Addazio's newest hires set lofty goals

Ryan Day, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach

The wide receivers coach at BC from 2007 to 2011, Ryan Day spent the 2012 season as offensive coordinator under Steve Addazio at Temple. He will be Chase Rettig’s fifth offensive coordinator in four years, tasked with developing an offense that possessed a formidable passing attack, but failed to establish a ground game of any sorts.

With 12 years of coaching experience—a majority of those years on the Heights—expect Day to mesh well with Addazio and other former members of the Temple staff like Ben Albert and Justin Frye.

Countering Addazio’s widely known affinity for the run, Day’s progressive, spread offense will add another dimension to a BC unit that lacked good play calls last year.

After Addazio and Day’s hiring, Chase Rettig expressed his excitement for a new philosophy, saying, “I know he runs the ball a lot, but you love play action as a quarterback. I am looking forward to meeting with Coach Day and figuring things out.”

 

Don Brown, Defensive Coordinator

An experienced football coach known for his “organized chaos” blitzing schemes and aggressive defensive packages, Don Brown is an extraordinary hire on Addazio’s part. On all levels of college football (D-III, D-1AA and D-1A), Brown showed an uncanny ability to reform struggling defenses and positively impact many players.

While serving as the Head Coach for Northeastern University, he turned a 2-9 Huskie squad to 10-1, one of the best finishes in school history. As Defensive Coordinator for Maryland, Brown helped to turn around a Maryland team that went 2-10 in 2009. His presence improved the defense greatly, contributing to a 9-4 2010 season ending in a bowl win.

All of these turnarounds occurred in just one year. Given BC’s strong history of potent defenses and some solid recruits on the horizon, Brown can evolve a lackluster 2012 defensive unit into something special.

Brown’s character and passion for the game have already been felt. DE Connor Wujciak tweeted earlier in the week, “Never thought I would ever hear myself say this but after speaking to Coach Brown I am actually looking forward to Spring Ball."

Athletic directors and NFL players praised Addazio across the country for his energy and enthusiasm; it seems that Brown’s character will further complement Addazio’s mindset as the offseason starts to pick up.

 

Justin Frye, Offensive Line Coach

With hopes of salvaging “Offensive Line U” at Boston College, Justin Frye has a difficult task ahead of him. Hired by Addazio after spending two seasons at Temple and another two at Florida, Frye must rebuild an offensive line that left QB Chase Rettig all too exposed to opposing defenses.

While Chase Rettig needs to throw the ball away and increase his mobility in the pocket, 36 sacks are unacceptable and an accurate reflection of BC’s inefficient offensive line. Frye must mold players into athletic, smart run-blockers in the coming years, just as he did with Temple’s All-MAC selections Pat Boyle and Wayne Tribune, if BC wishes to experience success on the offensive side of the ball.

It is all a matter of time for a program known for cultivating NFL-grade offensive linemen. Addazio’s offensive philosophy is so grounded in establishing a firm running game, it seems likely that Frye will make a hard push in recruiting to find the next Chris Snee or Marc Colombo.

 

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