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Published: Sunday, Sept. 18 2011 8:05 p.m. MDT

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EnglishAlan
Rugeley, Staffs

I played Rugby at a high level. My position (scrum-half) was the equivalent of your QB. When things are tough the rest of the team looks at the pivotal position for an example. I don't know Jake Heaps at all, but what I do not see is a man that instills confidence when things are tough. It seems he can throw the ball at will until he gets within 30 yards of the goal line, and so he obviously has the tools. Tools are nothing without heart though, and there is a different QB when he gets within 30 yards. He suddenly gets that look of a deer in the headlights, and is running scared. He lacks the ability to make his team-mates believe.

I watched a very young Riley Nelson when visiting friends in the Cache Valley a few years ago. He has less tools than Heaps, but has a few extras over Heaps. He has the heart of a lion, refuses to lose, and is also unpredictable to defences. They never know when he will suddenly run though them like a hot knife through butter. It's time to change QB's in my opinion.

Weber State Graduate
Clearfield, UT

I usually enjoy BYU football, but after witnessing the type of 3-n-out offense BYU has, I look forward to seeing my Weber State Wildcats get a crack at em in the future. Unless something changes with the quarterback and offensive coordinator positions at the Y, I'm actually looking forward to the Weber State game!

KamUte
South Jordan, UT

Bronco say, "This is the deepest team we've ever had during my tenure". Didn't we all hear 3 deep at every position? All schools can claim the same if three are breathing.

I think BYU is a great school but your football program is bad right now and Bronco sounds more like David Koresch of the Branch Dividians than a football coach.

I agree that football may be the 4th priority behind God, family and school. I think your fans think you have put it number 9 behind those three plus nacho time, Angry Birds, vacation, Jimmer and Scooby Doo. Bronco can say what he wants when he is winning but right now his 3 deep team is sinking.

runnerguy50
Virginia Beach, Va

UCF is a very good football team. BYU is in trouble. Heaps thinks he is Steve Young but he hasn't proved anything. Has anyone asked Bronco if they intend on switching QB's ?

Crotty Kid
Salt Lake City, UT

I really do wish BYU well when they aren't playing Utah but the post game attitudes from BYU coaches or players the last few years make it really hard to support the program.

Hard fought down to wire BYU win = Max Hall hate rant
Hard fought down to wire Utah win = Better team didn't necessarily win
Blowout Utah win = The win was given to Utah by BYU

With all the talk about tradition, spirit and honor, how about a little sportsmanship?

Ted
Saint George, UT

Here is the best way to bounce back from that game. Bench Heaps and put Lark or Nelson in as QB, put Doman in the skybox so he can observe and call plays (like every other offensive cord. on the planet) and start fresh this Saturday. It's obvious that BYU has placed too much pressure on Heaps with all the national press stating how good he is supposed to be. Nelson has already proved he can move the ball and win games. Lark is also a really good QB. Just give him the chance. He also has not been pressured by all the press that schools can place on a player either. Start either Nelson or Lark on Sat. and they'll play like they have nothing to lose and would probably deliver a very solid performance. Heaps showed that he is not ready for the spotlight yet. The team also revealed that they may have some serious chemistry issues by the way they just gave up. Time for a new QB.

Broom Hockey Champ
Alpine, UT

I am concerned. Heaps might be our 3rd best QB, but Bronco is too occupied trying to come up with cool catch phrases and the defense to know and Doman is too occupied and overwhlemed as evidenced by his shoddy play calling and disorganized efforts to know.

