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Terps Back on the Defensive

This will likely be another long week for Maryland defensive coordinator Chris Cosh. Not only did TV cameras focus on Cosh getting berated by Coach Ralph Friedgen shortly before halftime, and not only did the Terps surrender 400 total yards to an offense that had been struggling mightily and that didn't have either of its top quarterbacks at full health, and not only did Maryland give up a Virginia Tech-record 253 rushing yards to a redshirt freshman (Darren Evans) who had never had a 100-yard game before last night, there's also this from Evans:

“It didn’t feel like they did too much adjusting. We just kept hitting them in the mouth.”

To be completely fair, we should note that defensive adjustments were the catalyst to the Terps' victory at Clemson, but on last night's national stage, the two lasting images were Friedgen shouting at Cosh and Evans shredding the Terrapins. With North Carolina and Florida State on deck, Maryland must find a way to anchor its defense in a hurry. Suggestions?

By Matthew Rennie  |  November 7, 2008; 6:28 AM ET
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Comments

Announcers seemed to think UMD was flat, no emotion and also pointed out more than once that it was odd the Terps did not try to pressure Glennon more. He was obviously hurt but we just let him stand back there with all the time he wanted. I also thought some of the play calling was odd. Settling for a field goal after the punt recovery was awful. Against UNC next week: don't play Scott if he is banged up. He clearly seems uncomfortable. And put the ball downfield more often. It's been said before: defense has to be more aggressive.

Posted by: erniegogo | November 7, 2008 6:54 AM | Report abuse

Haha - “It didn’t feel like they did too much adjusting. We just kept hitting them in the mouth.”

Cosh is an abomination for a defensive coordinator. Look at the aggressive attacking schemes of Bud Foster! Why does Cosh insist on playing a passive prevent scheme? We mostly rushed 4 (ineffective) lineman against a QB with one good leg. If Fridge doesn't fire him after this season the University should fire them both.

Posted by: Mariolucasforthree | November 7, 2008 7:38 AM | Report abuse

I said the same thing watching the game last night in the 2nd half it didn't look like any adjustments were made. If I can see it then there's something terribly wrong with Cosh's coaching ability (not like that's not known already). Some of the holes they were running through were mind boggling.

Posted by: terps447 | November 7, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

I'm just a guy sitting at home on my couch...hardly a football "expert." And from there, I was looking at the VT formation and calling the play. If I can do it from home...why can't the guy who gets paid to do it recognize that EVERY TIME they put the TE and brought the WR in motion to make a strong side, they were coming right behind that TE/WR hole with Evans.

I was personally thrilled to see Fridge tearing Cosh up. We've allbeen doing it in the stands for years!

I hope the Terps can take care of FSU and BC, and get a chance to take another shot at VT in Tampa.

Posted by: franko11 | November 7, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Check me if I'm wrong here , but the offense only racked up 13 points. Not much happening there either. Maryland is never going to be a power in the ACC they can't recruit.

Posted by: keithlb28 | November 7, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Franklin is a great recruiter but seems to think the end zone is on one sideline or the other w/ all his east west play calls (against a speed D no less). He rarely calls good plays in sequence. How many times did we throw deep or intermediate? Any quick slants? Chris Cosh uses a pass defense (3-3) as base D w/ LB's five plus yards off the line. Huge holes to run through. Should run a tight 3-4, gap protect and swarm. Fridge should fire Cosh or demand he uses better schemes that are more aggressive. These two get outcoached almost every week. Shameful and disappointing that the Terps are rarely put in position to succeed. Va Tech's O is always run, run,throw to the TE; spanning two millenia and we let them continue that. Just weak.

Posted by: Realness1 | November 7, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

You must FIRE COSH. Look at his record. The defense gets worse every year he stays at EVERY JOB HE HAS HAD.

The man has a record of failure and can not coach his way out of a paper bag. In fact, I think a paper bag could run for 200 yards against his scheme and he wouldnt change a thing!

Posted by: shrshot | November 7, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

on last night's national stage, the two lasting images were Friedgen shouting at Cosh and Evans shredding the Terrapins.

By Matthew Rennie | November 7, 2008; 6:28 AM ET

Did anyone else think the lasting image from last night's game was Friedgen shouting at Cosh? Did anyone else even notice Friedgen shouting at Cosh?

Once again, Matthew Rennie proves he is not worthy of this blog. Please, for the love of god Rennie, leave the blog commentary to Prisbelle.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 7, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I cant understand why the Terps consisently give opposing receivers 8-10 yd cushions on 3rd and mid-to-long downs - the receivers get EASY 5-8 yd receptions and much more often than not, a first down. Why dont our safeties and cornerbacks jam the receivers at the line and simply slow then down for a a couple seconds - everyone knows a pass is coming - meanwhile the QB should get pressured and the offense is forced into a rushed play with lots of negative (positive for the Terps defense) possibilities?

Posted by: csh1 | November 7, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Same problems as the other two losses and there's plenty of blame to spread around:

*Very poor tackling and basics. We either hit too high, just use arms, or just bounce off. No wrapping up.

*We consistently get beat on both lines of scrimmage. This is the main problem. Va Tech just seemed to want it more. Far more aggressive.

*Cosh is simply not an aggressive coach. I'm glad Fridge finally showed some displeasure - maybe we can get rid of him in the offseason, because we'll never have a quality D with this guy.

*O-line was dominated. Turner handled it well in the 1st quarter but then lost his cool. He's Ok but he can't handle constant pressure.

Posted by: srcoghlan | November 7, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

While the defense deserves a majority of the blame, the offensive line underachieved..again! Simply put, if we cannot run...or stop the run...we can't get to where we want to be. Scott demonstrated a lot of heart by playing through his shoulder injury.

Posted by: memphisterp | November 7, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

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