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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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The 2019 Free Agency Tracker -Added: Landon Collins, Rodgers-Cromartie, Donald Penn, Flowers, Smallwood. Lost:Preston Smith, Nsekhe, Crowder, HaHa

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I would be ok trading for AB if we were just a couple of pieces away from being a contender, but we're not.  We don't even know who our starting QB is going to be next season.  Also, AB is on the wrong side of 30 and he's stated that he wants to be the highest paid WR.  I don't know if I would go as far as to say he's a locker room cancer, but I don't think he's going to blend in as well as Adrian Peterson did last season.  Our locker room isn't as strong as the Patriots or Steelers to handle a big personality like AB's.  Remember what happened to Swearinger?  I think AB would be just as quick to voice his displeasure publicly if he doesn't get at least 5 touches a game and with the current state of our QBs that's a real possibility.  I would much rather try to solve our issues at WR using our 1st or 2nd round pick.

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I have Antonia Brown fatigue and I'm not even a Steeler's fan. Must be one constant eye roll for them. 

 

There hasn't been much talk here about Dee Ford. Apparently he's available and may only cost a second. What are thoughts about him on the board? He's had 5 seasons and two of those were good or very good. He had 13 sacks last year and 10 in 2016. The problem is, last year was a contract year and the Chiefs were always playing from ahead, and that in his other 3 seasons, he's had 1.5, 4.0, and 2.0 sacks. That is more feast than famine, and he's 27. And, you have to pay him. I might take him for a 3rd, but even that wouldn't thrill me. He has the speed I crave, but too many other negatives. 

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1 hour ago, LetMeSeeYourWarFace21 said:

 

I know I'm in the minority, but I kind of hope we are. We are in DESPERATE need of a true #1 WR. Don't know where he ranks, but he easily a top 5 WR. If signing him doesn't obliterate our salary cap I'm fine with signing him. Don't feel like using a top pick on that position, especially if it ain't on one of the top 1-2 WR prospects in the draft (which it won't be). This team needs some ELITE talent.

 

It's not like he's freely available. You have to trade significant assets to get him (a first rounder?) and then likely renegotiate his contract to pay him $18+ million a year. So it will obliterate the cap since this team doesn't even have that much now. Sure the team can cut some guys and free up space, but it likely means re-signing no one of significance and signing no other major free agents and losing your top pick in the draft. So arguably this team will be worse over than in 2018 because it really won't have upgraded anywhere but WR. And Since Brown is on the wrong side of 30, he'll probably stop being ELITE within a year or two and then you are spend $40 million a year on Alex Smith and Antonio Brown while still losing 10+ games year since there's no real QB or secondary.

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4 hours ago, Morrissey1972 said:

I’m always surprised by the folks who continue to be impressed by Kerrigans stats. Anyone who’s been to a Redskins training camp over the last four years knows that Kerrigan is easily the slowest and most hobbled man on defense. 

 

I love Kerrigans professionalism and he’s been a great ambassador for this team but he’s now making his living off the talent that’s around him, instead of his own. 

 

 

 

 

Jesus this take needs to die.

 

He’s not an elite player but he’s a damn good pass rusher.

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23 minutes ago, Anselmheifer said:

I have Antonia Brown fatigue and I'm not even a Steeler's fan. Must be one constant eye roll for them. 

 

There hasn't been much talk here about Dee Ford. Apparently he's available and may only cost a second. What are thoughts about him on the board? He's had 5 seasons and two of those were good or very good. He had 13 sacks last year and 10 in 2016. The problem is, last year was a contract year and the Chiefs were always playing from ahead, and that in his other 3 seasons, he's had 1.5, 4.0, and 2.0 sacks. That is more feast than famine, and he's 27. And, you have to pay him. I might take him for a 3rd, but even that wouldn't thrill me. He has the speed I crave, but too many other negatives. 

 

Pass. Solid player, but if you have to give up good draft picks AND sign him to a huge deal, he better be putting up 10+ sacks a year consistently. Two years out of 5 isn't consistent enough. Pass rush is one of those areas where teams will consistently and repeatedly overpay this offseason. Seems like a better bet to try and draft someone

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27 minutes ago, Anselmheifer said:

I have Antonia Brown fatigue and I'm not even a Steeler's fan. Must be one constant eye roll for them. 

 

There hasn't been much talk here about Dee Ford. Apparently he's available and may only cost a second. What are thoughts about him on the board? He's had 5 seasons and two of those were good or very good. He had 13 sacks last year and 10 in 2016. The problem is, last year was a contract year and the Chiefs were always playing from ahead, and that in his other 3 seasons, he's had 1.5, 4.0, and 2.0 sacks. That is more feast than famine, and he's 27. And, you have to pay him. I might take him for a 3rd, but even that wouldn't thrill me. He has the speed I crave, but too many other negatives. 