I am confident we will win the majority of remaining games but I am unsure whether that will be much of an accomplishment. How many years in a row can we get destroyed during the difficult part of our schedule and then beat up on the weaker teams on our schedule and then claim drastic improvement only for the cycle to repeat?

dustman
Nampa, ID

I maintain that BYU has some talented players. And it was a shame to waste that talent on an first-time offensive coordinator. BYU deserves to hire someone with proven success. This is high stakes football. You don't give someone thier first shot at coaching on this level. You're just doing your fans and your players a dis-service. Players didn't agree to play at BYU because BYU had Doman. They came for that high scoring football plan. This is where quarterbacks become famous. We might lose Tanner Mangum if this keeps up, and that kid is good. Don't hire coaches just because they used to play for BYU. Hire coaches that have shown they can coach. I stated last week that we shouldn't compare Doman to Chow. Chow is leagues above Doman in skill, experience, and poise. Doman should not have been hired to learn as he goes. BYU should hire someone with a great success record in coaching. The fans and players deserve it.

U 90
Corona, CA

sneeky, don't forget the LBs are top 10 too

nairbnosral
American Fork, UT

@Classless Ute Fan

"I have a question. What if this loss makes Jake do a little soul searching and helps him to decide to go on a mission?"

They usually don't send married people on missions -- not since Joseph Smith's time, anyway. Older, retired married people go on missions together, but not young people. And Jake got married at the ripe old age of 20. I'm sure marriage isn't helping his game any.

Weber State Graduate
Clearfield, UT

Classless Ute Fan:

It would be kinda hard for Jake to go on a mission...he's married. Some
folks thought that would help with his maturity on the field, but it's certainly not evident yet.

Long Time SUU Fan
Delta, UT

I think coach Mendenhall needs to be realistic. Its politically correct to take all the blame but in reality he has an offense that is incapable of scoring points. A quarterback that is afraid, an offensive coordinator that is not qualified to be in this league and a very very long way to go. Saturday was just plane embarrasing. It wasn't that Utah was that much better, it was that BYU and its lathergic offense gave them the game. It was the BYU offense that scored 3 of the touchdowns for Utah. Its pretty tough to win when our offense scores more points for the other team than they do for your own team.

Pipes
Salt Lake City, UT

Time to look at the data. 3 games, 3 touchdowns, 4 interceptions and 2 major fumbles. The data suggest that it's time for a new QB. It doesn't matter how good your arm is if you can't get the ball in the end zone and win games. Cut your losses and move on.

Unlucky
HEBER CITY, UT

BYU fans get off Doman's back. I don't care who the coach is. If a first round pick in the NFL offensive lineman can't help get more rushing yards, I think it runs deeper. BYU has no player on either side of the ball that is mentally tough. The defense misses Andrew Rich and Vic Soto. They had mental toughness and yet not as much raw talent as some. No one on offense comes close to Austin Collie's mental toughness. What is the difference between a puupy and a BYU fan? A puppy eventually quits whining. Fans quit whining and show some mental toughness of your own, then maybe your players will get it together. BYU fans are never satisfied, grow up and quit whining please, then wwe can have two great football programs in the state.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

1. Take care of both halves!
2. No more funbles - at the end of the year your total should be seven fumbles.
3. Play ball and don't talk too much.
4. No more mistakes coaches.
5. GO COUGARS!

Oatmeal
Woods Cross, UT

Would someone down at BYU PLEASE tackle the next newsperson that puts a microphone in front of Heaps. As a face of BYU he isn't doing very well.

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

"Band of Sisters"

Coach Mendenhall is more a den mother than a coach.

Zero enthusiasm, zero fire.

How 'blah' can you get?

No wonder they lose.
They have no zip, no pepper.

KSUBYU
Yucca Valley, CA

I realize its just a game, but the thing that bother me the most was the way the team just totally gave up. No desire, no pride. So if the idea of going Independent was to give the School and Church more exposure I am not sure this is a good way to do it, maybe leave it up to the full time missionaries and try to focus on what a football team is suppose to do, win or at least give it your all.

stillacougarfan
IDAHO FALLS, ID

The loss was dissappointing. The booing of the visiting team when they came on the field was embarassing! The players need to stop talking to the media, period. They need to focus on basics. A great quote from Lombardi comes to mind, "Gentlemen, this is a football".

D'Anconia
Providence, UT

Doman should stop referring to his players as kids. Perhaps if he treated them like men they might start playing like men.

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