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Terps Seem to Buy Friedgen's Soft Sell

For those who didn't see Prisbell's story today, it's worth checking out. It looks at how well the Terps have bounced back from bad losses this season and how a big part of the reason why might have been Coach Ralph Friedgen's decisions not to unleash "the wrath of Ralph", as he called it, in such circumstances.

I found it interesting because the conventional wisdom in all sports, but particularly football, is that the only way to combat deficiencies is through more and harder work. Football coaches have their legendary overnight film sessions after bad losses. Players run until they puke. And all this is supposed to make everyone better. This season, Friedgen has taken a different approach -- with his team, if not himself -- and with a perplexing group in a perplexing league, it's worked pretty well to this point.

Friedgen and his staff have taken their share of criticism from fans and media when the Terps have not been ready to play, as has happened three times this season. Would a more hard-core approach prevented those lapses? And even if it did, would it have had negative side effects in other games that ended up being big wins? It's hard to say, but overall, I don't know of too many observers who had the Terps winning more than seven of their first 10 games this season.

By Matthew Rennie  |  November 19, 2008; 9:04 AM ET
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The only really bad loss is the MTSU game. One has to wonder however if that loss occurs if Turner was named the starter at the beginning of the year. MTSU Turner was putrid. He really hasn't had a "bad" game since then. One has to wonder if an extra week or two as the clear cut starter woudl have led to him playing better than game and the Terps winning. Without that loss, even with the UVA and VT let downs this team is probably sitting at #15 right now if not higher...

Posted by: Lee26 | November 19, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Virginia is a baaaaaaad loss, even if they did get mediocre eventually. 31-0 to your neighbors is bad under any circumstances.

So far Fridge has gotten a talented team to win a bunch of games it had an outside chance at winning and has taken a couple really bad L's. We need more data to evaluate.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | November 19, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

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