Chase Rettig was one of the few bright spots for the Boston College Eagles last season as they limped to a 2-10 record with just one win coming in the ACC. He looks like one of the few building blocks for new head coach Steve Addazio to build on in his first season, but the quarterback and the coach may not be a good fit. Will Addazio and his spread-option, run-heavy offensive philosophy be able to adapt to Rettig, the pocket-passer?
The senior quarterback’s production last season can’t be overlooked. Rettig threw for 3,055 yards with 17 touchdowns last season on an offense that ranked No. 111 in scoring (which could be attributed to one of the worst running games in the country). Issues with accuracy, however, in addition to trying to make too much happen led to just a 54.2 percent completion percentage and 13 interceptions.
Still, he is one of the few offensive starters returning in 2013 who contributed positively in 2012. Addazio may have to adapt his gameplan dramatically, at least in year one, to use the weapons at his disposal, which included Rettig’s arm. The new coach wants to be a run-first team and brings a spread-option offense with him that puts a major emphasis on the running game.
That could be tough to implement, however, in 2013. Boston College has major deficiencies at running back and along the offensive line, neither of which will be saved by an influx of talent next season. That will make running the ball difficult, and if BC hopes to score points, which it will have to in order to overcome a weak defensive unit that ranked No. 100 in total defense last season, then the Eagles may have to go to the air.
While it isn’t the offensive attack that Addazio wants, using Rettig as a drop-back passer may be his only option in 2013. Next season will be a rough transition, but afterwards, Addazio can start to build the team with players that fit his system. For now, he’ll have to make do with what’s available and what is available is the big arm and slow feet of Chase Rettig.