The National Championship is over and so is college football. Now is the time to look ahead to next year for all teams, especially those who struggled this past season. After going 4-7 in his second season, first in the Big East, the Temple Owl’s head coach Steve Addazio left Philadelphia for a team much worse off in Boston College. The Owls, needing to fill the void at head coach, turned to New York Giants assistant Offensive Line coach Matt Rhule.
Rhule, a Penn State graduate and former player, spent six years with the Owls. Al Golden gave him a shot back in 2006 and Rhule has shown off his talents ever since. He was the offensive coordinator for the Eagle Bank Bowl against UCLA and an assistant offensive coordinator when the Owls won the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. He also had a hand in the recruiting of several players for the Owls, now in the National Football League. He is as Temple as the team is going to get and he certainly has a bright future.
Fixing and building up a college program is at least a three year project. The new head coach needs time to recruit and then develop those recruits to build a successful program. Once a program gets established, the hope is recruits will continue to come and the team will continue to produce winning seasons. I am going to give Rhule a gold star for recruiting even before we see what he puts together for next season. He helped put together winning teams before and I am sure he can do it again. The only question that lingers is with who? It is known he can recruit players to help the Owls win games, but Rhule comes in with two possible quarterbacks and a three star recruit out of New Jersey. Will he start a freshman?
The Owls offense needed a face-lift, so after Rhule was named head coach, the University went out and brought in Nevada’s offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich. Nevada’s offense, led by Rolovich, produced a running back that almost reached 2,000 yards rushing and a quarterback who rushed for over 1,000 yards. That same quarterback also ran for 12 touchdowns, the same number of touchdowns Owls Montel Harris rushed for. The only problem I can foresee is how many times the Owls quarterbacks are going to have to throw the football. Nevada, despite all the rushing yards, threw the ball 186 more times then Temple. This may be a concern but also a blessing in disguise. Rolovich brings an offense that can be unpredictable.
The Owls can be and have been successful running the ball, but it makes them to predictable. The passing game has been horrific. Teams are not afraid of the passing game and can play the run better. Hopefully bringing in two former quarterback coaches in Rolovich and Rhule will help take the Owls offense to the next level and be a real contender in the Big East.
I am excited to see what these two bring offensively to help get the Owls back into a bowl game. There are high hopes for the offense, but there are still lingering questions about the defense. The team’s defense struggled this past season and their youth and inexperience was an excuse thrown around a lot by former head coach Addazio. Now they have a season under their belt and a new head coach at the podium. Students and fans will be keeping a close eye, with hopes of a more productive year.Tags: Al Golden, Boston College, coach, Head coach, Matt Rhule, Montel Harris, Nevada, Nick Rolovich, offensive coordinator, Owl sports, Penn State, quarterback, Steve Addazio, Temple, UCLA