Despite Maryland’s 2-7 record, Edsall said that progress is being made in a lot of areas, but he declined to specify the areas where he sees progress.
“When you’re installing a program, there’s more than just wins and losses,” Edsall said. “I just feel that it’s the total program that we are installing that just has to be developed. So we are winning in a lot of areas. We are just not winning on the field right now. But that will happen. I am confident of that. That will happen.”
I then asked for Edsall to elaborate on what specific areas he is referring to.
“Well, I think that is something that just stays here within our family, again, in terms of what our program is all about,” Edsall said. “To me, I see it. And all we are going to continue to do is be consistent with the things that we want our young men to do.”
Later in the news conference, I asked Edsall to asses the job done by defensive coordinator Todd Bradford this season.
“Todd Bradford has done a good job,” Edsall said. “I think Todd Bradford has done a good job, in terms of the things we are trying to install. Have we played as well as we want to defensively? No, we have not. Have we played as well as we offensively or special teams? No, we have not. Okay. But one of the things you always have to look at, this is a team and we are all in this together. And there are all kinds of variables why we maybe have not played as well as we would have liked to offensively, defensively and special teams. Ultimately, I am the guy that has to make sure we play as well as we can in all three phases. Those are the things we work on each and every day.”
Regarding whether scheme is a possible cause of some of the special teams struggles, Edsall said, “I know what we are doing schematically works because I have seen it work before.”