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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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2019 Washington Nationals Thread - Baby Shark! Doo do doo doo do!

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39 minutes ago, Dan T. said:

 

What would you have done?  

Go to Doolittle for the 4 out save or Grace to face the lefty, especially after Barraclough gave up that rocket to Soto

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1 hour ago, Dan T. said:

 

What would you have done?  

 

Freshest arm who's had the most success in his last appearance. Of course it could implode. But that's my move right now. 

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I just think Trea was a bigger deal for this team as constructed than any of us could have assumed. Definitely ink him an extension. 

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1 hour ago, skinfan2k said:

Kimbrel gets 3/45 from Cubbies

Well, at least he didn't go to Philly

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6 hours ago, Riggo#44 said:

Go to Doolittle for the 4 out save or Grace to face the lefty, especially after Barraclough gave up that rocket to Soto

 

5 hours ago, @SkinsGoldPants said:

 

Freshest arm who's had the most success in his last appearance. Of course it could implode. But that's my move right now. 

 

My point was people are so quick to second guess Davey on every bullpen move when it doesn’t work. I’ll bet you can find in this thread criticism for overusing Doolittle or for using Grace in high pressure situations.  It’s easy to second guess when things don’t work, but when you have exactly one reliable bullpen arm, it’s tough for him to be right more than wrong. 

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8 hours ago, Dan T. said:

 

 

My point was people are so quick to second guess Davey on every bullpen move when it doesn’t work. I’ll bet you can find in this thread criticism for overusing Doolittle or for using Grace in high pressure situations.  It’s easy to second guess when things don’t work, but when you have exactly one reliable bullpen arm, it’s tough for him to be right more than wrong. 

 

I don't disagree that Martinez has been handicapped. But, leaving Barraclough in for that long is inexcusable. I can understand the Suero move--a .189 hitter just running into one--it happens. But the Barraclough move is just dumb, and typical of Martinez.

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8 hours ago, Dan T. said:

My point was people are so quick to second guess Davey on every bullpen move when it doesn’t work. I’ll bet you can find in this thread criticism for overusing Doolittle or for using Grace in high pressure situations.  It’s easy to second guess when things don’t work, but when you have exactly one reliable bullpen arm, it’s tough for him to be right more than wrong. 

Suero is being over used...

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37 minutes ago, Dan T. said:

^^^ Proving my point...

It's a cycle with Davey.  When you do well, he saddles you up and uses you over and over and over until you fail. Then he complains in the media that guys have to get outs, he doesn't know what else to do. Should a manager ever say something like that in the media, much less multiple times in the early season?

 

So far:

-Doolittle has been used more to this point in a season than he ever has

-Suero is being used for multiple innings in consecutive games (sometimes 5 innings in 3 games)

-Rainey was used in 3 consecutive games to begin his MLB career, without anyone knowing how he would respond

 

Barraclough being trotted out for a second inning, and then replaced by an overused Suero (when the beat reporters are tweeting that he looks dead in his warm-up pitches you have a problem).

 

I understand that the pen has been BAD (historically so) to start the year, but Davey plays in a role in how that happened.  The relievers had their issues with him last year, and then this spring there were whispers about their use in ST. PC gets fired partially because of how the pen is performing. RP are going to other organizations and thriving - Kelley, Treinen... Dusty wasn't the best manager of the pen, but at least with him and Maddox you knew they were getting the best out of them.  With Davey, do you honestly feel like he is both putting the RP in the best position to be successful AND managing the pen the best way it can be managed?  I think the obvious answer to both questions is a resounding NO.

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Boswell always talks about why catchers and pitchers (and maybe middle infielders) make the best managers and big part of that is bullpen usage.  I think Davey needed a steady hand like Maddox who could help him with these decisions.

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We need to trade for a stammen at the trade deadline.  This lineup is deep and if fed and anibal have pitching the way we have, we will catch the phillies in no time.  

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1 hour ago, skinfan2k said:

We need to trade for a stammen at the trade deadline.  This lineup is deep and if fed and anibal have pitching the way we have, we will catch the phillies in no time.  

 

Problem is...Davey.

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1 hour ago, Riggo#44 said:

 

Problem is...Davey.

 

Bad Managers take teams to the playoffs all the time.  Regular season managing is overrated anyways.  Managing in the postseason is a different animal.  We keep blaming Davey but if the players do their job, it makes his job easier. 

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Sanchez has been better, since coming back. And Fedde has been better than Hellickson.

 

Jake Arrieta is a similar pitcher, and he's been terrible...

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Not surprised we're loath to sign all-stars to a team that's 5 games under .500. Just unfortunate they both went to NL teams.

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