Everyone understands that a rebuilding period is a normal occurance in an
athletic program. BYU does have a lot of young talent and being a young team
there obviously will be mistakes made by this young group of talented athletes.
They can only be as good a team as they are coached and mentored. Coordinaters
are called that because that is what they are supposed to do. But BYU is now
past the half decade point in Mendenhall's BYU career. To put it bluntly...
It's time for Mendenhall to either see that his coordinators step up to the
plate and account for their mediocre performances the past 3 games...resolving
to push them to expand their capabilities or it's time to start scouting for new
and better assistant coaches. Medenhall needs to assess his coaching staff even
more so than his players. Right now BYU's coaching on both sides of the ball
needs a lot of attention...especially on the offense. A run oriented coach is
not the best option for what obviously should be a passing team. For Robert
Anae to remain at BYU he needs to study Scovil and Chow and reorient his
Odd. If this was a Utah coach you would be claiming the game had passed him
by.The only "time" bronco needs is more talent. In that they don't have it
3grandslams I would take Brian Kelly, Bob Stoops and Urben Meyer(not
in that order) over Bronco. THey are all better coaches. I would even rather
have JoePa come to BYU over Bronco. I do think Bronco is a very good coach and
has proved he deserves to be a head coach. Hopefully they keep him because he
has done a very good job. and also you are inaccurate calling Utah little
brothers. BYU does have more students but Utah was started first and is there
for older and little brother is a term used to describe younger siblings so
really BYU is the little brother if used correctly
Ahh, Mr Rock. You know all too well that in order for you to get some reads, you
must write about the Cougs.I have never thought Coach Mendenhall as
condescending, nor too churchy or that Book of Mormon analogies are out of
place. That is U thinking and people just appeasing your U bias.Telling BYU fans to chill for a game is suggesting we don't have tremendous
confidence in our players and coach, we do. We know we will win. The two losses
seem to be your excuse to twist Bronco's words into some deep-seeded, underlying
program failure as if the past five years didn't happen or they happened because
of luck.Brad, enjoy the U vs San jose State game. I played for the
Spartans and will root for the Spartans, but I will be at the BYU game.This article is so utterly ridiculous, followed by ignorant-minded comments
that I am embarrassed to have commented on it. This is the typical stuff from
the 4th estate claiming unbiased professionalism with all the back-handed
double-speak. Brad, U can't serve two masters....stay up north, pal.
Optimist and Arizona Coug,Bronco does put football first with regard
to his allegiance to spectators like you and me.But with regard to
his players, every coach of college football should be like Bronco, and put
their player's live's first, not football. If you forget that fact
you end up coaching like that guy in New Mexico, forgetting your place and your
position first and foremost as head of a team of college age men, and you not
only end up losing respect you also ironically lose football games too.Being your best self off the field is not mutually exclusive from being the
best you can be in football on the field. Actually quite the opposite, and I'm
glad teams like BYU remind me of that again and again. Supposedly serving away
from the game for two years of your life also makes you less of a football
player, and yet BYU bucks that stereotype year after year; it uses maturity and
poise to its advantage. This year most the team is new & young, a
new twist for us. It takes time, but BYU puts as much time & effort into it as
Who'se better? BYU or Utah? Until Utah wins on the field--BYU is the better!!
Period!! It does'nt matter what goes on anywhere else. BYU beat Utah last year
and remains superior until the utes beat them. Utah better hope the cougs are
still struggling in November. When are utes going to play anybody?Same with TCU, until BYU can beat them on the field, TCU is the better
team.I wonder if the utes can win a basketball game against BYU?
BIG JOHN...I'll play along.Kyle has beaten BYU FIVE out
of their past EIGHT meetings.Now tell me who's the better coach.You dimwit.
I have a lot of the same feeling as our Arizona Coug.It may be
gratifying to those not at all interested in football, but singled minded in the
teachings of the church, but for the majority of BYU Cougar fans, we really do
not want to hear from the head coach of the Mighty Cougars, that winning is not
all that important. We do not want to hear that football is way
down the line from God, Church, Family, Fireside Chats, etc before finally
getting to football. (We all know and understand that without him
preaching it to us. Football is a diversion from the lealities of life that
keep many out of the mental institutions. Don't take that deversion away from
us. What we want to learn from the coach is how he has the team
ready to win the next game, be it Alabama, Oklahoma, Florida, or Utah State.
