"A new coach is going to bring his rules and his aspects of coaching," said [Rahsaan] Moore, a redshirt freshman tailback. "Everybody was comfortable with Coach Friedgen. It’s always going to be a percentage of some people who aren’t happy. It was an even greater percentage because we came in with a coach who we trusted. Automatically, when a new coach takes over, you might think, ‘this might not be for me.’" [...]
"I guess it was the way we were talked to and treated, it was almost as if we were looked down upon," Till said. "It wasn’t a family atmosphere I felt there. It was very businesslike. It felt like I was in the military. I would say over 50 percent of the team was unhappy with what was going on. Most have to deal with it because they don’t have anywhere else to go."
— Titus Till and Rahsaan Moore on their transfers, via the Prince George's Gazette These two quotes balance the issue pretty well, as I see it. Moore is right: with any new coach, there are going to be defections and people that are unhappy. It's not what they signed up for. But Till's point about the players being talked down and condescended to is also valid: Edsall's approach, if he continues it the way it's been recently, may not be viable long-term. He needs to make some changes to his personality, if not his program as well.