Franklin: Terps' Quarterbacks Have to Be 'Tough Suckers'
It's no secret that quarterback Chris Turner has been a little banged up in recent weeks. He and Coach Ralph Friedgen have grudgingly acknowledged it at times, but Turner is the last person who wants to make excuses for inconsistent play. He also will not blame his offensive line, which is a work in progress, to say the least.
But Friedgen on Sunday said Turner has been “skittish” because of the pressure; he has been sacked 14 times so far and hurried many, many other occasions. Offensive coordinator James Franklin said he has been talking to all the quarterbacks about the need to hang in the pocket, even though pressure – or a hit – may be coming.
“They just have to be tough suckers,” he said. “They have to be so mentally and physically tough that they are going to do their job despite the odds. They are going to follow their training despite the odds. I don’t care if on first down they get sacked and on second down they get sacked. If it is third down and the guy’s open, he can’t start moving around the pocket or be looking at the rush and doing those things.”
Franklin later said it is natural to become a little skittish with relentless pressure by the defense.
“I think it is natural, as human beings, there is a self-preservation. You start to change things. Instead of just dropping back and going through your progressions and doing things you are trained to do. We saw it last year at Virginia and last year with Florida State. Chris is a tough guy. He will stay in there and do the things he has to do to be successful.”
How worried are you that the pressure on Turner will start to take more of a toll on his physical condition?
September 30, 2009; 1:05 PM ET
Save & Share: Previous: Turnovers Cause Friedgen to Adjust Practice Routine
Next: Friedgen: Scott is 'Hurting' After Fumbles
Posted by: Russtinator | September 30, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.