New team, new challenges, new goals.
He will be making his debut as the head coach for Boston College on Saturday against Villanova, instead of at Temple, where Addazio spent the past two seasons.
The stakes and profile is higher now, much higher. For Addazio, the message remains the same. It has been that way for nine months since he was hired in December as a replacement for Frank Spaziani.
Addazio rarely talks specifics. That will come after games, when the process can be broken down and analyzed.
No, Addazio is still selling. Selling himself–he is very good at that. Selling the program–he is good at that as well. Reports are that the BC recruiting class for 2014 is already overflowing with potential talent which can take the Eagles back into contention a bowl quality team.
Addazio will be opening his season for the third time against Villanova, an FCS team which has flirted with the idea of moving to the FBS level for years.
BC should win, but there are no guarantees and early in the week, at least, Addazio did not like what he saw from his team in terms of focus.
“For us to be successful, we need to play clean as a team,” Addazio said. “Across the board, we need to have high execution. I have never seen a team have a crummy week of practice and have a great game. The unknown is how high our level of execution will be.”
The Eagles will enter the game with a four-year starting QB in Chase Rettig, who has heard all summer from his coaches that leadership is a key to success.
Rettig has slowly and steadily taken charge of the Eagles offense. He has done it as much with what he has done on the field, as for what he says in the huddle or in the locker room.
He has done this under fire–throwing for more than 3,000 yards a year ago while basically on the run and under the gun. This accomplishment takes on even more significance when you look at the Eagles’ lack of a running game and thin numbers on the depth chart.
Addazio has emphasized effort as much as execution. “I think in-game what you are concerned most about is how well you execute with the new schemes,” said Addazio. “But we’ve got to set forth that platform. First games sometimes are not real clean. They’re not executed at a real high level sometimes. But you better play hard and you’ve got to find a way to win.”
“We have to learn the intensity that goes into every snap. It is so fragile. There is so much intensity on every play and every series. We have to be able to lock in on every play. For us to have a great deal of success, we have to be a real team.”
Although he was not chosen as one of the co-captains, Rettig’s job will be to help put that concept together.
“There are different ways to lead,” said Rettig, who has been the starter since early in his freshman season. “But you need to be the voice at some point, especially when things are going wrong. It is a tough situation and tough criteria to say when things are going wrong.”
Rettig knows his role as much his responsibility, even without a co-captain label. “I have to take advantage of my position on the team to try and get us in the right play,”he said. “Then when we get back to the sidelines, take a leadership role–whether it’s coming off a good drive or a bad drive.”
It all begins on Saturday for Rettig, for Addazio and for the Eagles. The mantra of the past 9 months about goals and commitment will be replaced in real-time games, with real-time results.
Whether the Eagles are ready will be determined quickly.© Copyright 2013 Mark, All rights Reserved. Written For: