Friedgen tells fans to lay off Steffy

Friedgen tells fans to lay off Steffy

There are 40 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Sep 2, 2008, titled Friedgen tells fans to lay off Steffy. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen delivered an impassioned defense of Jordan Steffy today, likening the beleaguered quarterback to his own son and making an unusual appeal to Terrapins fans to quit harassing ...

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Belcamp, MD

#21 Sep 2, 2008
Steffy = Boller

Great kids, but horrific quarterbacks.
mike from waldorf

Frederick, MD

#22 Sep 2, 2008
start Portis, lets see what this kids got, if Florida thought he could play you got to think that he would do well against the ACC.

United States

#23 Sep 2, 2008
The worst thing that happened to Ralph was his early success. It went to his head. Turner provided some of the most exciting minutes since the first 3 fridge seasons and he sits him. As the OP said, the fans were booing Ralph, not Steffy. And he deserved it. Good thing Joe Flacco graduated or that would have been a loss last week.

Hagerstown, MD

#24 Sep 2, 2008
Boy has Ralph lost it or what? This is not the same man who came here a few years back ,then it was about winning not whining.Wake up Ralph they are booing you for being a stubborn hardhead and not being man enough to admit you are wrong.There are alot of great kids on that team but are you going to play them because of that reason.If you can't do your job then hit the road. Now we can see why he never got a head coaching job sooner.
Doug M

Anderson, SC

#25 Sep 2, 2008
Portis had 4 plays last game, and called the wrong play on one of those 4 chances. Does not sound like he is ready to play.

Turner is only slightly better, you all make him out to be Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. Turner is basically average.

If an actor cannot audition well, they will never get the part.

It does seem Turner should get the start, Portis should learn the playbook, and Steffy should sit and wait his turn for an injury to happen.

All this QB mess, we forgot to Rag the Kicker who missed 3 Field goals.

Westminster, MD

#26 Sep 2, 2008
Mike wrote:
Fridge is a moron. His act is old. Steffy has been a bust just like every QB he has recruited. McBrien was a transfer and Hill was Vandy's recruit. He has failed to deliver. Fridge needs to go.
Start Portis. This decision to go with Steffy is a big mistake and puts the program on a clueless edge. Justifying the family embrace will not sell skyboxes and is more of a nice story for a Div 2 or Div 3 small town scene.

Ralph, if you lost the part of your alma mater that screams Jerry Claiborne and your old boss Bobby Ross than find it. Its not bad to fight up to that pressure, it is a good thing. It makes for tradition, If we relied on Steffy there would be no tradition, just sadness with the exception of your own world with him-very selfish and not the plan.

United States

#27 Sep 2, 2008
Turner isn't great, Steffy isn't terrible - but the cumulative on-field performances dictate that Chris is better than Jordan (and should therefore be the starter). Fridge has lost all objectivity and is hurting the team and his long-term job retention. Arrogance minus judgement equals failure.

Hyattsville, MD

#28 Sep 2, 2008
Come on Ralph, you saw the jump passes. Those alone should get him benched....what other D-1 QB throws those passes and keeps his job. It's like the guys who are open down the field catch him by surprise. He looks short first and that won't work against anyone but lesser teams. Why are we so conservative on offense?
Burt from Essex

Dundalk, MD

#29 Sep 2, 2008
I've been a Fridge supporter until I read those remarks.You don't get paid to play kids because they remind you of your son,you get paid to win games and win them convincingly.Turner is the better gametime QB and if you can't see that Ralph,well it was a fun couple of years but you've just proven to me you can no longer judge talent objectively.If anybody thinks we would have beaten Wake or Rutgers last year with Steffy at QB they need their heads examined.Last time I checked if a fan lays out his hard earned money and doesn't like the product on the field,he deserves the right to boo.And like Peter Angeloser is finding out,Ralph,if you keep making the same bad decisions and get the same losing results,there will soon be no people there to boo at all.Get a clue and be glad you're not coaching at Michigan or Tenneessee or Notre Dame.Almost brings a tear to my eye,NOT.
Scott G

Alexandria, VA

#30 Sep 2, 2008
Ralph has lost it. It was his and Franklin's decision, they put Steffy in that position. "Easing" him in because you knew what people were going to say when he F'd up. While reading these forums the last couple of weeks, I hear the same refrain, Steffy is a good kid, not a winning QB on gameday. I saw or read hardly anything supporting Steffy's gameday play over the years (mainly the lack thereof because he has gotten hurt everytime)..

The smart move by Fridge and Franklin would have been to start Turner, and if he had 3 turnovers by the end of the 3rd Qtr too, and only a 14-0 or 14-7 lead, you could have yanked him, and then I doubt you would have heard much complaining. Maybe if TUrner had up to 21-0, you could have gotten Steffy time. We all knew coming into this season all 3 were going to play at some point.

Portis obviously is not up to speed in the new offense. People do have to remember, this is his 3rd offense in as many years, and he has not played at all for two of those years (xfer sit out and last years suspension). Once he gets up to speed, he might be the starter.

But I have little faith in Ralph and Franklin's judgement. They are the ones that put Steffy in that position. If Ralph is complaining that boos were directed at Steffy from the get go, he needs to blame himself, because he made the decision to put Steffy in a situation that it was obvious that it was going to happen like it did.

