Evaluation Week: Grading Friedgen's Performance
Today is the first installment of our weeklong evaluation of Maryland at the season’s midpoint. Throughout the week, we will examine the performance of different units, coordinators and, of course, Ralph Friedgen.
We start at the top today with Friedgen, who is in his 8th season at his alma mater. Here are some thoughts to keep in mind when thinking about Friedgen’s performance since training camp:
The team is 4-2, a midseason record most fans would have taken before the season started … The losses at Middle Tennessee and Virginia were two of the worst of the Friedgen era … the quarterback who has led Maryland to victories over Clemson and Cal was tapped as the backup to start the season … Friedgen named Jordan Steffy the starter based on practice performance, not based on the games Chris Turner won last season … Friedgen lit a fire under the team the night before the Cal game … Friedgen did not overreact in the locker room at halftime of the Clemson game … Friedgen admits he has been unable to consistently reach a veteran team … After failing to adequately motivate players last season, Friedgen has made a concerted effort to do so this season, but he has struggled motivating the team for games against Virginia and MTSU … Friedgen said Sunday that he feels “inadequate” in trying to convey messages to these players … By giving up play-calling duties, Friedgen is more like the program's CEO this season, a move that was supposed to allow Friedgen to become closer to players ...
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