I have been a Maryland football fan and follower since my student days at the university in the early 1950s. In those, which were referred to as "the glory days," it was a pleasure to watch every minute of every game.
Coach Jim Tatum was a master at his profession. After he left, there followed 15 years of football doldrums. At best, the team was mediocre, and, at worst, it was simply awful.
Then came the Jerry Claiborne era. Emphasis was placed on team rebuilding, improved recruiting, improvement in facilities and increased alumni donations. With this new direction, there was immediate improvement both in team play and the all important won-lost record. Marks of 9-2 and 8-3 became regular accomplishments.
Despite Coach Claiborne's accomplishments in terms of won-lost percentage, since his taking the helm at College Park his teams lack one essential ingredient. That ingredient is excitement.
I have attended nearly every home game in the last seven years and have seen every away game shown on television.
Unfortunately, my reaction to the team's offensive effort has been "hohum," a sentiment shared by most of the viewers around me.
This past season, as in most years, the team was simply dull, despite an exciting player like Charlie Wysocki. Up the middle and off tackle doesn't make for exciting football. Plays are run at a snail's pace and, most of the time, I can call the plays in advance from my seat in the stands.
With this type of offense, games against weak competition or teams with inferior manpower become struggles with the outcome in doubt until the very end.
If the team goes into 1980 without significant changes, I feel we will have another season of lackluster performances and poor draws at the gate. I suggest the following:
Hire a new offensive coordinator who is pass and razzle-dazzle oriented.
Scrap the boring power-I in favor of the wishbone or full-house backfield formation.
Install a passing attack geared to throwing over 10-15 yards. The bomb was totally absent this year. ROBERT M. HYMAN Owings Mills, Md.