Glen Arm, MD

#31 Sep 3, 2008
Mike B wrote:
I have to agree with the Fridge, I for one am not a Steffey fan , btu these guys are college kids , they do not deserve to be booed, I do not think Steffey is big college football qb material, but I also do not think he should be booed, Ralphe is right he should be booed himself for playing Steffey. Boo on you Ralph for playing him but thumbs up for standing up for the kid, from all I have read he is a quality person just not a good qb.
When their scholarships, training facilities, stadium renovations, etc etc are being paid for by the fans, the fans are going to want results. Steffy has yet to show any. Any athlete signing a letter of intent to play in the DC metro area should realize they will be under heavy scrutiny. If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.

Rochester, MI

#32 Sep 3, 2008
Coach, in all due respsect, NO. I will boo Steffy and YOU. Some of us were at that Rutgers game last year. Some of us heard him mouthing off to his friends afterward about how he would've been even better. If that's your "son" then he deserves a little lesson in humility.

What's frightening to some of us was your reluctance to stick with what works and your insistence to return to a failed qb. I HOPE Jordan proves us wrong, but I hope even more that you don't stay with him just to 'teach us a lesson.'

You're a good coach, but letting your emotional side cloud your judgement is a big mistake.

PS- I stood up and clapped when you finally removed him.
Brian in PA

Indiana, PA

#33 Sep 3, 2008
In some ways I am not surprised that Ralph is defending a player on his team. I think some of his comments go over the line of professionilism. Yes the coaches are with the players everyday and myself being a coach you get fond of who you like and so forth. However, who I liked compared to who got the job done never interfered with decisions on who plays. There are ALWAYS going to be players who you really "root for" and hope that they get a chance. What I think is sad is the comment the he stated Jordan is going to save a game this season. He sounds like a husband who is selling his parents on his spouse when they don't approve of who he has picked....

Also, doesnt he have daughters not sons..?? So that would explain his whole like my son thing...

Baltimore, MD

#34 Sep 3, 2008
Dave wrote:
"...this kid to me is the epitome of what we want in this football program," Friedgen said.
If that's the case, Maryland desperately needs a new head coach.
Great. Have him bronzed and put Chris Turner in.

Baltimore, MD

#35 Sep 3, 2008
Ralph, you may need therapy if this ever sinks in, but it's not really Steffy they're booing. He's a college athlete who's really trying.

They're just booing because somebody put him in the game. Think about it. So who is it that's getting booed?

Westminster, MD

#36 Sep 3, 2008
Steffy is getting "paid" in scholarship dollars over 100k for his time at MD and is now in graduate school on his way to career success.

Ralph-Portis is the only kid on board who has any possible shot at the next level. Shouldn't you be concerned with that possibility?

Start Portis! He will learn and adjust quickly.

Baltimore, MD

#37 Sep 3, 2008
Que wrote:
Steffy is getting "paid" in scholarship dollars over 100k for his time at MD and is now in graduate school on his way to career success.
Ralph-Portis is the only kid on board who has any possible shot at the next level. Shouldn't you be concerned with that possibility?
Start Portis! He will learn and adjust quickly.
Gte a grip. From what I've seen of Portis so far, he has nothing.

Chesterfield, MO

#38 Sep 3, 2008
Bob wrote:
That really brought tears to my eye's Ralph , but you are paid to win Football games and beating a division 2 school by only 7 points on Saturday is a embarrassment to you and to the program. What a JOKE
Ah, Bob from Towson. Tell me, how was this Ralph's fault? The biggest issue with Saturday's game is the kicking situation, not quarterback. Maryland was running the ball down UD's throat. If we make the 3 field goals we attempted, the score is 23-0 going into the 4th and this is a non-issue. One of Steffy's 2 picks shouldn't have been a pick at all, as it was 4th down and the Delaware Corner intercepted the ball on the 2, rather than just swatting it down and having his team take over on the 34 yard line.

Did Steffy make mistakes? Sure did. If he continues to, pull him. But Chris Turner wasn't exactly stunning while on the field (although in a very short time) and Portis was only in for 1 snap at a time.

Was winning by only 7 a little embarrassing? Sure. But if you take the time to look beyond the score, this game was never close and if you think it was, you're not very good at evaluating football games.

Next week will be a much better indication of what we can expect from this team. Kicking is the big issue we should be worried about...
Goon Moon

Bethpage, NY

#39 Sep 3, 2008
Que wrote:
Steffy is getting "paid" in scholarship dollars over 100k for his time at MD and is now in graduate school on his way to career success.
Ralph-Portis is the only kid on board who has any possible shot at the next level. Shouldn't you be concerned with that possibility?
Start Portis! He will learn and adjust quickly.
Portis "will learn and adjust quickly," you say? Portis needs to learn how to study and open the playbook, and stop forgetting which plays he is suppossed to run. What do you mean,'the next level.' This is about now, not the NFL. I want to see the Terrapins win, not to develop guys for the NFL while winning only 5 games a year. The Fridge wasn't hired by Maryland to prepare kids for a chance at the NFL. would be nice and it always is nice to see former Terps in the NFL, but that's not the goal at Maryland. I would much rather see a guy who gives it his all (Steffy), than a guy who misses class, forgets plays, and is lackadaisical about the whole collegiate process (Portis). Portis is a gifted player, but he needs to put his time in too.


#40 Sep 6, 2008
I hate to be one of the people that finally have to point out what is becoming a liitle bit obvious. Since using players recruited in the
Ron Vanderlinden era, and having 3 good seasons with them, Friedgen's teams have won only about 50% of their games since then. Also for a coach whose fame is supposed to be in the offensive side of the game; Friedgen has had a pitiful run of quarterbacks since the 2004 season.

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