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Friedgen Feeling 'Inadequate' as Messenger

Just got off the phone with Ralph Friedgen, now a day removed from one of the more improbable outcomes in his head coaching career. He repeated once again that he has not been able to reach these players, that they failed to listen to him despite daily reminders about what type of game he expected it to be Saturday. Friedgen said at times he feels “inadequate” that he cannot convey that message to them all the time. He said this is not a situation unique to his team, that it is happening with teams across the country, and that it might be a “generational thing,” another theme that Friedgen has repeated before.

Friedgen said the primary problem was a lack of focus rather than a lack of effort. He said it is “essential” the running game gets back on track and criticized the offensive line for committing 14 mental errors. Wide receivers committed another seven mental errors, and the running backs had six.

Friedgen is hopeful cornerback Nolan Carroll, who has begun to run again, will return for the Oct. 18 game against Wake Forest, but Mack Frost is still not 100 percent, Chase Bullock suffered a concussion and Dane Randolph had a high ankle sprain. The injuries “are starting to pile up,” Friedgen said. “We are beat up pretty good. A lot of people are beat up. My chore is to try to get healthy this week and also get better.”

Had Maryland played well, Friedgen said he would have used this week to heal. Now he said he can’t afford to do that because the team needs to improve in a number of areas. “My instincts want me to get after them,” Friedgen said. “But I am afraid we do that and we’ll have everyone hurt. I’m between a rock and a hard place.”

Regarding the offensive play calling, Friedgen said: “When you are not blocking anybody, it doesn’t matter what plays you call. The main thing is getting people to block the right people.”

Maryland will practice again on Wednesday.

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 5, 2008; 4:57 PM ET
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If he feels he's "Inadequate" as a messager then he should start to question how adequate he is as a coach.
Certainly inadequate if he can't motivate or prepare a team to beat the VA team they played this week.
Certainly inadequate if you can see that Cosh is completely ineffective week-in, week-out, year-in year-out.
Just amazed that he doesn't see it or maybe it all comes back to this loyalty fault that he professes to have....coaching is hard and you have to be prepared to make the hard decisions.
Right now it's just painful to watch this team week-in, week-out....

Posted by: BD-EC | October 5, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Friedgen is a coward and makes excuses for his lack of leadership. I've gotten a suite with 3 friends and we are very close to canceling our investment. This program is not going in the right direction

Posted by: Terpfan | October 5, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Friedgen is a coward and makes excuses for his lack of leadership. I've gotten a suite with 3 friends and we are very close to canceling our investment. This program is not going in the right direction

Posted by: Terpfan | October 5, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Ralph started out well and has been given plenty of room to keep it going but the sign of a good program is improvement and I don't see improvement I see the same issues every year. I understand you can't win every year and I don't expect a BCS bowl every year but this is just another disappointment and I for one am getting tired of it.

Posted by: stevida | October 5, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Worst loss of the year.
Total embarassment.
Lack of leadership from a players perspective. No player steps up and gets in the face of his teammates to get them fired up.

No EJs, D'Qwells, Shawnees, etc.

"O" line is a huge disappointment...should be a strongpoint for the team, instead, 4 seniors and 1 junior play like they are lost and have no motivation...worse, no heart.

Isn't there someone on this team who can stand up and play this game with pride and passion?

Posted by: UMDFAN | October 5, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable. The Fridge can only blame his kids for not listening to him? What a sore loser. And this isn't the first time he's refused to take responsibility and heaped blame on his team.

Posted by: Reston, Va. | October 5, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

It's time for the Terps to start seriously considering let Ralph go at the end of this season. The only question is whether or not Debbie Yow also believes that a change needs to be made.

Posted by: MikeR | October 5, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: TerpTicker | October 5, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

With your command of the english language, I hope you "gotten" some wealthy friends to pay for the suite. Bottom line: Big Ralph and true Terp fans don't need the likes of you at Byrd.

Posted by: zzTerp | October 5, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Someone on the team's gotta step up. Why has not one of the seniors tried to motivate anyone? They can't win on skill alone. Heck, no one can. They gotta work for it. If any of them want to have any future in football they better get their heads on straight.

Posted by: EricS | October 5, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

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