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Published: Saturday, Oct. 2 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Mesa, AZ

It was over when...

The smallest kid on the team was running the ball, catching the passes, and returning the kicks.
DiLu rocks!

Best Cougar receiver tonight?

Ben Cahoon has 3 catches for the Als against the Stamps, just 5 away from being the all-time CFL receiver!

Peoria, AZ

Was really proud to see Jake Heaps handle himself the way he has. Being classy and positive when the chips are down and everyone else can only see the negative is a great trait in successful people.

The Cougar coaches have to take a really long look at themselves and decide what they want to do. It is apparent that the talent is all in the younger age group, and they did not get enough reps to be able to play. The older guys that are supposed to be showing the fruits of the "investment" are turning out to be abject failures on the field.

There is no reason to panic now as the season is lost as a success. It is only good to get the younger guys ready for next year and beyond. Bronco is going to have to accept that fans of BYU care about winning football games on Saturday and Jesus on Sunday. One will never mask the other. That will never change. Injury and Jake's development are giving Bronco a lot of leeway. Take it coach. We have seen what you can do - just do it!!

Provo, UT

I would rather he said "this is not BYU football and we need to get better" but no need at picking out little things from an interview when what is happening on the field is as bad has it is.

Sandy, UT

You know, before tonight I never minded the Aggies, but now I'm a fan. What they did to the byu was a lack of execution on byu's part, Bronco says. That, and receivers that can't catch, running backs that can't run, and a defense that can't stop anyone. Let's face it, if your defense can't stop Utah State, who can they stop? Great win by the Aggies, I enjoyed every minute of it! It's safe to say that the Cougars are officially the worst division 1 team in the state this year. Let's see if they can pick up a win here sometime soon or if the dreaded 1-6 that they face will become a reality! Go Aggies!!!

Payson, UT

Cougars did have problems with execution, but they had a much bigger problem (again) with the coaching.

Heaps did look pretty good for a freshman, and BYU should be excited about the qb position for the future, but what about those receivers? How can you claim to be a receiver and not catch those passes that hit you right in the hands. And it wasnt just one or two, it was atleast a dozen times.

Hint to BYU, run the ball more. You have a good offensive line and horrible recievers.

Springville, UT

Poor execution?

I do agree they are not executing very well but let's just state the real problem here..... they are not a good team! you can blame losses on poor execution in close games but they are just not in close games. They are losing big. They are not good and their coaches have not recrutied and prepared players. Just teach football and nothing else!!!!

Jim Marshall
Clearfield, UT


So I was riding my mountain bike across a flat desert road this summer. My tire went flat, but I kept on riding which ended up bending the wheel a little. Not my fault it went flat, nor is it the bikes. I just need to keep peddling on the flat tire and get better at my execution at a higher level on my peddling skills. No changes to the bike are needed. Just need to execute proper peddling.

Magic Happens
Kaysville, UT

It would be refreshing to hear Mendenhall say, the better team won. Instead we get the overused phrase "we just need to execute at a higher level." From that statement apparently he believes this team would beat every team they played if they would execute. Coach, sometimes the other team is just better. Last night the better team was Utah State. I wonder, why BYU continues to belief that passing nearly 70% if the time is the better offense. DeLuigi seems to be a good back yet Anae and company always go back to the pass first, pass second offense. It pads statistics, but it doesn't add up to wins. BYU should beat NM, UNLV, and Colorado State, but will they? I suppose going independent will allow BYU to play the Idaho, Louisiana Tech, and New Mexico States of the world, but until they learn to "execute" these games may be toss ups! Great teams have great defense, and this team doesn't. The years of out scoring your opponent to win are over. Its time for BYU to look in the mirror and decide who they are. This isn't Cougar football!

Knoxville, TN

EXECUTION, EXECUTION, Execution....Hey Bronco it is more than execution!!! This team cannot catch, run or tackle and your coaches cannot coach. What in the heck is going on? Go back to the basics and start teaching this team. You cannot execute anything unless you know how and what to do. This team is in for a losing season and one of the worse in over 40 years. If this is a rebuilding year, I would hate to see a real bad year. That would be 0 and 11 for Bronco & Company.

One other note, this team and your coaches lack enthusiasm period. Whether it is at home or away you lack it. Your assignment today Bronco is to watch a little SEC football where coaches at least have a pulse on the side lines even if they are getting their cans kicked. Even Lavell, French and Bosco showed enthusiasm, excitement and anger from time to time.

BRONCO Read this book by Nick Saban - How Good Do You Want to Be? : A Champion's Tips on How to Lead and Succeed at Work and in Life.

This will teach you a little bit about being a GREAT COACH not AVERAGE.

Cedar Hills, UT

This is really dumb to blame execution at the 5th game of the season. YES it is execution but NO it is NOT correctable .. at least not this year. Will Jake Heaps suddenly start seeing the field better and have his timing suddenly appear? Not this year. Will the O-line suddenly discover how to run block? Not this year. Will the defensive line suddenly discover how to stop the O-line surge of the other team that consistantly pushes them 5 yards off the ball? Not this year. Will the line backers suddently become better tacklers? Not this year. Will BYU dig into its freshman players and discover a Ronnie Jenkins or a Harvy Unga just waiting to play? Not this year. No this team is what it is which is most likely a 1-11 team ... which will be at least historic. Bronco better smell the roses and do it NOW otherwise he will find himself on the outside looking in. Time to recruit and develop better and put winning as his #1 priority not #5!!!

