Monday, September 12, 2011

We will never know... (Kevin Rogers' edition)

The timing on Kevin Rogers' leave is perfect and terrible at the same time. It changes the face of the season that's already begun 0-2. In a way there is no where to go but up. Would we have turned things around with Rogers? Was Saturday a sign of things to come? It doesn't matter now. We have a new guy responsible for the points and play calling.


We don't know what could have been with Rogers but we do know who is impacted the most by his departure. Here are the parties who will shape where we go from here.


Dave Brock
It made sense to promote Brock. He's the only one on the staff who has been an Offensive Coordinator in a BCS conference. And he recruited Rettig. If this season is salvageable, we will need Rettig to buy in and execute. Promoting the guy on staff who brought him in makes most sense.


Brock also has Spaz's trust. His connection to Spaz is via Tranq and he is not part of the Gene, Jags, TOB or UNH crowds. As pressure builds, Spaz will need people he trusts, so it makes sense to have his guy calling the plays.

Brock sat next to Rogers and Tranq in the coaches box. He understands the pace of the job and the assets on hand. And unlike a new face that BC might have bought in -- even on short notice -- no one will have the perspective of what we used to run vs what we are trying to do now.


I think we will be fine with him calling the plays. His record as OC at Kansas State and Temple was to use a spread-ish approach and was dependent on passing. I imagine he'll take whatever nomenclature we've adopted from Rogers, tweak it a little and use the plays that he thinks will work best.


Chase Rettig
Imagine what Rettig is thinking now. He committed to one OC only to have it change after his first full ear as the starter. Now the new guy is gone only to be replaced by the guy who recruited him to BC.


Rettig pressed a little last Saturday. Maybe Brock will find the balance between being aggressive and pressing.


How Rettig responds will probably determine the season and Rettig's career. If he doesn't not succeed now, he will probably see another OC before his time as BC is done.


Spaz
Heavy is the head that wears the crown. Regardless of how involved Spaz is on the offensive side of the ball or how much input he had in hiring Rogers, this is his show now. He needs to do everything in his power to make sure Brock succeeds. He also needs to let Brock challenge downfield or whatever else might allow for more big plays.


Gene D.
This is Gene's get out of jail free card. If the season is a total collapse, Gene can point to this moment. "After suffering numerous injuries, the Eagles then lost their OC..." It will allow him to spin Spaz's results and say Spaz deserves to coach BC in 2012.


The fans
We lose nothing. I don't know about you, but I was unemotional Saturday night. After a certain point I didn't believe we would score. That was with Rogers. If the ineptitude carries over to Brock, it won't feel much different. However, there is always upside. Maybe this is the break we need.

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15 Comments:

At 1:08 AM, Blogger EagleManhattan said...

"This is Gene's get out of jail free card. If the season is a total collapse, Gene can point to this moment. "After suffering numerous injuries, the Eagles then lost their OC..." It will allow him to spin Spaz's results and say Spaz deserves to coach BC in 2012."

Kill me now. We have a 2-3 win season, and all it buys us as fans is repeated recording of our coach throwing the players under the bus and our AD blaming dumb luck.

 
At 1:29 AM, Blogger Benjamin said...

8-0 in the ACC! 2-0 for the rest of OOC games! (The power of positive thinking...)

 
At 6:45 AM, Blogger About Five said...

Someone who cares about BC football should say it adds more pressure for the trustees tomwake up. Besides coach Flip and Spazzing brought in Tranquil a total failure and kept him two years.

Second thought, maybe your right. The trustees are dumb enough and fectless enough to keep Gene or worse yet, let him hire a new coach.

 
At 8:09 AM, Blogger Erik said...

Saturday should be interesting. Could the timing ever be more perfect for Duke/Umass/Wake run?

Of all the possible scenarios, this timing couldn't be better.

 
At 11:35 AM, Blogger Bravesbill said...

tinka"The fans
We lose nothing. I don't know about you, but I was unemotional Saturday night. After a certain point I didn't believe we would score. That was with Rogers. If the ineptitude carries over to Brock, it won't feel much different. However, there is always upside. Maybe this is the break we need."

The fans will lose is Gene is able to successfully spin BC's disaster of a season to save Spaz's job.

 
At 11:50 AM, Blogger Mario Rigatoni said...

I think it's a good move on Rodgers' part, stepping down. It's always best to get out while you're...err...way behind?

 
At 11:52 AM, Blogger mod34b said...

