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How do you look at Maryland's victory over Navy?

Everyone is going to write a lot about Navy’s struggles in the red zone, Maryland’s defense at the end of the game, etc. But was Maryland’s 17-14 victory over Navy more about luck or perseverance? You decide.

Yes, Navy botched so many opportunities in this game. But guys like Kenny Tate, Adrian Moten and Joe Vellano played awfully well for the Terrapins. Are you buying into Maryland after one game, or is it too early to tell if this team is back?

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 6, 2010; 9:20 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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I'm proud of the way the terps played today. And I can't think of a single game last eyar where I felt that way.

Kudos to Fridge for having his team well prepared and well motivated.

However, some terrible in game decisions buy the coaching staff.

In the end, the important thing is we got a W. And confidence comes with that W. This team will get better. Next week is a great opportunity to work on the passing game and to get some confidence back for Robinson.

Posted by: srcog | September 6, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Maryland: 17
Navy: 14

Posted by: md23terps11

Have any stock tips for us?

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | September 6, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Otherwise, agree with most of the comments regarding the QB switch - wtf? The only reason I could think of why they did it is because Robinson didn't throw to a few open receivers as others have pointed out.

Good to see a win - lucky or not - it was a must win and they did. Weird game all around - Navy could march down the field at wil but could not score.

Have to say that Navy's coaches outblundered Fridge & Co. Not settling for a short FG and OT will haunt them for the season.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | September 6, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Maryland proved their terrible-ness today. Bad team, and Ralphie will, I repeate WILL be fired. I'm glad to be wrong, but, this was a terrible performance.

Posted by: pipkin42 | September 7, 2010 3:49 AM | Report abuse

The real key to the Terps victory happened late in the third period. With all the cramps occuring to the Terps defense due to heat, they started to get some rest with the offense getting a first down, a reviewed call, slow play and the end of the quarter. At that time the shadows were cast across the field cooling it off a bit. You could sense that if they were to have a shot it was due to these things energizing the D.

Posted by: only1victor | September 7, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

The MD coaches made some poor choices but the play that nearly gave Navy the game was the face mask personal foul call. Not even close. That kept the drive alive for Navy and nearly gave them the game at the end.

Posted by: drj09 | September 7, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Players = perserverance. Kudos to them.

Coaches = pure, blind luck.

Posted by: Netto | September 7, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Let's give CREDIT where CREDIT is due.

And, in this case, the CREDIT goes to all the Maryland Football Players. They all collectively, and individually put forth a great effort.

From what I gather, we are one of the youngest teams in the nation. And, it's great to see so many unheralded players play with determination and conviction. KUDOS!

The "Win" was well deserved.

Having said that, the Terps football program needs helps.

1/ James Franklin as an offensive coordinator is just pathetic. His play calling, not only in this game but last year was just aweful.

We had a 14 point lead, and on the way to score again, and he calls a play that Jammar forces. That too me is poor coaching, and poor decision making at the QB position. Say what you may, Jammar is a lousy college QB. We just haven't had a good QB in a long time! The last one, who was average was Scott McBrien.

Wish coach Friedgen would call the offensive plays. During his play calling days, the Terps scored a ton of points.

2/ We need to recruit better. He need more speed, tall, and physical guys. We need depth. We need to recruit like USC, Florida, etc. A top 25 recruiting class every year, period!

3/ Need to bring back Terp football to prominence.


Posted by: mi6-007 | September 7, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

It's clear that this Maryland team is improved from last season. While last season's team would never quit on a game, this season' team made sure they never gave up the lead. However, it was far from an encouraging performance. While the defense made stands when it absolutely had to, it's the lack of rigidity near the center of the field that has me worried. For a team that supposedly practiced without a ball (tackling all three potential ball carriers in the triple option), they didn't execute like that during the game. Navy frequently found the uncovered runner and made sure that guy got the ball to chew up big chunks of yardage. Whether it was the pitchman or the inside handoff, the defense was allowing too many easy big runs, and the few passes that Navy actually attempted were wide open with the linebackers cheating in towards the line of scrimmage.