Window Rock, AZ

Right now we are separating the men from the boys. Wouldn't mind if you lost and fought hard but there was no fight. The boys can go home to ma ma let the men get the job done. Are the seniors men or boys?

Ann Arbor, MI

So will bronco say he saw some improvement from his "fine young men"?

The reality is bronko has lost this team and the effort will continue to get worse(if possible)week over week.

Salt Lake City, UT

4th and short and Anae tries to go around the end. Stopped! On the goal line and he tries it again. Stopped. The guy does not learn! And yet he is still calling the plays? Luke Ashworth and McKay Jacobsen have dropped more balls that have hit them in the hands than ANY BYU receiver in recent memory and yet they are still on the field? Either the receiving corps is truly horrid (recruiting?) or the coaches are clueless! This team and the coaches are an embarrassment! Bronco has no fire so is it any wonder the team is flat? Maybe we should let Jake Heaps call his own plays? It couldn't be worse than the fiasco we are currently watching. Why isn't Anae in the booth so he can see what the defense is doing? Why doesn't he have a trained dog to help him call the plays? Yeah Bronco, lack of execution on your part as a coach! Time to coach at a higher level. Time to bring some intensity back to the team. Too bad you won't read this being sheltered in your own little world like you are.

Cedar Hills, UT

I picked BYU to go 4-8 this season which obviously very generous. I am adjusting that to 1-11. No one ever thought they would see a once proud program sink to this level but here it is folks staring you right in the face and it is UGLY! Bronco ball isn't working and the idea of ranking his priorites and winning as #5 on the list is now showing its rotten fruits. Winning football should have always been #1 for Bronco and thinking he could recuit academic , high character players over football talent was simply dreaming. You see it fans - do you like it? Are fans going to file into LaVell Edwards stadium and fill it to 65000 to watch 1-11 football? I don't think so.

full disclosure
Providence, UT

Here's maybe what it really was:
Poor game planning
Poor preparation
Lack of Quickness
Lack of Passion ( Stoic coaches- Mendenhall and Anae)

Poor evaluation of talent (some of BYU's players honestly shouldn't be playing D1 football)

Poor receivers (they simply cannot catch)

I have yet to hear Bronco ever say that it he and his staff take responsibility. Instead it's always that his players didn't execute. Hoenstly even if they would have they would have lost. Did anyone happen to see the happy faces towards the end of the game on BYU's bench when ESPN had there camera's on.

Houston, TX

USU is a bad team and BYU is worse. Better execution would help a lot. That might lead to better play calling.

However, it is obvious to everyone that running wide on a sweep is not going to work. BYU does not have the speed to even run a sweep.

One of the biggest problems is one that has been seen every year. Some games the team comes out flat as a pancake and plays mechanical.

There was a noted difference between Anderson and his involved style of coaching and the stoic Mendenhall.

There is something to be said for both styles but BYU has at least 2 games every year where they just do not match the intensity of the other team.

The raw talent is on the team. The total recruiting has been decent to good. But there is a lack of available talent who can play now at key positions.

No power back, TEs, no pressure on the QB, there is some speed in the defense but a lack of experience.

BYU's problems are not going to magically fix. It takes time to gain enough experience to make all the parts of the system work.

O\'Fallon, MO

southerncougar | 7:04 a.m. Oct. 2, 2010

"One other note, this team and your coaches lack enthusiasm period. Whether it is at home or away you lack it. Your assignment today Bronco is to watch a little SEC football where coaches at least have a pulse on the side lines even if they are getting their cans kicked."

Insightful comment but Mendenhall doesn't need to turn to SEC coaches to learn how to coach. There was an excellent coaching model standing directly across the field from him last night. Coach Anderson schooled Mendenhall in every facet of the game. Question is...was Mendenhall paying attention???

Woods Cross, UT

Sad to say but the Cougs are playing very consistent right now. They have been shut down by three of the worst defenses, especially against the pass, in college football and have had trouble scoring unless on a short field and becoming a running team. Heaps is now 5 games into the season with significant playing time in 4 of them and is not only not improving but seems to be reenforcing bad habits. Why does the pass defense look so tight? Because he locks on to his first option and doesn't go through progressions. USU didn't even blitz a lot and rarely pressured him until the 4th quarter. He can't throw on the run so they cannot roll him out and his passing accuracy beyond the quick 5 yard throws is atrocious. Further he is immobile and doesn't see the field well or have good instincts in the pocket. This is why he was ranked as the 2nd worst QB in the country prior to last night, well below at least a dozen other freshmen. Worst, looking into his eyes list night I saw a lost hopeless boy with no confidence thrown to the wolves.

Murray, UT

I hear the fat lady singing in Provo. BYU can't get the recuits that it will need to go independent. BYU is quitting on itself.

Toquerville, UT

Well, we could start by firing all the receivers, nobody can catch a pass (Hoffman the lone exception); Jacobson has turned into a wimp with no hands, won't go after the pass, and stumbles to the ground at the slightest hit. If all the passes that could be caught, were caught, Heaps would have had 350 yards passing, and probably two more scores, and BYU would have had a chance to win the game. Yes, Bronco, changes are needed, sit all those worthless receivers and find some freshmen who want to play and can catch the ball.

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