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Poll: Who is Most at Fault?

It was clear from Ralph Friedgen's press conference, as I indicated in my story, that Friedgen placed the blame squarely on the shoulders of the players. Is he right? Or should he take some or all of the blame for last night?

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 23, 2008; 12:19 PM ET
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I read the other WashPost story that indicated that the offensive line (that would be the players, Eric) was the primary culprit. (Not that FSU didn't also run it down UMd's throat.)

The Terp center said "You know, I guess we weren't ready." Frankly, everyone on UMd's team, players and coaches alike, were to blame. Did not come in focused.

I believe the FS coach was quoted that he suspected Maryland would be flat after the big victory over UNC. He seems more capable of dealing with this "focus" problem than Ralph F. And maybe that's your point?

Fans were totally out of the game at 14-0 as well. There it is.

Posted by: Towson_Tiger | November 23, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

3 things contributed to this loss:

First and foremost, the players openly talked all week about how they would be scoreboard watching on saturday. Scoreboard watching = recipe for disaster. Their heads were not in the game from the start bc they were as interested in the Wake Forest outcome as they were on getting mentally prepared for this game.

Secondly, Friedgen should have instituted a strict policy of no paying any attention to the Wake Forest score. See my post from earlier this week in which I pleaded for Fridge to do this.

Thirdly, Maryland fans were simply atrocious in this game. Down 7-0, you could hear a pin drop in the stadium. I tried my best to fire up my section to no avail. The fans, like the players, were clearly demoralized by the Wake Forest loss. The cold temp didn't help either.

In summary, Maryland did not learn any lessons from the 06 debacle vs Wake. We lost that game, just like we lost yesterday, because were were scoreboard watching. It really is that simple.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 23, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

It is the coach's responsibility to have his team ready to play. He needs to be able to read his team and do what is necessary to have them focused. It's easy to say the players are at fault. The coach cannot let that happen.

Posted by: srcoghlan | November 23, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Blocking pash rushers would have been an interesting strategy last night. Of course it was kind of cold so maybe they didn't feel like touchign the defensive players.

Posted by: Lee26 | November 23, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

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