Maryland's defense focuses on positives
Don Brown, Maryland’s defensive coordinator, can look at his unit two different ways: It’s a unit that at times can’t seem to get off the field. It has been on the field for more than 80 plays in all the games against division I-A opponents. But it is also a unit that made three consecutive key stops against Florida International on Saturday to help Maryland secure the victory.
“Without question, that’s the most important thing,” he said of the stops. “Here’s the things you look at: Third down we’ve struggled, fourth down we’re the best in the league. Red zone, you got your back to the wall, we’re the best in the league. That’s when your character, your play-calling, the whole thing gets tested when you are backs to the wall. We’re flourishing in those areas. We‘ve got to do a better job on third down. There is no denying that.”
It has not been easy for the defense because of the variety of offenses it has faced, and starting the season against Navy’s triple-option was no treat.
“Let me give you a scenario: Two weeks into camp, we stopped running our defense and got ready to play Navy,” Brown said. “You stop your progression, you stop everything you’re doing and get ready to play that game. Then you play that game. Then on a short week, you flip the switch and get ready to play in your defense. You’re not talking about red zone and this and that. You’re just trying to line up, get back in your regular defense and play. Then you have the spread offense the following week.
“We’re still at a very formative stage. Wherever we are this week, I know we will be better three weeks from now, as long as our health stays in tact, I know we’ll be a lot better.”
| September 29, 2010; 10:54 AM ET
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