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.
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