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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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Just now, Sacks 'n' Stuff said:

As compared to when?

 

The last eleven years

 

Not quite as high as when Democrats voted to build a fence  though 

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1 hour ago, twa said:

Mexico makes noises about cracking down but the numbers don't lie.....and they are up

 

Pointing out that "the numbers" you're referring to are "the numbers of people we're stopping".  

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2 minutes ago, Sacks 'n' Stuff said:

As compared to when?

 

As compared to the last fiscal year, there is definitely a surge in more families appearing at the border seeking asylum:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/05/us/border-crossing-increase.html

 

But it really isn't a crisis when put in historical context:

 

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Understanding what is happening on the border is difficult because, while the numbers are currently higher than they have been in several years, they are nowhere near the historic levels of migration seen across the southwest border. Arrests for illegally crossing the border reached up to 1.64 million in 2000, under President Clinton. In the 2018 fiscal year, they reached 396,579. For the first five months of the current fiscal year, 268,044 have been apprehended.

 

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1 minute ago, Larry said:

 

Pointing out that "the numbers" you're referring to are "the numbers of people we're stopping".  

 

Are they being stopped or just processed?

 

Next you will tell me they get deported and leave.

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27 minutes ago, twa said:

Not quite as high as when Democrats voted to build a fence  though 

Yes, yes. I have great admiration for the effortless waning between “Democrats did all the same stuff as Trump” and “Democrats just want illegals pouring over the border.” At least the being full of **** part remains consistent in the messaging.

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6 minutes ago, twa said:

Did I mention they did not fund it?

 

Kind of like the Republicans, and Trump's wall?

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2 hours ago, twa said:

You seriously don't know that illegal crossings are up?

 

No, I don't.

 

Do you?

The number of children coming over the border is up and that's almost certainly tied to changes in policies of how we treat adults that come over with children vs. those that do not.

 

But I haven't seen any evidence that there has been much of a change in the total number of people coming over the border.

 

Much less more people that aren't being stopped to indicate that border security is really failing.

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Well, now, let's be honest, here. The US government pays for tariffs. If you're a highly visible industry that still supports Trump, even though his actions are harming you. 

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Pentagon to counter China threats by funding US rare earth mines

The US has long had the resources to mine rare earth elements present within the US. 
there are mines in California for example where the elements are extracted and shipped to China for processing.  A Texas operation is also being developed.

 

http://prairiepundit.blogspot.com/2019/06/us-responds-to-chinas-threat-to.html

 

 

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Admiring our board's GOP cheerleader cheering for the notion of their POTUS harming Americans, but don;t worry, we're going to throwing taxpayer money at a carefully selected few of the businesses harmed by our actions.  

 

Guess this must be "winning".  

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22 hours ago, Larry said:

Admiring our board's GOP cheerleader cheering for the notion of their POTUS harming Americans, but don;t worry, we're going to throwing taxpayer money at a carefully selected few of the businesses harmed by our actions.  

 

Guess this must be "winning".  

 

Says the person ignoring the national security implications.

This has been in the works pre tarrifs

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1 minute ago, Cooked Crack said:

Called it. Sharp warnings.

 

No one had their balls more badly deflated in 2016 than Little Marco.

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1 hour ago, Cooked Crack said:
Called it. Sharp warnings.

 

Susan Collins must really be sharpened right now! 

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