“Rebuilding” is not terminology Edsall has used this season, and he did not repeat the word in his response. But he has often talked about reshaping the program over the long term.
“Any time when you come in and you install new systems it does take some time,” the coach said.
Edsall also cited Maryland’s difficult schedule as a factor this season.
This is what I got from the NCAA on that:
According to NCAA figures, Maryland ranks 13th in the FBS in toughest schedule to date behind Kansas, Arizona, Tennessee, Missouri, Miami (Fla.), Texas A&M, Texas, Auburn, Ole Miss, LSU, Notre Dame and Kent State. This ranking does not include victories over FCS schools.
Maryland’s past opponents have a 63.7 winning percentage versus FBS schools.
When you include past opponents' victories over FCS schools, Maryland's schedule looks even tougher. By that measure, Maryland has the third most difficult schedule.
The road is about to get easier. Maryland’s schedule is not as challenging when you factor in future opponents. The Terps host 1-6 Boston College this Saturday. The combined records of Maryland’s remaining opponents is 13-17.
When you include past and future opponents’ records together in FBS games, Maryland ranks 45th nationally and seventh in the ACC behind North Carolina Clemson, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Duke and Miami.