ANALYSIS | After the Temple debacle, I said it was not time to panic and that fans should assess Maryland after three consecutive games — at Georgia Tech, Clemson, at Florida State — against top-tier competition. We are now at that point, and no one likes what they see.
The numbers, like allowing 1.35 miles — yes, miles — of yardage in five losses, speak for themselves. The game tapes, showing poor tackling, worse punts and dropped passes, speak for themselves. And comments by first-year Coach Randy Edsall, to say nothing of the secrecy on injuries and most personnel matters, speak volumes as well. Edsall has said this is not a rebuilding year and that there are no excuses. He also told me that he has enough talent right now to win. So if he is saying talent is not the issue, what else could it be?
The team is 2-5, with one win over a Football Championship Subdivision team and the other over a Miami team that had eight key players suspended.
There is still time for the Terrapins to turn things around this season if they can figure out how to beat some of the weaker, but still formidable teams on the schedule. And judging from the many comments here in recent weeks, our readers are smart, insightful and can adequately assess the state of the program without me hammering points home.
The only point I will make is this: Maryland ranks among the nation’s leaders in fewest penalties and turnover margin. That’s good. But to accomplish that in those key areas and still have a 2-5 record speaks to just how poor the Terrapins have been in other areas, most notably defensively and on special teams. Most of the other teams that excel in turnover margin are very good teams.
All that said, I want to take the temperature of the fan base this week. I feel it is important to do it this week ahead of a game between a 2-5 Maryland team and a 1-6 Boston College team. Part of the presumed reason for the coaching change was to generate buzz and confront recent attendance issues. It will be a challenge for Maryland to draw a large crowd for Saturday’s game. I will be there in the press box. So that at least makes one.
So if you are fan — discouraged or encouraged, loyal of fickle — I want to hear from you. Please email me your thoughts all week at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have enjoyed the comments and emails in recent weeks. Thanks very much.