When Boston College begins spring football practices on Saturday, the Eagles will do so with an entirely new look on offense, starting with first-year offensive coordinator Doug Martin.
It hardly ends there, though.
Boston College will have to replace three more offensive assistants, as Rutgers announced the hires of Dave Brock (offensive coordinator/wide receivers) and Ben Sirmans (running backs), and the Philadelphia Daily News has reported the impending hire of former BC receivers coach Ryan Day as co-offensive coordinator. The Eagles also have a new offensive line coach in Jim Bollman, who was previously the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Ohio State.
BC today announced the hire of Sean Desai, who will coach running backs and special teams. This past season, Desai was assistant director of football operations at the University of Miami. Aaron Smith will coach the wide receivers, and former BC defensive lineman Al Washington will serve as assistant special teams coach and will assist with the defensive line.
If you look at last season’s coaching staff, four of the five offensive assistants are gone. The exception is Sean Devine. After Bollman was hired, Devine was assigned to the tight ends.
This offensive overhaul could be just what BC needs, as the Eagles had one of the worst offenses in the country last season.
“Whenever there’s any kind of change it’s energizing,” coach Frank Spaziani said. “Things either smother you or you get energized by it. So, it’s good.”
Spaziani insisted that there was nothing more to the departures than career opportunities, as Brock and Day both wanted to be offensive coordinators. Brock coached at Hofstra with Rutgers coach Kyle Flood. Spaziani reiterated the fact that former offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers never returned from his leave of absence for health reasons. And Sirmans, a native of New Jersey, had a chance to get closer to home and his mother.
After last season’s 4-8 finish, something had to change with BC’s offense. In this case, it will be just about everything.