Can he play wr?

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4 minutes ago, bakedtater1 said:

Can he play wr?

I mean, he ran a 4.53 at his pro day, soooooo, maybe? He doesn't have the length that Sweat does though. Could either of them play QB?

 

I think we are going to lose Preston Smith in FA. There was rumor on ES that he might get 16 million and that the Packers were interested. I don't think he gets that much money, but I do think he gets wayyyyyy too  much money to be worth it. I think someone like Chase Winovich in the second could more than replace Preston's production. 

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I just don't see them putting that much into free agency on the defensive side of the ball other than Landon Collins.

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Knowing the MO off this FO we probably won't hear anything until Monday when the "legal" Free agent tampering period starts 

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Sean Lee just cut his 7m deal in half to stay with Cowboys, hopefully some of the overpaid Redskins(Norman, Reed, etc.), can do the same. Although I'm not holding my breath. 

 

HTTR 

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Sean Lee played like 10 games the past 4 years and is a sneeze away from a coma. He’s unreliable and Dallas should have cut him. 

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17 minutes ago, Skin'emAlive said:

Sean Lee played like 10 games the past 4 years and is a sneeze away from a coma. He’s unreliable and Dallas should have cut him. 

He is going to ride the pine but even that is an injury risk for him.

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1 hour ago, markmills67 said:

Sean Lee just cut his 7m deal in half to stay with Cowboys, hopefully some of the overpaid Redskins(Norman, Reed, etc.), can do the same. Although I'm not holding my breath. 

 

HTTR 

This is what Im hoping for

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1 hour ago, markmills67 said:

Sean Lee just cut his 7m deal in half to stay with Cowboys, hopefully some of the overpaid Redskins(Norman, Reed, etc.), can do the same. Although I'm not holding my breath. 

 

HTTR 

So I could be wrong because I was half listing when he was on but Joel Corry was on one of the local radio shows recently and he said that the restructuring language is written into the original contract and its standard protocol.  Something about back in the day the agent's taking advantage of the owners when they wanted to restructure so now the restructure language is in there when they sign their mega deals so it's only a matter if the team wants to execute on the restructuring and the player has no say.

 

Maybe someone else also heard it can give an amen on that.

 

Also, I heard Bruce say they would use restructures if they needed to, as if it was a formality if they needed to clear space.

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Skinsinparadise said:

 

 

 

So, he’s not going to be traded. And he will sit out the season, like Bell.

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Just now, Die Hard said:

 

So, he’s not going to be traded. And he will sit out the season, like Bell.

 

Could be and wouldn't that be wild.   I bet Brown might even enjoy the drama of sitting out. 

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Just now, Skinsinparadise said:

 

Could be and wouldn't that be wild.   I bet Brown might even enjoy the drama of sitting out. 

 

Whats with the culture of the Steelers lately? Use to be lunch pale.

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10 minutes ago, Die Hard said:

 

So, he’s not going to be traded. And he will sit out the season, like Bell.

Brown will be what 30 or 31 playing this year.  It's not like he's 27 asking for this money.  Oh well.

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AB scenario smells more and more like TO drama. 

 

The skins absolutely have to fill holes on the cheap.  Hope they pass on drafting any of these QBs.  The one FA that gets a lot of talk here is Collins who doesn't solve their issue at safety.  He's bad in coverage.  Plays good in the box and that's it. Better off going with one of the backup vets and the youngsters in 2019. 

 

Edge Rusher, WR, OG, Safety (1,2,3,4)

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2 hours ago, Die Hard said:

 

So, he’s not going to be traded. And he will sit out the season, like Bell.

 

AB is gunning for the coveted title of most hated asshole in the league.

His antics are a giant **** you to the teams, his teammates, and the fans.

What a stupid arrogant asshole.

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Can someone explain exactly what set this all off with AB in Pittsburgh. I don't understand. He literally just signed a renegotiated contract in 2017, yes? Has been super productive. Solid QB(but probably a rapist) throwing him the ball. Has been winning. Why was he unhappy there and why would he then be happy anywhere? 
 

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9 minutes ago, crabbypatty said:

 

 

AB is gunning for the coveted title of most hated asshole in the league.

His antics are a giant **** you to the teams, his teammates, and the fans.

What a stupid arrogant asshole.

 

You shouldn’t repress your anger 🤣 Tell us how you really feel!

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