The GDF paranoid-puppet-master spin is out of control, and not credible.

I doubt GDF is plotting just to look good. He does not need to orchestrate/approve of Roger's exit to give himself cover . GDF has a track record of success at BC and the confidence of the BC administration. He is quite secure on his perch overlooking BC Sports Nation -- he does not need any cover on football or anything else

 
At 12:16 PM, Blogger Colin said...

Agree with 34b above. This paranoia is ridiculous and disheartening.

It's a sad day when a member of the BC community has to step down for health reasons and all we can talk about is unfounded GDF conspiracy/cover-up theories rather than wishing Rogers all the best and a speedy recovery.

Get well soon KR.

 
At 1:59 PM, Blogger blist said...

Dinich says on her blog she heard it's not life threatening. Thank God.
But. Doesn't that then mean Rogers either a) took the job knowing he couldn't perform up to his duties or b) bailed on us or c) got canned because our offense is even worse than last year. Or d) is a whack job that left to get a face lift mid-season.

 
At 3:12 PM, Blogger BrookEagle said...

I hope KR is OK.

I also hope that the Spaz Era/Tom O'Brien Re-tread Era comes to an abrubt end in the very near future. BC can do better, although maybe they can't seeing as though Gene's fiasco with Jags is going to make it VERY VERY difficult to lure an up and coming coach to the Heights. Also, I'm not even sure Gene has it in him to find the next great young coach. His hiring history has been less than exemplary.

Ever to excel at BC with the most boring team in college football (albeit in part because of the head man), an egomaniacal AD, and a coach a few short years away from social security benefits.

 
At 9:00 PM, Blogger Knucklehead said...

All Tom O'Brien wanted was 400k a year more stay on at BC. Gene wouldn't give it to him. We all know he deserved it. Tom left to get paid and get closer to the outer banks, although he may have second thoughts about having left because NC State sucks.

When Jags got the job I told fellow tailgaters and family that BC was going to be in trouble. I felt Jags would recruit trouble and he did. Then he takes off/gets fired and we have to pay him 1-2 million in severance. That money could have gone to paying O'B the difference he wanted for years.

Then we get coach Spaz. Good D coordinator but uber conservative even as a defensive coach. The conservative mindset has not been successful on the field or in recruiting.

Gene is at a crossroads. Football is his sport. He was wooed by Tennessee and some say ND(football schools) to be their AD's but he decided to stay with the Eagles. Gene needs to make another decision, who will be the next head coach of Boston College football(too bad edsall is gone).

Gene should be looking for the following: 1) Can the candidate function highly with a restricted recruiting base? 2) Has he been able to develop players and put them into the NFL? 3) Has he been a college head coach before? 4)Does he have a track record of staying in a job and maintaining he success?

The answer to all these questions is right under your nose . . . it is Harvards Tim Murphy.

The fan base would love this guy.

Everyone is going to flip about the NFL players part but he coached Matt Birk and Ryan Fitzpatrick

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger mmason said...

Wow, we're talking about a new head coach before game 3 of the 2011 season--and TOB comes up again as a guy we should have kept...and we have a team on the field now with a soph QB, no WR's, no O-line, no defense against a scrambling QB, an All-American LB,no kicker, a new OC, a barn full o'reject QB's, an injured all world RB,and a bench stacked with injured 1st stringers...and a schedule bustin' with teams that can't wait to play us and light us UP! Truly, an act of faith is in order. There is no joy in Mudville...but there is time.

As for Kevin Rogers: I don't buy him bailing out--if he says it's a health issue, then it is, and that means we at BC have to be who we say we are and believe and support that man. He is one of us. We are BC. Let's not mob up and act badly. Go Eagles!

 
At 12:46 AM, Blogger ASyrett said...

I like how you spin Brock's connection to Nyquil as a positive.

 
At 8:10 AM, Blogger Bravesbill said...

We should have kept TOB--Bwahahahahahahaha. That's the hardest I laughed this football season so far.

 
At 10:00 AM, Blogger mod10aeagle said...

Story in today's Boston Globe said Roger's health issues were legit and related to his back and his legs. Blaudshun also rehashed all the head coach drama over the years, including the tid bit that Whipple was offered the job after TOB left in '06 but with the condition that he keep Spaziani. Whipple declined saying that it was a bad idea to keep an assistant who had asked for and been denied the HC job. Maybe I knew that, but I'd forgotten.

 

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