Coach's QB call 'most difficult'

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One day after naming senior Jordan Steffy the team's starting quarterback, Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen said the decision was "probably the most difficult for me, just because I didn't think it was ... Full Story
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Bryce Be Quick

Havertown, PA

#1 Aug 20, 2008
For the reason of those concussions alone, should Steffy still be be on the field? What happens when he loses the yellow practice pinnie and he has a gamesday bullseye painted on his chest instead? Love the kid's moxey, yet medically one is left to wonder....
sam hollenbach

Dallas, TX

#2 Aug 20, 2008
especially since he tends to freeze up in the face of any type of pass-rush. I hate to say it, but based on what I've seen, he's not going to last long staying in the pocket.
Royce

Washington, DC

#3 Aug 20, 2008
Something doesn't add up --- on DC radio - it was mentioned that Turner was deciding today if he was transferring... so, contrary to this article, Turner has not moved on.. and I don't blame him.

So sick of how great guys like Hollenbach, Stathem, and Steffy look great in practice...
Surf52

Baltimore, MD

#4 Aug 20, 2008
Somewhere, every other coach in the ACC is smiling.
ron nixon

United States

#5 Aug 20, 2008
well i guess, if how a player practices is the barometer for being counted on to start the season, then the whole team had better be a great practice team. my problem with this is from reports coming out of practice, they all had good and bad days. and from the actual games played chris turner is the best hands down. i have never heard of a decision that a practice qb had beaten out your starter from the previous season. why not let jordan and chris have a three game competition, each play a half or every other series to see who is best. that would be fair get this over with. the coach just does not like chris, because of him being a free spirit.
ron nixon

United States

#6 Aug 20, 2008
how about this. chris turner transferring to uva, where they are desperate for a qb, and he beats the stuffing out of the terps. yes, i know he would have to sit out a year.
CA Terp Fan

New York, NY

#7 Aug 20, 2008
Maybe the silver lining in all this is that if the Terps have a crappy year, which looks likely given the qb situation, RF will be pushed out and the Terps will bring in a real head coach (and defensive coordinator).

Since: Aug 07

N. Myrtle Beach, SC

#8 Aug 20, 2008
I haven
t " bought into it". It's time for Fridge to work hard at finding a new job.
Im a fan

Catonsville, MD

#9 Aug 20, 2008
Does Fridge give points for eating?
You need a Sam's club to feed this coach. How does he look at the game/practice tape with his mouth and eyes down in the plate. Point system? For every pound ralph gains he should be hitting the bleachers with the coaches at 5am. You have to live with life's ups and down you say-how about learning to just fit through a doorway...
Sam Class of 1973

AOL

#10 Aug 20, 2008
anyone that has been to the games and have actually seen Steffy play and thinks he should be our starter, I would like to hear from. I have yet to meet a sportcaster, hs coach or any of my Terp Club friends that agree or see the logic in this decision. If there is someone I like to hear from them. I bet you Yow would side step the question and through the mickey right back to the fridge!
PhD Terp

Towson, MD

#11 Aug 20, 2008
If Steffy's leash is short, real short, then I agree with the decision.

If Steffy is allowed to struggle, then the decision was bs.
What is this now

Catonsville, MD

#12 Aug 20, 2008
No guts, ya'll. Paralysis by analysis. Friedgen is not a good head coach, might still be a good assistant somewhere to "share his thoughts and analysis" but someone with real muscle needs to make decisions. This flows across the field to gametime and his playing not to lose problem and not being able to develop a QB. Shaun Hill and Scott McBrien were the only good QB's and were recruited and developed by the former system and simply adopted the new system
What is this now

Catonsville, MD

#13 Aug 20, 2008
He was doing his job with Turner, but its almost like he gets "scared" to see them successful. Something is obviously wrong with this system and Ralph can not see the mistakes. Maybe another Billick on our hands-early success on the back of another system and an already developed QB-then bad decision after bad decision while keeping the focus back on the one or two good years, not to mention the "offensive genius" lines-maybe like Billick ralph believes he is smarter than he really is
virtueandvice

Hurlock, MD

#14 Aug 20, 2008
They want to fill Byrd Stadium, build sky suites and an upper deck around the back end zone and they expect people to show up when AFTER FOUR YEARS the coach chooses his quarterback based on PRACTICE AND SCRIMMAGE STATISTICS!!!!!????? I almost tore up my season tickets yesterday I'm so upset. WTF!!!???
Sam Class of 1973

AOL

#15 Aug 20, 2008
virtueandvice wrote:
They want to fill Byrd Stadium, build sky suites and an upper deck around the back end zone and they expect people to show up when AFTER FOUR YEARS the coach chooses his quarterback based on PRACTICE AND SCRIMMAGE STATISTICS!!!!!????? I almost tore up my season tickets yesterday I'm so upset. WTF!!!???
Don't tear up the tickets give them to the armed forces like I did...just stop sending money to terp club
if you ever want to go to a game you can get great seats for $5 and thus not patronize a losing proposition of no value
Surf52

Baltimore, MD

#16 Aug 20, 2008
Steffy the starter? Hurry up and lower that drinking age so they'll open beer stands in Byrd! At least it won't seem as painful.
Sobo Bob

Baltimore, MD

#17 Aug 20, 2008
Just wait until Jordan makes the trek down to Lane Stadium in November... Actually, hopefully he is removed from the starter's role prior to the Tech game. I made the trek down to Blacksburg for the last Thursday night abortion... with Mr. Steffy getting lit up like a Christmas tree. If I were Chris Turner, I'd probably just hang tight and get my degree from Maryland. Does anyone really think he has a shot of playing at the next level? If so, I'd like to hear from you.
Calterp

Los Angeles, CA

#18 Aug 20, 2008
Worst...Quarterback decision...Ever.
Twerp Lover

Fredericksburg, VA

#19 Aug 20, 2008
As long as you pratice well it doesn't matter how bad you play when it counts----Ralph Friedgen
Justice

Alexandria, VA

#20 Aug 20, 2008
There are a couple of things troubling about this decision. First, Steffy doesn't extend a defense. He's like Mark Brunell with the Skins - 18 of 20 for 40 yards. Second, how can a head coach admit to the media that he polled veteran players prior to making this decision. What does that tell Turner?

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