Evaluation Week: Grading the Coordinators
Today we will examine the performance of both coordinators, and this should be interesting. First, to review, 88 percent of pollsters yesterday gave Ralph Friedgen a grade of C or worse. And I forgot one note on Friedgen that I will remember: He gave the results of that players’ poll on the quarterbacks during training camp, which many people found interesting.
Let’s start with defensive coordinator Chris Cosh. Here are some thoughts that jump to mind about Cosh through six games:
Virginia, ranked last nationally in scoring offense, scored four offensive touchdowns against Maryland, one more than the Cavs had scored in four previous games combined … Players displayed poor on-field communication against Middle Tennessee State … MTSU receivers were often wide open as QB Joe Craddock hit them for quick receptions … Cal QB Kevin Riley threw for 239 yards in the fourth quarter, as Maryland’s linebackers failed to cover the same routes they had earlier covered … Injuries to Maryland’s secondary have hampered the Terps ability to cover the pass … Clemson moved the ball at will against Maryland’s defense in the first half … Cosh made adjustments and held the Tigers to 26 rushing yards in the second half … Maryland is 11th in the ACC in pass defense and total defense … Maryland is 90th nationally in total defense … Maryland is 98th nationally in pass defense. The Terps are 94th nationally in tackles for loss … MTSU Coach Rick Stockstill said he was surprised Maryland hardly blitzed against his inexperienced offensive line … Maryland made Cal's Jahvid Best a non-factor in the running game ... Virginia hit Maryland with quick strikes, long sustained drives and fourth-down plays ...
And let's turn to offensive coordinator James Franklin. Some thoughts off the top of my head:
The offense looked vanilla in the opener against Delaware … Franklin displayed more creative play-calling in recent games (minus Virginia) … The 76-yard reverse worked perfectly against Clemson … Danny Oquendo’s pass worked perfectly against Eastern Michigan … Whether it’s poor route-running or something else, Darrius Heyward-Bey has a combined two touches the past two games and did not catch a ball in either game … Chris Turner has developed into a more consistent quarterback … Josh Portis’s packages are somewhat predictable … Franklin is the first to accept blame after a poor performance … Maryland’s passing offense is 86th nationally … The Terps are 85th nationally in scoring offense … Not sure how much rests with Franklin, but the offensive line has been perhaps the biggest disappointment for Maryland … Felt the same way Ralph Friedgen did when evaluating the quarterbacks situation and choosing Jordan Steffy as the starter …
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