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Another 2014 Boston College football preview is out, this time from Campus Insiders, and we dissect it. That’s what we do.
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Some season previews of the Eagles have been fair, and some have been overwrought with unsubstantiated negativity, but variety is the spice of life, in much the same way as Mrs. Dash is the spice of au gratin potatoes, I suppose.
Anyway, Rich Cirminiello for Campus Insiders did a decent job overall in assessing the 2014 Boston College Eagles, but there are some gaps to fill in, and we’re here to help.
The piece starts out with an acknowledgement of the truth of what Head Coach Steve Addazio has done at Boston College since Day One: bring needed changes and eliminate the stench of death that hovered over the program during the Dark Period™.
"Addazio, though, has already completed the heaviest lifting in Chestnut Hill, getting an entire program to rethink its potential. … Addazio has already been a game-changer across the board for the Eagles, and he’s only begun the process of building BC into a perennial winner. From Campus Insiders’ 2014 Boston College Football Preview"
Had nothing changed at the top in 2013, there would have been no bowl game or a winning season, but you knew that. Addazio and his coaching staff won seven games last season with essentially the exact same team that lost ten games the year prior. As if you needed more proof as to what (er, who) the problem was from 2009 to 2012.
Cirminello then goes on to the short-term tasks of rebuilding the offense and defense in positions where key players were lost; namely, Chase Rettig, Kevin Pierre-Louis, and Heisman finalist Andre Williams, amongst others. At least I can say in reading this piece that the author is not given to proclaim a massive drop-off for the team solely because Williams is gone — which has happened — likely realizing that the offensive line is one of the most experienced and capable in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and that the talent at running back now is not bad.
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