Some notes from interim defensive coordinator Charles Kelly’s interview Wednesday:
1. Kelly praised the collaborative work of defensive assistants Andy McCollum, Joe Speed and David Walkosky.
“Dave had some good ideas on protections, how to attack protections, Andy had some good ideas in coverage stuff,” he said. “It’s about making us better.”
Paul Johnson also has had input.
2. Kelly said that a number of second-team players or backups have performed well in practice, naming inside linebackers Anthony Harrell and Tremayne McNair and defensive backs Jamal Golden, D.J. White and Demond Smith.
“We’re looking forward to giving those guys an opportunity and see what they can do,” he said.
3. On preparing for play-calling responsibilities: “You kind of do that in practice. The coaches, we meet as a staff and we talk about situations, what we want to do in these situations and we’ll go over that with Coach Johnson, so he’s on the same page with what we’re thinking and he has a lot of input on that. All the other coaches have a lot of input. I’m going to say it 100 times. This is a ‘we’ thing.”
4. Kelly will be in the coaches box during games.
5. Kelly on Boston College: “They have some up-tempo, hurry-up. First of all, I think offenses, you start with their quarterback and their offensive line. Offensive line’s big, they’re good, they protect the quarterback. The quarterback (Chase Rettig) does a great job. He does a really good job of buying time in the pocket. … He can move around. He finds windows.”
6. Kelly expects to see Boston College use some of the stacked wide receiver looks that Middle Tennessee State and Clemson used with effectiveness against Tech. In that formation, one receiver lines up at the line of scrimmage and another lines up a few yards behind him. The team has worked against it this week. He said problems with communication and recognition enabled the Blue Raiders and Tigers to hit plays from that look.
“Hopefully that time and that effort (practicing against it) will pay off,” he said.