COLLEGE PARK -- Surprisingly upbeat given his team’s three-game losing streak that reached a low point with Saturday’s 20-3 loss at home to Syracuse, Maryland football coach Randy Edsall said at his weekly news conference Tuesday that he is not going to panic.
“If I panic, the whole team will panic. Then I’m not being the leader that I need to be for our young team here," he said. "All I’m going to do is continue to go about the business of building this program and building it the right way so it can end up achieving the longterm success that we’re going to have here."
Edsall said the Terps (5-4, 1-4 ACC) have made "significant progress" in the three seasons that he has been Maryland's coach despite only one road win in the ACC. Maryland plays Virginia Tech on Saturday in Blacksburg, Va., followed by a home game against Boston College and a road finale at North Carolina State.
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"Again, we have one more win right now than we did a year ago. We have talented players. It’s unfortunate that some of those guys got hurt, that happened to be playmakers for you that you were trying to build an offense around,” Edsall said. “We do have more depth, but we’re not where we need to be from a depth standpoint.
“We’re improved. We’re better. We don’t like some of the results we’ve had, and we’re not going to use excuses, but we have talent here. We’re bringing in more talent in terms of what we’re recruiting and the excitement that they have. Again, it’s a process. We’re not going to cheat the process. We can’t. Because if we cheat the process we’re never going to get where to we want to go.”
Edsall said he has tried to get his team to ignore what is being said or written about the Terps – good or bad.
“Don’t read anything,” said Edsall, who has been known to read much of what is written about him. "Some of our young guys when we were 4-1, 5-1, it’s the first time they’ve been through it. And we talked about it. Don’t believe anything. All of a sudden you lose a few, all those people who were writing all that good stuff, now they’re not writing any good stuff anymore.
“People don’t like to be patient, but we’re going to continue to work the way we’re going, continue to recruit and develop and we’re going to get where we want to go. It might not be as fast as some people, but we’ll get there are fast as we can go without cheating the process. And hopefully at some point in time, hopefully we can stay injury free. We have to give it our all regardless of the adversity and we’ve got to overcome that.”