The coach needs to let us know that Football is as important to him
as it is to his fans. Also, the team needs to know this.
Chris B I appreciate your optimism with the "national championship"
prediction. Let's recap the season thus far:BYU has
lost two games and has struggled to find itself while playing the 5th toughest
schedule in the nation.Utah has won 3 in a row. The problem is the
combined record of their opponents is 1-8, the only win coming against
powerhouse New Hampshire. Obviously your team has earned that #13 ranking. The
U will likely be top 10 next week after crushing San Jose St. After all, they
have one win too ... a squeaker against Southern Utah.You might not
want to count your national championships before they hatch.You
really make it too easy to pick on you.And as to your great
predictions ... even a broken clock is right twice a day.
If Bronco loses the next 2 games, resignation is expected by Holmoe.
Allow me to summarize...1) BYU fants want to give Bronco as
much time as he needs for his experiments. 2) And as long as BYU
continues its losing way, sportwriters such as Rock-on will have more
interesting materials to write about. Homers like Dck Hall and Jeff Call will
have harder time though to write BYU articles.3) As long as BYU
continues its losing way and Kyle continues his winning way, people up the hill
will enjoy reading DN more. Utah fans will have a hard time to manage their
joys.It's a WIN-WIN-WIN scenario for BYU fans-Utah fans-Deseret
Cali Coug, You forgot that BYU fans are better at THINKING that they
are better than everyone else and being humble too.I think
that Brad has been reading too many blog posts and talking with too many "fans"
at church that are being critical of 2 losses in a row.First, I
think that Mendenhall is a good coach. Yes, I think that many of the problems of
this season are on his shoulders. Even if they don't win 50% of their games, he
will stay the coach. After 4 good years, 1 bad year isn't going to make him a
bad coach. I actually think it will make him better, because you can learn from
your mistakes. I hope I'm wrong and BYU can go 7-2 for the rest of the season.
But I think that it might be optimistic to think that they will only lose to TCU
and Utah. We'll see tomorrow, when they face Nevada. Good luck.I
just love being a Ute. I hope that BYU can get their game up so the Nov 27th
game will be more exciting.
I think that most Cougar fans will accept a loss to Nevada. If they see
improvement in the team they're going to be fine. If its another blowout loss
with little offense, then I don't think they are going to be fine. If they
follow up next Friday by losing to Utah State then they are really really really
not going to be fine.
It's amazing to me how quickly the MEDIA criticize and editorialize against
Coach Mendenhall. They often hide behind phrases like "some think","some say",
as they gleefully give their own opinion. I expect it from fans. So many local "media" guys stand ready and willing to play devils
advocate with everything BYU. But CELEBRATE success right along with other teams
around here. Even your poll running with this story is slanted.
There is nothing specific that your answering. you may feel it's perfectly
acceptable to criticize a coach, but that doesn't mean you are critical of this
year or any particular decisions.IT GETS OLD!
I understand that BYU fans will continually bring up that 3 out of 4 but Utah
has the advantage of 5 out of 8, I know think there was a span of time were Utah
of 4 out of 4 very recently. But in the end Utah still holds the record by 20
games or so
None of this makes any sense. We should be winning. After all, football is 5th
on our list of priorities.5th baby!
Bronko doesn't need "more time." "More time" would mean "rebuiding." We don't
rebuild. We "RELOAD."
Dear Graceless George,Bronco Mendenhall "let us down" ? Since when
are U one of US?! Those of US who are actual BYU grads/students/fans do not
feel let down by a coach who has beat U the last 3 out of 4 years.
