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The Baltimore Sun on Coach Montgomery and the Terp Offense

"Offensive coordinator Scottie Montgomery arrived after being fired as coach at East Carolina and after Josh Gattis backed out of the Terps job to go to Michigan. Jon Hoke had been a defensive coordinator earlier in his career, but spent all but one of the previous 16 years as an assistant in the NFL.

After a promising start for both — the offense and defense were ranked among the nation’s leaders the first two weeks — both Montgomery and Hoke came under scrutiny as their respective units collapsed under the weight of playing in the Big Ten East.

The Terps were consistent in one regard — they finished 108th in total offense and 109th in total defense.

Maryland ranked 129th out of 130 FBS teams in red zone offense and time of possession, 123rd in first downs and completion percentage, 121st in sacks allowed and 120th in third-down conversion rate. The Terps were 115th in passing yards allowed, 114th in scoring defense and 111th in first downs allowed.

Locksley said at his news conference last week that he would assess the staff after the season ended.

Hiring veteran coaches or even up-and-coming assistants as coordinators is difficult for any coach coming off a 3-9 season, let alone one playing in one of college football’s toughest divisions. Throw in Locksley’s lack of head coaching success — he’s 6-40 at New Mexico and Maryland — and it gets even more dicey.

Ron Zook, the former Florida and Illinois coach who joined Maryland’s staff as a special assistant in late December, is a possible short-term solution on the defensive end. Offensively, Locksley needs to find someone who can work with LeGendre and do a better job than Montgomery did this season with Jackson and Pigrome.

It’s not completely the fault of either Montgomery or Hoke for what transpired this season, especially given the injuries on the offensive line and in the secondary. But Maryland fans — at least those who still remain hopeful that Locksley is the right coach for the job — need to see some changes going into next season that give them a reason to watch the Terps play.

Posted: 12/02/2019 at 05:30AM


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The Baltimore Sun on Coach Montgomery and the Terp Offense -- charlie27858 12/02/2019 05:30AM
  Not sure I agree with all that -- Mr Juan 12/02/2019 08:28AM
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