Changes May Come on Offense ... and Defense ... and Special Teams
ATLANTA -- Here's the rest of what a very coy Ralph Friedgen had to say earlier this afternoon during his Sunday conference call. He wasn't much into specifics, but he did broach several topics worth discussing.
For starters, Friedgen said there may be some alterations to many of his team's lineups.
"There may be a few changes," he said. "We’ll have to see. I’m gonna marinate overnight on that and think about it and see if we can get some guys in the right spots and maybe get a little more production. I think there’s a couple of spots, I know on special teams I’m thinking about making a couple of changes and maybe a couple of spots on offense and defense."
And can you talk about some of the players whose playing time might be in flux?
"Well yeah, there may be some players in that mix, yeah."
Right, but do you have any names for us?
"Not right now. No."
When asked if quarterback Josh Portis might be on his way to earning more playing time under center, Friedgen said it was a possibility. He noted that the coaching staff needed to do more with Portis, either having him throw or hand the ball off more.
"Josh did some real good things the other night and he still made a couple of errors," Friedgen said. "You know, we’ll just have to see how that develops."
While Friedgen said many of the younger offensive players made mistakes operating in the new system, he also noted the unit did make some progress against Middle Tennessee. The problem, Friedgen surmised, was the offense's lack of consistency.
"We’ll run one play and block it perfectly and the next play, we’ll miss a block or someone will go the wrong way," he said. "So, to me, it needs to be more of a consistent-type thing than where it is right now."
The Terrapins will face a team in Cal that jumped into the AP poll this week at No. 23 after thrashing Washington State. Friedgen said he hasn't seen much of the Bears on tape but that he knew they had an athletic offensive line and speed at the running back and wide receiver positions.
Asked whether it was a good or bad thing that his Terrapins -- fresh off a loss to a team most people expected Maryland to crush -- were facing a team as talented as Cal next Saturday, Friedgen chuckled and said, "I'll tell you next week."
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