If I were Chase Rettig I would ask for a “do over”.
Rettig just completed his third season as the Boston College starting quarterback. In terms of learning experiences, you could make the case that they were equivalent to “dog years”, which would make him a 21-year veteran for the Eagles.
Using that scenario, you could probably also make the case that Rettig would then be working with his 25th offensive coordinator.
When Rettig walked into the BC football offices on Thursday, he may have run into Ryan Day, who in a previous BC life was the Eagles’ wide receivers coach. Next season he will be the offensive coordinator for new BC football coach Steve Addazio.
Rettig liked Day then, he says he looks forward to working with him in the future. But as he spoke you could almost see Rettig’s shoulders sag. “This will be my fifth offensive coordinator,” Rettig said, referring to a list which started with Gary Tranquill, moved to Kevin Rogers, Dave Brock and Doug Martin. “I got along with Coach Day when he was here. I hope it works out ok.”
No one should feel sorry for Rettig for what BC has provided him off the field–a good education at a great school at no financial cost.
But Rettig could have gotten that at a lot of schools when he came out of LaSalle High School in Pasadena, California as a quarterback with some swagger who dreamed of playing not only college football, but in the NFL as well.
Those dreams still exist. But when players commit to a college they commit to a coach and a system and a way of doing things that will do the best job of getting them to the next level if they are good enough. College is designed to be a learning experience, with stability in the system.
It hasn’t been that way at BC, as former Eagle coach Frank Spaziani went through his own adjustment period in putting together a staff which was both competent and compatible. At times, it was neither.
Rettig and the other BC veterans who stuck it out had to endure this turmoil. Ask Rettig about it and he will merely shrug with a “What am I going to do” look. He could obviously go radical and transfer, but that would mean sitting out a year and even more changes in his life.
Watching Rettig develop from a kid into a mature, confident and funny young man is one of the things I like most about dealing with BC kids.
But now, Rettig must endure a “Ground Hog” day experience as he sits in meetings with Ryan Day, working on a yet different offensive schemes and formations with different philosophies and ways of teaching and communicating.
Addazio, a former offensive lineman, has already made it clear that his philosophy of offense is more predicated on running the ball than passing the ball. Obviously, both phases need to be working smoothly to increase the chances of success.
But it also seems clear that Rettig won’t be running a pass oriented offense. It is entirely possible that if the Eagles do turn their season around next year, Rettig’s role could be more supportive than dominant.
With that in mind, it should be noted that one of the players that Day recruited during his first stop at BC was back up Eaglse’ QB Josh Bordner, who is more run-oriented than Rettig.
Addazio has energized the Eagles with his “take no prisoners” attack type of sales pitch he is now using to generate enthusiasm for BC football.
Speeches are good tools to use, especially for programs that need power boosts, which BC football desperately needs.
Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t.
Whether Addazio’s words inspire the Eagles or are treated similar to John Belushi’s plea to his frat brothers in Animal House when he said.”Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!” remains to be seen.
Rettig knows it’s not over for him at BC. But he also knows that as he moves into his senior season with the Eagles, at a time when he should be fine tuning his skills as a QB in a comfort zone, he will again be in some unfamiliar territory, with new voices telling him what should be done and how to do it.
Rettig is now speaking the party line, as he should do as the unofficial–the captaincy may come by next season–leader of the offense, if not the team.
“Everyone’s going to have a different reaction, but everyone realizes he’s (Addazio) coming here, he’s bringing passion and enthusiasm and he wants to do something special,” said Rettig.
So does Rettig.
It would have been nice if he had been able to do it in more stable conditions.
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