September 4, 2007

Cronan: Getting used to new offense

R.R. Marshall: Peter, Boston College's new head coach Jeff Jagodzinski couldn't have experienced a rougher start or a more glorious finish against Wake Forest in becoming the first BC head coach to win in his debut since Cowboy Jack Bicknell way back in 1981. What was your take on the game?

Peter Cronan: I was very concerned that the BC receivers wouldn't hold up, the scheme wouldn't hold up, and they wouldn't be able to run the ball against a quality opponent like Wake Forest. I didn't have a good feeling going into this game, and after the first couple of series I started to get that sickening feeling that this thing could unravel in front of us. But I really thought Jeff Jagodzinski's resolve to bring these kids to the next level in terms of mental toughness came to the forefront, and the Eagles turned this into a great victory. The thing that really impressed me the most about this game was in his pregame discussion Coach Jagodzinski talked about his players buying into what this coaching staff is trying to accomplish. That includes making a commitment to a concept, to what they are trying to accomplish philosophically, to what they expect out of you in practice in terms or preparation, etc. His players bought in, but they were tested early falling behind 14-0.

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