Maryland's offense in a word was PATHETIC with a lack of focus and intensity after the 1st quarter. A lot of that probably had to do with Navy sitting on the ball for 5+ minutes at a time, which no doubt took the Terps' offense out of rhythm. However, Robinson needs to show a little better poise in the pocket if he is going to lead the Terps to a bowl game this season. He went back to what he was doing last year by making one read and bolting out of the pocket on just about every called pass play. O'Brien got an unfair shake by being shoved into the game with the ball in the redzone and botching a handoff as the first real play of his career. O'Brien should get some more time under center next week, because he's the QB that could take the Terps places this season and in years to come, Robinson is just a stop gap right now.

The O-line is looking very promising opening up HUGE holes against a smallish defensive front, but also giving the QB time on pass plays.

The defense was back to it's old Chris Cosh ways with their bend but not break philosophy, and they were given gifts on three possessions. The secondary was out of sync all game, but it's hard to judge how good that unit will be against a conventional offense.

My biggest worry coming out of this game would have to be the coaching. Frankllin's playcalling was just as terrible as last year, setting the team up for failure. Gashes and dives were working all day, but when they get to plays that count, Franklin tries to get fancy. The sub of O'Brien with the ball in the redzone was just STUPID, and probably should have cost the Terps the game. The decision to accept a 15-yard chop block penalty after they held Navy for a 3-and-out was about as boneheaded as I've seen from this staff, and again should have cost the Terps the game. The use of timeouts in the second half was poor, and Fridge's statement to use the last timeout on the 4th down play because "the players looked tired" just proves how out of touch he is right now. The timeout needed to be taken to preserve a few seconds in case Navy scored on that last play.

Posted by: Russtinator | September 7, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

I love the people on here who said the coaches were terrible. Herm Edwards: "YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME!" Last I checked, the UMd coaches playcalling resulted in 17 points while the Navy coaches playcalling resulted in 14 points. And to say it was luck is beyond ridiculous. Fumbles are caused by players. They are not luck. Was it luck that Moten flew over the line causing a fumble on the one yard line? Was Tate stuffing Dobbs luck? And guess who told the Terps exactly where the last play was going to be run on the goal line? Coach Don Brown. Some Terps fans are unbelievable. We...won!

Posted by: aviscardo | September 7, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Astute comments by all. Luck does not exist. D and special teams played well. After the scripted plays of the first 2 drives though, it was clear that Franklin is still a poor play caller. Little instinct, play action, or covering plays from formations that worked early. I think he uses a bingo wheel to randomly pull out plays to run. Fridge is a better play caller. Good job Terps, keep improving and win the next game on the schedule!

Posted by: Realness1 | September 7, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

We just haven't had a good QB in a long time! The last one, who was average was Scott McBrien.

Posted by: mi6-007 | September 7, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Scott McBrien was "average"? Sam Hollenbach, who spent some time in the NFL, was not even "average"? Both are in the top 5 of almost every single major record for quarterbacks in MD history you unbelievable moron. For a school with a long tradition of great qbs, that's not bad.

I've said this before, but this season it would be really nice if the readers of this blog would not comment if you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. Nothing wrong with not knowing anything about MD football...if you're just a casual fan, that's great. But please don't come on here spouting ill informed nonsensical garbage about the Terps.


Posted by: Barno1 | September 7, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Golly Barno1. Let me be the first to apologize for any moronic comments made here by casual fans. Your knowledge of all things Maryland is sure to be envied and your monitoring of this msg board to point out those who disagree with you is to be admired. It is too bad there is no way for each poster to submit his/her post to you for approval before posting. Failing that, I will no longer post or read here, lest my scant knowledge of Maryland athletics corrupt the thinking of you. Ciao.

Posted by: fellowfan | September 7, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Here's a pic of our nice new trophy!

