After defeating the Hurricanes to open the season, Maryland showed great like in a tough loss to the Mountaineers at Byrd Stadium. Despite a brutal loss to Temple and a less than perfect performance in a win over Towson, the Terps were able to keep things interesting against two of the conference’s best teams in Georgia Tech and Clemson. Since that time however the Terps have lost four games (Florida State, Boston College, Virginia and now ND) by an average of 19.5 points.
Mounting injuries have it difficult to have consistency on the field, but inconsistent wouldn’t be a fair way to describe the team’s dissent. They haven’t been inconsistent, they’ve been awful.
(Speaking of injuries, O’Brien broke a bone in his left arm during the loss. He’ll be out for the season. Insult and injury always find ways to hang out together, don’t they?)
Few players have shown enough individually to give fans hope for what they could offer in the future. RB DJ Adams has been used sparingly and WR Adrian Coxson has barely seen the field since showing flashes of ability. The defense has been an absolute mess, with only junior DL Joe Vellano standing out as a player the team can build around in 2012. QB CJ Brown will have the opportunity to prove himself over the final two games, but it’s hard to imagine him doing anything that will make anyone say “there’s the reason why Maryland will be a force in the future.”
On top of all of this, there have been rumblings about the future of individual members of this team. The rumblings have ranged from “possible transfers” to “pending mutiny.”
If you’re asking yourself “is it really that bad?”, the answer is “yes, it’s really that bad.”
As always in this region, when a team struggles fans suggest firing the coach is the best solution. That won’t be happening here. Athletic Director Kevin Anderson is committed to the man he hired away from UConn and got under contract for six seasons.
But Edsall has an incredible amount of work to do. He has to find players who believe in his program. He has to convince the players he didn’t recruit to keep buying into his program. He has to make sure his program leads to wins on the field, hopefully in a short time period. And he has to do all of that without any good will from fans in the area-or perhaps while dealing with whatever is the opposite of good will.
Almost no good has come from the 2011 Maryland football season.
At least I don’t have to watch any of the games in person anymore.