Boston College football’s offensive coordinator, Ryan Day, will leave the Heights to become quarterbacks coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Day’s third stint as an assistant coach at Boston College ends after two years, this time under head coach Steve Addazio. He will reunite with Chip Kelly, his former coach and boss at New Hampshire.
The first tour of duty for Ryan Day at Boston College was in 2003 and 2004 under head coach Tom O’Brien as a graduate assistant. His second came under Jeff Jagodzinski and Frank Spaziani from 2007 through 2011, a span of five seasons, in which he served as the wide receivers coach. Finally, Ryan Day returned in 2013 with Steve Addazio to take over as the offensive coordinator.
In 2013 and 2014, Day was the chief of an offense that had one of the most prolific running games in the nation. The 2013 Boston College Eagles had Andre Williams, 2000-yard rusher and Heisman Trophy finalist, while the 2014 edition finished 15th in the nation with 254.69 yards per game.
The leading rusher for the Eagles and Ryan Day was Tyler Murphy, the team’s dual-threat quarterback who made things happen with his legs.
The third Day term at Boston College was not without its share of criticism from some sectors, but was also not unsuccessful. The Eagle offense instantly became better in 2013 than it had been the years prior, thanks also to the hard work of the offensive line. In 2014, Day helped make the running back-by-committee work, with Murphy’s efforts complemented by others such as Jon Hilliman, Marcus Outlow, and Myles Willis.
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When that criticism did arise, it was because Ryan Day at times had questionable playcalling. In the past season, there were games where it was good and games where it was not. The USC game in September was his shining moment, Colorado State was one to forget, but otherwise the results were not terrible. It might also be a perfectly valid evaluation to say that as the offensive coordinator, Day was hit or miss.
When talking about him getting back together with Chip Kelly, the word “protege” and the phrase “rising star” are being used often. Both of those would imply that he was a smash hit, which might be a tad excessive, but his tenure was successful on balance. Boston College will now be in the market for a new offensive coordinator, and at least Ryan Day will leave the Eagles offense in better shape than that in which he found it.
We wish Day the best of luck with the Philadelphia Eagles.