The Washington Times - November 23, 2008, 04:56PM

Ralph Friedgen’s Sunday teleconference with beat writers was about as short as I can ever remember.

Not that he was grumpy or cranky or upset. It was just there isn’t that much left to ask after a team is eliminated from conference contention but is still heading to a bowl game.

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Injury-wise, redshirt freshman Dion Armstrong will be examined tomorrow after suffering an undisclosed ailment. Otherwise, the Terps are in Friedgen’s parlance “beat up,” which comes as no surprise after 11 games in 13 weeks.

Friedgen again seemed flustered with communications problems on defense, which was a sore spot at Virginia Tech a few weeks ago.

At some point – and, really, that point probably came a while back – someone needs to be held accountable for communications snafus. And that someone is somewhere on the coaching staff.

Schemes can be run perfectly and still not work if the personnel isn’t good enough. But at the very least, even so-so personnel can be adequate if they’re all on the same page.

Well, assuming they’re not playing a vastly superior opponent.

Florida State, while dominant on defense, did not have an offense vastly superior to what Maryland countered with. And that’s where some communication becomes an issue.

“We made some adjustments in the second half and had some good situations and they still made plays on us,” Friedgen said. “It goes back to communicating. Sometimes we have at least half the coverage doing one thing and the other half doing the other. We’ve been trying to get that fixed. It’s still not where it needs to be as far as I’m concerned.”

Patrick Stevens