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A long day for Maryland's defense

After four games, Don Brown, Maryland’s defensive coordinator, is concerned about he “wear and tear” his defense has experienced in recent weeks.

The unit was on the field for 82 plays against Navy, 85 plays against West Virginia and a whopping 98 plays -- the most Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen could remember -- Saturday against Florida International. The Terrapins allowed FIU to rack up 472 total yards in the 42-28 victory over the Panthers.

“We knew they had a really good defense,” FIU Coach Mario Cristobal said. “But we were able to move the ball on them. They gave us a lot of stuff underneath the coverage, and we were able to go fast and get the ball into some of our playmaker’s hands. We missed a few plays and they made us pay in the fourth quarter.”

Maryland linebacker Adrian Moten and cornerback Trenton Hughes each intercepted passes by quarterback Wesley Carroll, who attempted 58 passes and was erratic much of the game. The Terrapins also managed to stop the Panthers on fourth down at the Maryland 4 in the fourth quarter.

“I thought we did a good job when it counted of getting our [butts] off the field,” Brown said.

By Eric Prisbell  | September 25, 2010; 5:12 PM ET
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MDs defense has sucked since last year. C'mon, defense first.
O'brien looked good though. Glad to see some life in the offense.

Posted by: bentoenail | September 25, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Good win Terps!

Having said that, I think we made it alot more difficult putting away Miami than it really needed to be.

Our defense continues to struggle giving up a lot of yards in the underneath stuff, and yards after catch and/or carry. We need to be able to generate more pressure on the QBs, and stuff the run game. Our secondary is not where it should be to be lights out.

On the offense, it was great to see Danny play. He has potential ... and, on some throws I wish he added a little more mustard. From what I say, I'd say he has a decent/accurate arm.

We need to fix our running game. Perhaps, adding Jamarr into the mix as runner may be worth considering.


Posted by: mi6-007 | September 26, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

The defense got gashed again. Don Brown's defense reminds me a lot of the Mark Duffner defenses. Were it not for the offense, special teams and unforced errors by FIU, a Terp victory today would have been very doubtful. It is frustrating when whatever the 3rd down yardage is, the MD defense gives up at least a yard more. I stopped counting the missed tackles midway through the 2nd quarter. Without tremendous defensive improvement, MD will be lucky to win 2 more games this season.

Posted by: pjz123 | September 26, 2010 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Make some third-down stops and you won't have to be on the field so long.

Posted by: SmittyATL | September 26, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

That's a very astute observation, pjz123: the defense did not play well enough to win without contributions from the offense and special teams. Brilliant!

Posted by: SmittyATL | September 26, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

This defensive scheme just doesn't work with the personnel. The delayed blitzes do nothing but expose the lack of defensive speed. When Kenny Tate (a converted wide receiver) is your best defensive back on a defense that plays a lot of zone coverages, it's going to cause problems. There were far too many occasions where CBs were playing in a cover-2, but did not correctly hand their receivers off to the safeties. The pre-snap stupidity that was going on by the linebackers trying to "fool" the FIU QB was obviously not working, yet they kept doing it through the 4th quarter. FIU was running a lot of hurry-up and no-huddle, yet Brown was still trying to substitue and change defenses. Does this team not have a true BASE defense that they can run and be able to stop teams, or does he have to run a scheme or play to keep the offense from racking up 6-8 yards a clip?

Moten disappeared in this game aside from the INT, and the DL aside from AJ Francis (who ended up getting hurt in the 3rd quarter), was not getting much penetration, and when they actually broke through, they were losing containment, allowing the QB to pick up yards running. I expect another high scoring affair next week against Duke.

Posted by: Russtinator | September 27, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

On Defense, at the snap of the ball, two corners and two safties are lined up 10 and 20 yards away from the line of scrimmage. All four immediately take huge steps backwards. This is a fact that I pointed out after the Navy game and it has not been corrected. As demoralizing as it is to me (a huge MD Fan) to watch a simple numbers game resutl in huge rushing yards and wide open receivers, it must be mush mor demoralizing as a Terp Lineman or Linebacker to get outnumbered and pummeled every play. My point after the Navy game, was that i woudl rather have a one play 80 yard pass than to be a victim of a 14 play, 5-6yards a carry assault. I have never seen anything like it? Don Brown is so scared to get burned by a big play that it is lauhgable at what he is willing to do with a prevent defense. At what point does he think about becomming more aggressive on defense? Giving up 82, 85 and 98 plays to the opposing offense is unreal!!!! FIU is an average offense. The numbers game is very frustrating to watch, MD has 3-4 men in the box on defense and the opposing offense has 7-8. The resutls are obvious, unless a terp makes an outstanding individual play, MD will get pounded all day long into submission or until the opposing Offense makes a mistake. I'd rather have some guts take the fight to the opposing offense rather than have 98 plays run against us.

Posted by: odino792 | September 27, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

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