Ground Hog Day for Rettig

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.

© 2012, Mark. All rights reserved.

  18 comments for “Ground Hog Day for Rettig

  1. BCEagles66
    December 8, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Class action lawsuit vs Spaz, Leahy, et al

  2. Ben Dover
    December 7, 2012 at 9:17 am

    If I were Chase Rettig I would ask for a “do over”.

    I think we can say that for anyone who wasted their eligibility under Spaz.

    • Mark
      December 7, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      Giveit up on Spaz. You probably would kick a dead puppy.

      • Rex
        December 7, 2012 at 10:36 pm

        Why would Ben Dover bend over and kick a puppy? The guy failed miserably and blamed others (including players) for his faults. Rettig could excel in the right offensive system, but the BC OC position has been a turnstable and now Dudeck will be getting the ball 40 times a game in the new offense. C’mon Mark.

        • Mark
          December 7, 2012 at 11:01 pm

          Ok. The guy got fired. Its over. Move on. Get over it. Unless of course, the idiot who wrote it is not really a BC fan who cares about the Eagles but a pathetic, turd who sits in his basement and sends out emails because that is all he has in his life.Sad really sad

      • CAG
        December 7, 2012 at 11:24 pm

        I don’t think dover’s in the wrong here. you say if you were rettig you’d ask for a do over. why do you say that? because of the coordinator changes. who is responsible for that? it’s fair to criticize him for that. you say stop harping on it but by talking about rettig and the amazing fight that has gone and continues for him, youre doing the exact same thing. just my two cents. think its fair and reasonable.

        • Mark
          December 7, 2012 at 11:46 pm

          I don’t disagree with your point, but I was writing about Rettig who is still at BC. Spaz is not. To write about Rettig, I have to explain what happened to him. The point of the story was how tired Rettig is of dealing with all of this and that very little of it was his fault. But the broken record is that it was all spaz’s fault. There’s lots of elements. Spaz took over in his first season with no quarerbacks who had any college experience. He was behind from the start. Its easy to take shots from the peanut gallery. I was inside the ropes. I saw coaches and players trying to make it better. It didn’t work, but all i hear is that Spaz is an idiot. Enough.

          • CAG
            December 8, 2012 at 9:22 am

            I agree with your premise that you need to educate using what happened in the past. However, when it comes to SPECIFICALLY Chase and the OC situation, it mainly if not totally was Spaz’s fault. It’d be foolish and naive to say otherwise. When it comes to the coaching staff, the blame (and praise) for the failures (and successes) lie with the head coach. Spaz created the turmoil by making poor hires, then compounded it by having to get rid of them just as quickly by realizing his mistake and hire someone else (who typically was just as poor).

          • Mark
            December 8, 2012 at 10:51 am

            Your right. Lots of mistakes were made at every level

  3. Sparky
    December 7, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Mark, have you encountered much opposition to this hire by big BC donors? It’s been reported that Addazio was on their “don’t hire” list of the BC heavyweights when they met with Bates weeks ago to discuss BC’s football future. In the end, it appears that two of Bates finalists — Addazio and Kromer — were old friends of Bates that he clearly had in mind for the job for some time. This hardly qualifies as a true “national search.” How could guys like Darell Hazell, Mike MacIntyre, Willie Taggert not be considered when they have proven records of turning around floundering programs and seem to be good “fits” for BC in terms of salary and background (Hazell is Jersey guy with BCS credentials; MacIntyre was a Temple assistant; Taggert coached for Harbaugh at Stanford, a school that puts a strong emphasis on academics/student development).

    Any insight here?

    • Mark
      December 7, 2012 at 11:25 am

      as I said before, Bates went to the people he knows

  4. Eagle0407
    December 6, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Rettig should transfer. He’s been the consummate BC guy, and it would be terrible to lose him, but I would rather see him go play for a good coach in a pass-friendly system who can get him to the NFL. I don’t think anyone would begrudge him for it. I am troubled at the idea of a run heavy offense when passing was the one area of the game in which we were occasionally competent. The message: We’re going to continue to waste your talents. He’s represented the school so well during some very tough times, and BC has not lived up to its end of the bargain. I hope he thinks about what is best for his career and moves on.

    • Mark
      December 6, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      tough call. When I talked to him on Wednesday, he just sounded tired of all the changes. But a transfer means sitting out a year and more changes than football. New school, new friends, no BC degree which is more valuable than anything the football team has done. If he had redshirted a season and could get his degree and then do a russell wilson–nC state to wisconsin, that might be different. But its hard to believe BC will allow him to redshirt so he can play for someone else.

  5. WTF
    December 6, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    “probably 50-50 with against eventually in the lead”


    • Eileen
      December 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      It’s code for Blauds has no clue and is just guessing.

      • Mark
        December 7, 2012 at 12:41 pm


  6. CAG
    December 6, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    do you think rogers is coming back?

    • Mark
      December 6, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      talked to addazio on wednesday about it. he dodged it. probably 50-50 with against eventually in the lead

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