Edsall: 'Way too many turnovers, way too many mistakes'
COLLEGE PARK--The road to bowl eligibility for Maryland only gets tougher after its loss Saturday at home to Syracuse. With three games remaining, the Terrapins need to win one—just one—and they’re in.
But it’s becoming increasingly difficult for the staff to find explanations and solutions, or at least to communicate them, without sticking to established talking points as the season’s sixth win continues to elude them.
“Alls we can continue to do is keep working hard each and every day, stay focused,” head coach Randy Edsall told the media on Tuesday, proceeding to lay out a plan that he told his players. “Don’t read anything because some of our young guys when we were 4-1…you know, first time they had been through it.
“We talked about it. Don’t believe anything,” he continued. “Now, all of a sudden, you lose a few all those people that were writing all that good stuff, now they’re not writing any good stuff anymore. That’s part of the process.”
And that’s where the narrative has shifted.
In the wake of his team’s loss to Syracuse on Saturday, the mantra was about effort and execution, how turnovers had sunken what could have been the team’s eligibility-clinching win.
But the scope was widened on Tuesday, now in the face of increasing impatience with the progress of the program in year three of Edsall’s tenure.
“People understand what we’re doing here. It’s a process. It is a process,” Edsall said. “And we’re not going to cheat the process. We can’t. Because if we cheat the process, we’re never going to get to where we want to go.
“People don’t like to be patient,” he said. “It might not be as fast for some people, but we’ll get there as fast as we can go without cheating the process.”
The next step in the process comes on Saturday when the Terrapins travel to Blacksburg, Va., to take on Virginia Tech.
If Maryland loses on Saturday, they would have just two more chances to get win number six, either at home against Boston College or on the road against NC State. But Edsall insists the team isn’t thinking that far ahead.
“I’m not going to panic,” he said. “I’m not going to panic because if I panic, then the whole team will panic. Then I’m not being the leader I need to be for our young team.”
And it’s not just the youth of this team that is feeling the pressure of the situation. Senior quarterback C.J. Brown, who has fought through injuries for the better part of the season, feels it too.
“We’re definitely antsy,” he said. “We’ve been sitting at five wins for a good amount of time now and I think that we definitely want to get that monkey off our back and there’s no other way to do that other than go down there and beat Virginia Tech.
“Anyone can get beat on any given week. You just have to show up and play the game.”
Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg.