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    Looked like a fair assessment of every units performances except for the special teams. Take out Arroyo’s kicking and this unit definitely deserves an A. The punting has been great and the coverage has been good, i.e. see Russell Sherpherd’s fumble recovery. Punt returns haven’t been spectacular but good and are without all the drama we had last year with Bobby Rainey’s undependable hands.
    I think the defensive scheme is actually going to come together although I do question the use of some of or defensive lineman. I have see Gerald McCoy and on Monday night Will Gholston both drop back into pass coverage.
    What is that all about?

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    No way is DL a C. Two out of 5 games doesn’t award them with a C.

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    Sorry Horse, I agree with the grade, especially since the DL has been losing a starter per week since the first game of the season. Don’t know many teams who could sustain such loses off one unit and still be successful.

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    drdneast; I hear you, but did we ever have a solid starting rotational group? Maybe the DT’s, but I don’t think we were strong enough in the DE arena; Ayers is the only one.

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    We are 28th in scoring defense…..Not sure how that rates a C.

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