Well it looks as if the replacement for To(dd) Bra(d)for(d) is about to be made. Brian Stewart, University of Houston’s DC is expected to be announced as the Terps new Defensive Coordinator according to Patrick Stevens. The interesting part of this for me is, Stewart was passed over by Houston to become the head coach when they promoted special teams coach Tony Levine instead of Stewart. I don’t know enough about any of the parties involved other than to say it is interesting they went with a special teams coach over a coordinator. You can also throw in the fact that Levine didn’t retain Stewart as an interesting tidbit as well.
When you think of Houston, you think of prolific… offense. And we go out and get the defensive coordinator. Sounds like the Maryland Football way to me. In all honesty, Houston had a pretty solid defense, and some of those numbers are probably worse than they should be, just because of the sheer minutes they spent on the field. With that much offense going on, you are bound to be out there a little more than the average defense. One number to look at is red zone defense. They only allowed points on 67% of opponents trips inside the redzone (2nd in the NCAA), and were among the nations leaders in takeaways. So I guess you can say that had a pretty solid defense. I guess it would be hard for a team to go 13-1 with a less than solid defense.
So what does it mean in the grand scheme of things? Who knows. You would have to think he would be an upgrade over Bradford. He has a little NFL experience with the Cowboys, and it appears his recruiting ties would be with Texas and other Midwest states. Not sure how that translates for the Terps, but I think everyone involved is happy to see Bradford and his historically bad defense leave the team.