Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Fitch, Washington join staff officially

BC finally release an announcement confirming that Todd Fitch and Al Washington will be part of Addazio's new staff. Fitch will coach Wide Receivers and has a ties to the Midwest and New England. Most recently he was OC at USF, so you hope he brings some Florida connections to the mix too. While USF's offense was BC-like this year in its ineffectiveness, Fitch will only be in charge of the WRs. He should be more than capable.

Washington staying is not a surprise. Washington coaching Running Backs is. When Spaz was fired, the three names who gained the most support from Football Alumni were Barry Gallup, Bill McGovern and Al Washington. Gallup will always have some job at BC and McGovern is probably back where he belongs. Washington was the wildcard. His resume is short, so those who went to bat for him are basing it more on the person and his playing days. And I have no problem with that. While you don't want your staff filled with Alumni, having at least one is important. He can relate to the players. He can fill in the gaps with the staff and he can be a bridge between the past and the present. Washington also brings some much needed youth and diversity to the mix. The red flag is that he's taking over a position that he's never played nor coached. While this has been uncommon among BC hires in the last decade, it is not unusual for college football. Guys switch sides and take on new positions all the time. Breaking down film and teaching is universal to coaching regardless of which position you coach. The drills and little nuances can be learned and on a staff of offensive, run-focused veterans, I am sure we will be fine with Washington. What he will need to do is recruit  hard. On most staffs that is what is expected of the young guys. They have the energy and they can relate to the high school players. Washington wasn't a huge factor in this most recent recruiting class, but the based on player tweets, he can connect. Now he just needs to keep going strong.

One more thing on Washington...go watch this video and remember this quote: "all Washington was doing was defending his teammate." We talk about loyalty a lot, Washington is a guy who has proven it on the field.

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At 10:28 PM, Blogger EL MIZ said...

excellent clip ATL, brings a smile to my face to remember teams that had heart and toughness and played with passion. love that AL is back on the staff, and i hope that Al and Addazio will bring that passion and energy and tough minded ness (addazio's big quote seems to be "playing is a privilege not a right" which is in line with coaching up a team full of guys who are hungry and ready to get after it) back to the team.

also, given how much emphasis Addazio has placed on running the football, putting Washington at RB Coach is really a show of confidence in my opinion and a good sign for Washington's future -- he's going to have to hit the road and try to recruit talent at RB AND coach it up. these guys will be pivotal to our run scheme working.

love that Washington is back, and hoping Gunnell stays on as a GA like he was last year.

At 11:07 PM, Blogger Matt said...

Great piece. I have also been very happy with the staff Addazio is putting together. Glad to see Washington stay.

At 11:48 PM, Blogger mod34b said...

Gene DeFilipo is finally coaching football ----- water cooler sports

At 12:02 AM, Blogger mod34b said...

And, indirectly he is trying destroy Delaware football too little GDF a candidate, Brock too

God protect the Blue Hens

How close was BC to this possible fate -- had GDF not been ousted? Was Spaz GDF's Dan Quayle?? (incompetent keeping seat warm for favored son)

(sorry -- on a mini GDF bender)

At 12:10 AM, Blogger JBQ said...

Nice to know that Gunnell was a GA. Hope that is renewed. The video on Washington was good. The cheap shot by the Virginia offensive tackle after the play had even Mussberger up in arms. The BC player got up limping and Washington jumped on him. I'd say that it was justified and TOB came on the field to back up his player. Now, Spaz was a different story. He "cheap shotted" his own players.

At 10:16 AM, Blogger AJH said...

Doesn't Kiwi deserve better recognition than, "The BC Player"?

At 11:10 AM, Blogger BarraCuda said...

That is still the most disgraceful thing I've ever seen done on a football field.

At 11:59 AM, Blogger Soxx22 said...

good thing there weren't any hot chicks in the stands or Musburger would have missed the play entirely

At 1:04 PM, Blogger BCAlum2000 said...

Al Washington was a solid DT for BC. That said, he will always be remembered for going after that scumbag who dove into the back on Kiwi's injured knee well after the play was over. I remember being at that game. There was almost a riot after they showed the replay on the big screen. That said, it ended up helping BC who was absolutely flat before that play but then completely dominated after it ... especially the OL who were just blowing people up afterwards.


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