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Golden Nuggets: Dykes still building his foundation, defense finally playing as a team, and a birthday present for Goff

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At today's press conference, Coach Sonny Dykes opened by discussing the progress the team is making, which may be more about the foundation of a new culture than immediate wins.

The subject moved to the preponderance of record-breaking performances, which he mainly attributes to the evolution of the game. But a little hint, Coach, discussing your record-breaking stats in the same sentence of steroids might not be so wise.

DB Cameron Walker attributed the defense's improved performance against UCLA to the players finally coming together and playing as one. Let's hope this continues for the rest of the year.

One notable defender the fans have all been anticipating is LB Nick Forbes. Forbes, who has been named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works team, is one of the nine intended defensive starters currently not on the field. Forbes saw his first action of the year against the Bruins on special teams, but it sounds like the fans might have to keep waiting.

Check out @GoldenBlogs for more injury updates on RB Daniel Lasco and OL Matt Cochran and some news about what QB Jared Goff received for his birthday yesterday.

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