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?
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.
@ 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.
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
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.
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.
"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!
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.
AAAHHH! Is it September 3rd yet?
Brandon is just what the doctor ordered for BYU!
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.
I look forward to watching Doman coach. If he coaches the way he played, BYUs
offense should be just fine.
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.
@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.
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