As bad as the play was on the field yesterday, and it was bad, really bad, I am more upset with a comment Randy Edsall made after theg game.
“It was an experience, all right,” he said. “One that I’m not happy with. Nobody said this was going to be easy. There are lessons to be learned. … This is a process. It wasn’t going to get changed overnight, but I’ll tell you what. Games like this make you more determined to get it done.”
Um, we were coming off a 9-4 season with a a core group of players returning that should have been ready to build on that this season. However, we are now sitting at 1-2, with perhaps the most embarrassing loss a Terps football team has had since that 70-7 beat down at Penn State. I know this Temple team is not the Temple of old. They are a program on the rise and they deserved to win that game. In fact I was totally expecting this to be a game, it just wasn’t. I could live with a loss, but not one where you were totally out played in every single asset of the game. I was actually going to say we punted pretty well, but oh yeah, we had a punt blocked early that broke some ridiculous streak of games without giving up a block. We were out played, they were tougher, and they had a better game plan on both sides of the ball.
Again, I can live with losing, just not like that. I honestly wasn’t all that upset with the loss until I saw that comment “it wasn’t going to get changed overnight”. Does he not realize this current team didn’t need to be rebuilt? There was hope for this season. Sure we weren’t going to win a National Championship, but finishing in the top 3 or 4 in the ACC was a realistic goal. What Edsall needed to do was rebuild the program, not this team. This is not like his job at UConn where he took a 1-AA team to the 1A level. He needed to win games to get the fans fired up, and it was set up for him to do just that early.
The killer is the buzz Maryland created with the uniforms in week 1, is now going to become a punch line to a joke. Well, there is some good news if you are one of those half full type of people. There are still some games to prove that it was just a bad day. If you are a half empty guy, you know those games could lead to even more embarrassing losses at the hands of Georgia Tech, Clemson, and Florida State. Yikes.
I am not ready to throw in the towel on the season or Edsall yet. However, I felt like he and the staff he put together were totally overmatched today, and that statement just rubs me the wrong way. I just hope it was a bad week for everyone. He has done some good things around the program, and is trying to sell it. However, all that is small potatoes when it comes to winning and losing, and right now we are losing.