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No Prevent Defense vs. Cal

Just wrapping up work for the night, but I wanted to chime in with something I caught on Ralph Friedgen's radio show while driving home tonight. A caller asked about playing prevent defense, and Friedgen said Maryland has not played prevent defense this season, even in the fourth quarter of the Cal game, when the Golden Bears threw for 239 yards. Friedgen said it was not prevent defense; it was fatigued defense. He said players, especially linebackers, failed to cover routes that they had covered successfully early in the game. I think fans would feel better if Cal had success because Maryland was in a prevent look, but that does not appear to be the case. Again, pass defense will be a large issue Saturday at Clemson, as will fatigue. Guys like Jeremy Navarre can't afford to play 70 plays if they want to remain at the same speed in the fourth quarter as they were in the first quarter.

I'll have updates throughout what will be a very busy day tomorrow.

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 24, 2008; 11:38 PM ET
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Let's see:

Corners playing a minimum of 10 yards off their receivers. CHECK
All Linebackers dropping into a cluster F zone. CHECK
D-line employing absolutely no stunts and creating a perfect passing pocket for opposing QB CHECK

How, exactly, was that not a prevent?

Posted by: Definition of Prevent D | September 25, 2008 2:11 AM | Report abuse

Cosh's entire D is prevent and not just wheh Ralph says they are not playing prevent.

Posted by: Paco in Ajijic | September 25, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

yeah he can say it wasn't a prevent defense all he wants but what i saw on the field certainly looked like one. i guess fridge and cosh are pretending they were calling in all kinds of stunts and blitzes and the d was checking at the line to sitting back off the wrs and rushing 3....

Posted by: Lee | September 25, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I think it might be an issue of semantics, because many of these plays where Ralph blames poor linebacker coverage happened well down the field. They only occurred in front of the safeties because the safeties were extremely deep, having the safeties that far downfield certainly has the same net effect as the prevent even if the coaches don't want to call it that.

Posted by: Joe Williams | September 25, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Love the 10 yd cushions on 3rd and 3!

Posted by: PressCoverage | September 25, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

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