Kevin Rogers, quarterbacks coach for the Minnesota Vikings, reportedly interviewed for the BC offensive coordinator job. A lot of people won't like this hire if it happens because, like Gary, Rogers is a little on the older side. As we've already mentioned, Day is a good, but relatively unproven, up and coming offensive mind. Should the Eagles roll the dice with Day, who undoubtedly has a higher ceiling than Rodgers? Or should Eagle fans play it safe with a man who helped coach Brett Favre to one of the best seasons in his career?
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One of the nice positives about a hire like Rogers, is that he brings instant credibility to the program. Rogers can sit in a young recruit's home and point to a proven track record of success at both the pro level and in ACC play. Some comments have been made in regards to the fact that Rogers typically works with mobile quarterbacks, but that has not always been the case (ex. Favre, Frerotte). And although some BC fans will shudder at his age, he is significantly younger than Gary Tranquill. Also, this is not a situation where we are "convincing someone out of retirement." Rogers has been consistently employed since his Syracuse days, a sign that the man still has some gas in the tank. He is clearly a step up from Tranquill, but the question becomes whether or not he is the best man for the job.
Rogers does come with some drawbacks. He clearly has a lot of experience, but a lot of it comes from his Big East days with 'Cuse. Most of the offenses he has worked with do depend on somewhat mobile quarterbacks, and I'm not sure that Chase Rettig fits that mold (although he can scramble when needed). Finally, Rogers has not exactly had much success at the pro level. The Jackson experience in Minnesota has had mixed results as best, and Gus Frerotte has never been considered a good pro quarterback. Furthermore, how much coaching did Brett Favre really need at that point in his career? Unfortunately, Rogers would be unlikely to keep any younger BC assistants as he probably has his own assistant coaches he would bring in. It is unlikely that Rogers would be able to keep either Day or Brock on board for more than a year or two, if at all, should he get hired. Is BC really prepared to lose out on a very young, up and coming coach, especially to someone with fairly limited BC ties?
I would be okay if either Day or Rogers got the job, because both would be a pretty big step up. Day has a higher ceiling that Rogers, but also has a lower floor. If I had to make the call today, I would say to go with Rogers if he really wants the job and will commit to it for the next five years.With our defensive dominance, we just need an offense that isn't anemic, and Rogers will undoubtedly deliver that. BC fans who get behind Rogers do need to be prepared for the possibility that they might watch Day become a very successful coach somewhere else.