Thursday, August 7, 2014
On BC media day, Addazio is all business
By Jack McCluskey
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Steve Addazio can’t help himself.
He knows it’ll create more work. He knows creating more work in training camp -- which can already be overwhelming at times -- can sow the seeds of dissent in the ranks.
But the Boston College coach doesn’t care -- it’s four days into training camp and he’s ripping up the schedules his coaches have worked so hard to craft.
“This is what I think about when I wake up, and I think about when I go to bed,” the Eagles coach said at media day on Thursday. “I left the practice field and I want to go back up [to my office], I want to look at the schedule for tomorrow and I want to mess with that schedule to find out how I can get more productivity at a higher level out of what we have.
“I drive the coaches insane with this. Because coaches like to just go, like, ‘This is what I have. Aw, you can’t change the schedule.’ We’ve all been like that. And I’ll start changing [the schedule] and I drive them insane. Because they wanted to have 12 of them before we got to preseason camp, and I’m like ‘You can do that, but we’ll never make it. I’ll change them at around like the fifth, sixth practice.’ Well, it’s Practice 4 and I’m changing it. So all that work that was pre-done will have to be redone. That’s life.”
Right now, life for Addazio revolves around trying to get the most out of his players with the fewest repercussions on their health.
“I want to tweak how long we’re on the field,” he said. “I told the team today post-practice I want quality, not quantity. I’m gonna pull back the quantity to get better quality, but then we’ve all gotta hold ourselves accountable for that quality.”
Addazio feels like he’s “light” on numbers and heavy on youngsters who will be best served by playing less overall but at an intensity closer to game speed.
“We’ve got a young team, they’ve gotta learn how to play the game,” he said. “Which means you’ve gotta learn how to operate in a live setting.”
And while the second-year coach also addressed big-picture topics like where the leadership will come from this season (“We have a group here of good guys that need a lot of mentoring and a lot of developing. Because all of a sudden they’re there, they’ve gotta make this happen. They’ve gotta drive it”), new starting QB Tyler Murphy (“He wanted to have the chance to run the reins of his own program”) and how long it takes to build a program (“I don’t have that crystal ball to tell you exactly how that’s gonna go in the next one week, three months”), for the most part it was clear to see where Addazio’s mind is these days.
To paraphrase the famous thinker from Philadelphia, Allen Iverson: Addazio’s thinking about practice, man. Practice.
Addazio gave a few updates on the injury front Thursday:
Harrison Jackson is “ahead of schedule” on his rehab from a torn ACL, but the wideout is unlikely to be ready for the opener.
Mehdi Abdesmad, one of BC’s top defensive linemen before he suffered a season-ending ACL injury in 2013, is back to “full go” and Addazio expects him to be ready for the opener.
Bobby Wolford had offseason foot surgery. “He’s progressing back but not full contact yet,” the coach said.
TE Louie Addazio is rehabbing “a tweak in his shoulder” from the end of training camp.
Freshman defensive end Harold Landry is coming off of summer knee surgery. “He looks great, but he’s not quite rolling yet,” Addazio said.
Wideout Bobby Swigert is making his way back from injury after missing all of last season and part of 2012. “The fact that he’s where he is right now, which is in position to be on the field, is incredible in itself,” Addazio said. There’s no target return date for Swigert yet.
Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.