Chris B,If Utah keeps on winning, and gets 12-0 record at the end of
the season...it will be very intereting decision for BCS to grant or not to
grant Utah the NC.But, before then, just keeps on winning.On
the other hand, BYU can help to make it a double-pleasure time for Utah fans if
it can get a 5-7 season to go with Utah's BCS season!!!
byu fans are quickly realizing that byu has an average football coach, average
players, and overall an average football program.byu and UTAH could
not be farther apart right now in directions they are heading.Utah
is continuing our rise to the very top of the national scene, with a very
possible national championship game birth this year.byu won't even
be bowling this year, and likely for the years to come there will be nothing but
6-6 and 7-5 seasons as there is a 0% chance they'll beat the texas, boise, notre
dame, and other big schools coming up.It's a good time to be a
It's great to be a Coug! We have one of the best schools in the US, a top
flight football program, one of the best head coaches in college football, great
young men and women attending the school and representing the school as student
athletes.We beat the Yewtes at everything, and I mean everything...
Even if this is the rare event in which we do lose the football game, we are
still better than the Yewtes, we're better fans, better people, better friends
and neighbors...we support our teams and our school regardless of the
outcome.We are BYU and proud of it! I'm so pumped I am increaseing
my donations to the school this year...come on Cougars lets open the wallets and
give a little something extra to the school and celebrate our Independance Day!
Bronco is a great coach if not one of the best in the nation. The only people on
his case are gleeful utah fans and the media who cheer for Utah i.e.
rockmonster. Rock you really said fans should chill for one more game?! I can't
believe you wrote that. This whole season is a chill as these things work out.
Bronco isn't proving himself he's proven! Nothing says more about a
person when they cheer for another persons adversity. This article is so full of
slants and misrepresentation it is laughable. It's so sad,very sad, with Utahs
recent football success they still obsess with BYU football. You can do better
Gracious GeorgeYou use that word "Gracious".I do not
beieve that it means what you think it means.
BYU rocks...I hope they go 1-10!
I don't believe we should stop criticizing Bronco! He has let us all down with
the lack of spine and indecisiveness he displayed in not making his mind up on a
quarterback. He let this thing drag on too long--I am not sure he
even cared about choosing someone since Riley Nelson decided to suddenly get
"injured" in the FSU game. Nelson was like Brendan
Gaskins--realizing he's always going to be second fiddle, that he's just going
to be second best. If he really wanted to reach his full potential and be
useful he should have stayed at Utah State or gone elsewhere, like Ben Olson
did. It's too bad that he likely will have to endure a year of his
injuries to learn that lesson. In the meantime Bronco's overzealous
diplomacy, lack of initiative in position placement, and general inconsistency
in coaching philosophy are exposing this team's weaknesses very clearly. Let's just admit it: this team is not good, and don't be surprised when
BYU ends up in a second-class bowl game at the end of the year, if one at all.
Brad, you're reading too many newspaper articles and ain't talkin' to enough
true blue fans.WE LOVE BRONCO because of how he represents BYU!
Besides a few Cougar football couch potato armchair QB nutwings (most of them
write here in these blogs) we are OKAY with losing a few, with going against
conventional football wisdom when circumstances dictate it and resources allow
it (2 QB's, Independence); He's hired to coach, not to be a spokesman, and we're
okay with a few comments which may not satisfy the fanatics. He's a leader and,
HEY BRONCO, WE LOVE YOU!
I agree with this article.. Bronco has, in my opinion, done a great job down
south.The only thing I'd change is to remind him he is a football coach
and not a seminary teacher. Get down to business and coach football.GO UTES!!
Dear Rock-on,Obviously, you're not the expert in BYU as BYU fans
would suggest --as one put it "BYU is not your program".BYU fans would
rather get BYU updates from Dck Harmon who is the expert in BYU program,
Rock... the mark is being missed here. It's being way over shot. There is
mediocracy among Broncho's coaching staff. It's not all player related here.
Broncho also has a responisibility to his players to give them the best
available support from the coaches. Right now it's time to fine tune the
coaching as well as as the players. Defense has always been a consistant
problem. The Burn in the backfield just will not go away until BYU is able to
acquire the Corners and Safty's needed. Until that time comes...if ever... then
BYU must continue to rely on an overwhelmingly potent Offense to stay ahead.
Don't get me wrong...The Defense have their days...good and bad but...let's face
reality. We're not Alabama and we are not in the SEC. So we don't get the Blue
Chip Corners and Safety's. BYU now has probably the best dropback quaterback in
the country. Albeit he's young and inexperienced, but BYU doesn't have the best
in the way of an Offensive Coordination staff either. Maybe...just maybe...
it's time to do something about that.
