EMU's Defense Presents Challenges
As I wrote in my advance, which should be on the Web now, Ralph Friedgen can largely determine how his team will play in the game by how his team has practiced during the week. That’s not always the case, but it was against Middle Tennessee State. And Maryland has shown sharper focus this week. On Thursday, Friedgen said the team had performed drills better than it had done all year.
Some assistants, however, were a little concerned because of some inconsistency in performance, not effort. Friedgen had an explanation: “Eastern Michigan runs this “radar” defense where they stand everyone up and move everyone around on third down to screw up your pass protection. We have come up with something to try to block it, but it’s not going to look good the first time you go out [in practice]. Sometimes I think our coaches’ expectations are too high. It’s not easy. It’s going to present some problems.
“What I look at is effort, attention to details and whether they are trying to do the right thing. Where I get irritated is when they are indifference, have no focus and don’t really care whether they do the right thing. We had two 10-minute periods for the defense one day this week, and I ran two scout teams on them. In 20 minutes, we ran 49 plays. They were dragging. But I don’t think we will be caught off-guard by a fast-paced no-huddle offense” like they were against MTSU.
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