Cosh Leaving; Blitzing May Happen in ’09!

Chris Cosh, Maryland’s third-year defensive coordinator, will leave to become Kansas State’s defensive coordinator and assistant head coach, his wife, Mary Cosh, said. A Maryland official said Cosh will not coach in the Terrapins bowl game.

Cosh is returning to Kansas State to work with Coach Bill Snyder, whom Cosh worked under as linebackers coach during the 2004 and 2005 seasons

Washington Post

Well, most of us got our wish.

Like I’ve said in many posts, I have nothing against Chris Cosh and I appreciate all he did in the past few years in College Park. He ran his system. I am not a fan of his system, but he ran it and there were games where his decisions won us games. (Like Clemson this year).

However, I’m very happy as a Maryland fan that we are going to get a new defensive coordinator. Like I said last week, this team has to get back to being aggressive and not passive. The defense needs to go after people and make things happen, not give up yards and hope to force teams into field goal tries.

Cosh supporters will say the Terps went to 3 straight bowl games under Cosh after two straight 5-6 seasons before he came to town. However, one would argue that the defenses in the ’04 and ’05 seasons were much better than the ones in the past few years and the offense was the reason we did not make it to a bowl game in those years. Either way, I think it was time for a change. Recruits would much rather play in an aggressive scheme than a passive one.

The hire for the next D coordinator is a big one. We need a guy who is a good recruiter and one who can take our team to the next level. This is a chance to have a much better team and here’s hoping the make a good hire.

Thanks for your efforts Chris Cosh, and best of luck back at K State.

Terps BC Thread

I know it’s an anti-climactic way to end the football season, playing to not have to go to Boise for the holidays, especially two days after a big basketball win, but the Terps football squad looks to end the season on a good note today.

Will the good Terps show up? Will they go in and do like FSU did last week and ruin BC’s senior day and cost them a chance at playing in the ACC title game? Or will the bad Terps show up and get creamed in a road game where they have much less to play for than the Eagles?

This is the “Chris Cosh tries to save his job game”. Once again, like against Va. Tech, you are facing a redshirt freshman quarterback, one who fumbled twice last week. If you do not blitz and you allow this guy to sit back there all day long, you will get beat. I’m not saying send the house every play, but it is imperative we get pressure on Davis. If they play the usual read-and-react, we are doomed and I suggest all Maryland students head to the football offices and demand Cosh be canned!

Let the game begin.

WHOA! IT TAKES UNTIL 3:39 FOR ESPN TO MENTION THAT HEYWARD-BEY IS NOT GOING TO PLAY DUE TO A LEG INJURY??? WAY TO BURY THE LEAD STORY MORONS!

O-line, Turner Horrid

You know, Ralph Friedgen is always complaining about lack of fan support for the football team. Well, if he expects to have good crowds, I would think he’d like to show up in the biggest game of the year.

The offensive line, one that is big and experienced should be ashamed of themselves. They have been just miserable and they should offer apologies to Chris Turner. 5 sacks???!!! Give the guy some help.

Second, Turner should offer apologies to the defense. When he has had time, he’s been horrible. We were getting right back into the game late in the 2nd quarter and he had Davin Meggett so wide open, yet he decides the throw into quadruple coverage. I know he’s getting nervous back there with all the pressure, but my goodness, complete a pass.

The entire team should be ashamed.

Oh, and did anyone know that there is this Rolle kid who was arriving late tonight?

Fridge Deserves Praise

There will always be times where we wish the head coach would have done something different or recruited a better player or made a better call, but I thought it was time for a little perspective.   After reading the followin column in the Baltimore Sun, I could not agree more with it:

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/lifeofkings/2008/11/in_friedgen_you_should_trust.html

 

Can Maryland football be a national power?    I tend to agree with the column, but there is no reason we can’t be a perennial bowl team who can put together a special season once in a while.

We’ll see what we all think one week from today!

Terps vs. Tar Heels Thread

After an encouraging hoops opener (to everyone but Al V), it’s time for the football team to follow suit.  Ah, which team will we see today?  Let’s hope that number by North Carolina’s name as well as all the ESPN ‘experts’ picking the Heels gets our guys going.

This will be a simple gameplan.  It’s all up to both lines. Our offensive line must have a bounce-back game and we NEED to run the ball.  We have running backs who can get it done, it’s up to the line to hit some people and wear them down.

The D line doesn’t need to turn in a game like Wake Forest (though it would be nice), they just need to contain the runners and get some pressure on the passer.  We all know Chris Cosh is not going to blitz that much, which leaves it all to the line to make some plays.

I’d also love to see Portis out there again.  Though he wasn’t always effective, it’s still a different look and we need to keep that UNC defense off balance.

Today’s game is the difference between a New Year’s bowl and spending the holidays on the blue turf in Idaho.  Let’s get it done.

Terps vs. Hokies Game Thread

It’s been a nice week of basketball talk here on the Soup, and I must say I’ve got some cautious optimism for the upcoming season.  Like most years, I expect the team to get better as the season goes on when roles are determined and we find out whether Vazquez has decided to be generous to our opponents once again.

But with our first exhibition game two days away, we have a more pressing game to worry about tonight.  The Terps head into enemy territory to face a team they have yet to beat.  This will not be an easy game, but because it has the feel of a big time game against a big time opponent, I’m confident the Terps will come out and play well.  Then again, I expected the Redskins to play well on Monday, so who the hell knows?!

The key for Maryland is simple.  Protect the ball.  We all remember the Thursday night games in the past against Va. Tech and WVU where we fumbled kickoffs and threw horrible interceptions.  Things will not always go our way, but the team must fight through the adversity that is likely to occur and do what they do best.  Run the ball and get it to Heyward-Bey.  There is no excuse not to get our best playmakers the ball tonight.  Those are the guys who will get it done. 

The defense is banged up and while the Hokies offense is not the juggernaut they have been in the past, the defense has to make some plays.  It doesn’t really matter who will play QB for Tech.  Whichever guy they go with will not be 100%.  If our front 4 can get a pass rush, we’ll be in great shape, but it makes sense to…. listening Chris Cosh…. BLITZ!!!   Not all the time, but enough to get some pressure.

In all but one of our wins (Clemson), the Terps scored early in the game to take a lead.  This would be huge tonight to not only take the crowd out of the game, but to give the team some confidence. 

Folks, I have no idea what to expect tonight.  I can see us win a close game or get blown out.  Let’s hope we can get Da’Rel Scott on the field, as the running game is probably the most important thing we need to have right in order to win.

Let the game begin.

Terps/NC State Thread

Today we’ll find out a lot about our Terps. Will they rise up and defeat an inferior foe, or will they once again play down to their competition and allow the Wolfpack to hang around to beat them in the end. I wish I had the answer, but I have no idea which Terps team will show up. And since the game is not televised except for ESPN 360, I won’t be watching. (Though if anyone can find a way to watch it elsewhere online, please let me know!)

I’ll be listening to Johnny Holiday and following the game online, so if anyone is able to see it out there, please chime in now and then with some comments so I can follow what is going on from the fan perspective!

The weather is not expected to be good, but I think a team with a good offensive line and solid running backs (and a QB who can run) can still have a good day. That is us, so there should be no excuses!

Go Terps!

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