Thank you to all of the "Utah fans" for the comments on this article. Your
concern for the BYU program is touching.Enjoy your chest pounding
for now. Your #13 ranking is terrific and obviously well deserved. After all,
the combined record of your 3 opponents is 1 win and 8 losses (the 1 win being
over the powerhouse New Hampshire). After your team slaughters mighty San Jose
State, I'm sure you will jump to 10. After all, they did beat Southern Utah.Meanwhile, we will lick our wounds. Yes, we have had our problems but
we will overcome them. We have played the 5th toughest schedule in the nation
thus far; but we will be just fine. I'm sure that the BYU
administration has noted the concerns of the haters and will be evaluating
Bronco based upon YOUR concerns. (hedgehog, please note the spelling of his
name.)While you are waiting for his dismissal, feel free to go to
the Utah articles and celebrate your great accomplishments this year. I'm sure
a national title is just around the corner.
Big JohnI couldn't agree more. The NCC (no class crew) still ooze jealousy
and insecurity with their statements. According to them the Cougars continue to
beat them with inferior recruits and an inferior coach. Must be painful for them
talking out both sides of their mouths. Utes then must have under-achieving
players and coach. It is a matter of time before BYU raises to the top with the
players they have and. I'm guessing they will continue to beat the TUN 3 out of
4 times for many years to come in all major sports. I will not gloat if the Utes
struggle while in the PAC12, in fact I hope they are successful. It has been fun
the last half dozen years watching them reach the level BYU has been at for over
30 years. I like to remind all that the vast majority of fans of both schools
have alot of class. To bad a few idiot haters have to continue to spout off
I don't understand why people are so sensitive to everything a coach says and
have to scrutinize every single comment that comes out of his mouth. It's just a
game. Sure, BYU is struggling this year. They're a very young team,
but to say this is the demise of the whole football program is a little over the
top, don't you think? At least the fans don't have their hopes up anymore, and
they can just enjoy the game for what it is: A game.
Of course, BYU fans have to say they prefer Bronco over Kyle...Kyle was
the first choice but he rejected BYU --giving no choice to BYU fansOh, by the way, last time Kyle rebuilt his team, he went 10-3!
Bronco and company will do just fine and so will all things cougar. They will
have ups and downs like every other program. Does Texas, Nebraska, Ohio State,
UofU, TCU and USC always win all their games? NO. Get real, perfection is not
on the football field for every player, game and coach all teh time. They make
mistakes, sometimes those mistakes cause their team to lose. Sometimes a
players performance is exceptional on a specific called play and the players
exceptional play makes for a very productive play. Sometimes that play can be
the difference between winning and losing. Often the difference between two
teams in this D1 level is very small. Please critics, when you line up with
your cat calls to the hated team, give some credibility to the opponent. I invite Brad Rock to give the coach and team another pass. Brad, you
have never given Bronco a pass and never will. Your media value of fair and
impartial reporting is overplayed by your absolute dislike (hate) for anything
BYU. I invite you to write about other sports programs and other players. BYU
is not your program. Give it up.
riseandshout1984 gives a pretty good argument for trusting Bronco.
Bronco is well supported by those who need to support him.He is
doing what they have asked of him.So, what is the problem.Like any coach, his body of work over the whole season will be evaluated and
assessed.Bronco did not have the opportunity to open the
season against a weak Pitt team at home, and UNLV, UNM and San Jose, so those
comparisons are meaningless.The guy has shown he can win with a
unique group of kids.This whole article is a non-issue at this
To all the Utah fans who spend all your time on BYU message boards: BYU doesn't
get the athletes Utah does, right? Yet BYU beats Utah 3 out of the last 4,
right? Now tell me who's the better coach . . .
Brad,I usually like your articles. This one felt like you were
grasping at straws.And the ridiculous poll question:"Is it
fair to criticize Bruce Mendenhall?"That makes about as much sense as:"Is it okay to breathe?"A more appropriate question might be:"Do you have confidence in Coach Mendenhall?"I'm guessing 98% of
BYU's fans have full confidence in Coach Mendenhall.
