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Cosh: We Need to Get More Pressure

I got a chance to talk with defensive coordinator Chris Cosh on Tuesday night. Here is some of what he said regarding a variety of issues:

(Do you want to see more blitzing?)
Two of the touchdowns were on blitzes, so we have to be productive when we do blitz. It was a short passing game, catch and throw. You run a lot going this way you’re going to have to turn around and run back. You can either cover it or make a hurried throw even hurrier. The ball came out real quick on both of those. There were other times when we did blitz where it did cause problems for them, more so in the run game than the pass game.

(how tough was it to defend MTSU’s quick passes)
There were combo calls. There was always a running play with a screen. What they do is if they feel the blitz the will throw the screen real quick. The receiver won’t even go downfield. If you got off man, a four-yard cushion, you have to make a tackle. They were trying to spread it out and make it a perimeter game.

(When MTSU QB Joe Craddock says he knew Maryland would not bring a lot of pressure, how do you react to that?)
I don’t know how you can predict all that. I don’t know how he predicted all that. At times, we did bring pressure. I think they were anticipating pressure so they can get rid of it faster.

(Linebackers filling the gaps, can they be doing that quicker?)
Where they had some deals was the quarterback draw, that is when they spread you out and get your d-line one on one.

(improvements you’d like to see)
Not giving up a big play in man coverage. When we get off the field, not to have a fake punt on us.

(on the communication problems in the MTSU game)
Here is the deal: They are trying to speed the game so you can’t get your nickel and dime out there. And they are trying to not have you have time to adjust and get you vanilla on one call. What you have to do, you have to have ways to signal and everyone has to look. They hurry up, they run to the line like they are going to run something, so they get you set to see what you’re in and then they have 25 seconds to run down to see what you are going to do. So you have to have the ability to play a combo call like they are comboing their run and pass. One or two times we had a combo call where the communication wasn’t clear on one side. That is the difference between stopping the play and giving up the first down.

(on progress of Antwine Perez)
Terrell Skinner has been really productive. He has made a lot of plays, tackles, assists, hurries. Perez has to step in there. There was a reason Skinner was No. 1. I hope he can bring his physicalness to our defense.

(on defensive line)
We have got to get more pressure. You can rush three, four, five, six. You have to get there. If you are not getting there with six, you might as well defend. We have to do a better job at that. Where we have been hurt is where we didn’t contain their quarterback. We put pressure on, he scrambled out and that was the one score that we gave up to Delaware. We missed a tackle.

(on Cal’s offense)
The thing that is remarkable is their rushing stats. They have two backs who are very fast. When you couple that with a very athletic offensive line and a precision coaching. They do a good job protecting the quarterback and run blocking. Those backs combined are their leading receivers.

(on Jahvid Best)
I am trying to think who to compare him with but he is one of the top backs I have seen. He is explosive. He will stick his foot in the ground, make the cut and hit it. We actually have been doing pretty well against the run per carry.

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 10, 2008; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Football  | Tags: Chris Cosh  
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I see Cosh's comments pissing off a LOT of MD fans.

Great that he talks about all this stuff, but if you don't make it happen this week, you will have absolutely zero fans in all of MD.

Remember when WVU handed us our lunch in 2006? Remember how we KNEW they were going to run the ball? Remember how we couldn't stop them in the first half??? Well we're going to see a repeat of that game, we won't figure Cal out till it's far too late in the game.

By the way, that's the game when the "Fire Cosh" crowd really got going. A la

Posted by: ckstevenson | September 10, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

I didn't want to fire him before but now I do. "The receiver won’t even go downfield. If you got off man, a four-yard cushion, you have to make a tackle. They were trying to spread it out and make it a perimeter game." Are you kidding me??? Like it's his players fault he didn't have them up on the line taking the screen away. Man this guy is dumb and shows ZERO personal responsibility.

"(improvements you’d like to see)
Not giving up a big play in man coverage. When we get off the field, not to have a fake punt on us."

Wow your players were stuck out there running a dumb defense for 40 minutes and all you do is toss blame on them for a single missed tackle and diss the special teams. Good job coach...

Posted by: Lee | September 10, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

The absurd part about it all is that MTSU is being discussed as if they are a major division one program with a high powered offensive machine. I dont care if MTSU knew exactly what Maryland was going to do on offense or defense--MD should win by virtue of better talent at every positions(QB and Kicker are debatable). Cosh won't admit that he had no defensive answer for what lowly MTSU was doing to them. I cannot believe that MTSU has more talent on offense than MD on defense, thus their scheme and game plan blew ours away--assuming we had a legitimate game plan.

Posted by: zman | September 10, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Maryland is not allowed to lose to MTSU, Period. The coaches have had a long, fair chance. It's over.

Posted by: Dan | September 10, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

"(When MTSU QB Joe Craddock says he knew Maryland would not bring a lot of pressure, how do you react to that?)
I don’t know how you can predict all that. I don’t know how he predicted all that."
Ummm, it's called watching game film and looking at the stats, Albert. I hope to see ANY adjustment - besides his belt - in the Cal game...

Posted by: Sam | September 10, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Reading these comments, I am so glad that the Hokies have a genius like Bud Foster as DC while Maryland is stuck with a dunce like Cosh. Yet another reason why the Hokies will always be ACC elite and Maryland will always be also-rans.

