He is beginning his 12th season at Boston College, his third season as the Eagles’ defensive coordinator.
For Bill McGovern, the challenge to get better is an ongoing process. Not just during the course of a season, but during a game, during a practice session, during a film session in which he and other members of the defensive staff will break down tapes of the Eagles’ 12 opponents.
Ask McGovern how much Northwestern film (the Eagles opponent in their opener on Sept. 3 has looked at and he smiles and says, “All of their games.’’
The process will speed up in the coming weeks as BC goes through a training camp that is down three starters on the defensive line, the loss of linebacker Mark Herzlich and cornerback DeLeon Gause, a four-year Eagle starter in the secondary.
What McGovern and the Eagles do have returning, of course, is consensus All American linebacker Luke Kuechly, junior defensive end Max Holloway and veteran CB and co-captain Donnie Fletcher.
McGovern also has a plan on how to put it all together again
This afternoon, between practice sessions, sat in his office and talked about how he and the Eagles intended to do that.
McGovern says there is no magic formula. This year, with Kuechly as the main attraction, or any other season.
: “”What we try to do is kids who buy into your system,’’ said McGovern. “”We’re going to be a a physical defense that is going to stop the run and control the pass game. Everybody is going to have different types of ability at different times. It’s not like the NFL where we can draft someone to fill a need.
We’re not that fortunate. Football players come in different packages. We want to be a sound defense that is going to stop the run and control the pass game. Now the guys have to be able to think. They have to be able to understand the game. I kid the guys all the time You don’t come to Boston College to become a football coach, but when you leave here, you should be able to be one.
Spaz (BC head coach Frank Spaziani) is always give you different things to think about.
Everybody is a different type of player. You try and find out where you’re strengths lie and you try and highlight them. And find out what our weaknesses are and try to hide them, minimize them.’’
Kuechly, who led the country in tackles last season, is obviously a key if not the key to a defense which might have to carry the burden of winning for the Eagles at times this season.
“”Luke is fine player,’’ said McGovern, going through his linebackers. “There are things we are going to count on him for. Steele ( DeVittto) hasn’t been through as much, and Nick Clancy has not been out there. Kevin (Pierre-Louis) has had a good beginning, but he has a long way to go.
McGovern said that at a coaching meeting last week, discussing the defense, Spaziani came up with a theme.
“Spaz said thatLuke is starting the year with zero tackles.’’ Said McGovern. “” We’re not the group we were last year, We’re this year’s group. We have to form our own identity. We have to form our own personality. We have been able to carry out and execute.
McGovern says he has simple formula and philosophy. “I love what im doing,’’he said. “”You have to love what you are doing. You’re excited each day when you go to work. We’ve got good kids here. What we like to get here are guys who work to be as good as they can be and those are the type of kids you love to work with. They are ready to work for you. They want to be good. That’s what makes it fun.’’
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