I really thought BYU woulkd have another 10 win season. Never expected the loss
to AF. Cougar fans are having to deal with some losses at the beginning of the
season, Ute fans time is coming! When the 2 teams meet in Dec., They'll both
have 3-4 losses. I predict they'll both be 8-3 and that game will decide Second
place in the MWC. Neither will be ranked in the top 20.
"I have never taken his comments to be arrogant"Hello,Really? I guess you’ve never heard Bronko speak (or something similar to
speaking). Here are a few tidbits to chew on.1)He considers BYU
fans “uneducated”.2)When asked about the BYU fans concerns
about having 2 QB’s. He stated “ I really have no time or interest
in what fans think”.
@Silent Lurker who says "you don't see TCU rebuilding."You have
forgotten 2007 when andy dalton was a freshman. TCU finished 5th in the MWC.
Bronco is an excellent coach and is the right coach for BYU. He is critical of
his players in both positive and negative ways. He consistently gives his honest
assessment of the situation. Let's not forget the program that he
inherited. He completely righted the ship out of the gate. Why wouldn't he be
able to do it again? Of course he can and will. Quarterback transition years
have always been the most difficult years in cougar nation. I'm looking forward
to the excellent years ahead and am patient enough to let the experts be the
experts and get us there.
The gleeful Ute fans must be feeling extremely lucky to be ranked 15th
currently, since Pitt was WAAAAY overestimated to start the season. Miami
killed them, so I'd guess Utah should be somewhere between #24 and #30.
I feel like Bronco is at his best when he's not the center of attention. Kind of
like when they say a referee is doing his job when you don't know his name. He
seems like a great leader of young men and a good X's and O's guy, but he's a PR
mess. Not his fault, that's just not his personality. Kyle's not exactly Mr.
Warmth either, buy the way.Also the "if you're happy with a 50-17
record instead of a 51-17 record"....Um, yeah I'm ok with 50-17. But when did
you go to the BCS? You should talk about that a little more.
Arizona Coug,Unfortunately for cougar fans, you are right on.Bronco isn't dedicated enough to winning to go out and recruit the
necessary talent to win. That is why byu will NEVER have a real Quest. And with the average recruits he does get, he pampers them with words
like "we need better execution" instead of being a football coach and finding a
way to win.Sorry to say it cougs - but winning won't be happening
any time soon. And by winning I mean having a great season like going to a bcs
game, or two, and continually winning the big non conference games.With byu going independent and facing the big boys of texas, ND, West
Virginia, Boise.... the future for byu is a lot of 6-6.Get used to
Hmmm. As I read Rock's article (with which I agree completely), I was under the
impression that he was directing the advice to BYU fans. Amazing how many ute
fans jump on to bag on Bronco! Do you think anyone associated with BYU even
CARES about your opinions? Wow -- the obsession of the haters continues....
I disagree with those who say that if Heaps was named the starter from the
beginning, the Cougars would still be 1-2. I don't understand where they get
that reasoning when you look at the benefits of naming a starter early. If Heaps
had been the starter, the composure and confidence of the team would be far and
away better than what it is now. Everyone sees it- the players were never happy
with having two starters- hence being 1-2. Talent is there, strong motivation is
not. It definitely created a locker room division and then when asked about it
in the media, the players did what they are supposed to do and showed support to
protect an image of confidence in the program. Bronco Mendenhall is a fantastic
coach, but not a perfect one. This was a mistake, but BYU will bounce back from
this next year (hopefully) and be the cougars we are familiar with. I cannot see
a recovery from this until next year, however. I predict a 7-5 season. Sorry
Cougars. Better luck in independence. GO Utes!!!
Wow, 3 games in and we forget all the past seasons? Almost all BYU fans I know
expected a rough season. Very few teams truly reload for 4+ years in a row. This
is college not the NFL, and the rotation of players is one reason it is so
great!For those who continue to talk about how Boise or TCU or Utah
continue to reload...are you nuts? These programs are GREAT right now, and have
been for a few years. Thy have also proven little in the ability to run an
excellent program across decades.BYU will be fine - not every year
will be a 10-win season. It is true for BYU and almost every program across the
Of course Bronco should be given more time as he has been a very successful
coach at BYU. I have never taken his comments to be arrogant, but I have seen
the media misunderstand his comments. Guess that is to be expected given the
media's need to find controversy to drive readership. Anyway, except for Hill
this is very young coaching staff, and they have made some mistakes, the biggest
being their assessment of the talent on this team, and the thought that you can
be a top football team in 2010 play bend don't break defense. The defense or
lack thereof has been the Achilles heal of the program forever. This most real
football fans love watching Utah play because the defense hits, and hits and
BYU is now the Air Force Academy, Naval Academy and the Army Academy of the
mountain west in terms of entrance requirements and standards to remain in
I love all the conspiracy theories being circulated as fact about the Coach by
the Ute "fans" in the last couple of days on the D.N. comment boards. According
to some Utes, Nelson getting injured is all some huge, elaborate hoax. Another
suggested that Coach Mendenhall actually played him so he WOULD get hurt. Yet
another stated (without giving any sort of evidence, of course) that Coach
Mendenhall wouldn't have benched Chambers if Chambers were a star player. This
Ute then "knowingly" stated that Bronco knew of Harvey Unga's honor code
violations but chose to look the other way. Again no evidence was proffered.I think it is ridiculous that these boards are being "monitored" and yet
these individuals are allowed to malign a good man's character with rumors and
lies. Just because someone can type, doesn't mean they should be allowed to
abuse this forum. Coach Mendenhall is a football coach. His ability as a coach
can be judged by his record for the last five years. I agree with DEW Cougars. I
have been a BYU grad/fan for some time now and have seen rebuilding years.
Bronco is doing fine.
What we are seeing is the real Coach Mendenhall recruiting classes come to the
fore. In this modern age of football recruiting, it is evident what is going on
at BYU. The university standards have caught up to the sports program. It
takes thugs to win in football, and clearly BYU is at a serious disadvantage
when it comes keeping even the minor thugs they can get past the requirements to
remain in school. Chambers is just the latest case. The Utes and other schools
have a definite advantage in being able to keep athletes on the fields and
courts. This is another reasib why the Y is now independent. But if they
insist on scheduling teams they cannot begin to be on a par with in terms of
athletes, they will take their lumps. This is very upsetting to us fans. But
it is totally unfair and unrealistic to put the blame for lack of wins on the
coaches and administration. It is what it is.....and we live with it. Moral
values versus big time athletes going to other programs is the tradeoff. The
sports reporters and commentators ought to be unfront with their rhetoric.Go Cougars!!
Although I have taken a lot of grief for it in my house, I have always had a
difficult time with Bronco. I have had a few chances to listen to him speak and
meet him in person and as crazy as it sounds, I walked away each time feeling
like this guy is not totally dedicated to football. He always seems to focus on
how many other important things there are than football (which of course there
are), but he is a football coach! He is paid a million dollars a year to win
football games. If the goal is to provide the church exposure, you can't do
that when you are not even ranked! BYU fans are just tired of being
on the outside looking in. I am tired of protests about the BCS and
independence and then immediately get destroyed in the next game. It is
embarassing. Just win. That is what the fans want. As great as firesides and
"quests" are, just win. And by win, I mean win the big ones. Independence will
be interesting. BYU will go to the next level or will fall deep into
mediocrity. Just win baby!
When you have lesser talent and lose bad — it’s all on the coach.I agree that after a few “10 win season” a head coach should
have it “figured out”.The reality is that the wheels or
irrelevance have been in motion for several years. Typical BYU recruits ( non
athletic, one dimensional) are performing … well… typical.The difference is with the coach. Can he make average players better? Do the
players believe in Bronko as a leader? Should anyone have expected
anything different from a 3rd choice head coach?
Stop getting carried away, everyone. Remember 2002-2004? We couldn't even
muster a winning season. How about Bronco's first year and John beck's Junior
year? 6 - 6. Sure Max hall's Sophmore year we had 10 wins and won a conference
championship, but we had more than just Max Hall that year. Remember 4th and
18? Who caught that pass? Austin Collie. Two years later he is catching passes
from Peyton Manning. I think we are going to go 8-4 or 7-5, but
even if we only went 6-6, things could be a lot worse. Bronco has done and is
doing an amazing job. We will be better next year and even better the next.
