the series at 6 after the Winds of Winter if I ever rewatch. 

 

6 hours ago, DCSaints_fan said:

always thought giving a full account of Robert's Rebellion would have been awesome.   We saw a brief flashback in the show, but it had little context and just didn't resonate.

 

I loved that the show always kept this world altering event mysterious and told it’s story by the accounts of those that were involved and the legends that rose from those moments. It was something else the show handled perfectly. 

 

Like seeing Tywin sacking the city will never be as special as it was hearing Jaime tell what happened to Brienne. Seeing Robert and Rhaegars fight at the trident won’t be as intriguing as imagining it from hearing Robert admit that he kills rhaegar again every night in his dreams. I appreciate that they left so much up to the imagination like when Jaime describes the death of Ned’s father and brother to Ned. 

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Things I hope for:

 

- George finishes the books and at some point, somebody re-does the adaptation, starting at the beginning. Maybe with new VR technology or something, which would be kindof insane.   NOTE: I won't read the books.  But somebody else can and they can adapt it for me.  

- I live to see the above

- group sex with Sophie Turner, Natalie Dormer, and Nathalie Emanuel and Emelia Clarke. 

 

Sadly, I thin the last option has the greatest chance of actually happening.  

 

I will turn on the prequels when they come out.  The first one about the long night seems like it's entirely the wrong angle of the universe for me.  I didn't care at all about the white walkers, children of the forest, 3 eyed raven or the Night King, or any of that stuff.  So if the "magical" aspect of the world is the focus, I'll probably watch an episode or two and then dump it.

 

The Targaryan show might actually be pretty cool if it's handled correctly. Not saying it will or won't be.  But dragons are cool.  Shrug.

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3 minutes ago, Momma There Goes That Man said:

Our best hope is that the books are released and somebody makes the entire series a quality anime or something so we can get the entire story of the books start to finish maybe a few things here or there cut but like a 12 season clone wars type of thing 

George is the key to all of this.  

 

It’s a pretty tough look for my guy not finishing the books....

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17 hours ago, Destino said:

  There are no prequel books to follow.

The new series is based on something that it is documented in his notes and history and in the Queen and Princess novella.  

 

While I didn't love the story, it has some interesting elements to it.  I'm also curious to see more of Westeros back when dragons were more common.

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12 hours ago, visionary said:

I'm also curious to see more of Westeros back when dragons were more common.

 

they tamed their dragons by yelling at them

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4 hours ago, StillUnknown said:

 

they tamed their dragons by yelling at them

I think one thing from the novella that stood out was that dragons are dangerous, destructive creatures, even if they are supposed to be on your side.  

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