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.
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