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.
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