Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig didn’t get much sleep this past weekend. He was too preoccupied with replaying portions of Saturday’s game against Miami in his head.
“We could have scored 50 points on Saturday,” said Rettig. “You saw our potential. Just watching plays in my head- we have to eliminate the mistakes.”
The mistakes Rettig’s referring to were few and far between. BC scored the most points against a Division I opponent since their opening game of the 2010 season, and Rettig’s 441 passing yards rank sixth on BC’s all-time single-game list.
After a down year last season—especially on the offensive end—head coach Frank Spaziani overhauled his offensive staff by bringing in a new line coach and offensive coordinator. Rettig credited both of those before practice Wednesday when speaking to why he fared so well against Miami.
“The offensive line played great- not having pressure definitely got me into a rhythm,” he said. “We’re really good up front- I thought that coming into the year. It has to do with the offense being more spread out, as the defense can’t afford to blitz people.”
WR Alex Amidon and RB Tahj Kimble were both beneficiaries of the new offensive scheme installed by O-coordinator Doug Martin. Amidon finished with 10 catches for 149 yards, and Kimble had eight for 130. Rettig noted the importance of having a RB who’s able of catching passes.
“Tahj has receiver hands,” said Rettig. “It’s very convenient checking the ball down and knowing he’s going to catch it.”
“When Matt Ryan was here, the running back had the most receptions, then the tight end. So it’s a big deal when we have a back that can go out and catch the ball.”
There was, however, one play when Rettig—most likely having replayed this in his head countless times—thought he should have gone to Kimble. With just over two minutes in the game and BC down by 11, the Eagles had a 1st-and-goal at the 5-yard line. But they failed to score in the series, including on a first-down pass, an unsuccessful fade to WR Jonathan Coleman.
“We went empty, and [Miami] played press man coverage,” said Rettig. “We’re trying to look for the deeper route in the whole series right there. The first look is usually the running back. I could have stayed in it, because Tahj juked the linebacker and he was open. That’s one thing [to work on;] we can stay in the play a little longer.”
Heading into their game against Maine, Rettig will strive to go through his progressions better than he did against the Hurricanes.
“I got pretty comfortable in the game on Saturday,” said Rettig, “that some of the reads that were early in my progression- when I saw the defense I said- ‘oh that’s not going to be there.’ Giving the first couple routes of my progressions more time, and not just knowing where to throw the football, [is important.]”
While Miami’s defense was both predictable and easy to prepare for, that’s not the case with Maine, who has a new defensive coordinator this season.
“With Maine and their different multiple, defenses- and not knowing too much about their defense- it’s going to be very important to say ‘here’s one, two, and three,’’’ said Rettig. “Staying with the progression is something I definitely want to be better at for the rest of the season.”
And although they probably won’t need it against the Black Bears, Rettig also said BC’s vertical passing game could use some improvement.
“When we have single receivers, [we need] better timing with throwing the deep ball,” said Rettig. “We’re going to need that at sometime this year- just throwing the ball deep and making plays.”
It’s a great sign for a football team when their QB who just threw for 400 yards isn’t satisfied with his performance. The Eagles should be able to use this Saturday’s game against lowly Maine as a tune-up for their first potential turning point of the season: an away game September 15 at Northwestern.
Stephen Sikora is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand.