I am absolutely convinced that this QB controversy is not settled yet. Do not be
surprised if we see a platoon system depending on the nature of the game. I
believe in my heart that he loves both of his QB's and does not want to offend
either one. Therefore, he will play both, if both remain healthy.
Riley is not the answer. Hire Robbie Bosco as QB coach now so Jake can have a
full time coach to develop himJim McMahon and Steve Young had Mike
holmgren, ever heard of him? Great players want to play for great coaches. I
love Doman but he's still trying to figure out where to sit. Bronco has a
responsibility to get his players excellent coaching. It's not happeningRobbie Bosco, Ty Detmer where are you?
Detmer would be great, but isn't coming any time soon. He's still got a young
family that I doubt he is eager to uproot. But I agree, it would be good to
have a full time QB coach. I also agree that the QB question is not settled.
Frankly, I think they should use the rest of the season as an audition. If BYU
gets out front early on SJSU in the first half(and I realize that's a big if), I
think we'll see Heaps in the second half. I'd also like to see Lark get some
I would love to see a play with Heaps under center and Riley in the running back
position. Now that's a true dual threat!I don't think Riley will be
the permanent starter; I think Heaps will see significant playing time, and
maybe reclaim the starting role by the end of the season.
And let the madness of fall 2010 begin all over again.
Bronco made the best coaching decision of his career. The Heaps circus has gone
on long enough! Good luck Riley from a Utah fan!
I believe that it is more Doman the quarterbacks being the reason why the
offense is struggling. Doman keeps calling plays to the outside. If you notice
when they go across the middle there is much more success
RE: GilbertAZSo the reason Heaps is ranked 113 out of 119 D1 qb's,
that he only has 3 td's to date ( you gotta give last weeks 1 inch plunge to
Riley he set it up } that he can not move the offenses in the red zone, scared
out of his mind, has no idea why he got pulled and quote his post practice video
this week when asked if he could learn anything from his team mates specifically
the Wide Receivers and fellow quarter backs he without hesitation said
"NO" is because Doman does not meet Heaps standard as a good quarter
back coach ? Wow guess you got it all worked out.
Like many BYU fans, I was expecting a much different year:- BYU was
starting its independence.- The first several games had the
potential to put BYU in the driver's seat for a BCS bowl bid.- Jake
seemed so ready from how he finished last year.- BYU's defense had
returned to being great under Bronco's leadership.- Rumors of the
Big 12 wanting BYU surfaced and excited a lot of fans.Then:- The offense strangely didn't show up. Jake and some coaches became targets
of disgruntled BYU fans.- BYU lost to Texas in a game BYU should
have won but for a second half choke.- BYU lost badly to the Utes,
who haven't done much either.- TCU got the first Big 12 expansion
bid, making fairweather BYU fans want to throw themselves off tall buildings,
fearing BYU was out of the Big 12 running.My, how a little adversity
can shake some people up.Get a grip!- BYU can still end
up with a 10-2 record, ranked, and win a bowl game.- BYU can still
be in the Big 12 mix, or still just make independence work as planned.Enjoy the ride. Don't toss your cookies just yet!
Great! Now, the only thing left to complete this transition is to hear that
Heaps has been relegated to 3rd string snaps at practice so Lark can go in when
Riley et al blow this game out.
I feel bad for Heaps but the truth is he's had his opportunities but failed
miserably to deliver and measure up to make a case for himself. BYU can't
afford to keep riding a sinking ship. A change of direction was seriously
needed and Riley has proven he's the new man to lead the offense at this point.
Something needs to click fast or they will be in even bigger trouble what with
the Big 12 picking TCU over BYU to join their conference. I'm very sad to see
things unfolding unfavorably for the Cougs. Unless they continue to win and
play exciting football, the fans will not be motivated to tune in, thus the
exposure they hoped for will be non existent and ESPN will not stand for that I
don't think. Dull and boring football will not excite the crowds nor will it
provide the kind of exposure BYU is hoping for. Go Cougs and good luck tonight.
I'm sad to see Heaps not pan out. The season is a bust when you're 5 games in
and have a quarterback controversy. This is not going to end well. Same thing
next year. I think BYU was seriously thinking they had a shot at a BCS game
next year. What a mess they are creating for themselves.