Posted by: Realness1 | September 7, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I would agree that the Terps haven't had the greatest QBs recently, but they haven't been as bad as some would like to believe. Turner was actually one of the most efficient passers in Maryland history in 2007, and if he had a bit stronger of an arm, and a better coordinator calling the plays, he might have seen more success. Steffy was a bum, and I won't spend any time defending him aside from him being one of the most highly rated QB recruits of the past 20 years, and the poster child for anyone who complains about the quality of any recruiting class. Hollenbach was a solid college QB, and was supposed to be just a fill-in until Steffy learned the offense. Statham was a high-level recruit that played reasonably well, but Fridge forced the option on him, something he wasn't that good at. McBrien, to me, was always an overrated QB who was at the right place at the right time, and lead the Terps to their most recent success with the best offense the Terps had since the 80's. Shaun Hill is frequently overlooked, but he's the only Maryland QB that has started for an NFL team in the 2000's other than Neil O'Donnell's season finalle start for the Titans in 2003 when both of their QBs (McNair and Volek) went down at the end of the year.

Of that group of Fridge's opening day starters, Robinson is by far the worst of the lot, and I wouldn't be surprised if O'Brien is the starter by the end of the season with Jamarr coming in as the wildcat QB.

Posted by: Russtinator | September 7, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Barno - I don't recall anyone from the Post making you a moderator.

Posted by: SirPelleas | September 7, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

To aviscardo:
The problem with MD football and us fams is people like you. "We ... Won" a game doesn't cut it. If you wnat my season ticket money, you better show the ability to "Win" by outplaying opponents. Our defense was rnaked 100th last year and has gotten worse this year. Watching two saefties line up 20 yards fro the line of scrimmage and take five steps back once teh ball is snapped is crazy. have some guts, take a chance, be a man. Stiop being so predictable on offense and defense. Go work for Good Counsel if you all you can do is plain vanilla out of fear for a big play. Offensive asdn defensive Coordinator are horrible. If teh same stat line existing for the WVU / MD game and WVU scored touchdown on four possesions rather than miraculously gettig stopped, wold you still be happy with one pathetic win in a game that we should have lost? You are missing the point that a victory does not (and should not) get fans excited about the prognosis of the team. if we go 3-10 and get run over every game, are you still happy with teh win over Navy? yoru expectations, my friend, are way too low. I saw our team get coached by inferior coaches (Pop warner stuff). if you are outmanned physically (lack of talent), you have to make up for it with better coaching. Blitz schemes, play action, misdirection, cheating up closer ot teh line of scrimmage. I did not have any fun watching Navy rush for 400 plus yards while our dafeties were 20 plus yards behind the line of scrimmage every singel play. So what we won, we are still outside of teh top 100 in offense and defense. Start looking at the bigger picture my man and not some miracle lucky win to gauge what a fan should expect from Maryland Football.

Posted by: odino792 | September 7, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

odino792: You do know how to use a spellcheck on your computer, right? I can barely make out what you wrote.

A win is a win. Did we make mistakes? A lot. But this was a win against a quality opponent. And while we allowed them to gain over 400 yds on offense, the key here was that we kept them out of the end zone by goal line stands and causing turnovers. Good teams find ways to win, which is what we did.

And while the offensive playcalling leaves something to be desired, I'm glad to see the running game well established. Jamarr Robinson could be a better passer, but it's nice to have him as another threat coming out of the backfield. Davin Meggett is proving to be a quality back. I would like to know why they decided not to go back to Da'Rel as much; what did he do that ticked the coaching staff off?

Again, while not the best game they have played, it was a win and it was against a good team (Navy could still win 8-9 games this year). So take your Prozac and getready for the next game.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | September 7, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to keep this simple. Luck can be determined by putting yourself or others in the best position to win or gain an advantage. That's what Maryland did this weekend. They jumped out to a lead and faced some adversity and got through it but they got through it because when it counted, the coaches put their players in great positions to make plays which causes luck to go your way.

Could they have done things differently, yes. But in the end, a win is still a win. It's not like people are going to look back at this game years from now and read every little thing about it. The only thing they'll see is the "W".

Posted by: DiehardTerp | September 7, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

UMD's D is currently tied for 10th nationally in scoring defense....

Posted by: Realness1 | September 7, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

As many times as Navy coughed up the ball, Annapolis High School would have been embarrassed to lose to them. No whining about the facemask. Totally legit: hand grasped edge of helmet and turned the dude's head. Go Bison!

