Rettig hasn’t lost his grip
BC quarterback focused on a win
He has played two games and has not thrown a touchdown pass. He has played two games, and his team is 0-2. He has played two games, and his supporting cast of offensive linemen, running backs, and wide receivers is in flux, which is disconcerting at the very least.
But make no mistake, Chase Rettig is still very much in control of the Boston College offense. The sophomore quarterback is very much the leader in the huddle, if not the locker room, and he is very much focused on the task at hand, which is beating Duke tomorrow at Alumni Stadium in the Eagles’ Atlantic Coast Conference opener.
“The message is that we need to win,’’ said Rettig before practice yesterday. “We have to get into the mind-set of doing everything we can to try and achieve the goal of winning our first game. That’s the most important thing.
Rettig has had to deal with a lot in his time as the starting quarterback, which is less than a year. The latest jolt came this week when offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers took a leave of absence for health reasons and was replaced by tight ends coach Dave Brock. Rettig has had to work with three offensive coordinators (Gary Tranquill, Rogers, and Brock).
“You kind of pick it up right away when it happens,’’ said Rettig. “You can’t let that distract you from the most important thing on Saturday, which is winning.’’
Rettig said all the changes are part of the job.
“Personnel changes and injuries are going to happen,’’ he said. “It is just something you have to get used to. It’s something I have faced before. You have to get the new guys in the huddle and make sure they know what they are doing.’’
Rettig feels he has asserted himself more in a leadership role.
“You definitely feel obligated to ante up your role as a leader,’’ he said. “You just want guys to have the right mind-set. It’s tough. When there are things that you can’t control, you have to just pick up and roll with it. You have to have the best attitude you can.’’
Rettig is his own worst critic, too.
“I’m pretty hard on myself,’’ he said. “You know personally you can do a better job. I critique myself. I feel responsible a lot.
“Someone told me that you have to have enough courage to change the things that you have control of and you have to have the knowledge enough to know when you have no control over something. And the wisdom to know the difference.’’
The offense, which was limited to 141 yards in last Saturday’s 30-3 loss at Central Florida, clearly needs some sort of jump-start. Rettig feels the Eagles are close to correcting many of their problems.
“The big thing was missed assignments,’’ he said. “I had some. We have to play better. I can play better. The guys know what we can do. We just have to go out there and do it.’’
Duke is coming off losses to Richmond and Stanford, but cannot be taken for granted. In last year’s meeting, the Eagles had to hold off a comeback bid by the Blue Devils, who got to the 4-yard line in the final seconds of BC’s 21-16 victory.
The 0-2 start has dampened some of the enthusiasm there was coming out of training camp, but a win would help change that.
“It’s been a learning experience,’’ said middle linebacker Luke Kuechly.
“We know what we’re good at. We know what we’re not so good at. We need to see where we are as a team. Hopefully, we can correct some wrongs. It’s still important for us to get that first win.’’
Mark Blaudschun can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.