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Why James Franklin calls the game from the field

At the end of Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin's 12-minute interview with reporters, veteran and dogged reporter Mark Clem pressed Franklin about his decision to call the game from the field rather than the coaches' box.

Franklin said he started last season in the box before coming down to field level for the Duke game, a 17-13 Blue Devils win. There are differences:

“In the box, you can step away, the emotion comes out of the game. You can eat some hot dogs, drink some soda. You might as well be sitting in your living room doing it. When you are down on the field, the emotion is there, you can see if guys need something, or you can talk to them. With the quarterbacks, seeing where they are at, you can look right into their eyes and see if they are into it or if they are rattled. That’s invaluable for us right now, where we are as a program.”

Makes sense. Anyone disagree?

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 9, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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i love maryland but the coaching is not good. my guess is franklin and friedgen are done after this year. they really aren't getting the job done. md has never successfully replaced charlie taaffe, off coach and gary blackney, def coach, from ralph's first few yrs. as h.c. at md.

Posted by: fkterp | September 9, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

The comments about Fridge and Franklin reflect some bad records in recent years, especially 2009 when the Terps reaped the results of poor offensive line recruiting. These are two quality guys. I like the whole plan of Fridege coaching through 2011, with an orderly and supportive turnover of the Terps to Franklin. Franklin just returned here not long ago. He is a top recruiter, and we will see great improvement over time with the Terps.

Posted by: EdDC | September 9, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Of course Eric, everybody disagrees...

Posted by: CapsNut | September 9, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse
silly or worthless talk, writing, ideas, etc.; nonsense; bunk: That's a lot of hooey and you know it!

World English Dictionary
— n , — interj
nonsense; rubbish

Posted by: BD-EC | September 9, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I love the Terps and generally don't question coaching decisions but I cannot explain why we made a QB change in the red zone during the Navy game that resulted in a turnover. There must be a valid explanation, however it really reflected poorly on the coaches. I still am thankful for the Fridge pulling the program out of the doldrums a few years back but he didn't do it with his own recruits. Hopefully Franklin can improve this dramatically as there has been a steady gradual decline in the program since playing with Fridge's recruits.

Posted by: RandyCrow | September 9, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

James cant call a good game regardless where he's located. Hopefully he'll be coaching WR's for towson next season

Posted by: asnis715 | September 9, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Well, hush yo mouth and let em play. After the season is the time to evaluate the coaching. All ya know-it-alls don't know jack, much less James.

Posted by: pjohn2 | September 10, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

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