Oh, and think about this: Lavell had a losing season his second year
at BYU, and it took him 8 years to win 10 games. He never won ten games 4 years
in a row, and even though he won 10 conference championships in a row, his teams
won the conference 4 times with at least 2 losses. Every coach has
their ups and downs, and every team needs to rebuild. Don't worry, BYU will be
There is one fundamental problem that is philosophical and it does not solve
easily. Riley Nelson is a "fierce competitor". The coaches recite
that mantra over and over. They over weighed that variable, knowing Nelson was
(and probably would remain) deficient in throwing. They knew Riley could not and
should not be the primary QB because he was the wrong style of QB but insisted
on giving him equal time because it fit their biases and their desired culture.
If BYU is EVER going to become elite it has to recruit and develop
enough talent. It can't rely on a few great players and competition among
average players. That has worked to produce good regular seasons but not elite
results. BYU had a great recruiting season. That is why so many
freshman are playing. There has to be adjustment in the culture for
the development of talent and recruiting more talent. This year is
part of that transition. The development of talent has to get more weight. You can be a "great competitor" but if you don't have enough talent to
execute the position properly you should not be the starter.Broaden
the recruiting beyond Utah.
Bronco has had five years to develop players, he should have had some players
ready to step in and play this year. Good programs don't rebuild they reload.
You don't see TCU in rebuilding mode. Every year, BYU claims to have one of the
best recruiting classes, so where are the recruits from those past classes? Even
with missions, there should be players ready to come in step up and play.
Should Bronco be criticized? YES!
I think Bronco has been successful enough that Cougar fans will in fact give him
more time and space to figure things out. Unless of course he loses to Utah
State on Conference Weekend; in that case there will be riots in the streets of
oh and by the way there is no way the Y is going 8-4 this year. I think perhaps
reversing that to 4-8 is more realistic. This may be the worst offense BYU has
had in 35 years.
Bronco has had and will continue to have the complete and undivided support of
this unquenchable BYU fan!He's had a great run, thus far, with the
Cougars and will continue to perform excellently, of that I have no doubt. It
is simply not fair to expect a team to win every game, every season --
Especially one that has the ebbs and tides of missionaries like BYU does.You're doing great Bronco!Gooooo Cougars!!
How much more time does he need? He's had a few 10-win seasons. He already has
it figured out.Their problem is that when he had 10 win seasons he had the
benefit of their best WR, RB and TE in history, along with one of the best LB in
their history.In terms of talent, they're back to the more typical byu
type of player. Does anyone really think Chambers is anywhere near Collie or the
Hauge is anywhere near Unga?It remains to be seen if talent will improve.
I think BYU fans will get a reality check this saturday after they play lowely
Nevada...a team that has never been in the top 50 before let alone the top 20.
Follow that with USU at Logan and then let's talk. I fully expect the Y to lose
to both Nevada and Utah State and then you will get the real gut check. Y fans
have watched the U become a nationally recognzied football power and graduate to
the Pac10 while the Y was left out in the cold. Form year to year the U simply
gets better athletes than the Y - no question. The U defense is good every
single year and has players in the NFL to prove it. The Y defense is one of the
worst in the conference and that is consistant. Bronco doesn't get the kind of
athletes that Kyle gets on defense ..not even close. Is that Bronco's fault? Yes
but I think his hands are tied somewhat with who he is allowed to recruit.
Offensively BYU reloads ... but it will take maybe 2 - 3 more years to see
another top 20 offense in Provo. Reality check!!
I think assessing Bronco's coaching abilities or effectiveness has nothing to do
with being a BYU or Utah fan. Or a Yankees or Dodgers fan for that matter. What
Mendenhall has done with the QB situtation is nothing new in the ranks of
college or professional football. It's commonly reffered to as indicision. Many coaches have gone back and forth between one player or another
waiting to see if either player will take away any ambiguities about who should
start. Again, making a coach's decision. What fans, arch rivals, or
casual observers may notice about Mendenhall are certain abilities or lack
thereof. Maybe Bronco isn't skilled or experienced at building a team. Maybe his
skills lay in operations where a team is up and running. All of the players are
already in place. Different skill sets, talents, and leadership styles and
skills vary from coach to coach. Bronco is a good coach. It may be that his
talents are not matched with where the Y is heading. Perhaps a change at the Y's
helm would benefit Bronco and the team. It is easier to fire a coach than muddle
through a season of indecision.
