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Friedgen ready to open up Rutgers offense, fix Nova’s mechanics

Ralph Friedgen

This year marks the return of Ralph Friedgen to a college football sideline. The former head coach at Maryland is getting back in the swing of things as offensive coordinator at Rutgers, and it is a transition he believes has gone smoothly as well as one he seems to be embracing. No longer in charge of directing the daily operations of the football program, Friedgen can focus more on mapping out the offensive schemes the Scarlet Knights will use this fall, the first as a Big Ten member.

With Friedgen in charge of the offense, things are going to change as he tries to make use of what is available to him. Do not expect Friedgen to ask Rutgers to do anything he does not feel they are capable of doing, and perhaps that will be a good thing.

“What I think we have to be careful about – and I think it happened a little bit in the spring – is we can wear these kids out and not have anything left,” Friedgen said in a sit-down interview with veteran Rutgers scribe Tom Luicci for “My philosophy is to have a balance between run and pass… If you’re only one dimensional then they’re going to make you play left-handed and I don’t like to play left-handed. I like to take what the defense gives us.”

One of the biggest concerns for Rutgers may be the play of quarterback Gary Nova. Friedgen arrived hearing plenty about Nova’s ups and (mostly) downs, but he feels confident he can get the most out of his starting quarterback. Friedgen has also taken some measures to improve Nova’s mechanics.

“I’ve made one correction with his mechanics. He threw the ball on his toes, which puts a lot of pressure on your arm and can lead to arm problems. I was always taught, especially when I was in the NFL, to put your heel in the ground and push off like you’re a pitcher and then get your waist and hips right. It seems to have helped him.”

You can read the full Q&A with Friedgen on

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5 Responses to “Friedgen ready to open up Rutgers offense, fix Nova’s mechanics”
  1. chc4 says: Jul 24, 2014 1:51 PM

    After the first couple words of the headline I fully expected to read “Friedgen ready to open up mouth and shove as much food in as possible”.

  2. pdcooper08 says: Jul 24, 2014 2:32 PM

    I’m not sure, but I can’t imagine coach played the QB position ever. I have never seen, heard, experienced or taught a QB to put he’s weight heel to throw. That is not a sound mechanic to teach.

  3. cubano76 says: Jul 24, 2014 5:19 PM

    Fridge is going to do great things for that offense. Just watch.

  4. ningenito78 says: Jul 24, 2014 9:42 PM

    @pdcooper08 that’s probably why you have never coached at the major college or NFL level.

  5. vapor54 says: Jul 25, 2014 11:51 AM

    Terps miss the Fridge

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