Something has really rattled Heaps.There's no way he received the
high praise in high school, AND numerous QB camps, from many, many different
scouts, etc without truly having earned it. In other words, it's not like all
the praise he received was false hype. Sure, yewties on here would like you to
believe that, but they're full of it.Heaps's confidence has taken a
hit, and that was before he got benched. I don't know if Riley will work,
either. Too inaccurate in his passing game. Yet that is the very thing Heaps
is suffering from. I am simply amazed at how many times Heaps overthrew or
underthrew his receivers or had so much zip on the ball it made it virtually
impossible for his receivers to pulll it in. And throws made deep/to stretch
the field? I've seen more than a few end up 10-15 YARDS beyond the WR; nowhere
near the guy. Not good.Gotta get this figured out. My guess is
that Bronco knows in the long run it's going to be Heaps but he wants him to
EARN it back.Probably the right call.Go Cougars!
Bronco hasn't really made a decision. He has left the door open and that will
continue the controversy. Bronco is too concerned about not hurting Jake's
feelings, but you have to call a duck a duck. This is far from over, because
Bronco is letting hang on.To follow up on what some of you have said
about coaching needs. I agree Bronco needs to bring in a separate QB coach so
Doman can focus on the offensive scheme. He also needs a DC so he can focus on
making better decisions as the Head Coach. Too few coaches are trying to do too
many things and nothing is getting done very well.
I think that it might be a better strategy for the situation and all those
involved to use Heaps as the Couage's "Starter" and Riley as our
"Releiver". It's more than "who did the best for me
lately". At this point making Riley the starter for this game will most
likely end in confusion, discouragement, disappointment, and disaster. And that
will bleed over for the rest of the year and maybe into the next year or two.
Bronco knew it was "complicated" and it truely is, but I'm afraid they
have gone down the wrong fork. Oh! how I hope I'm wrong and they are right.
"I am absolutely convinced that this QB controversy is not settled
yet."Not sure why people think there is a controversy. One QB
is outplaying the other. Looks like one is stepping up and the other is not.
Time for a change. Time for new leadership. If Riley helps smother SJSU, he'll
likely be the QB for the rest of the year. We'll need the best QB to beat OSU
My two cents? It's about time, why did it take 5 games to figure out your
starting QB, Bronco? It doesn't matter if 2 QB's can lead the team, you need ONE
to actually LEAD the team. By going back to a dual QB system you are dividing
the team. Heaps is absolutely terrible and you did a smart move to bench Hypes
to make him EARN his spot back. He looked pretty comfortable knowing that he
didn't have a shot getting benched. Good move, Bronco.Welp, here it
I think Bronco made a good choice however he should not announce it until right
before the game, now San Jose, can prepare for Riley's style of play and a QB
who can run, and throw is a nightmare for a defence, that is part of why Steve
Young, was such an effective player.
@whatsinit:What have you been drinking?? 10-2? not even close! a bowl
game? that was handed out virtually regardless of any production this year! Big
12? sure, if you combine the dregs of the WAC and MWC and it adds up to that
number. put a fork in 'em. these guys are toast. jake won't transfer if only
because no one will take him. by the time these two qb's are gone, so will the
program be. holmoe and company took the high road and it leads 180 degrees away
from the rest of college football. If you "don't want to be like the other
'bad' guys in college football, surprise, you just got your wish. just maybe
you can find a couple of other teams to play. you and your 150 fans will have
great seats, Tom. enjoy.
This should end well. The backup quarterback comes in for less than a half and
"rallies" the team with two very lucky throws/catches that could have
just as easily been intercepted. Nelson won't be any more effective than Heaps
when teams have a chance to plan for him, but he's sure to look great against
the cream-puff schedule BYU plays the rest of the way. Or does everyone fear
the likes of both Idaho and Idaho State coming to town?
There's no way he received the high praise in high school, AND numerous QB
camps, from many, many different scouts, etc without truly having earned it. In
other words, it's not like all the praise he received was false hype. Sure,
yewties on here would like you to believe that, but they're full of it.
It's not Utah fans my friend. It's overwhelmingly coming from disgruntled
Cougars. No fan base is tougher to please and quicker to turn on themselves when
things don't go well.
"@whatsinit:What have you been drinking?? 10-2? not even
close!"cork, have you seen BYU's schedule for the rest of the
season? The only challenging games left are OSU (who is 0-4), TCU (who is not
so good this year), and Hawaii (played at the end of the season, and BYU will be
much better by then).
I hope Bronco stays with Nelson. Jake needs the rest of the season on the
sideline watchingand learning how to be a BYU quarterback. I mean no
disrespect to Jake but he has a long waysto go. GO COUGS!!
