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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 14 2011 9:37 p.m. MDT

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Idaho.Aggie
Idaho Falls, ID

Don't worry BYU fans! After USU beats BYU Coach Mendenhall can fire Coach Doman and take over the play calling too. Things will get then get better. You can credit the USU pounding for turning your season around - again.

Moderate
Salt Lake City, UT

So Doman is under pressure to send the ball downfield more?
Would love to be a defensive coordinator knowing that's the plan...

Laser
Iowa City, IA

Doman gets a free pass for a couple of seasons. It's his first time in the OC saddle and he'll do just fine.

JNA
Layton, UT

Brandon Doman is not ready for D-1 football, but in typical BYU fashion, they just don't take it to the next level in decision making and this will be the reason that they will never make it to a BCS Bowl.

TrollPolice
Salt Lake City, UT

Don't worry, Idaho.Aggie, Utah State's offense won't score enough against BYU's defense to worry Coach Mendenhall.

Riddles in the Dark
Olympus Cove, Utah

@JNA

Brandon Doman is one of the rising stars in major college football coaching and will be cranking out great BYU teams long after Norm Chow retires, which, from the way Chow's team played the last time he visited LES, may have been a several years ago...

BYU 59
UCLA 0

in a game that could have been even worse, if Bronco hadn't called off the dogs.

ATC
Stockton, CA

Brandon Doman has called plays for two games against good teams, give him a little slack. Also Doman just calls the plays, it is the players job to execute. I think once we have a consistent running game it will allow the offense to open up.

trentster
TUSTIN, CA

It would be interesting to learn how many offensive coordinators stand on the sidelines during games. In the case of the cougars--who is up in the booth feeding Doman the plays? It seems to me the filtering process may be too complicated and time consuming--especially for an inexperienced crew. Perhaps it may be time to consider for the "decision-maker" to be in the booth, away from the distractions that exist on the sidelines, where he can focus and view the field of play and not be tempted to get so caught up in the excitement and emotion that exists with the participants.

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

Bumps?

Try potholes!

I'm a Doman fan, but am realistic in not expecting too much from him right away. He's a rookie at this, afterall.

We should see a little bit of improvement versus Utah on Saturday night. I'm not expecting a lot. (Notice how many night games we have this year?)

If the offense improves each week, BYU should run the table, including against TCU in Dallas. That's far enough down the road that BYU's offense should be settled in by then.

Good thing BYU has a bye week before the Hawaii game. That'll pay dividends there.

Good thing, too, that BYU's defense this year is legit. But against teams with great offenses, BYU's offense will need to be much better than it is now.

Can't wait to see what's improved come Saturday night.

badlandscougar
great plains, sd

we weren't almost last with Mr Anae. think about that, all the hype and that's all... hype for now.

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

@ trenster,

I agree that maybe Doman should be up in the booth. Seems his head is swirling with all the activity around him down on the sidelines.

Up in the booth, he'll have a better view of what's happening in opponents' defenses. And, he'll have a much less stressful location from which to think.

I think he's putting too much stock in his interaction with the QB.

Square Kokonut
Orem, Utah

Absent last minute defensive heroics in the Ole Miss game, outcome of the last two games hinged literally on Heaps miscues! The underwhelming offensive output from the much media-hyped incoming OC is prompting many to question the untimely departure of former OC Robert Anae!

CoachWinWA
POULSBO, WA

Doman is on the sideline for one reason. Jake Heaps is a scared rabbit and he has to be there for him to coach him up. Doman needs to cut the cord and climb the stairs and get in the booth. Jake needs to step out of the shadow and back up all the talk filling the airwaves and newsprint. And BYUs two big receivers need to get open, make the blocks, play til the whistle blows, or sit it out.

I think this will happen soon enough, but I wish it had happened a week ago. We'd be 2-0

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Another 1-4 start

Another loss to Utah

Another loss to Utah State

It's a great time to be a Ute or Aggie.

We'll send Roses

byufootballrocks
Herndon, VA

"The biggest issue right now is we have to be able to find a way to run the football more effectively."

Coach Mendenhall

Demonstrates our coach sees the game differently than many of our fans.

Had hopes this year that BYU would return to its roots on offense and be a pass-first team.

Saw Texas Tech play California in a bowl game just a few years ago - they blew California out with an exciting, BYU-attack-passing-offense. Had deja vu watching them.

The run game did not cost us the Texas game. Conservative play-calling did.

Watch the replay of the first half. It's realistic BYU could have been up 28-0 at the half had they gone for the kill in those drives instead of turning to "dink and dunk" when the field was shortened.

On the second drive, after quickly moving down the field to the 16, BYU basically runs up the middle on first and second down, throwing away those downs. Texas had already demonstrated some real toughness against the run game. We were left with one pass opportunity, and had to kick the field goal. A wimpout - emblematic of the whole game.

Ldsfan
South Jordan, UT

These are not bumps, they are more like mountains. Can't fix confidence. Can't fix lack of experience quickly. BYU is not even close to the caliber and quickness of USC. Look for Utah's defense to have a few picks. Utah will play ball control and should pull it out.

Utah 24
BYU 17.

dustman
Nampa, ID

Doman's horrible right now. He could get better. They have some talented players this year. I think its a waste of talented players to give them an inexperienced O.C.

I graduated from BYU. I'm a BYU fan. But please don't compare Norm Chow to Doman. Doman isn't anywhere near Norm Chow. Every coach in America knows who Norm Chow is, and they know because he brought an effective pass game to college football. Without Chow and L. Edwards, we'd still be seeing the option offense all day, every game. Opponents who play Chow are just figuring him out these last 6 years, but he still is relevant. Doman has yet to prove his relevancy.

Unlucky
HEBER CITY, UT

Jake Heaps should have never been compared to the great quarterbacks, Steve Young, Ty Detmer, Jim McMahon, Robbir Bosco and others. Iremember a couple of other quartbacks from the past who were anointed the next great one and couldn't handle the expctations, Shawn Covey and Matt Berry. John Beck finally could his senior year. Maybe Heaps will be good by his senior year I don't see it happening sooner than that, against the good teams that is. Please don't bring up the end of last year, those teams were awful.Remember when the next one comes to not make the expectations too high for them at first. BYU fans you are not entitled to anything different than any other fan base. You are only as good as your players and this year it looks like you might have the third best team in the state again.

mrmugooo
Snohomish, WA

You just couldn't go an entire article without a quote from Heaps could you? It was a good (not great) article until then. STOP QUOTING THE KID UNTIL HE HAS SOMETHING WORTH TALKING ABOUT!! So far he just wastes air with his talk talk talk. When he starts producing and proving that he KNOWS what he's talking about - - THEN USE QUOTES FROM HIM!

MacNasty
Rexburg, ID

Here is a statement from "I Am the 12th Man, Reviewing the Week in Big 12 Football", September 12, 2011

"The only thing worse than Texas' offense was BYU's coaching, which completely went into a shell in the second half. It was almost as if BYU was afraid to try to win the game, and hoped they could do enough to not lose it. If I were a Cougar fan, I'd be livid at the coaching staff."

I am a ardent BYU fan; been so for over 40 years. But I agree with the blogger and I am livid with the coaching staff.

BYU coaching in the second half of the Texas game was absolutely dismal on both sides of the ball. If I hear another "we have to execute better" I think I will scream.

Bottom line is that the BYU coaching staff in the second half lost the Texas game. They better get things figured out by Saturday. If they do, BYU will win.

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