After a long and murky process, Kevin Rogers is Boston College's new Offensive Coordinator. Rogers comes to BC with a long track record and it will be interesting to see how he puts his imprint on BC. Let's get to know him a little better.
Minnesota Vikings Quarterback coach: 2006-2010
Virginia Tech Quarterbacks coach: 2002-2005
Notre Dame Offensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks Coach: 1999-2001
Syracuse Offensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks Coach: 1997-1998
Syracuse Quarterbacks Coach: 1991-1998
Navy various staff positions: 1983-1990
William & Mary Running Backs Coach: 1980-1982
Ohio State Graduate Assistant: 1978-1979
Like Dan Henning, Rogers graduated from William & Mary, where he played Linebacker.
The High Points
Because they hit some hard time fans forget how cutting edge Syracuse's 1990s offenses were. Rogers was a key part of that innovation. The Orange were the first to combine and execute with any consistency Pro-style passing with Option elements. As the QB coach and key recruiter, Rogers developed Marvin Graves and Donavan McNabb.
In the two years that Rogers called plays for that offense, the Orange won the conference both years and led the conference in total offense both seasons. McNabb also led the league in total offense. Rogers was a shining star.
Notre Dame: best of times, worst of times
In 1999 he joined Bob Davie's staff as OC and QB coach. The Irish implemented his passing into their option offense and increased their efficiency, ranking 19th nationally. Jarious Jackson had his best statistical year yet but Notre Dame suffered a losing record. In 2000 the productivity declined a bit. Notre Dame had a deadly ground game but was a total mess at QB. Reminiscent of BC's 2010 season, Rogers used three different raw QBs trying to find something that worked. In 2001, the QB shuffle continued (only with Caryle Holiday in the mix this time) and the offense fell apart. Bob Davie and his whole staff were fired after the season.
Virginia Tech: starting over
After Notre Dame, Rogers joined Virginia Tech as QB coach. He did not call plays there, but was credited with developing Bryan Randall. He also was responsible for baby sitting Marcus Vick. Vick had good productivity but also was a major distraction. Supposedly Rogers became fed up with the situation after Vick stomped on Elvis Dumervil in the Gator Bowl. He joined the Vikings as QB coach.
Rogers time with Vikings doesn't tell us much. The whole Childress/Favre situation obscures any imprint we could derive. He kinda/sort helped develop Tarvaris Jackson. For what it is worth, one of the first things Leslie Frazier did upon becoming head coach, was fire Rogers.
Reasons to be excited about Rogers
This is a guy who has recruited in the Northeast. He's recruited in the ACC. He's been away from the college game for a bit, but has a deep history to mine in his return. He's coached at schools with recruiting restrictions. He's called plays and led some very productive offenses. At one point he was one of the most innovative minds in college football. Plus he is a character guy who everyone seems to respect.
Reasons for concerns
Look at the list of quarterbacks Rogers has developed at the college level. Do any of them remind you of Chase Rettig, Christian Suntrup or even Dave Shinskie? He has never really relied on the classic pocket passers. His philosophy of over recruiting the QB position and seeing what sticks is more inline with Jags/Logan than the TOB/Spaz way of picking "one guy" each class. Rogers hasn't called plays in nearly 10 years. He has never worked with any of the current BC staffers. How Notre Dame fell apart in 2001 was very disconcerting. His offense is no longer unique.
Rogers is a big improvement over Tranquill. He was not my choice but I think he can still be serviceable. My biggest concern is his ability to adapt his offense to the personnel we have in place. I also wonder how he will work with the staffers we have in place. Staff chemistry is an underrated aspect of college football. I think we have some good guys on the offensive side. I hope they will work well with their new boss. I will have more from Notre Dame folks later this week. As I've said, I have real concerns about the process that landed us Rogers, but that is not his issue. That is a BC issue.
The past two years have been frustrating to watch. If Rogers changes that, we will owe him a big thanks.