Interesting article, Jim. No talk whatsoever about the lack of execution on the
defensive side of the ball. Funny me, I didn't realize this team only has an
offense! Just once, how about a hard hitting article on the defense. You, as DN
writers, can change your focus from Jake Heaps (believe me, I've read enough
about him) and aim it on defensive players that are playing beyond poorly--
So'oto for one. He's a 5th year senior who should be playing better; How about
Shane Hunter, a 4th year senior. I'm a big Cougs fan, but am so tired of the
sole focus of DN articles being on the offense.
Optimist,I have to agree with you there. Bronco may as well have
said, "if we played better we would have done better". No duh.Instead of focusing on overly broad terms like "execution", Bronco should take
a page from Urban Myer's book (see halftime interview on ESPN) and get down to
the basics. BYU needs to get back to drilling the basics:-Tackling (solo tackling numbers need to increase exponentially)-Catching (how many dropped passes were there?)-Blocking (especially
The CEO of any company, the Principal of every school, the Head coach of every
team is where the Buck Stops. If the executation is not what it
should be, than it's either that the recruiting is not what it should be or the
coaching is not what it should be.This goes for Offensive, Defense,
Special Teams.It also goes for play calling, and game time adjustments or
the lack there of.Good teams reload. The rest of the teams just
rebuild."30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary" is a 50 year old
book that some coaches should read and stop using the term "Execute better" as a
catch all for every failed attempt to improve.
Things and words that I have learned to hate:Lack of ExecutionQuest
decisionsLack of game time adjustmentsReceivers that let balls
bounce off their chest.Receivers that let balls go through their two
hands.Coaches that can not coach receivers.Coaches that can
not make game time adjustments.Coaches that blame everything on
something else other than their own lack of coaching.
tru blue: I agree that we need to give the coaches a break, but at the same time
they need to fix the problem. My question for all those that are calling for
Broncos head and the others is: Who would you replace them with? Keep in mind
this is no ordinary job you must:1. Be LDS 2. Enforce the honor code 3. recruit
players that live the honor code 4. Focus on building young men, not just the
program 5. Balance mission calls in the program 6. Answer to a board that wants
excellence but not at all cost 7.finally all the above for less money than any
other major program in the country. If you got the guy (guys)that are willing
to do that, and they are better than our current staff, please share it with all
of us. And they must also be available. Perhaps we need to look before we
I know Byu is having a tough time this year. I thinkHeaps is going be a
great quarterback. He just need the experience to do that. I don't think people
should bad mouth the Byu coaching staff. I would like to see any one of you try
to be a head football. You would then be singing a different story. I still love
Byu even if this not their. We must remember it is only a game, and not a matter
of life and death.
I'm sure in Texas the same kind of post are being made about the team and
coaches etc. And they have only lost 2 games in a row to one good team and one
that nearly lost to WA State!! We still have 7 games that (wishfully thinking)
we could win!! The question is what are we going to do about it? Firing Hill may help, but the defense doesn't drop balls, run the ball, block
the defenses or not. The offense needs to add some fire either from the coaches
or the players. Doman said it best--we need to get tough!! That comes by going
back to basics everytime: blocking, running, catching and tackling. We have the
talent it just needs to be used better.Heaps has made big
improvements. But still is not picking up the secondary receiver. Maybe that's
his fault or the design of the coaches. Turn him loose, he can't do any worse.
We can still make a bowl game and have a strong finish. Bronco add some fire and
get these men to their best level.
NO executionNO discipline on offense,Bad play
calling, dropped passes gettng owrse, the o-line is
getting worse, SO why isn't the offensive coordinator ANAE
not being called on to the carpet?
Washington beat USC tonight.Locker was awesome.5
starters out on defense is really bad - a defense that held Locker down and
actually looked good. The offense simply was so poor from then on that the
defense has been broken down and now can't stop anybody.I'd like to
think that BYU was just stumbling through so growing pains, but this game was so
brutal I'm not sure that they'll recover this year. Maybe we'll win 3 but I
wouldn't count on it.Bronco needs to start looking at JUCO studs or
it'll be nearly as bad next year.
The Aggies are better than the Cougars in just about every sport: Basketball,
Football, Volleyball, etc. I just hope Coach Bronco doesn't take
a page out of Coach Roses book and try to schedule the game on a neutral field.
That would be pathetic.Go Aggies !
So the coach blamed the kids...poor execution.The kids gave up
on his coaches...offense, defense struggled.Coach fired DC as a
scape goat.This ship is sinking fast.
The higher we execute the more our execution will be higher than lower and the
execution will be higher.-Bronco
Execution or Defensive Coordinator?Executin or Defensive
Coordiantor?Lets spin the bottle - just as I thought
(Mendenhall speaking to himself), it was the Defensive Coordinator all along.Sorry to burst your bubble Mendenhall, but the problem is you, your
offensive coordinator, and the players you recruit. You dont recruit
many players with character and hard work ethic (You base everything on
Scouts.com or Rivals.com), the offensive play calling is horrendous
and is never made to take advantage of your strengths or the weakness of your
opponent, and worst of all, the head coach is oblivious to
everything until it hits him in the face.
