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Published: Sunday, Aug. 7 2011 11:03 p.m. MDT

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I don't get it
Cottonwood Heights, UT

This could be a great year to be a Cougar. Gone are the predictable play calling, and "Nobody knows more than me" of Robert Anae. In is the enthusiasm of Brandon. The Cougs have not seen an OC like Doman since Holmgreen left. Brandon is going to make everybody say Norm who?

Uteanymous
Salt Lake City, Utah

Robert Anae is a good guy and BYU fans appreciate his contributions to BYU football and wish him well in his future endeavors, but it became clear last season that it was time for a change.

Riley Nelson deserved a chance to compete for the starting QB job against Jake Heaps, but Brandon was smart enough to recognize that Heaps was the clear choice to be BYU's starting QB last season.

Anae took the conservative approach of going with experience instead of talent, and that choice was a disaster. Heaps should have been named the starter after spring ball last season and been given the full summer to develop a rhythm with his receivers and full-time starter's reps in fall camp.

BYU still would have had some growing pains with a true Freshman QB, but the Cougars would have had at least a couple more wins.

Doman is going to be a great OC and it wouldn't be at all surprising to see him replace Bronco as BYU's head coach when Bronco decides he's ready to move on.

This could very well be the most exciting season for BYU since Brandon's senior season.

riddlemethis
Clearfield, UT

@ I don't get it:

I agree with you about Brandon's enthusiasm. I also think that it's a blessing in disguise that the team is fairly young_ true youth is oft times synonymous with inexperience, but he can implement new plays, formations etc, without having to teach an old dog new tricks.

It would be hard at practice as on offensive player with Anae's predictable play calling. "Why bother to run a good route because on x down with y yards to go, we're going to run the ball no matter what." etc.

bluelife
FARMINGTON, UT

I do have a lot of confidence in Doman, not that he will be perfect but that he will learn from mistakes and error on the side of being aggressive. That how he played and I believe that is how he will coach. Also I appreciate him tempering expectations a bit, I have high hopes but one needs to be brought down to earth from time to time. This team will be good, could be great, I am so excited for the beginning on the season.

Go Cougars

Andermart
Pullman, WA

I like that the entire team is very excited, but love the part when Doman says they have a lot of work to do. That means they will be confident, but keep working their tails off to improve. That is the attitude they need.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

Doman seems to have realistic expectations mixed in with his enthusiasm and optimism. I still think it will be interesting to see where he coaches - down on the field or up in the press box. It's a difficult balance as a QB coach and OC.

I'm guessing he'll be down on the field at the beginning of the season and move up to the press box as the season progresses. Jake may still need Brandon to mentor him as he comes off the field early in the season.

IndianaCoug
Bloomington, IN

"The expectations are too big and we've probably built up a bigger machine than we really are right now," Doman said. "We can be great. We have great talent. But a lot of our talent is very young. The expectations are fantastic."

I couldn't agree more. Doman seems like a perfect fit, but lets remember that he was here last year and we had issues then. I love that he is taking things one step at a time. Big expectations, big talents, big-time away games and t.v. contract... and less than four weeks away. I can't wait. Go Cougs!

UncleArtie
Brigham City, UT

This is another in the zillion articles that refers to in one negative way or another the split-time quarterback decision from last season.

IMHO there was no correct decision. What was done was probably the least bad decision.

Had Riley been designated as starter and given most of the reps; he probably would have been injured sooner; and Jake would have been thrown in as starter with even less preparation than what he had.

Had Jake been 'anointed' starter BYU would have lost the Washington game and probably still would have done no better than their 1-4 start. Could the 'boo birds' handle that? Would it have been right to anoint an unproven freshman as quarterback? After Riley was injured and Jake became starter, it was painfully obvious he had a lot to learn.

Plus, the entire situation was exacerbated by chaos at tight end.

metamoracoug
metamora, IL

AAAHHH! Is it September 3rd yet?

Striker
Omaha, NE

Brandon is just what the doctor ordered for BYU!

IDC
Boise, ID

Has there ever been an OC at BYU that everyone thought was great? I am excited for Doman but I don't expect that he is going to be a complete success and that he won't blow some calls, at least in our minds (fans). We need to remember that every team we play will have a bright defensive coordianator that is doing all he can to stop BYU. Also, even though BYU appears to be talented, the Cougs are also very young and we WILL see some growing pains on the field. That being said, I am hoping for an undefeated season with a NC and a Heisman for Heaps. Go cougs!

P.S. I hope the tightends hands have softened up.

BP
Salt Lake City, UT

I look forward to watching Doman coach. If he coaches the way he played, BYUs offense should be just fine.

SoCalTrueBlue
San Diego, CA

IDC, asked, "Has there ever been an OC at BYU that everyone thought was great?
Answer: Doug Scovil.
But Doman is the right man for the job now, and I agree with the other comment above that he could be the next BYU head coach in 10-15 years.

Where's Stockton ???
Bowling Green, OH

@IDC

"Has there ever been an O.C. at BYU that everyone thought was great???

Yes...there has been consensusly two great O.C."s that became Great at BYU after a couple of years in that position. First Doug Scovil and secondly Norm Chow.

Is Doman at that level??? Obviously... no he isn't. But he's got the time and he's got some really good talent in depth to become great. One thing that I can say for sure is... comparatively as a fairly new kid on the block he's well ahead of Robert Anae for the time that he has had as an assistant. That's at least in his favor.

CougarOnTheProwl
Murray, UT

Doman just seems like a natural fit as OC, a former QB with a very creative mind who understands offenses and how to read a defense. I think the days of worrying about a predictable gameplan or play calling are gone . How successful will he be? well only time will tell but I really like his chances of being very successful.

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