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Chris Cosh: Part of the Solution or the Problem?

Maryland defensive coordinator Chris Cosh has been a lightning rod of debate on this blog and various message boards. With the Terps entering what Coach Ralph Friedgen has called the defining game of their season, Eric Prisbell takes a look at the man Alabama Coach Nick Saban calls a relentless recruiter and “outstanding” coach and whom many Terps fans call one of the primary sources of the team's problems.

The story will appear in tomorrow's newspaper, but you can read it here and discuss in the comments section.

By Matthew Rennie  |  October 17, 2008; 1:23 PM ET
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Comments

Problem.

For every great effort or great adjustment, there are about 2 poor showings. Friedgen said that Cosh won them the game. I'm fine with that. But in retrospect, did he really?

I noticed that Klempsun got away from a lot of what they were doing successfully. I thought I read that even Cosh said he didn't make any adjustments. And if you want to give a true evaluation of that game, you can't forget how horrible the 'D' was in the 1st half.

Besides that great 2nd half, the 'D' had awful efforts against MTSU and UVA. The 'D' played great against Cal for 3 quarters and then laid down. Again, they said they didn't do anything different. Even E. Michigan moved the ball against us.

Not counting the Delaware game, the 'D' has played 5 very good quarters: 3 against Cal, 2 against Klempsun. The other 15 quarters, not so much. We just can't put together a consistent effort on Defense.

By the way, if Nick Saban loves Cosh so much, ask him if he'd hire him back... ;-)

Posted by: Sam | October 17, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

The coaching fraternity is very tight. What else would you expect from Nick Saban? I put no stock in that comment and the stats do not lie. He's been really poor at MD and I really will press people to review that hire. As a donor and fan, we deserve much better than what's he's been the last few years. The stats do not lie..

Posted by: Terpfan1 | October 17, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I have the solution that works for everyone. VT's DC wants to be a head coach and we're sick of ours and our DC. So MD can trade Fridge and Cosh to VT and Fridge and Beamer can be BFFs again and Cosh can be the DC. Everybody wins right? can we make this trade before the Thursday night game in Blacksburg?

Posted by: Lee | October 17, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

If he was that great, Saban would have him on the staff right now. This isn't personal--coaching is a business and when you don't perform you get fired. Cosh may be a really hard worker and a nice guy, but you can't really argue that for three years, his defenses have underachieved badly.

Posted by: PG | October 17, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I loved this result.

Maryland's - Defensive and Offensive lines and Linebacking corp are the worst in College Football.

I have seen harder hitting teams in powder puff leagues.

Maryland's recruiting efforts are going to take a major hit with this result.

Prediction:

Wake Forest -- 34
Maryland -- 10

Maryland will finish with a 5-7 record.

I am happy that Maryland is no longer recruiting Tavon Austin.

Jelani Jenkins, Travis Hawkins and Isaac Holmes will be signing with the University of Florida.

Go Tar Heels !

Posted by: Gary | October 17, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Cosh's critics will not look at only the 1st half of clemson or the UVA game.

Look at the 2007's defense and even 2006.

2006, 2007 and even this season the defense has given up huge chunks of yards and collapsed in the 2nd half. See Wake 2007 and UVA 2007.

Posted by: BuddhaUMD | October 17, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

What part of our D let down is coaching and what part is players not playing. A coach can inspire but at some point the guys on the field need to get fired up and hit somebody.

Posted by: Jamie | October 17, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Can't understand why so much is made of the 2nd half at Clemson. So he made adjustments and won the game. Chalk up 1 half of good scheming in 3 years and give that man a contract extension! BUT why wait until halftime to adjust...going in you knew what they were going to do...Spiller/Davis...no shock there. Why come out liek they did in the first half...get dominated and have to wait until halftime to adjust. Those adjustments should have been made the practice week prior. Same with Wake...here we go again...spread/read option...you know what the are bringing..no surprises...so scheme from the get go not from the half! Please fall on your own sword because Ralph obviously won't to the stabbing!

Posted by: CoshMustGo | October 17, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

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