Boston College Preview 2016: Can the Eagles and head coach Steve Addazio at least win an ACC game again?
Boston College is looking to rebound from its third losing season in the last five years.
The 2015 campaign could not have ended soon enough for Steve Addazio and the Eagles, who were winless in ACC games and concluded the year on an eight-game losing skid.
The situation got so bad that the popular, no-nonsense Addazio parted with some of the goodwill he amassed by winning seven games in each of his first two seasons on the Heights.
But a new year in Chestnut Hill brings new hope, a fresh outlook and, in the case of the Eagles, a revamped coaching staff.
While not all by choice, Boston College has shaken up its staff, including a pair of new coordinators from the outside, Scot Loeffler on offense and Jim Reid on D. Reid has the easier assignment, and it’s not even close.
The entire program crumbled beneath the weight of a necrotic offense that normed fewer than 11 points in 10 games with FBS opponents. The feeble unit offset all of the fine work of a defense that led the country in total D, and will continue to be the cornerstone in 2016. However, there is a hint of hope, less related to the hiring of Loeffler than the anticipated improvement at quarterback.
Four Eagle quarterbacks combined to complete just 44.4% of their passes in 2015, the crux of the offense’s woes. But, to be fair, the situation seemingly would have been different had starter Darius Wade not broken his ankle on Sept. 18. Well, not only is Wade healthy, but Kentucky transfer Patrick Towles has also joined the mix to give BC two more viable options than it had last October and November.
In March, Boston College became the first school in almost four decades to drop all of its conference games in basketball and football in the same cycle. Football wants to do its part to restore the Eagles’ reputation as an overachieving athletic program that no one likes to face.
It’s also shaping up as an important year for Addazio, who’s unexpectedly trending in the wrong direction after three seasons on the job.
He still seems to be the right guy at BC, but conventional wisdom will be incinerated if his kids can’t start scoring more points and pulling out a few more close games.