Sometime next week–probably after practice on Wednesday, Chase Rettig will gather his offensive linemen around him and ask a simple question: Where do you guys want to have dinner tonight? It’s on me.”
And while that may not seem like a big deal, for Rettig the Boston College quarterback, and for the Oline, who will have a primary function of making sure Rettig stays on his feet as much as possible during the season opener against Miami on Sept.1 and for the next 11 or 12 or 13 games after that, it is a big deal.
If BC is going to bounce back from last year’s 4-8 drop, it must get more production from Rettig. The OLine has always been a cornerstone for any BC success.
So has the QB, whether it has been Doug Flutie or Glenn Foley or Matt Ryan.
Rettig hasn’t done anything other than give us glimpses of what he might be able to do. He also has given us peaks at what he has not been able to do–at least consistently.
Some of that showed up again in Wednesday’s final scrimmage. Playing in a situation, where the Eagles trailed by 8 and started on their own 5 line with less than 4 minutes in the game, Rettig was asked to take the Eagles from their own 5 line and do something.
He did–taking the Eagles to the opposing five and then on fourth and goal threw an incomplete pass.
Game over. “It’s crucial that we do those things, (scoring),” said Rettig. “We went from the five to the five. We’ve got to put the ball in the end zone.”
Yes, they do. Yes, he does.
Rettig says the difference between this offense–Doug Martin will be the fourth offensive coordinator Rettig has had to deal with in his 2 and a half years at The Heights–is that Martin’s offensive scheme is a read and react attack mode system.
“I’m really comfortable with it,” said Rettig, breaking into a smile. “I think the rest of the guys are as well. The idea now is to just go out and don’t worry about what happens on any play. Just keep running plays and make the defense react to what you are doing. I think the last two years, we went to the line of scrimmage and the defense would look how we were set up and we would do things based on what they were doing. Now it’s going to be different. We’re going to do things they will have to react to and we will be doing it all the time They will have to adjust to us rather than the other way around.”
Whether that works in practice as well in theory is what Rettig and the rest of the Eagles will learn, starting against Miami.
It is a crucial game in a crucial season that could very well determine the direction of BC football for the next several years.
Rettig says he is ready. So is his offensive line. And while the season opener is not until Sept. 1, the Eagles will have their game faces on all week, including at dinner when Rettig and the Oline do some serious bonding.
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