I don't get it. BYU goes for five quarters without a touchdown. They aren't
moving the ball or holding onto it when they have it. Special teams can't even
make their extra point tries. So who do they fire? The Defensive Coordinator
who is having to work with five starters out with injuries. This is a team in
Execution? "you keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it
Ref:TJ2407You obviously havn't figured it out... It's not a simple matter
of numbers. Anae -IS- run oriented... that's why he can't come up with much more
than 5 and out for a passing strategy. He's lost nearly all of his leg
capability either to injury, suspension, graduation or the NFL. He's so
predictable that the defense has no problem being where the ball is, regardless
of whether it's a run or a pass. A good O.C. will mix up his plays and razzle
dazzle once in a while. A good O.C. will have the opposing secondary totally
dazed and confused spinning both their heads and their wheels. He'll cross and
flood the middle, hook the flats and run the post patterns simultaneously.
Anae doesn't have that kind of conceptual understanding for passing...He has no
vision. What he does have but is not going in the right direction with is the
raw young talented players. But his playbook is insufficient to develop them.
He's no Chow or Scovil or Urban Meyer. Meyer was a big Edwards/Chow admirer
while at BGSU. So go figure!!!
I'm getting REALLY sick of Bronco and his players saying EXECUTION! Let's see
how many more times this year he can say that it was because they didn't
execute. After the Seminoles put a clown suit on us last year, it was OK
because it was all because we didn't execute
Get rid of Anae, Get rid of Anae, Get rid of Anae, get rid of Anae, get rid of
Anae. How many times do we have to say it Bronco. Get some fire in your gut and
get rid of Anae not Hill!!!!
Where's Stockton ???I really do not understand how you claim comment
that Anae is too run oriented. He called 60 passing plays and 26 run plays. Is
26 run plays to much? That seems to me that he is very pass heavy. He always has
been pass oriented. Even with good running back. he needs to find a balance and
he just want to throw the ball way too much. Please look at the stats and the
actual play calls before you start saying he runs too much. He is a very pass
happy play caller. You have not watched any BYU football if you think he is too
Hoffman is slow that I had to hit fast forward to speed up his routes.Heaps has more hype then game so far. There were more dropped passes by the
USU secondary than by BYUs top 10 receiving corp (according to preseason
DNews).Regardless of lack of speed BYUs defense cannot stop the run.
They have a habbit of getting torched even when they have a good team.Utah has the top 2 QBs in the state that would be starting in any program in
the MWC besides TCU.
@Jim MarshallExcellent analogy. There are much bigger problems on this
team than poor execution.In the past bronco has been successful, but how
much of that success is related to his predecessor's recruiting?I am
alarmed by his lack of intensity, his lack of oversight to his assistants, his
pregame downplaying of the importance of winning (USU), his public declaration
that he looks forward to the pregame firesides more than the games, his
statement that football is way down on his priority list, his delusional
attitude that every good LDS athlete wants to come to BYU for the "BYU
experience" and doesn't require that much effort in recruiting. . . . The list
goes on and on.I'm not sure Bronco understands that the success of
this experiment of going independent depends on BYU football WINNING. If we stay
on Bronco's road to mediocrity we are destined to miserable failure.Yes, Bronco we fans are not happy about how poorly our team is doing. But we
are more alarmed by the fact that you haven't assured us that you recognize what
the real problems are.
I'm about as big a supporter of Bronco Mendenhall as they come. The one area
that I have had problems with since the beginning is the Offensive coordinator.
With 5 seasons under his belt Robert Anae just has not developed. Last year's
improvements came when Mendenhall at the request of Max Hall made Anae leave the
sidelines and post himself in the box where he's supposed to be. By doing's
problems is that he's too run oriented and having now lost his running
quarterback hasn't developed even a reasonable expansion in his aerial arsonal
of plays. He doesn't know how to combine the necessary skills to overwhelm even
a mediocre Defense such as USU's Yes... there is a need for execution. Heaps
is young and does make some mistakes But their also needs to be the ability of
an offensive coordinator to pick a defense apart. Anae is too predictable. His
arsonal is stagnant. He doesn't know how to coordinate multiple crossing routes
and maximizing the utility of all of his eligible receivers. The talent on
offense is there...but it needs a new direction. It's Anae's problem.
@ Jared,Seriously, Heaps was so classy. He showed so much class and
that has got to make you proud. Good to see him have class.The only
thing Bronko ever talks about is execution. How about "Utah State is better"?
That is the truth. Better athletes, better coaches...
It's more a matter too conservative play calling early in the game and receivers
that can't get open or catch passes when they are.
Play calling is the biggest problem, we spent the whole first half trying to
establish the run and throwing short passes that gained 5 yards or less with an
occasional bomb thrown in. Utah State and everyone watching had their game plan
figured out. When the game was pretty much over and they turned
Heaps loose they moved the ball right down the field only to be stalled out in
the red zone by going to the run and dropped passes. CRB, nothing
you said about Heaps is remotely close to reality. I counted at least 15 passes
that were not caught that could have been including one of the interceptions and
the other interception was thrown where the receiver would have been if he'd ran
the right route. Our problem is we have no running game and our
receivers including the running backs can't catch a ball even when they do get
open, plus our coaches are calling plays like their trying to keep from getting
blown out rather than trying to win.
Wow, that was an absolute beat down at the hands of a poor (but improving) Utah
State team. I agree that the recievers cant catch the ball, but some of the
problem is that Saint Jake has no touch on his ball. Many of the drops are due
to him throwing 110 miles an hour on a ten hard route. This "execute" business
seems to give the Cougars the ability to rationalize being a poor football team.
The message I get is that they think they are a good football team but just
arent executing. In reality they are a bad football team that instead of blaming
execution should play with more fire and effort.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Here's maybe what it really was:Poor game planningPoor
preparationLack of QuicknessLack 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!!!
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.
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!
Execution....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.
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!!!!
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.
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!!!
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.
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!!
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!