Loyola Marymount basketball was interesting in the 90s when they ran the
fast-break offense. We no longer hear of Loyola Marymount.BYU is
interesting when they throw the ball. Yes, Nelson might be the guy to get a few
wins right now, but a running QB is not BYU football. Anyone remember Lance
Pendleton of 2002? Right. Not many. We didn't get anywhere with that situation.
Pendleton and Nelson are from the same mold.Let's throw the ball.
And that is through sticking with Heaps, or give the ball to Lark.
As a coach u tell your players everyday, the best players will play period. But
with the QB's it is a little difficult.They have huge egos. That is why they are
the QB. But Jake does not have the so called IT factor. I think Riley, has the
it. But not the talent. But for now it's the best choice Bronko can make. go
Seriously, I would have liked to see them both start. To see Jake and off or
throw to Riley and see him either run with it or throw it. Be creative!! They
still need to play both. Texas plays 2 QB's.
Bronco's definitely making the right call in announcing Riley the starter for
now. He only played one half and the game winning TD was pretty lucky. That
earned him a shot at starting against SJSU. But he's gonna have to play better
than he did at the beginning of last season if he wants to keep the starting
job. I don't care who's starting as long as they're being productive! Go cougs!
(And Sun Devils!)
This is not complicated, it is just a bad decision by a very inexperienced head
coach. Even if you were going to start Riley, why would you announce it before
the game. Just information for the opposing team to get a little preparation
for a running qb instead of continuing to have to plan for two qb's. Further,
Nelson can be very productive and so can Heaps if they play the two in the right
situations and often together with Nelson in the backfield or slot. But, the OC
is young and all he knows at this point is system. And, so you see this a
failure waiting to happen for Mr. Nelson, Heaps setup as a fall guy, why not
just a little creativity.
Hellooo is right! There is a fundamental flaw in the logic here... While Heaps
has not stepped up to the plate, Riley is extremely easy to prepare for. I
believe that is why Bronco waited so long to announce he is the starter. This
isn't over, and Heaps will be back in at QB before long.
@HelloooWell how much preparation can they do the night before the
game when they are traveling to provo. When are they going to practice for a
running qb? In the morning before the game? He announced it at the perfect
time, too late for them to prepare, and early enough to start building hype for
Must be long term memory loss from last year. Jake performed great and everyone
saw what he could do when not chained up. Look at the changes from last year
and everything points to the way Doman runs the offense, NOT Heaps. Nelson spurs a great but lucky come back win and now we punish Heaps and start
Nelson. So who else on the team is being replaced? The offensive line, the
RBs, Doman? I thought we learned last year Nelson is a one trick pony and that
is why he makes a great sub. Once teams figure him out BYU's offense is toast
(just ask Air Force how easy Nelson is to defend). So great you put
in the 2nd stringer against one of this year's easiest competition (despite what
you hear about their recent Colorado win) and Nelson looks good like any QB
playing them would. Shoot, even Lark or Munns would look great against San Hose
State. Please just don't let this be another season sabotaged by Nelson. He
has a role, but this is not it and swapping the QB out (even for Lark or Munns)
is not the long term answer!
Riley, for all his heart and moxie, never was and never will be the answer. I
agree with other commentators that BYU needs a competent full time quarterbacks
coach. If Heaps does not catch fire in the next 4 games, I'd give Larkin a shot.
Based on QB play this season, Bronco made the right call. Nelson deserves this.
Heaps doesn't. Few can deny that. Leadership and maturity account for a big part
of a teams success. Nelson has this. Heaps doesn't. And don't give me that
"Nelson was lucky" garbage. Nelson got one shot and stepped up to the
plate and knocked it out of the park. When was the last time that Heaps stepped
up to the plate--. . . . last year.Bottom line-- we should know by
late tonight if Bronco made the right decision.
Why would they put the game on ESPNU? I can't even find anyone that can get it.
I thought BYU would be on regular channels or even BYU TV
Direct tv 208 not hard to find ay all.
I have always had Bronco's back, but...I put the past two seasons
squarely on Bronco's shoulders.The offense has been, offensive, this
season.I hope this is the right decision, because I have really been
questioning his decision making skills lately.BYU gets the great
exposure deal, and the guy is out looking forward to Friday firesides.
Channel 141 (ESPNU) on Dish Network for the BYU game.