Posted by: BelColemanisBig | September 10, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse


Yeah your Hokies are great! They should be proud of all of the thugs like the Vick brothers they recruit. Did you happen to catch 60 minutes a couple of years ago when they exposed the fact that VT football players were living rent free in new housing designated for poor people on welfare; while using their State funded housing money for personel expenses?

East Carolina kicked your butt two weeks ago and your crowing about Maryland? What a hypocrite! Yes so far the Terps stink but you guys smell a lot worse than we do. By the way great game against LSU last year! That was one good a$$ beating you took!

Posted by: donmac | September 10, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

The issue here is we have not seen any improvement in this defense. Not to mention, you had a year to recruit and you do not bring in any DL when you know your best player is Navarre who used to play fullback and has struggled to gain weight to get to 285? Yes he has a hell of a motor and does not quit. But he is an average to good D1 player. Call it what you will. I love the kid but look at his stats and follow him on game day he is not Long or even Dre Moore.

Further, you have no sacks in 2 games!! The two weakest opponents you will face all year and your excuse for that is what? A quick release at QB?? Are you kidding me?? Come on. Let's go to the tape and see how many sack the Troy Defense had? How about 5!! 5 sacks Troy was able to get. We got none!

Point is this defensive scheme does not work and will not work. You will not get pressure when you are rushing a 3 man front that has only one scholarship player out of highschool in the starting rotation. We have no size or quickness on the DL and that is because the coaches did not plan properly for attrition and other losses along the DL. At the start of last year it was evident we were going to be hurting on the DL this year. Final note, our DL next year.

Posted by: Dave | September 10, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

The lack of coaching ingenuity is very disturbing from viewing the game and the comments. This spread offensive scheme is nothing new to the Terps D-Coordinator. There should never be an issue with communicating defensive calls during the game. This excuse was used in a prior year after giving up a bunch of yards by the defense.

What is also disturbing, by watching the game film is that Terp defensive-backs played 5-7 yards off MTSU receivers which is an easy call to make from the sidelines for a short pass. Second and third downs are much easier to convert when you are wiling to concede 5-7 yards on first down. I know MTSU is known for recruiting all-world receivers, so they should be respected with this type of coverage and bump and run should never be an option!!(that was sarcasm by the way)

Posted by: LINY TERP | September 10, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

It SUCKS, YES SUCKS... If you can't figure it out coach then QUIT.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Classic Chris Cosh. This quote says it all regarding improvements he'd like to see - "Not giving up a big play in man coverage. When we get off the field, not to have a fake punt on us."

How about having your team play to win and make some plays Chris? Stats dont lie - the guy has been horrible every where he has been and UM is no different. Fortunately for him he looks no worse than the offensive coordinators.

Posted by: Mike | September 10, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

MD needs a defense that will get to the ball by sacks, interceptions or blitz. What have we not seen this year are blitz? Sit back in zone and get creamed.
On the offense whatever happened to the option which worked very well the 1st 3 years of Fridge. With a qb like Portis, hello what are you waiting for? Terps are not an agressive team nor are the coaches that teach them

Posted by: JACK | September 10, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Cosh was an awful hire. If MD had an AD that had a clue about building a strong FB program,he never gets hired. He should hopefully be gone in 1-2 years with Ralph...

Posted by: 1Terp | September 10, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Cosh's bend but don't break defense is tough to watch. Whatever he says about blitzing is BS. He didn't put pressure on QBs last year and he won't this year. We just made Joe Craddock a star and no one knew who he was up until then. We don't have a talanted enough player on the D Line this year (like Julius Peppers was for UNC) to make that happen. Cosh is stuck with a couple good linebackers that can't pass cover. We lost 2 ACC All-conference selections in Dre Moore and Erin Henderson and it shows. Aj Wujak and Kenny Tate have nice potential but outside of that we have defense players with average talent. It's time for Cosh to stop blaming his players and start recruiting some better ones or he needs to go. Terp fans should be prepared for our defense to give up a lot of yards this year.

Posted by: barons10 | September 10, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

In the Diamondback, Cosh went on to say "he is pleased on how the system has worked so far". " It has disrupted the oppinents running game". What game is he watching and is he on anything? He has not had an aggressive system of defense since he got here rather a sit back and we'll take it. Hopefully he gone by year's end. They are nearly last in all defensive catogeries taht count in the ACC. CAN YOU IMAGINE THE HONOR SHOW WHEN WE START PLAYING THEM..

Posted by: Jack | September 10, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Well, as a Cal fan staking out the opposition, this is encouraging. I'm especially happy to hear about the weakness on the DL. Our O-Line is the rock-solid foundation of our offense. Led by All-American center Alex Mack, they aren't satisified if they allow a single sack (see their comments after the MSU game) and can open some absolutely monstrous holes (see the WSU game). Our receivers are inexperienced, but hopefully there will be some opportunities given their speed, height, and the injuries at safety. But the unit I'm really hoping wil be ready to go at such early hour is the running backs. 3 80+ yard runs in 2 games is a streak I'd like to see extended. Makes sure you tell Cosh: don't change anything!

Go Bears!

Posted by: Young Blue | September 10, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Well, after reading this interview I now understand why our defense is so bad. Cosh is a complete moron.

He's speaking as if MTSU has invented some complex offensive scheme that no one has seen before! I'm pretty sure we've played against a hurry up quick release offense in the past. The problem is Cosh chooses to play prevent defense against them.

Posted by: Scott | September 10, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

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