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Cosh Talks Clemson

Does anyone have any thoughts on Chris Cosh, Maryland's defensive coordinator. Here are bits and pieces of an interview that colleague Steve Yanda conducted with Cosh. (On a side note, Yanda stopped by the Gossett Team House yesterday and talked to Patrick Stevens about the upcoming Media Fitness Test. Stevens has pulled out, sorry to say, so the competition may not take place now, and that's a shame!)

(Comments on Clemson’s offense)
"A lot of their game is on the perimeter, jailbreak screens to the running backs. They're also back there in the quarterback position taking direct snaps, so they've got different ways to get them the ball, not just in the conventional one-back and I-back sets.

(Comments on how to defend Clemson)
"Well, we've got to go straight ahead, because they're a pound-it-at-you (style). If they have a preference, they want to come down hill at you for power plays and zone plays and just try to knock you off the ball with their size and girth. The guys they got there, that are left there, aren't small. They're all 300-plus and 6-foot-5, so they've still got size. And it's easy to come straight ahead when you're a young player, so they'll try to utilize that. And in the screen plays, they'll try to cut you, try to get your hands on the ground and get the ball outside on the perimeter and try to outrun you. … You don't want them to mark up and tee off on you. Have to use our pad level and quickness.

(A couple important keys)
"Well, it's two things. One, we've got to pressure. You look at pass coverage and pass rushing combined. You've got to hold the ball in coverage to get the sacks, and you've got to disrupt them with the rush and make them throw before they want to. That's where you get some of your interceptions and the timing of the routes aren't matched up with the receivers.

"You look at coverage and a lot of times you look at the deep end, but sometimes it's the underneath coverage. You've got to hold off your curls and hold off your zones. You've got fits in the pass coverage just like you've had fits in the run game.

"We're doing drills that simulate half the formation, the full formation, the under-part of the coverage. So, we're trying to isolate some things."

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 24, 2008; 1:27 PM ET
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I am unimpressed with Chris Cosh. I think the program was spoiled with Gary Blackly who in my mind did a fantastic job. It has seemed to me that year 1 under Cosh the excuse was the kids “didn’t get his system yet” however last season wasn’t any better and there seem to be similar struggles this season already. The defense typically seems unprepared and they always seem to wear out late in games. They are embarrassed by misdirection offensive schemes. I will say that if I remember correctly the defense is generating more turnovers recently which is a plus. Anyway, I don’t know what his rep was with K State or Mich State but I look at him as the major hole in the Terps coaching staff. It seems as though the Terps have plenty talent on D, but I really don’t think they are up to snuff.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

"You've got to hold the ball in coverage to get the sacks, and you've got to disrupt them with the rush and make them throw before they want to."

When he says this I know exactly what he is thinking... He thinks that through lock-down coverage we will be able to get coverage sacks, but that just isn't how it works. You need to blitz/stunt the hell out of the Clemson line in order to make them throw before they want to. It's the only way. Yes, it is somewhat of a gamble, but more often than not it works in your favor.

Posted by: EarthToCosh | September 24, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

His previous tenures as DC have been as uninspiring as his tenure with the Terps. His sole saving grace is his ability to be a somewhat ok recruiter.

Posted by: Mariolucasforthree | September 24, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

You dictate the pace of the passing game to them by blitzing a young o-line. You don't let them dictate to you by sitting back. The O-Line is the point guard of the team, you pressure it to disrupt the offense and create turnovers...

Posted by: Lee | September 24, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

If I remember correctly the last time Cosh's defense played at Clemson they played flawlessly keeping the Tigers out of the endzone and kept the team in the game enough to win. When it comes to coaching, Cosh is probably the best and most experienced coach on the staff not to mention the best recruiter, and I would love to see anyone of you genius sports experts to give good solid evidence as to why he doing a terrible job. It's obvious that because of his schemes the defensive is productive and such as the case with Cal, they confuse opponents. Whats hurting the team now obviously is injuries, as has been the case the past year. And if any of you people think he is such an idiot and your such great football masterminds why dont you quit your pathetic day jobs and become a college football coach? ohh wait thats right you have no idea what your talking about

Posted by: truth hurts | September 25, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

just look at the stats at all his past defensive coordinator stints. how middle of the pack or worse his teams ranked nationally. look at the number of 2nd half collapses over the past few years in CP. the number of times the team was outgained by seemingly lesser opponents. look how his D could not generate a sack in 8 qtrs against UD and MTSU. the prevent. the bend but don't break that almost always has broke.

Nobody here is saying we would do a better job. Then again we are not "professional" coaches like your boy Cosh. I'm sure he would be a fine position coach...just sucks as a D1 DCoord.

Posted by: truth spins | September 25, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

wow you sure do sound like you have the facts mr. numbers and stats lets just not look at the fact that the defense won the UD game for the team with seemingly no help from the offense. and the MTSU game was just one of those bad games as a whole team but did they not bounce back the very next week and beat one of the top offenses in the nation in cal? all you people care about are meaningless statistics and not the most important stat of all the win column. I dont care if the Terps surrender 600 yards of total offense as long as they get the Win. that is what a true fan would care about..thats whats wrong with this whole state they are with you win or tie and people are never supportive but are quick to stomp you while you are down. and that bend but dont break BS im tired of are either with the team or against us you decide. let the coaches coach and the players play. why dont you try saying something positive for once? is it that hard?

Posted by: seriously ur pathetic | September 25, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

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