BYU has a ton of inexperienced players, at nearly every position. Who is
responsible for that, if not the coaches?They control substitutions
and they are responsible for seeing younger players get some reps, especially in
blowouts. The only positions where this is problematic are offensive lineman
and QBThey recruit and they are responsible for how many
scholarships are given out and when. If they have a huge abundance of
inexperienced freshman, it is no one's fault but the coaching staff.Inexperience can be filled in with JC talent, as LaVell did many times, and as
Utah has done with their left tackle. Sarkisian comes to mind, Jason Buck --
two All Americans, one an Outland Trophy winner. Hold a few scholarships open
from time to time.
I'm not worried. This season may continue to be difficult but I see enough in
my Cougs to believe things will be just fine. Bronco is a great coach for BYU.
Heaps will develop and the rest of the offense will follow. The defense will
get a break and will be fine. BYU has a tough schedule to start and will be
tough to finish. I have hope for this year and even more for next.Go
Everyone keeps talking about the offense. I think the offense will improve now
that we have a main QB. But it is the defense that has me worried.
Is it fair to criticize Bronco Mendenhall?1) Yes for trying to
re-invent the wheel with the 2-QB experiment --it has not worked in football
college so it would not work in Provo2) No if you (like me) did not
believe all the hypes before the season --things like Nissan 300ZX speed
receivers, etc3) No if you are happy with 50-17 (no BCS) and don't
compare it with 51-17 (+ 1 BCS win)4) No if you're content with
being mid-major football team
I'm confident Bronco is just fine. He has been around the block several times
before now. I believe his biggest challenge is how to be politically correct in
telling the world, media, and fans that the program is on a firm foundation and
that he really doesn't care what they think.For whatever reason it
is a difficult stretch for most to realize that football is still number four or
five on the priority list at BYU. There is a lot more at play than a brown ball
with white stripes on either end.Get over it and enjoy the
entertainment. If you can't get over yourselves, go be a fan of another sport or
program. There are plenty of empty seats and season tickets available everywhere
else in the Mountain West.Win or loose the game Saturday will be a
fun one to enjoy. I'm sure there will be real fans that attend from both teams
that understand the entertainment value and will enjoy the experience.I'm sure Bronco wishes he could be Jim McMahon right now. He could, but won't
because of what he has become.GO COUGARS, GO BRONCO!
Most pushing the "panic button" are over jealous Anti-BYU fans rejoicing. It is
a rebuilding year and one that most of the games have yet to be played. BYU is still going to win most of its remaining games this season. TCU
is the only game I expect BYU to not compete in. They should be fine in all the
rest. WCS is 8-4 and losing to Utah.
Brad, I am not feeling blue about my cougars not going right. I knew along this
will be a rebuilding year. If we win this Sat. then that is good for me. If we
lose then will try again next week Friday. Bronco is doing fine.
Even when experiencing up Max Hall, BYU still managed a conference championship.
It took time for Pitta and George time to develop. It took time for Hall to
develop (even then he still forced a lot of TOs. Beck and even Young got off to
a slow start. Unga and Collie were faster developers but still it
took time for them to bloom. Tonga was pretty much unsung but he was a lot
better than most realized. It looks a bit bleak right now. Mostly
because the offense is not working. At least one TE will emerge pretty soon.
Kariya should begin playing much better. I expect the timing to
improve a lot. I think that Nelson's tendency to run instead of stay with the
play altered the timing and intensity of the RBs and WRs on pass plays. Nobody
knew what was likely to happen on any given play and had to switch from the pass
route to run blocking in mid play. Heaps should be learning how to
avoid sacks and the OL will have a decent feel for where Heaps is. With Nelson
they never knew for sure what to do once the play started. If the
offense rights it's self, the defense will pick up.