Mauling by Bears an Indication of Things to Come for Terps

Max RooseveltContributor ISeptember 8, 2009

BERKELEY, CA - SEPTEMBER 05:  Jahvid Best #4 of the California Golden runs with the ball during their game against the Maryland Terrapins at California Memorial Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

It was ugly. Very ugly.

Not a single Terps fan could have fully expected Saturday night's 13-52 debacle at Berkeley. However, I cannot help but note that, at least on paper, everything went as predicted for the team.

Nobody fell short of expectation. Everybody played as predicted.

Da'Rel Scott averaged seven yards per carry and was the clear go-to option in Friedgen's offense. Chris turner was 17 for 30 and avoided throwing an interception. The receiving corps failed to produce a clear number-one option and the inexperienced offensive line gave up six sacks.

Most notably, the defense proved to be in dire need of more practice with their new scheme and new coordinator Don Brown.

Nobody needed a crystal ball to see this one coming.

Headed by running back Jahvid Best, the Golden Bears systematically picked apart the uber-aggressive Terps' 4-3 defense and had many fans questioning Brown's tactics.

I was fortunate enough to have a front row seat for the game at Cornerstone Grill and Loft, one of College Park, MD's fine filling stations.

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Among the popular non-expletive fan sentiments were "why do we keep blitzing?" and "how come Turner can't get any protection?"

The answers to both questions are obvious.

Fans are simply not used to seeing the Terps flying at opposing quarterbacks. And the players are just as unfamiliar with the 4-3's ins and outs as their fellow students. Give it a few games and we'll be back on track.

Perhaps a good idea would have been waiting on scheduling a top-tier opponent until the players had gotten a better grasp of Brown's scheme.

As for Turner, again, time will tell. The O-Line is young and only has one returning starter. 

Patience is something most students are low on; however, University of Maryland students will have to wait to see their Terps in full force.

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