Posted by: JacktheKnife | September 7, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Barno be CIVIL.

Calling people names or taking swipes at them is absolutely uncalled for. You have your opinion, and I have mine.

Your lack of information on what I do or do not know is glaring.

Last check, neither Sam nor Scott made a dent in the NFL. So, if they were that great how come you don't hear their name being called every Sunday (NFL season)?

As I stated, both were "average" QB when compared to their counter parts in the ACC. And, out of the two Scott was better, and that's just my opinion.

Jammar is a lousy QB. He has a strong arm, but is inaccurate. He doesn't fo thru progessions, and as a result forces the Terps offense to be one dimensional.

As the season progresses, we will need to throw the ball. I have more faith in Danny than Jammar.

The Terps need to recruit a top 10 prospect to make Coach Friedgen's offense to pop.

Posted by: mi6-007 | September 7, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

I nominate odino792 for Dumbest Post of the Year. Apparently, where the Terps defense is statistically ranked in the NCAA's is more important than W-L's. Additionally, he believes that his coaching experience in Pop Warner makes him an expert. I'm going to go with former National Coach of the Year Ralph Friedgen on this one. Additionally, he is worried about us going 3-10 even though there are only 12 games. Furthermore, he is not familiar with the spellcheck feature on his computer. There are more reasons for my nomination of this post as dumbest of the year, but I don't want to sway the voting too much. I'll let you decide.

Posted by: aviscardo | September 8, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Wow..this is pretty harsh. First game of the year and the bashing has already begun. We just beat a pretty good Navy team that is going to win alot of games this year. If you check the stats they ran up big yardage on just about everybody last season and are expected to be even better this year. I'll take three point victory and move onto the next game.

BTW, West VA may be good but that is the most brutal and challenging offense Maryland will see all season so if they can put out the kinid of effort against WVU then we have a good chance.

Posted by: Testudo84 | September 8, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

ahhh - exactly why I love this board. Reminds me of a lot of the jawing we used to do back when I was in CP about the Terps, Skins, Os and Bullets.

I'll continue to celebrate the win. I think the season will prove that Navy is better than most of the ACC. How they won - hard hitting at the end of prolonged drives - I can live with although the gross yardage Navy gained is a bit alarming.

The coaches are wound tight and feeling pressure from all sides. When any one of us is feeling that sort of pressure, I would bank that our decision making is sub-par. So yes, there were questionable decisions and understandably so. This was a MUST WIN for Fridge and co. which they cam close to losing....but they didn't. Undeserved three point wins are always better than unexpected one-point losses (or four point losses). Ralph won a lot of games like this early in his stint at MD; losing too many of these games is what has put him in the hot seat.

Bashing is the one constant on this board and we haven't even heard from Poopy yet. I am so much more optimistic about the Terps FB turn-around (winning >7 games) than the Skins making the playoffs. I think our collective expectations are high - this game could have easily turned into a butt-kicking by Navy (but didn't) or could have been won more easily by MD. One key point - Navy's turnovers were forced moreso than mental errors or mistakes. That is a welcom change from last season.

When December rolls around, all that most will remember was the goal line stand at the end of the game (although the subsequent offensive plays to avoid a safety were just as dramatic). Not sold on DOB or JR at this point at QB and really see no reason to be. Next week will be the real opener, not some must win against a good team with a weird offense sort of game but a true tune-up against a patsy. We should expect to see more offense and a more balanced attack. And we should also expect to see DOB randomly re-inserted into the game at some point.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | September 8, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

One mistake no one has really mentioned: When Meggett was braking out that long run that led to the winning FG, he was tailed by another Terp who failed to block the Navy DB who eventually tackled him. That guy better get chewed out when they review the game films as that simple mistake took four points of the board (and ticked me off). That said, I thought Meggett had better breakaway speed than he showed on that play.

Like M&T better than FedEx as a venue any day of the week. Would like to hear the new AD's thoughts on delivering a consistently nationally ranked FB school with NC capabilities. Would really like to see the new AD get rid of the archaic, Bias incident induced academic requirements inflicted upon the school as well.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | September 8, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

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